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How Kids Learn Self Regulation

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How do children develop self-regulation skills – and who cares? First of all, what are self-regulation skills?  Self-regulation is the ability to focus your attention, control your emotions, and manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  These skills – often referred to as the executive functions of the brain – are critical for healthy child development […]


Get Rid of Your Big Buts!

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Many of us start off the new year with the best of intentions. We want to live healthier and happier, and yet, there always seems to be some big BUT getting in the way. Don’t you just hate that!


A Season of Giving – and Receiving

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It’s that time of year when we seek to bring gifts of joy and good cheer to our family and friends. Yet often we get so swept up in finding the just-right gifts in stores, that we forget about the real gifts of love surrounding us all the time.


Growing an Attitude of Gratitude

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I remember vividly one day when I was a young boy, during catechism class when the stern, habit-headed nun asked us, “What day is Thanksgiving?” – referring to the upcoming holiday.  Hands flew up, and everybody took a guess, “November 24th,” “Next Thursday,” “the third Thursday of November – no, the fourth.”


When Does Stress Become Toxic?

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Stress is any stimulation, strain, or pressure. Not all stress is bad. In fact, short episodes of moderate stress can be good for us. Stress can literally turn us on with an adrenaline rush that helps us rise to the challenge.


Riding the School Stress Roller Coaster

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Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again, when parents, teachers, and students are all pretty excited about getting back into school.


Accepting Our Children’s Differences

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We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all have things that come to us fairly easily, that we’re naturally good at, and things that we struggle with. True or false?


How to Eliminate Parent-Child Power Struggles with “Yes…And”

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When you get sucked into the “NOs” and “BUTs” of an argument, you are fighting an ongoing battle of exclusion – us versus them. When you come from an inner place of understanding and acceptance – which is reflected in the language of “YES…AND” – you are being inclusive. You are joining together to overcome a life challenge.


Why Mindfulness is Important Right Now

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One of the most powerful antidotes to the ills of our times, I believe, is mindfulness. While it’s been practiced across many cultures for many centuries, it seems especially vital to our personal and collective well-being at this point in time.


On Becoming a Grandfather

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They say of parenthood that the days can go by so slowly, but the years go by so quickly.