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Another family weekend, but this time with my husband’s siblings and spouses: Lots of stories from years gone by Catching up on other family members and former high school friends Too much food This special time leads me to wonder: how many people don’t get together with siblings because of disagreements and stresses from over the years? When you’re growing up all siblings have the typical issues: Borrowing vs just …

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 …

In the summer of 2014 I visited Plum Village in France, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, a spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist known throughout the world for his teachings and writings on mindfulness and peace. During my week there, I was fortunate in that I was able to hear this inspiring man speak on a variety of subjects, one of which still provides strength to me as family holidays …

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 …

Balance. Thanksgiving is over and all the members of your family are ready to get back to the business at hand: jobs; school; carpools; extracurricular activities for the kids. All of the details of daily living that are sometimes overwhelming, sometimes boring, and sometimes just plain wonderful. Does it ever seem that it would all be fabulous, if only there could be more balance involved? It’s true that there is …

Mindful eating? Why in the world would that be a good idea? Or even necessary?! Elementary school students were asked to ponder this question during mindfulness lessons over the last few days. Students recalled being so distracted by watching television while eating dinner that they ended up knocking plates and silverware off the dining table. Others revealed that they had almost put spoons in their ears or onto cheeks, instead …

Tony Wagner is an educator’s educator and should be the hero of every parent whose child is going through the American education system. A former high school teacher, K – 8 principal, and university professor in education, Mr. Wagner is now an Expert in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and makes it his business to speak about what kids need in order to find the greatest levels of success as …

My children are now adults, some with children of their own, and, I must admit, time passed faster than I had ever imagined it could or would. If given the opportunity to go back and give myself a redo on a few situations, would I? The truth is, I know there are some things I would have done differently had I known then what I know now. But I also …

You have school-age children and your life seems to revolve around all of their academic needs: daily homework; science project; foreign language test; English essay; social studies maps. And that’s before you even consider the schedule for after-school activities. You don’t remember this fast-paced schedule from when you were growing up, do you? Well, chances are that your schedule from days long past is very different from the one your …