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Get the Kids Off Those Screens

June 17th, 2014
It’s probably not new information for you. American children are now spending more time on the “screens” in their lives than on any other single activity. According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children and teens were spending 50 ...

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Overcoming Test AnxietyAccording to Wikipedia, “test anxiety is a combination of perceived physiological overarousal, feelings of worry and dread, self-deprecating thoughts, tension, and somatic symptoms that occur during test situations. It is a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before ...

Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding Perfectionist

Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding PerfectionistI once met a young man who had had many successes in his youth. He was intelligent and outgoing. He had always been the star in high school and had enjoyed the praise he received from others, but ...

The Secret of What Makes a Winner

The Secret of What Makes a Winner“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” That was a playground cheer when I was growing up. It turns out there was something to it. Let’s first define “winning.” For my purposes here, winning means meeting a long-sought-after goal. It means ...

The Paradox of Pushing Kids to Succeed

The Paradox of Pushing Kids to SucceedOur teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where success is defined by status, performance and appearance. These values are transmitted to our children nonverbally through our emotional state and through what we notice, are impressed ...

Becoming a Nontraditional Student

Becoming a Nontraditional StudentNeisha, a divorced mom who lives with her 5-year-old son and her new boyfriend, came into my office and flopped into a chair. “So,” she says. “Today I waved goodbye to my son as he rode away on the school bus to start ...

Effective Classroom Turnaround: Practice Makes Permanent

BOOK REVIEW.
I homeschool my children and regularly teach history and science classes for other home-schooled kids. I’m an okay teacher. The students don’t fall asleep and they seem to retain stuff. But I’d like to be a better teacher. I want all the kids to have fun, to learn, to remember, and to develop a life-long ...

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow Tree

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow TreePartnering with a coach of any kind can lead to rewarding self-discovery. Whether specified as executive, life or career coach, these people are essentially teachers at their core. And as progressive educator/ ...

Advocating for Your Child within the School System

Advocating for Your Child within the School System“I’ve had it.” The parent on the phone is incensed. “The teacher just won’t listen to me. My child needs more individual attention. She isn’t a bad kid. She just needs more help. She’s on an education plan ...

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness MonthNaming a time for awareness brings an issue into focus. It gives us a reason to do something extra (such as post this article) to help more people understand it. It makes people who are dealing with it feel less alone, ...

The Social Neuroscience of Education: Optimizing Attachment and Learning in the Classroom

BOOK REVIEW.
“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” That’s the anonymous quote introducing the infant brain in The Social Neuroscience of Education: Optimizing Attachment and Learning in the Classroom  by Louis Cozolino. As a mother and grandmother, I’ve found that the idea has been resonating deeply ever ...

Therapists Spill: My Definition of Success

Therapists Spill: My Definition of SuccessIn the fall, clinician Joyce Marter and her husband hosted their friends for a dinner party at their Chicago home. Among the couples -- all in their 40s with school-aged kids -- conversation turned to the adventures of parenting and the tricky ...

Therapists Spill: The Books That Changed My Life

Therapists Spill: The Books That Changed My LifeBooks are getaways to far-off places you might never get to visit. Books are lessons you really needed to learn. Books are hammocks, letting you refresh and rejuvenate while the wind brushes your bare feet. Books are hobbies, letting ...

The Secret Life of Pronouns

The Secret Life of PronounsSuicidal poets use “I” more. Presidential candidates who say “we” come across as arrogant and aloof toward their audience. In the week after September 11, 2001, bloggers’ use of “I” spiked to exponential highs. Curious? So was James Pennebaker. Dr. Pennebaker, psychology ...

So You Think You Want to Take Online Classes?

So You Think You Want to Take Online Classes? If you are a college student or if you are an adult who simply wants to become better educated, it’s a good time to take stock and to think about what you may need to ...

OCD and Homeschooling

OCD and HomeschoolingAfter reading many of John Holt’s books in college and subsequently working with him in Boston, I became committed to the homeschooling movement. This was in the mid-'70s, way before homeschooling became an acceptable alternative to traditional schooling. When my three children were young, ...

Unlock your Fidgety Child’s Ability to Learn and Focus

Unlock your Fidgety Child's Ability to Learn and Focus Teaching is hard enough, but when you have a child who has a hard time focusing, it can seem impossible! I’m talking about the type of child who has the uncontrollable need to fidget ...

Helping Your Child Transition from Elementary to Middle School

Helping Your Child Transition from Elementary to Middle SchoolSixth grade graduation in my community is a big deal. At each elementary school, the kids put on a play, sing songs, and even walk across a stage to get a certificate and a handshake from the ...

Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind

BOOK REVIEW.
The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology is a streamlined compilation of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), which use multidisciplinary views to help understand the human mind. The objective of this relatively new field is to study “the ways in which relationships and the brain interact to shape our mental lives” and “is meant ...

Letting Your Kids Fight Their Own Battles

Letting Your Kids Fight Their Own BattlesSay your child was called a nasty name on the playground or didn’t get invited to a classmate’s birthday party. Say they feel jealous because another child is smart and well-liked. Or they desperately ...

Brainpower Smart Study

BOOK REVIEW.
The term “studying” brings to mind the all-too-familiar caffeine-riddled cramming sessions, reading and highlighting random sections of a textbook the night before the big test. The student just wants to remember enough facts to score well, caring little about retention. This is memorization -- here today, gone tomorrow--not real learning. Nina Sunday proposes an alternative strategy ...

OCD and Transitions in Life

OCD and Transitions in LifeMay and June are often months of transition. Within my own family, my son Dan graduated college last week and my daughter will be graduating high school in the next few weeks. While my husband and I are very proud of both ...

Community, Libraries and Mental Health

Community, Libraries and Mental HealthUnlike his colleague Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler -- another early 20th century psychologist -- wasn’t interested in analyzing the psyche of individuals. Instead, he focused on the degree to which people feel nested in community. To Adler, the ...