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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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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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i wish Jody could sit on my shoulder to help me navigate this life. 💖

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Thank you

This was just what I needed to listen to as I figure out how to teach during a global pandemic. After listening to this (I couldnt stop!) I'm extra glad that my district is choosing to prioritize heath above all else -- with a focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our kids & families need it.

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Oh my heart!

I am not a teacher, but I am a Mama, a wife to an amazing man battling PTSD and a woman who works in emergency services and just wants to be a better person! This book is everything the world needs to hear and take to heart. Simply amazing!

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Must Read!

This is a life-giving, mindset-shifting reminder about the importance of connection. It is such a motivating read for anyone who works with or has kids. Jody’s Reading is so authentic. It feels like you’re sitting and chatting with her. Can’t recommend it enough!

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Game changer for those who work or live with a kid

Jody Carrington has a plan to change the way we educators work with kids and how we understand kids. Her words are honest, simple, and sometimes hard to hear. Jody does a phenomenal job sharing her work through her narration of this book. She swears, she makes mistakes, she gets excited and sad right along with the reader/listener. Kids These Days is a must-listen for anyone who interacts with a child in any sort of capacity.

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  • JD
  • 2020-03-06

Phenomenal

I can not get enough of this woman. She’s changed how I parent. Not just a book for teachers, a book for parents too.


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  • Pam
  • 2020-02-25

Inspiring

I am not an educator nor do I work with kids, but I do have two children and this book has inspired me to be the best Momma I can be for my littles. Dr. Jody Carrington has many great messages, strategies and so much knowledge to share. Highly recommend this audio!

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What ever you doing stop and listen or read this book. It will change you!

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A must read for every single parent who feels at the end of their rope

I love Jody’s informal, colloquial style and how she keeps it real. Keep em coming Jody. We need more real and relatable experts giving practical advice.

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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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  • Murph
  • 2020-02-20

Must Read. Amazing!!

I didn’t want the experience of this book to end! Thank you for being a champion for educators! Thank you for brining light to the biggest challenge facing education today - trauma. Thank you for reminding me why I passionately do what I do every day!

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  • datool
  • 2020-02-04

I'm Recommending to Everyone

Thank you Jody for your voice: your actual voice to hear recite your book,
AND the voice of Kids These Days. Our sweet babes benefit from your words that ring through to all your readers.

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  • Dilly Dallies
  • 2020-01-01

Amazing!

Dr. Jody Carrington spoke to my heart and soul! I will read this again and recommend it to my colleagues. I feel so blessed to do what I do and work with the families to best support their children together. I loved listening to Dr. Carrington and her incredible passion to remember to put connection first.
Read this book!