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Family Time Movie Theater: Communication, Creativity and Work Ethic

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Here are some movies that address communication, creativity and work ethic.  And one even includes kites! Mary Poppins (G)  You already know about this Queen of kid movies.  But you may not have paid attention to the lessons that are integrated throughout the movie. There is fun, frolicking, discipline, empathic parenting (or nannying as it were), dancing penguins, carousel horse …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Dissenting Opinions

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Here are some movies that will show your kids how to disagree, and stand up for a principle (and, in one instance, fail dramatically).  It’s a Henry Fonda movie-thon! 12 Angry Men (NR, probably PG) Twelve men enter a jury room to determine the guilt or innocence of a teenage boy accused of murder. Initially, only one juror votes not …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Life Long Learning

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

There are several aspects of being a lifelong learner your teenager needs to consider. One aspect is the importance of being an informed and educated person, regardless of whether it is directly required by your job. Another aspect is to be prepared for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that can occur in the course of your professional life. …

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Family Time Movie Theater: The Silence of Space

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

In honor of the Perseid meteor shower that is making it’s spectacular, yearly apperance this month, these movies have a space theme.  While there are LOTS of films with this theme, the focus of this list is on (mostly) what humans (or movie characters) have accomplished through bravery, sacrifice and perseverance (because why miss an opportunity to model the nobility …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Saving Grace of Character

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

The Saving Grace of character counteracts greed, cruelty, selfishness and theft. Here are some movies that show the power of a saving grace and some that show the devastation (both personal and social) of being a person of low character.   Saving Grace   The Firm (R) An idealistic law school graduate takes a lucrative job offer in a secretive …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Saving Grace

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Timeless universal values represented by an employee’s integrity will serve to distinguish them in an increasingly personal work environment. Curiously (and, maybe tellingly) discussions of important 21st Century work skills do not reference employees integrity (or the morals, ethics, values and character that compose it) as one of those important skills. And yet, without integrity (and a culture of integrity), …

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Preparing Teens for the 21st Century Work Place: Patience

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Your kids will be growing to adulthood in a century where the complexity of technology and the pace of change is unlike anything humans have ever experienced.  This is one in a series of columns devoted to identifying core competencies that will help teens be successful in this 21st century workplace.  With the pervasive emphasis on speed, immediate results and …

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Cyber Citizenship Part 6: Code of Conduct

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Cyber Citizens should abide by a strict code of conduct based on the rights, privileges and responsibilities of being a member of the cyber world. Obey the law.  □   Copyright Infringement:  using, selling or distributing products or creations without permission of the copyright owner □   Plagiarism:  presenting the words, music, thoughts or ideas of others without giving them credit □   …

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Cyber Citizenship Part 5: Civility

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Civility is the foundation of civilized society (and not just because of te common derivation of the words).  It is how we get along with each other.  Civility is treating others with fairness and consideration for their feelings and needs.  It is treating others as people worthy of respect and dignity.  It is the golden rule:  do unto others as …

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Cyber Citizenship Part 4: Respect

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

As citizens of the cyber community, teenagers have a responsibility to be aware of the different aspects of the cyber world (see previous column).  It is also important for them to know about how to keep themselves safe and secure online (see other previous column).  Finally, teenagers have a responsibility as cyber citizens to respect the laws of the online …