This is not an easy world for young people to thrive in. Materialism, violence, and environmental degradation are part of the world children witness and experience. We hope they also observe compassionate actions and peace-making commitments, and appreciate the beauty to be found in the natural world and in the nobility of the human spirit. Unfortunately, these aspects of life don’t usually get the same degree of attention in the media or in school curricula. Many adults who live and work with our youth don’t realize the importance of strengthening the spirits of children and teenagers nor do they know many ways to do so. My publishing, website, and blog help to meet these needs.
Teachers need inner strength, compassion, and self compassion as well in order to support children and teenagers in a holistic way. My work life now is centered on ways to support teachers and parents to build resilient, caring children and to strengthen their own inner lives.
My first book Strong Spirits, Kind Hearts: Helping Students develop Inner Strength, Resilience, and Meaning is a practical resource for teachers which supports this important task.
My latest book, The Way of the Teacher: A Path to Personal Growth and Professional Fulfillment (R & L Education 2016), developed with co-author Jane Thurgood Sagal focuses on the social, emotional, moral, and intellectual needs of teachers and also offers supports for their spirits.