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Recently I was asked, as a former classroom teacher and principal, what I felt had made the greatest impact on the students with whom I interacted; my response came without hesitation: I let them know they mattered and that I cared. This might be one of the biggest gifts we can give to our students, friends, family and colleagues. In fact, this may be a life-changer when it comes to …

I began writing this blog on Tuesday, November 8, at about 2:30 pm. Long before the results of the day’s election had been determined. And, while I had a very strong personal preference for a particular presidential candidate, I believed it would have been foolish to say either candidate had an easy road to victory. The only thing that could be reasonably presumed was that Wednesday, November 9, would come, and …

How often do you feel you are heard? How often do people pay attention to your upsets or moods? Apparently many of us seem to feel we’re lacking in that particular area. To highlight this point, let’s talk specifics: A store with which many of us are familiar has had a One-to-One program; participants could make an appointment for a particular amount of time, go to the store, and meet …

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 …

It is not unusual for my company to be approached by different groups who wish to highlight specific areas of concern; until I was approached for this subject-matter I never agreed. In this case, Julia Merrill, a retired nurse who offers strategies to help veterans with PTSD, provides wonderful information. Thank you, Julia, for this much needed advice. And, thank you, to all of our armed services and community responders …

Another family weekend, but this time with my husband’s siblings and spouses: Lots of stories from years gone by Catching up on other family members and former high school friends Too much food This special time leads me to wonder: how many people don’t get together with siblings because of disagreements and stresses from over the years? When you’re growing up all siblings have the typical issues: Borrowing vs just …

Keep your nose to the grindstone. How many times have we all heard this idiom, along with the explanation that we should continue to work hard to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves? However, this saying is actually not the attitude to cultivate as this new school year, or even the new job, begins. It’s not that performing to the best of one’s ability should be avoided; it’s …

School has begun and many are starting to feel the typical “school-scheduling-overload” that hits families at the beginning of each academic year. While your mind is deluged with memories of what went right during the previous school year, and, almost more importantly, what could have been better, now would be a good time to begin implementing strategies that will improve the school year for everyone! Steven Covey, author of The …

After three days at the International Positive Education Festival, attendees could not help but to feel renewed. First, Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, spoke about grit being a greater predictor of success and well-being than IQ (“talent counts; effort counts twice”). Later that day, Martin Seligman, known as the Father of Positive Psychology, spoke about the history of the movement and the research revealing its …