Marie's Story: Withdrawing My Daughter From Public School
February 18, 2017
Public school wasn't working for my daughter. Depression, sickness, missing more school than she was attending all because of the stress of public school – these reasons were what started my search for better schooling options for my daughter.
At public school, she stayed up until 2 am to complete homework. Yes, she still got A's, but they were hard won.
Perhaps my story isn't so different from your own. I don’t know your circumstance; maybe your child was or is being bullied in public school, maybe they need a flexible schedule due to a tight demands of acting auditions, or a grueling practice schedule due to their sports goals.
Regardless, I'd like to share a few tips I learned when transitioning my daughter to CMASAS. Please consider passing these on to someone you know who could benefit from my message.
What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection
February 16, 2017
When was the first time you felt rejected? You likely remember it well. Rejection is a form of trauma for us. It feels awful, so it makes sense why we’d want to avoid it at all costs. But what if we didn’t?
Jia Jiang spent his life terrified of rejection. He had big dreams, but every time he got shot down, he’d run instead of engage. Until one day, he discovered RejectionTherapy.com by Canadian entrepreneur Jason Comely. “The basic idea is: for thirty days, you go out and look for rejection.” And that’s exactly what he did. Only, he upped the ante.
Jia decided to seek out rejection for 100 days… and video blog the whole thing. Day one? Ask a stranger for $100 dollars. Denied. Day two? Request a “burger refill.” Nope. Day three? Ask for donuts that look like the Olympic rings. And here’s where it got interesting. The baker was so intrigued by the challenge, she took out her sketch pad, came up with a design, and fifteen minutes later, presented him with a color-matched donut replica of the Olympic rings.
The vlog got over 5 million views on YouTube.
And that’s when Jia realized: “If I didn’t run if I get rejected, I could actually turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’... and the magic word is: WHY.” He learned that if he mentioned a doubt the other person might have, he gained their trust, and was more likely to get them to say yes. And more importantly, “I learned I could fulfill my life dream… by asking.”
Err on the Side of Compassion
February 14, 2017
Teachers were reacting
To an article about a former student
Who had been raped
Before she came to us
Who had not told anybody
Until after she left us
How can we make sure that we know these things?
The teachers were asking
And they began to brainstorm
Student information system
And I interrupted.
And what will you document?
You won’t know. Most of the time, you won’t know.