Less is More: Children and Free Play

Child's Play

We came across an interesting study about how children play and which items seem to provide a better play experience. Many people would think that bigger and better toys would equate to a bigger and better play time, however this study found that children played more intensely with simple items such as crates, pipes, and buckets than they did with full playgrounds!

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The 8 Values of Effective Teams

In this blog post, Dr. Kenneth Acha teaches about important values to have in effective teams. Whether you’re running an orphanage, a nonprofit, a small business, or a mission trip these values will help you work better together as a group and therefore be more effective as a team.

“When I think of an effective team, I often think of a medical code team during a resuscitation. Because it is a life and death matter, the team is organized as effectively as possible.

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Orphan Care: Setting The Lonely in Families

Setting Lonely Children in Familes

How can we put a roof over this child’s head? How can we ensure this child eats today? How can we be confident this child receives an education? These are the questions that sparked the orphan care movement—a big-hearted, activist-packed initiative to get children off the streets and into buildings with full bellies and minds.

But the tone has shifted over the years, and after decades of work, the orphan care movement knows these kinds of questions are not enough. Questions that merely focus on what should be done after a child has been labeled an orphan will not lead to adequate answers.

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When Tantrums Become Abnormal

Abnormal Tantrums

Tantrums are normal in young children and to be expected as they grow and learn appropriate ways to express themselves and communicate with others around them. However, sometimes tantrums can indicate more serious underlying issues, such as depression, trauma, fear, or other emotional, social, or psychological problems. So, how do you tell the difference?

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Requirements for Orphan Care Workers

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The following information comes from the U.S. government’s occupational outlook handbook. It is a trusted source. Find a link to this information at the bottom of the page.

How to Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Teacher

“Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.”

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How to Develop a New Habit

When it comes to effective orphan care, breaking old habits and forming new ones is always a part of the process. Many children come from very traumatic pasts, have been hurt, neglected, or abused. They have formed habits, many times that are damaging, in order to protect themselves. New habits need to be developed. In this post by Dr. Acha, learn how to help the children you serve develop new habits. Maybe you’ll learn how to form a new habit for yourself as well.

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