Book Review: The Strength Switch

Waters, L. (2017).  The strength switch: How the new science of strength-based parenting can help your child and your teen to flourish. New York, NY: Avery. “He’s not coming back” muttered my supervisor in a defeated exhale.  Deep down I already knew this as he had been gone since day three, but I’d held out hope that the new special education teacher would return.  Instead ...
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5 1/2 Mentors that will change your life

In what ways do you need to develop?  Doug Stewart reveals the secret of personal development that helped him turn himself from a 1.4 GPA to a 3.4 GPA student. His conclusion "Mentorship isn’t something that is done to you. Mentorship is something you can do for yourself, with the help of others."   If you are interested in personal development and learning witho...
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Grades are for Eggs, not Children

We are three-quarters of the way through the school year and the full spectrum of parental emotions is most definitely surging at this point.  If you are about to launch your child into college and life, you are in the senior stretch - praying they don’t self-implode a few strides short of the finish line; you can’t quite breathe easy yet, can you? If your child typically do...
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Sanity Saver # 2 – In and Out Notetaking

Ever heard of "in and out thinking?"  Maybe not, but I can guarantee you have experienced it. The American Psychological Association studied what people did during a seminar, speech or workshop.  Their findings may be surprising to you.  According to the research findings, at any given moment, here's what was on their minds: 18% are really listening to the presenter 25...
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Sanity Saver #1 – An idea system

To think just a few short months ago I drove myself crazy by just taking notes all in one place like I'd always done.  Completely ineffective, but a classic case of "you don't know what you don't know." Enter an Idea System.  According to the course contract and syllabus for CRS 559 - Principles in Creative Problem Solving with Dr. Roger Firestien an Idea System is so ne...
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The importance of dreaming

On 8/28/2013, shortly after arriving home from dropping our oldest daughter at college, I sat at my computer and I started to dream.  I was inspired by the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech which was all over social media. DREAMING VIVIDLY I watched the speech on YouTube.  I read about how it almost didn't come to be...which was something I never learn...
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