Shining Moments

Inspirational Stories of Social Emotional Strengths

Have you ever dressed up like a superhero? We may not be powered by the tesseract or kryptonite, but everyone can have superhero moments. Shining moments are when your inner strength steps up and carries you through what you didn’t think was possible like a superhero.

Tell My Stories

33 Chilean miners cooperated, persisted, and survived 69 days 2000 ft in an underground collapsed cave.  Most of us have heard a form of the urban legend where a meek, young mother bursts out with incredible strength, lifts a car to rescue her baby.  It’s not just a myth!  In 2012, 22 year-old Lauren Kornacki lifted up a BMW 525i to save her dad. She’s only one of many. We all have days when we feel like we can’t do anything right.  That’s because we are all human.

People have inconsistencies, anxieties, faults but we also have creativity, courage, and a big capacity to grow and change. Shining Moment is a bright place where you can share those superhero moments when your confidence, resilience, cooperation, multilingualism, empathy, communication and/or discipline strengths saved the day.  You can share your own moments or others that inspire you.  

 

What are the Benefits of Teaching Your Child a Second Language?

What are the Benefits of Teaching Your Child a Sec...

You’ve probably considered teaching your child a second language, but the challenge is probably holding you back. While we may admit that teaching your child requires time and effort on your part, the advantages that your child will reap are certainly worth the struggle. Here are some of the major benefits of teaching your child a second language. Young Children Learn Faster Research has found that young children tend to ... Read More
How to Build Confidence in Young Children

How to Build Confidence in Young Children

Confidence is vital to your child's future development. Increasing self-esteem and confidence in a child will directly affect their happiness, health, and success. Confident children are better equipped to deal with life's difficulties and have more trust in their own capabilities. Children develop confidence because of their own accomplishments. Kids with higher self-esteem and confidence are more likely to try their best, explore new activities, cope with their mistakes and ... Read More
Social-Emotional Development In Children

Social-Emotional Development In Children

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a core component of the child development process that can help children develop better self-control, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills. Social-emotional development in children helps children acquire and apply the skills and attitude necessary to interact with others, understand and manage emotions, show empathy with others, set positive goals, and make responsible decisions during childhood and as adults. Although previously, teaching social-emotional skills to preschoolers was considered ... Read More
How I found my strength again through pole dancing!

How I found my strength again through pole dancing...

When I was 12, I thought I would have been super successful by the time I was 40. Back then, I defined success by the material things you can see and touch. I envisioned myself with a nice power suit with large shoulder pads (please remember I grew up in the 80’s), single, working in a high rise building with a large window office, making lots and lots of money, ... Read More
Enjoying the last dance

Enjoying the last dance

I've known my wife's Mom, Joan, for 40 years and we would take her on trips every Summer. These trips stopped when she moved into Assisted Living due to health issues. Last July my wife and I moved her our of her facility in New York and to our home in Wisconsin. She enjoyed sitting on the deck in the sun and not being in a elder home under COVID ... Read More
In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes

At the start of a new year, 2020, I had officially applied to be in leadership at my school's flag team. They got flags. You wave them around. I swear it's a lot harder and a true sight to see then what I've said. I had been thinking of this ever since I entered a few months ago. I felt confident in my abilities as I had just received another ... Read More
The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

Melody a charming girl is half Taiwanese half Spanish and French, and is an English speaker. She had been all over the world moving constantly from country to country (Spain, France, Taiwan) each time going to different schools and cultural environments. Her ease in all these languages has made her adaptive in all sorts of different cultural backgrounds and truly able to adapt to different views, ideologies and life philosophies ... Read More

Mike and Leonard

I went to a small school. There were about 30 of us who went from 1st through 8th grade together, so we felt very much like a family. We were in seventh grade , most of us around 12 years old, when this terrible event happened. It was May 1st, Mayday, and we had a school holiday. Mike and Leonard, my classmates, decided to have an adventure. They wanted to ... Read More
Cell City

Cell City

On the day of January 29th, my sister entered in a card game competition, with the prize of publishing your own game. I was oblivious to this. When I first heard of it, my thought was "why the heck are they talking so loudly?" They mumbled about how the foundation would be, how to incorporate both learning and fun in a single game. My mother had to drag her out ... Read More

Confidencee

There once was a time where I felt uncertain about how I would do school in this quarantine or, play with my friends. But than I read a story and it said,''Have confidencee yes, with 2 E's.'' I couldn't believe it than it said,''If you have 2 E's it's better than 1.'' I really likes this story so I decided to have confidencee with 2 E's because 2 E's is ... Read More
Girls Can Fight!

Girls Can Fight!

Have you ever worked your whole life for something, been doubted, but kept going to be one of the best? Helen Maroulis worked her whole life to be one of the best women wrestlers in the world. She was a girl, therefore, everybody told her that she couldn’t wrestle because of her gender and to give up. To demonstrate, her first time wrestling, she only won 1 match, but, unfortunately ... Read More

The day I got my dog

When I was 5 years old, my family had been thinking about getting a pet. They thought about a cat, but my mom has allergies and they would scratch up furniture, so no. My dad had been looking at dogs for a while, I found this out because whenever I walked by my dad would be on a dog website. Then during my first summer break, my parents told me ... Read More

Two Knee Surgeries

One of the most difficult physical challenges in my life was when I had my knee surgery after falling at an airport. I was on a trip when I fell on the airport steps. I felt a lot of pain at the time but I did not realize what had happened until I went to the doctor who gave me an MRI and found that I had an injury requiring ... Read More
One time when I shone

One time when I shone

When my family goes to Disneyland, sometimes we also go to Disney's California Adventure. And for years, my dad always asked me, "hey Reese, want to try the tower of terror?" And I always said "no" or "I feel kinda sick" even though I was just scared. Eventually, the Tower of Terror got shut down and I felt so sad because the next time we went I was going to ... Read More

Helping My Mom

A few months ago, my mom was very sick. Me, my dad, and my sister helped my mom feel better by giving her food and medicine while she was quarantining in her room. Every night and day we would call her and say “I miss you.” in the living room, and she would reply and say “I miss you to kids.”. My dad told me and my sister that “She ... Read More