If you ever have the chance to go to Ireland, you’ll have to include County Donegal on your itinerary. It’s wild, rugged, remote, and far removed from Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Visitors to Donegal enjoy its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and warm Irish welcome.
This might be considered a character flaw, but I'll admit it. My mood depends mightily on the successes (or failures) of the University of North Carolina's sports teams. During the fall, I'm elated when the Tar Heel football team wins on Saturdays. In the winter, I'm crushed when Carolina's basketball team drops a game that ought to have been a victory (especially when the Heels lose to the despised Duke Blue Devils). Finally, as temperatures rise and college baseball season progresses, my hopes of another trip to Omaha's College World Series are aroused. Perhaps I shouldn't allow 19-year-olds to determine my emotional well-being, but that's not likely to change any time soon.
Whether St. Patrick's Day is around the corner or many months away, it's always a good time to find inspiration from the land and people of the Emerald Isle. Here are ten amazing facts you might not know about the home of the leprechauns.
Ah, the joys of parenting. One day your child is a smiling, happy, laughing, well-adjusted youth. Then, seemingly overnight, you have a moody teenager at home. How did that happen? Pimples, emotional extremes, and pointless arguments are on the scene, and you start to realize that your sweet little boy or girl may have vanished forever.
Do you remember how hard it was to learn how to tie your shoes? For many of us, our initial experience with shoe-tying is buried under a heavy pile of childhood memories. If you have young children, however, this challenge may be easier to recall. How does it go....the rabbit hops around the tree and through the hole? Something like that.
When I learned about the "science of happiness" several years ago at an education conference, it changed my life as a teacher and a father. My understanding of both education and parenthood altered forever. I now feel that we should view childhood as the time when kids acquire and practice the habits that will carry them to happiness and success in school and life. Fortunately, the growing "science of happiness" gives us a road map to follow. Parents don't need to wait and hope that happiness will magically descend from the heavens. Rather, we can teach our kids how to make happiness a more likely outcome.