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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 …

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 …

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 …

What do crossfit and meditation have in common? They both strengthen the skills that make us healthier people: mentally, physically, and emotionally. Each day when I show up at Crossfit Rowlett, I know I’m going to be one of the least fit people there. But, that’s to be expected. After only a month since joining, I know trainers will encourage me, I will receive support and encouragement from other participants, …

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 …

Turmoil seems to be all around us and we are left with a choice: Do we focus on the turmoil, or do we look for the positive possibilities? Sorrow, confusion, or fear can be felt when we hear of the attacks against any number of minority groups, be those attributed to race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and, quite frankly, even if those affronts are physically harmful to others, or …

I have a confession to make. On a recent family trip, I became upset, and I started screaming. At my husband, at children, at grandchildren. I totally lost it! It was an incident of no self-control whatsoever. Now, I know this is not something one might expect from someone who has been practicing mindfulness for a number of years. The truth is, I had set aside my formal practice for …

The school year is almost over and, before memories dim, try looking back at the academic year with an objective eye; how did the year evolve for you and your children? Did your child use the best study skills, or does he even know them? Did your child’s teacher go out of the way to establish a positive relationship with both you and your child? Was there a team approach …