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Last year the kids had homework woes, stress related to last minute assignment completions, and midnight runs to the store for project supplies. Was it fun? I think not. Make good use of your more relaxed summer schedule by buying and making an “At Home Study-Space Plan” and making school preparation a priority. Materials Needed for a Home Study Area Even without knowing the list of courses in advance of …

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 …

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 …

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 …