School Year Resolutions

August 22, 2017

It’s back to school and I sometimes wonder whether I put more time in to pondering the ‘school year’ resolutions versus the ‘new year’ resolutions. If any of you identify with this then you’ll appreciate the angst over wanting to start the year off on the right foot with the right habits and with the […]

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Success is a Mindset – choose your thoughts and your words carefully!

June 26, 2017

We talk frequently with business leaders and entrepreneurs about success behaviors and what it takes to become a high achiever. While many people believe that this is something we are either “born with” or not, nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless of academic performance, age, race or socio-economic circumstances, the ability to be […]

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Creating Teachable Moments in Parenting

April 19, 2017

Our children love to go out for hot chocolate. It’s become a weekly ritual for us; an opportunity to sit  talk about what’s happening in their lives – school, friends, and anything interesting they’ve learned. The time and space to connect and tune-in with our kids has a lot of upside. On the downside, my 8 year old’s desire for his weekly hot […]

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Where has human decency gone?

February 17, 2017

Where has human decency gone? Did it give up the good fight, wave the white flag in surrender, and shuffle off into the dark with its kindred spirit the moral compass. Did it depart with the dawn of the tech age? Is it being held hostage by social media? Was it beaten to death by […]

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What’s their filter?

February 8, 2017

Recently a friend who is also a neurologist was relaying a conversation she had with her daughter about parenting. The daughter is of a ‘tween’ age where she is starting to push back and question parental guidance and boundaries; a common and appropriate developmental stage. Our friend had wise words to share with her child… When […]

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Teens tell it like it is

November 30, 2016

NBC’s Today Show has just launched its “Teens Tell All” series where Stephanie Gosk talks with eight high schoolers age 15-17 “for a raw, unfiltered conversation about what goes on inside their lives.” If you’re the parent of a teen, and perhaps one who doesn’t “share”, this might give you some real insights into what they’re thinking, […]

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Where has vocational training gone…and why college isn’t for everyone.

November 28, 2016

In an article written by Nicholas Wyman for Forbes magazine, entitled Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools, the author looks at the current conundrum of “college prep” being the center of the US high school curriculum. Why is it that every student needs to be “prepped” for college when the reality […]

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Nonsense or science? Should kids be learning emotional skills at school?

November 16, 2016

In a recent article by Even Porter for Upworthy, entitled “Researchers studied kindergarteners’ behavior and followed up 19 years later. Here are the findings“, the author seeks to answer the question around whether it’s simply good grades that matter, or if social success is just as important. If you have been following the blog then […]

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Are you "mission control" for your kids?

October 29, 2016

Did you ever see the movie Baby Boom with Diane Keaton – circa 1980’s?  It tells the story of a successful business woman who suddenly finds herself inheriting a baby girl and the quandary she finds herself in navigating the boundary between corporate success and raising a child. I can remember laughing at the scene where […]

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