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Intentions and Beyond

sierra-dungan-_1EYIHRG014-unsplashBy now, you've seen the myriad posts about resolutions and intentions. We're fans of intentions because they come with a sense of movement and hope. Intentions tend to incorporate more growth mindset language and positive self-talk. Another thing we like to encourage is taking time to think through your intentions. If the calendar prompted you to take on this project, consider giving yourself and your students the first month back to choose some reasonable intentions, share, and discuss. Give students opportunities to support one another in their individual intentions and also think about any group intentions you might like to try. 

To help you on your intention-setting journey, we've compiled a huge Link Library of titles to inspire and encourage you, your students, and other members of your community. While the topic is fresh on everyone's minds, it's a great time to engage parents, guardians, staff, and outside community members. As always, be sure you're logged in to your Tales2go account before heading over to the Link Library for seamless, one-click listening. Remember that licenses work at home, at school, and anywhere else your device has an internet connection, so you can get your inspiration any time.Bookmark or favorite titles you might like to come back to and let us know which titles were most helpful for you!

Here are some titles on our To Listen Lists:

15566Beyond Tidy by Annemarie Brogan and Marie Limpert

Are you overwhelmed by clutter and disorganization, or are you already organized but want to take it to the "next level?" Either way, you're in the right place! Go beyond the tidying effects of Marie Kondo and other professional organizers. Discover not only the best ways to declutter and organize, but also how to create a positive growth mindset that will keep you motivated and solution-focused. Learn to plan for obstacles and stay resilient throughout the organizing process, all while moving through it with self-compassion and a newfound vision of what's possible. Included in this accessible handbook are sections that discuss pertinent topics such as: setting manageable goals; sorting through your belongings; creating associations; managing your space; finishing the task!; defining different types of clutter; and more!

15499Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Cool by Shantelle Bisson

Let's face it-raising children can take a wrecking ball to your ambitions, your finances, your relationships, even your health. But, as mother of three Shantelle Bisson will tell you, it doesn't have to be that way. In Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Cool, Shantelle sets out how to get ready for baby's arrival, helps you through the big push, lays it all out on breastfeeding, and makes sure you don't forget to keep having sex. Plus, she'll help you navigate the perils of helicopter parenting, children on social media, and even gender-reveal parties, and answer the burning question: Is that really cool?

14540Sometimes Jokes Aren't Funny by Amanda Doering

Jamie, Terry, and Sydney have been going to Camp Barkley every summer since they were puppies. But when a new dog named Taylor joins their cabin, Taylor's mean jokes make Jamie feel left out and picked on. Young readers watch Jamie struggle with Taylor's jokes and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of covert, or indirect, bullying.

8402American Robin and Other Bird Songs by Greg Cetus

You may have seen this orange breasted birds tugging earthworms out of the ground and heard their cheery song. They appear early in spring and can be seen across towns and villages. This early bird is at home naturally in wilder areas including mountain forests. American robin's birdsong is a melodious sound of spring. It is often a string of clear whistles, often repeated and described as cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily. This recording of American robin comes from deep wintergreen forests and offers and chorus of other birds forming a beautiful natural soundscape perfect for meditation, mindfulness or as productivity aid. For more on our Meditation Tracks, visit this blog post.

15542The Comeback Quotient by Matt Fitzgerald

Every sports fan loves a great comeback. Is there a special quality shared by top athletes who triumph over great challenges? And can anyone acquire it? In The Comeback Quotient, celebrated sports writer Matt Fitzgerald supplies the answer to both questions. He identifies these mega-achievers of astounding athletic comebacks as "ultrarealists," men and women who succeed where others fail by fully accepting, embracing, and addressing the reality of their situations. As for whether anyone can stage his or her own great comeback, the answer is a resounding yes: Anyone can become an ultrarealist to some degree. In the tradition of his bestselling How Bad Do You Want It?, The Comeback Quotient combines gripping sports stories with mind-blowing science to deliver a book that will forever change how you perceive the challenges you face, giving you the inspiration and the tools to make the next great comeback you witness your own.

15635Self-Confidence Strategies for Women by Leslie Theriot Herhold

With so much uncertainty in the world, learning to love yourself and march out of your comfort zone can feel daunting. This book of self confidence strategies for women offers simple tools based on proven therapy principles to help you achieve greater confidence, stronger relationships, increased motivation, and a more positive outlook on life. Learn how your thoughts and behavior influence your self-esteem, and find expert advice for changing negative patterns. You'll practice identifying your strengths and values, quieting doubt, and approaching intimidating situations with conviction. Increase your confidence in yourself and your abilities with easy and effective exercises that you can apply to everything you do.

8137How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie A. Ross, MA

Yesterday, your child was a sweet, well-adjusted eight-year-old. Today, a moody, disrespectful twelve-year-old. What happened? And more important, how do you handle it? How you respond to these whirlwind changes will not only affect your child's behavior now but will determine how he or she turns out later. Julie A. Ross, executive director of Parenting Horizons, shows you exactly what's going on with your child and provides all the tools you need to correctly handle even the prickliest tween porcupine.

11165Admission Matters Various Contributors

Applying to college can be competitive and complex. Admission Matters offers real-world expert advice for all students, whether you're aiming for an Ivy or the state school close to home. It also includes much needed guidance for students with special circumstances, including students with disabilities, international students, and transfer students. In addition, athletes, artists and performers, and homeschoolers will find valuable guidance as they plan for and apply to college.Admission Matters offers comprehensive, expert, and practical advice for parents and students to guide them through the college admissions process. From building a college list, to understanding standardized tests, to obtaining financial aid, to crafting personal statements, to making a final decision, this book guides you every step of the way with clear, sensible advice and practical tips.

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