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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 …