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If you’re so mindful, why do you get upset? This is a question I often hear. Not because I’m always upset; there are many times that I feel calm…happy…relaxed…or just plain satisfied for this to be true. But, still, this is a question that seems to pop out of others’ mouths when I begin to show displeasure or agitation. This reaction to the emotional displays of those who practice mindfulness …

Harper, an 11 year old tennis player, was the focus of her family’s decision to try establishing a mindfulness practice. The family sat through lessons together, asked questions, and learned about mindful listening and breathing, body scans, and mindful eating and walking. They also talked about ways to use the mindfulness practice during tennis matches, situations where it could be applied, and how it could be used for the parents …

Mindfulness is a journey. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have heard this statement. Yet, hearing educator, child psychiatrist, and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center Dr Dan Siegel speak about the science of meditation brings even more knowledge and understanding to the subject. Siegel talks about how mindfulness helps us regulate negative emotions and put the breaks on feelings such as fear, anger, hurt or shame. And how mindfulness …

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, or maybe they find it difficult to apply information, need more repetition, or have a diagnosed learning difference. Compare …

The elections are almost upon us and this round of debates and reporting, in case anyone hadn’t noticed, seems a bit different from prior years. Since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon participated in the first televised debates, the candidates, their political parties, and the American public, came to realize the potential impact. Typically a time to learn more about the candidates themselves and their opinions regarding various …

I practice and teach mindfulness to teachers, children, and adults; it has brought numerous benefits to my daily experience and I’m happy sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. Over this summer, I’ve worked with multiple families, parents and their children, as they’ve learned mindfulness together. My question is this: If so many of these children attend public schools, and they do, why do so many public school systems seem …

Schools across the country are nearing their “start” date. In preparation for the new school year, now would be a good time for families to put a few processes in place that will help the year start off with a smoother beginning. For families, this involves considering a home study area, extracurricular planning, and an open, honest discussion about the expectations for both students and parents. (Parents, take note: many …

Sunday, February 21… Single Tasking Day. According to the Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth: We are all too familiar with multitasking, but rarely do we focus on one task at a time, or single tasking. Cognitive testing and brain imaging research reveals that multitasking can cause shallower thinking, increased errors, and a dramatic negative decrease on mental processing. On Sunday, instead of multitasking, strive to perform tasks sequentially and remember to …

When was the last time you set a goal, and how did you achieve it? Or, did you achieve it? The idea of goal setting can be heard when considering weight loss, running a number of miles, reading a number of books, achieving certain grades…actually, the list is endless. But I’ve seldom heard the phrase “Create an action plan” to match that goal. I often compare this situation to getting …

People seem to like to set goals. A popular time to set them may be in January when the new year begins; others often set goals according to the start of each new school year. Working with students, I often ask them about their goals. Serious athletes may want to excel in a sport and tell me they want to make it to the Olympics. Less serious athletes may think …