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Skiing like a Turtle & Healthy Dose of Perspective when it comes to Learning

I was introduced to skiing in eighth grade. Too be honest no part of it came naturally, and I was a very timid skier.  I remember not trusting my right knee and a bad fall that only made me ski even more slowly.  After finally deciding to take a lesson my frustrated instructor told me…

Learning Parenting from Video Games

There is a lot of strife and angst in families today around the topic of video games. Part of the issue is that, behind each game, lies a whole industry dedicated to getting the user hooked. Still, the gaming industry also offers some nuggets of wisdom that parents can apply to everyday life. The barrier…

Parent Communications: The Magic and Power of the Re-Do!

Sometimes it’s fun to be a parent, I love when I get to challenge my boys and make them think a bit harder to get what they want. One evening they came barreling through the door, speaking with raised voices and saying, “You’re probably going to say, no!” Oh goodie, I was going to have…

Your Kids & House Plants They Both Have Feelings!

In the 1960’s, Cleve Backster, a retired CIA agent, and the inventor of the polygraph was sitting in his office. He wondered if plants have feelings? He connected his polygraph to his office plant. Then, he proceeded to shower his green leafed companion with both positive and negative thoughts. The plant reacted. The polygraph detected…

What does it mean to be “done done?” (Getting kids to finish tasks)

Ugh! Yet again I am greeted with my teenager’s glass in the sink crusted with his morning protein shake and a blender with protein goo floating in it. Yes, I am pleased that my teenager is taking an active interest in his health as he is determined to put on muscle weight. At the same…

Wear Your Work: Dirty Jobs Teach Lessons

I spent a big portion of my life working in barns and doing manual labor. I always marveled at how people stayed so clean at horse shows or at the barn. I always came home covered in dirt and you knew where I had been; by the eau’d horse perfume. When I was dating my…

The Counter-Intuitive Turtle

I was cruising down a two-lane road on my bike one Friday evening and noticed a little turtle on the side to my right. The little critter was determined to cross the road. There was plenty of traffic and trucks thundering down the road so I decided to do a U-turn and intervene. Every critter…

Managing Screen Time in the Summer

As a child during summer break, my challenge was to get home before dark. We’d be outside for hours exploring the woods nearby and playing in parks, riding bikes, swimming, and hanging out outside with friends…in person…not through a headset.  Now that I’m a parent, the challenge is often to get the kids to play…

To the Graduating High School Seniors of 2018

Another school year is coming to a close and with it the graduating class of 2018 prepares to embark on its next adventure. There are lots of mixed emotions from excitement to relief and some trepidation as these graduates take the next big leap into adulthood. Your new chapter is just beginning and for those…

Why School Newsletters Still Matter

Research shows that students do better when consistent, open communication exists between schools and parents. A myriad of methods and tools are available to schools to communicate with parents such as parent-teacher conferences, websites, email, phone calls, social media, flyers, and the monthly school newsletter. The school newsletter has been around for a long, long…