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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7+ Ways You Can Help Your Child Be Unbullyable

Bullying is a profound problem today. In schools, workplaces and homes, people are hurt inside and out by others who find it necessary to wield power and control over others in order to satisfy some need of their own. I think there is also a high degree of self-bullying that goes on that is equally […]

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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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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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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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