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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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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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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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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Protection and Independence – What is the Right Balance?

All parents face this question over and over again during their children’s lives. How do you keep your child safe and yet give them the opportunity to fall and get up again, learn from mistakes and build qualities of resilience? The solution, of course, changes with situation, age and developmental maturity. For those of you […]

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Kids with Sensory Issues Experience the World Differently, But How?

We are pretty egocentric actually! We see the world form our own perspective and kind of assume that everyone around us sees it or experiences it similarly. Often it doesn’t even occur to us that there is any other way to experience a situation or interpret what is going on. This can give us a […]

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It is all about What Happens in the Ring – Goals vs. Experiencing the Process

Can a goal hold you back rather than propel you forward? Common practice is to focus on the goal, and keep at it – over and over. Have you tried that with your child and found you are both frustrated and, even if the goal is reached, it is anticlimactic after all the struggle? (My […]

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A Sure Fire Way to See Beyond the Muck

If you are like I am, you can get into places where all you can see is the muck, the difficulties, the things that aren’t working. Believe me, I know how easy it is to get there and stay there when your child is having academic or behavioral challenges. Or, let’s be real, when s/he […]

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