Quality Time

Parents often ask me what they should do when their child misbehaves at school. I have many thoughts about this question, but my answers often circle back to the importance of quality time. The more quality time we have with…

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Eustress-Distress

Its a constant struggle the person I am vs. the person I want to be. It seems no matter how hard I try to build positive behavior patterns, I fight the momentum of my bad habits. I will often set…

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I Can See Clearly Now

My perspective is my reality, which at times, seems to cause problems. Of course, Im very good at seeing things my way. Ive had 50 years of practice doing so. Unfortunately, I forget the same holds true for others. Differing…

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Now’s Not the Time

You have probably been exposed to Maslows hierarchy of needs at some point in your life. This motivation theory outlines how individuals strive first for physical and emotional safety. Included in the lower ring of needs are freedom from fear,…

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The Last Word

One of the best ways to avoid power struggles is to allow others to have the last word. Though difficult to do, it is an effective strategy - especially when dealing with your own children. I have always struggled to…

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My Behavioral Best Self

Welcome to 2017. Being a goal-oriented person, this is one of my favorite times of year. I, for one, will be starting things off by identifying my behavioral zone of proximal development. It is the place that challenges me to…

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Gimme A Break

So, the topic of conversation today seems to center on the idea of change - from the changing of weather (76 yesterday, 30 last night) to the changing of bad habits (New Year's Resolutions are just around the corner.) Personally,…

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What Goes Around…

Behavior always seems to cycle around eventually. Even if this isnt true, it helps me sleep better. We have all encountered the difficult behaviors of both children and adults alike. Knowing behavior occurs in a relationship, some models liken interactions…

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Overriding Memories

Ah, memories. This summer I presented at the Reading, Writing, Math and More conference in Orlando and had an impromptu dinner with a group of workshop participants. We talked, laughed, and shared an appetizer plate that was a gift from…

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Educational Telenovela

December can be a very emotional month for educators, as evidenced by many schools that look like scenes from a telenovela (Spanish soap opera). Levels of high stress and low tolerance can make us prone to getting into power struggles…

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