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A school leader once related the following story when talking about the changing attitudes regarding parents and their ties to their child’s educational experience: When I was little I’d bring home a note from the teacher, hand it to my parent, and my parent would smack me and say, “What did you do?!” Today, a child brings home a note from the teacher, hands it to a parent, the parent …

The number of times something didn’t happen to me, or those to whom I am close, are too numerous to count, but last night I received the greatest reminder of all that we must remember to appreciate and give thanks for not only what takes place in our lives, but also for those things that don’t happen to us. My husband fell seriously ill during the middle of the night, …

How many people have been spending a part of their holidays or weekends training for their next athletic encounter? If you answered in the affirmative, then you are either a professional athlete who is interested in keeping his contract and endorsements, or one of the many adults who are heavily entrenched in self-selected athletic competitions or who thrive on the positive impact of endorphins after “spinning their wheels,” possibly literally and …

Are you ready to challenge your idea of success? I went through the process almost 10 years ago with an organization aptly named Challenge Success! As a K-8 Principal, I found the students in my middle school struggling with work overload. It was crazy!! The signs of stress and overload were all around us: It was taking seventh and eighth grade students 4-5 hours a night to complete homework assignments. …

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 …

First, Brené It’s not the first time I saw it, but re-watching the TEDxHouston presentation given by Brene Brown in 2010 does, I believe, link back to the benefits of mindfulness meditation. People who are experiencing a multitude of emotions can, through Brown’s research, find themselves experiencing so many of the same emotions that led me to mindfulness. The Fears Fear that people would find out that I wasn’t really …

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. …

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 …