Sunday, January 13, 2019

💡💡💡POLL TIME!💡💡💡

Who doesn't love to share their opinion?

I have been really all over the place with this page and I would like to change that. Before I jump in with more blogging I would like to find out for those of you who have been reading this (or might consider reading it in the future...)

Click on this link below:

*I am going to really get going on this moving forward. And while your feedback is important to me, I am also going to try and use my own inspiration to lead the way as much as possible* 

Be Well,

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

2019 has arrived and with it lots of dreams, goals, plans and intentions! 

I started the new year out with another post at Free Spirit Publishing's blog. "Motivating Kids with Effective Praise" was fun to write because I believe as educators and counselors we have a very unique responsibility AND opportunity to help children find inner desire to do well and that starts with us! 

SEE MORE HERE on how I suggest we can be most effective with this: MY NEWEST POST ON MOTIVATING WITH EFFECTIVE PRAISE!

Feel free to share this link and some of my others you may find on this site or on Free Spirit's blog if you think it may be useful to someone out there who works with young people (teachers, counselors, parents etc..) ? Sharing is caring and we need to keep caring if we are going to make this world a better place for our kids. So let's dig in and really THINK about this stuff. 

Beyond this, I want to really stop and be more reflective in my own blogging practice. And then I want to DO something about it. Read: do *more* with it. 

Stay tuned for another post where I am going to be seeking feedback on what would be most desired in my content.

Everyone loves a good poll, right?

Be well, 

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Hi all-

I know, I know...I said I would be better about posting...and that hasn't quite happened, but I am getting there...we are all working on something, right?

And I have continued my writing for Free Spirit Publishing's blog...what a wonderful company I am fortunate enough to get to write for each month...the topic assignments have challenged me in ways that stretch me to figure out how to share with all of YOU what I know... in the most interesting and consumable way possible. Fun stuff.

So here is the latest:

In the meantime, let's keep caring, connecting and loving one another. Relationships matter!

Hang in there friends-

Ms. Symmes :) 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Hi Gang! Happy Tuesday!

I am just dropping by to share my latest Free Spirit Publishing Post on Work-Life Balance. It's essential for educators. Feel free to dive in and share if you feel so inclined...


Let's try to stay balanced and whole this week, and don't forget to enjoy the ride!

Be Kind,

Ms. Symmes :) 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

NEW blog post

Hi Friends!

Well, my latest Free Spirit Publishing blog post was shared this week. It is about teaching Communication Skills to Elementary School Kids. I will admit, it's a little "out there" and theoretical but my intention in writing about this subject this way was to shed light on the topic in a new and different way. I think we need to start being more reflective of our practices as parents, educators and counselors. My hope is that some little nugget of something I offer will be helpful? I welcome you to engage me in further dialogue around anything that I am writing about :)

Click here to read my latest post:

Don't forget to be KIND,

Sunday, September 23, 2018


Hi everyone!

So I had some issues with technology recently and it took me some time to fix. 

Stay tuned for more regular blog posts...

I hope everyone has had a nice transition back to school. 

Shoot me an email if I can be of support to you!


Happy Fall,
Amanda :)

Monday, August 13, 2018

I am probably WAY too excited about this new addition to my office, but I figure there are SO many things I can teach with this help of this handsome guy. We will practicing nurturing and caring, through the practice of meeting basic needs and sharing genuine love and attention.

Perhaps we will take notice of the breathing that happens with this awesome fish, as he allows us to use him as a guide to help us practice more purposeful breathing. He might even help with some mindfulness lessons too!

Plus, who doesn't love Spongebob? (Well, lots of folks actually- and that's fine- a giant square sponge isn't every one's cup of tea) However, my older kids are now teenagers and they have always LOVED this show. Typically I am not a big fan of TV or animated cartoons all that much, but I have always cracked up at this one. And soooo, I might even create some lessons relating to Spongebob this year? Hmmm...

The first big thing I am excited to do however: is to find the right name for this fella- with the help of the kiddos of course!?

Start thinking everyone....

The count down is on:


Ms. Symmes :)