Teens and tweens are an anxious bunch. It is well-known and well-documented that many kids struggle with anxiety disorders and many are medicated for them and treated individually. Unfortunately, their brains are primed to be ruled by their emotions during this time, but it is possible to help them understand anxiety and begin to tame […]
Writer, wife, mother of two daughters. Passionate about social justice, healthcare, and education.
Last week, the Pew Research Center released their most recent findings on teens and social media use. Much of it may not be a surprise to parents and educators, but it does give some important information about what kids are doing. Some key notes in the report include: 92% of teens ages 13-17 report going […]
Check out this TED Radio Hour podcast if you are interested in the importance of play in our lives. There are so many great nuggets of wisdom in the show that I immediately clicked over to TED.com to listen to Stuart Brown’s talk and learned even more. Some of my favorite new insights: play is not […]
As parents and teachers, we are often uncomfortable when kids display strong emotions, with the exception of joy. For some reason, we generally love it when kids are joyful and happy. But when they are overwhelmingly angry or frustrated or sad, our first response is usually to tell them to tamp it down or talk […]
Most people have heard about left brain/right brain science. Ideally, while the two sides of our brain are responsible for different parts of learning and activity, they work in tandem to help us make our way through the world. But in looking at what each side of the brain is involved in, I wonder if […]
As the Chief Positivity Officer in our household, I’m always looking for ways to re-frame my kids’ day. When you’re surrounded by kids jockeying for position, stressing about homework and quizzes and their place on the team all day long, it can be pretty easy to feel as though life is a constant fight, and […]
Mindfulness is all the rage these days, having inspired a magazine, at least one NFL coach, some school districts, and much more. But why is mindful parenting something you should think about? In my experience, mindfulness in parenting has benefits for the whole family, and, I suspect, our larger community as well. It results in a […]
This article explores ways to think about re-structuring our educational system to more fully support educators and students in a world that has changed immensely since the beginning of the public school system. We are living in a much different world and the way we approach education hasn’t kept up. “…society must decide what it wants to […]
I created these cards for my daughters when they were ten and eight. My oldest was struggling with anxiety at bedtime and cried every morning when I woke her up for school, desperately searching for some reason I ought to let her stay home. I hated to see her start and end every day like that and, […]
The SELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) Project empowers adolescents at the most pivotal time of their development to provide tools that encourage their social-emotional development, resilience, and communication skills. Utilizing science-backed curriculum, books, workshops, and live events.
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