Successful Learning Curves

Learning curves – imagine being in a constant learning curve. Think back to a time you were in a new situation, perhaps a job, having a baby, living in a new city, something big that was major in your life. Nothing was familiar or if it was familiar it wasn’t known, it just had aspects […]

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The Hardest Question to Answer

One of the questions I ask parents and students alike is what are your strengths? It is funny this might be the hardest question I ask, or at least it seems to be very hard to answer. Why? Perhaps it is cultural or societal, but we tend to focus on what’s wrong, missing, not as […]

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Back to School: Already or Finally

Back to School – already or finally?! For some of you this may be a time of trepidation and worry as you send your child back to school unsure of what the year will be like, how the teachers will deal with the learning or behavioral issues that come up, and what the social climate […]

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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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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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Insights into Adolescent Behavior and Learning

(Adapted, with permission, from Turning Point: Some Pivotal Insights into Behavior and Learning, by Judith Bluestone – creator of the HANDLE® paradigm.) The developmental stage of adolescence is a complicated one to say the least. It is a time when pulling away and the desire for independence live alongside vulnerability and a need for structure […]

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