Cooperation Over Control.

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The Road To Better Relationships Always Starts With You.

The linked article from Inc. asks, “Are you a control freak?”

 Whether in the work place or in the community, our anxieties can sometimes run amuck.

“Irrational thoughts abound in our high stress world: If I don’t get this contract, I’ll get fired. If I’m not home by 6:00, I’m a terrible parent. If I don’t get that raise, I suck at my job.  All of these thoughts might be true, but probably not…rather than tackle our own irrational thinking and massage it into more realistic thinking, we attempt to control the situation, usually by trying to control other people.”

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The Road Ahead

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I couldn’t be more proud of my son. It’s seems surprisingly fast, but next year he will be entering high school and beginning a new chapter in his life. One of my three children, he was always a good student in elementary school. Actually, a great student. According to his grades, he has been doing everything he needed to succeed. It’s not uncommon for him to make the honor roll, and as a parent this has helped quiet any fears I had about his eventual transition to high school.

It seems that a child who makes the honor roll is prepared academically for high school and meeting the needed requirements, but I soon found that the fine print of standardized tests say otherwise. The requirements for a smooth transition from elementary school to high school came as a surprise to me and has me concerned for my children’s future. As a parent, there is always more I can be doing for my children. Yet, I feel the importance of these tests was not communicated effectively between multiple parties, in turn creating avoidable confusion.

My son is thinking about his education, his future, his dreams, and his goals. I don’t want to imagine that the beginning of his high school experience, and the beginning of his transition to becoming an adult, starts with him “not being prepared”. Looking ahead, I see the fine print of requirements growing. There seem to be more options and avenues for students to pursue in high school, but it seems complicated how these options meet the requirements for transition, and later, for graduation.

I’m ready and willing to work hard with my children to navigate their educational careers, but there is needed information that doesn’t seem to be common knowledge between administrators, teachers, parents, students, and the community as a whole. I’m willing to work hard because I know I am not the only parent with these hopes and fears for their child’s education. As an island parent, I’d like to see more effective communication, ensuring that needed information can better become common knowledge and reflect the common stake that we all hold in the education of our children.


A Deer Isle-Stonington Parent 

Sexual Objectification.

Laci Green, creator of Sex+, discuses sexual objectification in today’s popular culture.

Who is Laci Green?? Well, in her own words…

“I run a sex positive education project called Sex+! Sex+ consists of a biweekly video series, a weekly live show, daily blogging, university lectures, and a peer education network.”

According to Laci, Sex+
focuses on relationships, body image, and gender, understanding that “sexuality and sexual health is an integral part of being human and relating with others.”

Check out her website!