September 22, 2017 Evie 0Comment

If you were choking and needed someone to perform the heimlich maneuver, your first choice probably wouldn’t be a teenage boy. But you might make an exception for Eban McKenzie, a 13-year-old boy who saved his best friend’s life. Eban and Kaden Mancilla were eating lunch in their school cafeteria when Kaden started to choke. “I was laughing and eating a carrot. I tried to swallow and it just got caught in my throat,” Kaden said (KDVR.com). The school’s security footage actually shows Eban reacting with unbelievable instinct: coming up behind his friend, wrapping his arms around Kaden’s torso, and pushing that…

September 22, 2017 Evie 0Comment

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September 19, 2017 Evie+Sarah 2Comment

Last week, I read that the $24,000-a-year prep school Prince George attends discourages students from having best friends: “…he will learn to ‘be kind,’ acquire ‘confidence, leadership and humility’ and not have a best friend to prevent other children having hurt feelings” (The Guardian). Boy, have I’ve been stewing on that one. We’ve got one kid with a birthday coming up, which always raises the question of who’s invited to the party. Last year’s friends, brand-new school friends, neighborhood friends, my own friends’ kids? Who are we prioritizing? Because really, we’re still a we. At seven, mom still helps you…

September 15, 2017 Evie 0Comment

What’s your longest friendship? 20 years, maybe 30? Well, these ladies featured in a story in the Sequim Gazette definitely have you beat with a friendship that spans seven decades! At 85 years old, they’re still going strong, and planning a vacation together to celebrate their birthdays. Seriously. Some of these women met as early as elementary school, and they eventually all graduated from high school together. Since then, they’ve managed to stay close despite moves and illnesses, and all the other life experiences that can get in the way of maintaining friendships. Sequim Gazette So, how did they do…

September 14, 2017 Evie 0Comment

Earlier this year, Americans were asked, “Has the presidential election negatively affected your personal relationship with a friend or family member?” 40% of us said YES. Most of us get that statistic. Heck, I’m surprised the number isn’t even higher! Can you think of a topic more polarizing than the 2016 election?? That’s why, during election season, it was painful to learn that some of the people we love—maybe even our best friends—weren’t voting the right way. And that’s exactly what happened to Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge: besties who have pretty much polar opposite views when it comes to politics….

September 12, 2017 Evie 0Comment

Kids are always getting a bad wrap for being crummy at friendships. They bully and manipulate. They use each other and turn on their “friends.” But not always. Sometimes kids end up schooling adults on building bridges. Like Jack and Rani, two British schoolboys who met when Rani, a ten-year-old Syrian refugee, started attending Jack’s school, where he didn’t exactly get a warm reception.   Get yourself a friendship like Jack and Rani from @Channel4’s #EducatingGreaterManchester ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nGciibaX6Y — BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) August 31, 2017 If Rani and Jack’s friendship doesn’t warm your heart, we’re not sure anything…