A Joke Gets Me Thinking

HAPPY AUTUMN! I hope you are feeling cozy and warm in the cooler weather and enjoying the changing colors and crisp air. I love the sun, and I admit the recent rains were refreshing! Do you enjoy jokes?A friend of mine sends out a “recycled joke of the day.” Most days, even if I have […]

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Back to School: Parents – What About YOU?

It was early Wednesday morning, August 22nd and I walked my youngest daughter to our car. We took first day of school pictures – the final year of 14 years of her “first day of school pictures” – and I waved goodbye to her as she drove off in the car decorated with “Go Seniors” […]

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Special Olympics and the Power of Acceptance

On May 1st I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics School Program held at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA, just down the street from my office. (In fact I walked there to be eco-friendly and get my daily walk in!) Schools from 3 area counties brought students to participate. Many students […]

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Refresh Your Life for Less Stress and More Happiness

Spring is in the air and so is the wind and the rain lately! It is a time of renewing, letting go of the old and stepping into the new. As the daffodils bloom everywhere and the hillsides are green from the recent rains, I started to look at what needs refreshing in my life, […]

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Getting Out of Discouragement

Discouragement, at its origin, is defined as “to be in a state of being away from the heart.” And surely this is the experience.  According to dictionary.com it is “to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten.” Away from our hearts, out of our ability to tap into the loving and gratitude that motivates us […]

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Habit of Happiness

“I just want my child to be happy!” A statement I hear from almost every parent who has come to me to help their child and from most other parents I’ve spoken to about their children. This makes sense; of course we want our kids to be happy! What doesn’t make sense to me is […]

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Bring Back the Wonder….

There was an article in my local newspaper recently that stated, ” More parents are using IPad, other tech gadgets to keep young kids occupied, entertained while at home, out and about.” The author, Rasha Madkour, writing for Associated Press, goes on to quote many parents who wouldn’t go out without their iPads or phones […]

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Going for Perfection: Siblings of Kids with Learning Disabilitiies

Lisa sat quietly playing with dolls. It was after school and she had already done her homework. She was feeling sad. Her best friend at school had gone off to play with some other kids today at recess and Lisa was all alone, just as she was now. She felt lonely and rejected. She was […]

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9 Ways to Make Homework Time Easier

Homework is a fact of life for most students. I won’t get into my opinions, and the research that supports them, about how homework doesn’t really support learning or the need for down time after 6-7 hours of school. Let’s just talk about the reality of homework and how to make it an easier experience […]

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11 Things To Do To Help Your Child Strengthen Self-Esteem

“Nobody likes me!” “I hate myself!” “Everybody does ‘it’ better than me.” “There is no reason to live.” These are alarming and frightening things for a parent to hear. Are they true? How seriously should you take them? What should you do? You want to take it seriously enough to investigate further. Figure out how […]

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