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Stress getting to you? How many times have you found yourself thinking, “That (blank) is so annoying! Could it/they just stop?” It might be a colleague speaking too loudly, a teenager playing music and thumping  hands and feet to the beat, a person who won’t stop complaining, or someone who talks non-stop when you’re looking for a little peace and quiet. It has happened to all of us, but what’s …

First, Brené It’s not the first time I saw it, but re-watching the TEDxHouston presentation given by Brene Brown in 2010 does, I believe, link back to the benefits of mindfulness meditation. People who are experiencing a multitude of emotions can, through Brown’s research, find themselves experiencing so many of the same emotions that led me to mindfulness. The Fears Fear that people would find out that I wasn’t really …

Brain research has clear suggestions for how study skills can best be applied so children can learn more information at a faster pace and in less stressful ways. There are always students who will benefit from these techniques at an early age; they may have a harder time with information recall, and/or applying information, they simply need more repetition, they have a diagnosed learning difference, or many other possible reasons. …

Video games and technology are constantly in the news, but not always for positive reasons. We are constantly hearing about their negative impact and, admittedly, some valid concerns do exist. However, just like anything else, it might be best to place video games under the huge heading of “Too Much of a Good Thing = Bad.” Before we start on video games, we must admit that other items belonging in …

The brain is an incredible gift, providing each of us with amazing potential. Spending a day at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth 2014 Symposium reminded me of just that. Research is continually bringing a greater understanding of the abilities we possess, how parts of the brain interact with both positive and negative result, and what must be done if we are to keep our brains as healthy as television ads propose …

Have you ever noticed that sometimes things just don’t seem to be going your way? It really doesn’t matter if you’re talking about work, social activities, or family. Things just seem to be on a downswing. Now, before the doldrums strike, is the time to prepare. Arm yourself with paper and pen, and don’t forget the camera, markers, or colored pencils. You have a lot of “wonderful” in your life …

We live our lives in the fast lane: jobs, activities, carpools, meetings. It’s no wonder we get overwhelmed! T. Boone Pickens’ advice is “Don’t get distracted by the rabbits when you’re hunting elephants.” Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth put it another way: The Power of Two. Dr. Chapman suggests that we set two main goals for each day. Those objectives are placed at …

Your child is unhappy. She got a poor grade on a paper, her best friend is now best friends with someone else, a teacher didn’t display enough sensitivity during a pre-class conversation, and, to top it all off, she wasn’t invited to the big party. Not a good day! These are not unusual complaints from children, and they provide wonderful opportunities for learning life-lessons, resiliency, and appropriate social communication. As …

What could marshmallows have to do with mindfulness meditation and student success? Quite a lot, actually. The Marshmallow Experiment was a series of studies conducted at Stanford University in the late 1960s and early 1970s to determine at what age children develop the ability to delay gratification. Children between the ages of four and six years old were left in a room for 15 minutes with a treat on the …

The end of March is upon us. Winter break’s rejuvenation is long gone, the liberating feelings of spring break are behind us, and the end of the school year is the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a pretty decent year, but you’re already starting to think of what you’ll do differently next year to reduce the stress you occasionally felt over the course of the current school …