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Overcoming Test Anxiety

April 10th, 2014
According 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 ...

Six Ways to Help Your Perfectionist Child Find Balance

Six Ways to Help your Perfectionist Child Find BalanceFour-year-old Max would crumple his paper when his drawing wasn’t perfect. He would start over, and often grow angry and eventually give up. His parents noticed his rigidity, but hoped he would grow out of it. When he ...

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 ...

Bullying Under Attack: True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders

BOOK REVIEW.
I heard my share of mean comments about my weight, height, and personality while I was in school, but as someone who has never truly been “bullied,” I always just saw it as part of the growing up process. Thus, I never truly understood what bullying is and the impact it has. As a result, ...

Mental Health for the Whole Child

BOOK REVIEW.
>Children make 3 billion new connections in their brain every second. That is 3 billion opportunities for growth, or 3 billion missed connections.  With rising rates of ADHD, autism, and other mental health disorders in American children, it seems like more and more of these connections are being missed. And medications that we give our kids ...

Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits & Illness

BOOK REVIEW.
Are you the firstborn child of your family? Did you turn out to be the most responsible, the parent-pleaser, or the motivated one? According to Alfred Adler and researchers of personality and temperament, firstborns tend to “outperform” their other siblings. In fact, about 21 of the 23 astronauts and the majority of U.S. presidents have ...

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 ...

The Empty Nest: Opportunity or Crisis?

The Empty Nest: Opportunity or Crisis?Feelings of loss and anxiety about change when the last child leaves home are normal. But it often has been pathologized in popular culture as a disorder, disease or condition that needs treatment. Usually it’s not and it doesn’t. In fact, ...

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 Among African-Americans

ADHD Among African-AmericansAwareness about and diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in minority populations in the United States has increased over the past decade. The higher numbers diagnosed likely are the result of more widespread attention to signs, symptoms, and diagnosis. As a result, ADHD has ...

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier

BOOK REVIEW.
Peter Gray is a developmental psychologist who studies the growth of human beings over the course of their lifetimes. As his young son began to have more and more difficulty functioning in a traditional school environment, Gray began to focus more of his research on education and the environment in which it is delivered. His ...

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/ ...

Prevent the Summer Academic Backslide

Prevent the Summer Academic BackslideIt's a fact. Kids lose academic ground during the summer months. Come September, even the best students are several weeks behind where they were in June. Struggling students can lose up to two months. This is especially true in math and ...

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 ...

5 Warning Signs of Tipping Points in an ADHD Life

5 Warning Signs of Tipping Points in an ADHD LifeRecently, I’ve noticed a pattern in my clients that I call the “tipping point.” The tipping point is basically a time in people’s lives when, for various reasons, the strategies they have been ...

Executive Function & Child Development

BOOK REVIEW.
Working with children with ADHD, Tourette's Syndrome, or other challenges isn't easy. Various issues can make it hard for these kids to get through everyday tasks. In their book, Executive Function & Child Development, Marcie Yeager and Daniel Yeager provide a framework for teachers, parents, pediatricians, and therapists to help children with developmental and other issues become ...

Spring Break Cautions & Tips

Spring Break Cautions & TipsIt’s spring. Many colleges and universities in the U.S. adjourn for a week-long vacation sometime in the months of March and April. Originally intended as a mid-semester break from studies, it has evolved for many students into a ...

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 ...

Secretly Debilitated by OCD: Should You Hide It?

Secretly Debilitated by OCD: Should You Hide It?My son Dan suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder so severe he couldn’t even eat. He’d get stuck sitting in one particular chair, hunched over with his head in his hands for hours at a time, was tied to the clock ...

Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating

BOOK REVIEW.
When a child has an emotional or behavioral problem, their school often recommends that they see a psychiatrist. This psychiatrist typically labels the child with a disorder, then advises the parents that the child should be given psychiatric drugs. Millions of children in America have been diagnosed through this process — but not everyone believes ...

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 ...

Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults

BOOK REVIEW.
Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder of Growing Leaders, an organization that teaches middle school, high school, and college students how to become “authentic leaders.” He has presented internationally, written more than 25 books, and worked with students since 1979. As a result, he has plenty of experience with young people and in figuring out ...

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, ...
 
 
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