3 Quick Keys to Deal with Inappropriate Behavior

What do you do when your children – no matter what the age – behave in ways that just do not work for you? There are options – screaming fights, spanking, ignoring, sarcastic word matches are some that many of us have used at times. Not our most stellar moments to be sure, and yet […]

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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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Transitions are Tough: A Whole New Understanding

Transitions can be tough – we hear it all the time. I have just gained a whole new understanding of what that means and it took me quite by surprise. Here is a little window into my experience and what I learned from it. I recently moved my home and while I knew the move was […]

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Building a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Did you ever say to yourself, “Once I finish this project I’ll relax and have fun.” or “Once I know my child can read, then I’ll see the light at the end of the tunnel and be happy.”What if, by setting yourself to experience the positive, LATER, you sabotage your productivity, creativity and access to […]

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Media or Not to Media – Part 2

How do you determine how much media to allow your child to engage in, or passively watch in a day? This answer is different for each child in each family. Children with learning challenges, ADD/ADHD, and those on the Autistic Spectrum can be more sensitive neurodevelopmentally and therefore it is even more imperative that parents with these children […]

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To Media or Not to Media – This is the Question

Parents often ask me whether they should let their children play video games, watch TV, be on their iPods, iPads, etc. Particularly kids with attention difficulties or on the autistic spectrum can bury themselves for hours in media. It is a tricky question – I can lose a child in a nanosecond with the “wrong” […]

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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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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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