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  • The Secret to Better Homework Completion for Teens

    Routine, Routine, Routine. This is essential for teens. They’re frontal lobes are still developing.  You know, the part of the brain that deals with organization, emotional regulation, and impulsiveness: the part of the brain that drives parents nuts. Those kids that have their binders in nice neat rows and get all their homework done aren’t […]

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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?  I know […]

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  • 3 Ways to Live a Happier and More Contented Life

    As I find myself doing these three things more, I find myself in such a happier place.  I worry less, and enjoy life more.  I hope you will find cultivating these mindsets will be helpful to you too. Being More Thankful for the Little Things I always try to have a thankful heart and consider […]

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  • What is Hypnosis Like? Your Questions Answered.

    Karen Gray, licensed nurse and hypnotist, invited me to learn about hypnosis.  Always fascinated by the brain and psychology, I jumped at the chance to learn how the procoess worked.  I thought back to the magic hypnotist shows and thought: Is it like that? What Does a Hypnosis Office Look Like? I arrived at her office […]

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  • 6 Solutions to Improve Your Teen’s Homework Completion

    homework refusal

    To solve this frustrating dilemma we need to get to the root of the problem: Why do they not turn in homework? As a middle school teacher I’ve seen many reasons why students do not turn in their homework.  I’ll go over the main ones I see and give you strategies to tackle the problem.  […]

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  • How to be More Organized

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    You know the quote by Benjamin Franklin: “A place for everything, everything in its place?”  Well, this is especially important when tackling being disorganized.  Everything needs to have a home.   How do you do that and stick to it? It’s all about routines!  Create a routine that works for you.  I always put my purse in the same spot, and my […]

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  • How to Not Procrastinate…and Get More Done.

    There are things in our lives that need to be done, but for whatever reason, we put it off.  Here are some ways to help you work through that, make progress, and move on. Determine What You Procrastinate For me I let the shredding pile build up.  Who wants to take time to shred ten […]

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  • Making the Holidays More Meaningful

    I was fine, content with what I had, but then I created my wish list for my family and felt a nagging feeling of greed grip me. Now suddenly I was thinking that would be nice…and oh that would be great. Ideas of things to add to my life tumbled into my mind. Wait. I […]

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  • 4 Ways to Cope with Lunchtime Negativity

    You  need a break from the daily grind but find yourself stressed even on your lunch break.  The culprit?  Lunchtime negativity. Here are some tips I’ve tried. Eating Lunch Elsewhere One year I ate lunch in another room.  Even though I was by myself, I still had a good lunch break because I read Guideposts and […]