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When was the last time you really lost your temper? Not the “Gee, I’m kind of upset” kind of losing your temper, but the kind when you’re screaming, crying, ranting, or raving. The kind where you think back about what you said and how you acted and are embarrassed beyond words that you let your emotions get so out of control. How did your body feel inside? Was your heart …

  We all live fast-paced lives and, sometimes, that leads us to a frantic existence, running from one task to another without giving ourselves time to think. We may take care of agenda items that float to the top of our “must do” lists, but are the tasks occupying that spot on the list really the most important? Have you ever taken the time to evaluate the real importance of …

So much to do, and so little time to do it. That’s a saying that held true for many of my life experiences until I decided to replace it with a new one: Begin with the end in mind! Knowing where I’m headed is always helpful. I knew this when I drove a car; I cannot begin to imagine why I didn’t apply the lesson to other parts of my …

We lead busy lives; there’s no doubt about it. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a student in the lower grades, college or grad school, or already out in the workforce. Regardless, we all have multiple due dates, various obligations tied to family, friends, and organizations, and also need time to take care of ourselves. In addition, we all seem to have those last minute events that pop up when …

Summer vacation is behind us, school has begun, and you’re already experiencing the same negative patterns that plagued your family last year? It’s time to put a few new things in place: • Organize a home study space for each child. Make sure each area contains all supplies necessary for your children to be successful. No one needs to get up to look for pencils, rulers, or index cards when …

Are you ready for the new year? Brain science has lots to teach us about how to capture and hold the attention of our students. Let’s start with some basic brain science: • Classwork and homework information must pass through the amygdala before it goes one of two places. o The lower brain is reactive and the response is fight, flight or freeze (NOT the best circumstances for valuable learning). …

Learning disability, difference, or experience Some say learning disability and others call it a learning difference; my son says it’s all part of the learning experience. He calls it that because the  “experience” is what makes it life changing.  Simply, a series of life lessons. We all learn differently. But the life lesson and experience is what, in his opinion, has the potential to shape you for success. Road block, …

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 …

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 …