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Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with Those We Teach, Lead, & Love

Written by: Jody Carrington
Narrated by: Dr. Jody Carrington
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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The kids are the least of our worries.

Seriously. If that sounds blasphemous in a book for concerned parents and educators (and anyone, really, who worries about "kids these days"), then I am so glad you're here. If you have a kid, work with a kid, or love a kid, you will find something inspiring in this audiobook. Dare I say, game-changing.

These words were born from the hundreds of stories of kids, their families, and their support systems I was lucky to meet as I worked across Canada and the USA. Regardless of who I met or where I met them, the message was always the same: Our kids are okay only if those of us holding them are okay.

During the developmental years, schools and educators are the most significant connection point to almost every child on this continent. But are the educators okay? I believe that most of the great educators want to make a difference. Many tell me, however, that they are finding it more and more difficult these days to love what they do. I think it's time we did a better job of looking after them first. Plain and simple, this book is for the educators: our teachers, bus drivers, administrators, educational assistants, librarians, administrative assistants, and custodians. And anyone who leads, loves, and supports them.

Plus just for you, I recorded a little bonus chapter filled with thoughts and ideas about the future and our next steps in this journey to create a more connected world.

I am so grateful you are here to listen to these words. 

©2019 Dr. Jody Carrington (P)2019 Dr. Jody Carrington

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Love Dr Jody

Just finished this book and I encourage if you are an educator, a mental health therapist, a bus driver or a parent To listen to this book. Dr Jody is passionate and is a game changer in the industry of Children and Mental Health. When most people want to turn a blind eye on that kid who tells you to fuck yourself Dr Jody encourages you to look at this child differently and dig deeper. Don’t give up! Form a connection. I reasonate with what she says so so much. I love that she’s real and is relatable. Plus she’s Canadian. ❤️.

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Essential

This is an essential for teachers. It will inspire you, recharge you, get you out of a negative mindset AND make you laugh out loud. Honestly, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dr.Carrington speak live 4 times and it never gets old. Read it.

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A must listen!

Such a great read for anyone who is a parent, caregiver, teacher, principal, vice principal, grandparent, police officer, social worker, doctor, etc. I loved it. Jody is hilarious and touching - I laughed AND cried.

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Phenomenal

I was very skeptical of the hype around Dr. Jody, but I am not even a tiny bit any longer. I cried, I laughed, and I’ve been transformed. I’m excited to go back to teaching after my maternity leave with some new tools under my belt. I cannot rave more about this book, it is exactly what educators and people who have little people need to guide them in their journey to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. She will change the world by changing what we know to help our babies through the tough stuff.

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  • 2020-09-04

mostly for teachers, but also for parents

I found it to be a useful insight into how teachers approach our kids, or should, and what goes through their mind.

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Wow Jody

I heard so much about Jody and have seen blips of her on Facebook Live, but this book really blew me away. I get it now. There is so much more for me learn, but this sends me in the right direction. Her voice as the reader is the only way this book makes the impact it does.

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Every parent, teacher and/or social services worker should read

This is by far one of the best books I’ve read. I’ve recommended to coworkers, family and friends. The content is wonderful, and it has great take-away strategies for implementing the information you’ve learned. I also found her very entertaining and relatable. Dropping the occasional cuss word, but not more than her reference to prayer and the holy work we do. Also if you’re a fan is Brene Brown, you’ll love this book too. Much of her beliefs are aligned with Browns. It’s lovely.

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Easy Read

Such and amazing easy read. I have a hard time staying focused and this was very easy.

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Amazing for parents and educators alike.

As the home bound layoff continued, I gave this one a listen over the last 2 months after spending a lot of time at home with my kiddos. All I can say is I wish I would have taken the advice from my wifey sooner. I've had my share of struggles connecting and understanding my kids sometimes, just as I imagine other parents do. But this book, even though geared more to those in the education profession, really opened my eyes to things I was not realizing when interacting with the kids. Some of the stories she has also really touched my 💓, caugh myself cutting onions 😆 too many times. An amazing listen for educators and parents alike and I love she's from Alberta. 5/5 🎓

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Engaging and Inspiring

I loved so much about this book. Hearing the author read it made it even better as she is funny and engaging. This has given me so many tools to help the kids I work with, and also supported the idea that kids need connection before anything else. This has also reminded me how important taking care of myself as an educator is. Thank you!❤

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  • Learning with Miss LaGrow
  • 2019-11-30

MUST READ for all Teachers

As an elementary educator, I enjoy fitting in some "professional development" books into my routine. A friend recommended I checked out Jody's book, and I was blown away immediately. I am so glad I bought the audiobook version instead of the paperback as well. Jody is so relatable, but her knowledge and stories allow me to reflect upon myself, my students, and our world throughout the entire book. It's entertaining, insightful, and educational without being mundane or dry. Kids These Days is a MUST READ for anyone that works with our children.

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  • Rachel P.
  • 2020-10-08

Excellent Compilation of Ideas

The book provided a compilation of theories and ideas about relational capacity from well-known researchers and authors. The author provided an entertaining read aloud, and it felt like you could hear her passion for working with the people that struggle the most.

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  • Catherine C.
  • 2020-07-09

The connection I needed...

I can’t recommend this book enough to educators! Joy’s “message of connection” was something I didn’t even know I needed but so grateful to have been given. I was put onto Joy Carrington by a fellow educator and all I want to do is pay that favor onto anyone who is interested. I’ve been an educator for 12 years and I feel refreshed and ready for a new school year, no matter how that is suppose to look during a pandemic. Listen on, you won’t regret it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-30

LOVE THIS BOOK

This lady is amazing, I feel like I can take it all on now!

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  • Danielle
  • 2020-06-13

AMAZING!!!!!!

This is the very first time I have ever written a review and I’ve read many a book. Professional, this book moved me to tears. As a parent, I was moved to tears. I had the privilege to watch Dr. Jody Carrington on the virtual GYTO conference and was hooked. She is real, funny, and speaks to your soul. (I want people like her as friends!!!) Thank you for reaffirming what many of us educators already know and opening our eyes to many things we may not have caught on to yet.

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  • JRCS2009
  • 2020-06-12

For Parents Too

I’m not an educator, but am the Mom to 3 littles. One of our sweet ones has exposed my husband and I to more interactions with school teachers and admin than we ever imagined, being kicked out of two preschools and one private school, all before 1st grade. Then we found the jackpot in our public school. This book brings to life so many feelings and the one thing that has changed the world for our kiddos and us: CONNECTION! Whether you’re a parent, an educator or a person with kids in their lives, this book has some great ideas to help us be able to hold our babies better, and take care of ourselves in the process. I can’t wait to share it with the people who are in the circle for my kids, and those who will form the circle for many others for generations to come.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-11

Filled My Cup

I first hear Dr. Jody Carrington speak at Get Your Virtual Teach On. Before she had finished speaking I downloaded her book. She has filled my cup immensely. Being out of the classroom during the current pandemic had broken my heart for so many reasons. Dr. Carrington spoke to me. She saw me (Or at least it felt like it) and helped heal my heart. I cannot wait for the fall to be with a new set of babies that will all have experienced this pandemic differently, and for many, might be carrying some trauma as a result. I’m sure I will have read this book a few more times before August and am hoping my principal will choose this as our book stud at as we start our school year back. (I’ve already recommended it a couple of times) Thank you so, so much for your powerful words.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-03

Best audiobook ever!

In the world of podcasts, I’ve gotten very bored hearing people read books. Jody doesn’t “read” this book, she talks to the author! This book makes me want to be a better person, it inspires me to love better.

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  • D Brandt
  • 2020-05-06

Amazing!

This book was all I hoped for and more. Thank you for lifting up educators when they need it the most

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  • sheri miller
  • 2020-05-03

Every teacher should read this!

I am a school principal and I just bought this for my entire staff.