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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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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Share that Lovin’ Feeling in Families Too!

There is so much talk about the romance of Valentine’s Day. Chocolate and flowers are great and it so wonderful when a loved one thinks of us enough to give us a token of loving. Classrooms of kids make paper valentines for every member of the class so no one feels left out and although […]

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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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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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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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