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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Thankful

So much for which to be thankful... As a parent, it is easy to see all the flaws, mistakes and problems of our children. After all, our natural inclination is to "fix" them. Here is the problem - When we…

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Choose Wisely

"Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire." Yes - How sad that this was the first thing I heard on the radio this morning. Welcome to Election Day. As an observer of human behavior, I found this election season to be quite…

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Traditions

Traditions are powerful. They can ground and connect individuals by providing a routine and sense of purpose. Personally, I believe the best traditions are rooted in deep relationships. I was reminded of this last weekend when I took a break…

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Step Back

This weeks revelation - When we own the solution, we own the problem. Parents, give it up. Too often, in an attempt to help our children by guiding, encouraging, recommending and coercing, we end up carrying the burden of their…

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