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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 …

Distractions are apparently more than just a little nuisance. Pulling your attention away from one activity to something else can result in a plethora of problems: forgetting where you were on a project, forgetting what changes were already made, or even forgetting to get back to the project altogether! These, and more, are all potential issues. And what could serve as a distraction? Someone coming to say hi, asking a …

So far away, yet right around the corner. It’s only July, yet that’s exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but its also a time to make plans. And those plans are what might be the determining factor for whether you’re going to have a relatively calm school year, or feel like you have to …

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky; when I told my parents I wanted to go to college in Austin, Texas, my mother, in true form, pulled out the encyclopedia and showed me the map of the United States. Susie! Do you see how many inches Austin, Texas, is away from here?! My, how times have changed! Not only did my parents survive the move away from hard-copy encyclopedias to the …

See Jane run. From my early days of learning to read, Dick, Jane, and Spot always seemed to be up to something. Running here and there. Socializing. Problem solving. Saying Please and Thank you. Dick and Jane didn’t just teach us the words; they modeled how to behave in polite society. In today’s world, we find things are much the same and, yet, they are very different. Back in the …