It has been a few days since I have written a post because we have been busily working to get everything organized and prepared for today, the launch of our new Kindle book, The Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child Part 1: Behavior Modification. Continue reading Now Available: The Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child Part 1
For most of us, the past two months have been filled to the brim with stress. Students have been testing away, on state and district mandated tests. Teachers are hurriedly trying to squeeze everything into the next few weeks. The end of the school year must certainly be approaching. Continue reading Who’s Responsibility is it to Learn?
As I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, the past few weeks have been dedicated to performing the final review and edits to Part One of the revised Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child, which will be available as a Kindle e-book on May 9, 2016. The revisions are really coming together very well and we believe that the information will help parents find more joy and pleasure in their task of being a parent. Continue reading Resource 7: Balancing Control and Reactivity
It has been a while since I offered an update on some of the things we have in the works. So I thought I would take the opportunity in this mid-week post to catch you up a bit. Continue reading Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child – Part One
Self-harming behaviors have garnered a great deal of attention over the past few years. While the prevalence of intentional self-harm – the most common of which include cutting and burning – continue to rise, it is difficult to truly understand the rationale for these behaviors. Nonetheless, it has become somewhat of an “en vogue” coping strategy many teenagers are using to deal with depression and heightened emotionality.
Cutting has reached the mainstream media. Continue reading Self-Harming Behaviors and Teenagers
In previous blog posts, I have mentioned some of my concerns regarding our youth today. While I believe that they are generally smarter and more experienced than previous generations, I can’t help but wonder if some of the things we, as adults, are doing will actually make life more difficult for them. Continue reading Are We Doing Our Students a Disservice?
One of the things I really like doing is coaching. I often mention sports here on this blog and on our podcasts, as I feel that the lessons and values that can be learned when one competes athletically is invaluable. Continue reading Grit
My colleague, Dr. Richard Marshall, and I are in the process of revising our 2012 publication, Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child. In this book, we review the three basic tenants to parenting, Behavior Management, Attention, and Love.
Within the Attention portion of the text, we discuss the difference between the quantity of attention you give your child and the quality of attention you offer your child. Continue reading Attention – More Than Just Being There
I am often taken aback by certain dichotomies. So many – at least those who are the most vocal – seem to plant their feet quite firmly on either the right or left side on most issues and fail to see much of the gray in the middle. Continue reading Punishment vs. Reality
Students are emotionally fragile.
Here is the most recent article from Dr. Peter Gray covering the phenomenon of heightened emotional fragility in college students.
There is no doubt that students are experiencing more pressure today than in the past. As you have heard on many of our podcasts and read in our columns, the climate of our current education system, from kindergarten through college, is fostering stress, emphasizing compliance, and restricting exploration. Students have been trained to believe that the only thing that is important is a high grade. The process of learning has changed.