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Sesame Street does not just help kids learn their ABC’s and numbers these days.  Now, they help pre-school kids develop early self-regulation skills. In this video, Cookie Monster helps kids devise self-talk strategies to manage the need for immediate gratification.

There are other videos too, like “The Spy Who Loved Cookies.”  This one focuses on learning the skill steps needed to follow directions (to the theme music of 007). Brilliant!

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My eldest son drove away yesterday, his car piled high with clothing-stuffed trash bags and boxes filled with newspaper wrapped Pyrex dishes and mismatched drinking glasses.  He is off to a foreign land, South Texas, where his first “real” job awaits.  I resisted the urge to chase him down, jump into the passenger seat, and say, “I’ll come with you.  You need me,” because I know he doesn’t.  HE’S ready. Me?  Not so much.

Sondra Hall, one of my oldest and dearest friends and the creator of “Take My Word For It” (a creative writing program for kids) captures my feelings exactly in her poem inspired by “Not For My Son” by Ellen Bass.  I want to share it with you.

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