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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

What’s going on in your academic life these days? If you noticed that this question wasn’t directed at a particular age group, please know that that was by design rather than mistake. Why? Because the “next big academic move” for any member of the family often becomes an endeavor for the entire family these days! Yet, should this be the case? Is the choosing of one school over another a …

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 …

When was the last time you tried learning something completely new? Not only new, but something in an area in which you have NEVER been even moderately good, much less talented or naturally inclined. Welcome to my world. For the past three weeks I have been fighting with my computer, photography lights that I’m supposed to arrange myself, an external microphone that requires my office space be completely padded in …