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The Coalescence of Passion in the Pursuit of Purpose
The Coalescence of Passion in the Pursuit of Purpose
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The Coalescence of Passion in the Pursuit of Purpose

If you would have told me last June that I would be opening the doors of a small private middle school in September, I would have ...
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How to have faith in the first few steps
How to have faith in the first few steps
Learning How to Learn Personalized Learning Teaching

How to have faith in the first few steps

I remember when my kids took their first steps. They first learned to stand on two feet, then, slowly, how to put one unsteady foo...
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How “letting go” in the right way can help your kids flourish
How “letting go” in the right way can help your kids flourish
Parenting Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How “letting go” in the right way can help your kids flourish

“Say it, Mom,” she whisper-coached. “I am good enough.” My daughter pressed her hand into mine, her forehead to my temple. “I am g...
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The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain
The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain
Stress & Anxiety Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain

Yellow Parachute thinks about the whole picture when it comes to succeeding in the classroom. Just like a coach must consider the ...
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How to manage expectations about summer learning
How to manage expectations about summer learning
Parenting Learning How to Learn Personalized Learning

How to manage expectations about summer learning

To my fellow parents, I’m about to save you from your own expectations about summer learning. At this point in May, summer feels l...
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Why we procrastinate, and how we can change
Why we procrastinate, and how we can change
Parenting Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Why we procrastinate, and how we can change

I’ve been thinking a bit about procrastination. It’s finally spring in Minnesota, and it seems that along with 60-degree weather a...
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Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function
Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills ADHD

Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function

Imagine sitting in a concert hall. The crowd falls silent as the conductor takes her place on center stage and cues the orchestra....
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The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us
The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us

20 years ago, I had a big list of ideas and a whole lot of ambition.  I knew that I wanted to help students transform into learner...
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A timeout could be just the thing we all need
A timeout could be just the thing we all need
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

A timeout could be just the thing we all need

We’re encouraged to always say yes to more. And with technology—it’s easier to do more, to have bigger and better dreams. But I th...
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps

Imagine that black pair of boots that keep showing up on your Facebook feed. The ones that would go with everything you own, inclu...
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What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt
What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt

A lot of people ask why we at Yellow Parachute talk so much about self-doubt.  If our intentions are to inspire, then why focus on...
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When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are
When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are

Our rescue dog Allie’s middle name is Grace. Hers is a story of where the light gets in. But it wouldn’t be a story about where th...
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How To Disarm So You Can Be All In
How To Disarm So You Can Be All In
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How To Disarm So You Can Be All In

Where would we be without the incredible research and life-giving language of Brené Brown and Ann Voskamp ? Well, for a start, the...
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How To Know Your Best Is Enough
How To Know Your Best Is Enough
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How To Know Your Best Is Enough

Last weekend my sweet and beautiful rescue dog Allie was the roughest, meanest dog at the dog park. She instigated scuffles, chase...
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How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
Personalized Learning

How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words

And How YP Is Cleaning Them Up When I mention “personalized learning,” to my ACT students eyes roll, jaws clench, gum snaps, arms ...
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“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
Personalized Learning

“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal

“There’s nothing really that great about being cool. Cool is, by definition, self-protection.”  - Brené Brown I heard it again thi...
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Learning Coaches Change Lives
Learning Coaches Change Lives
Personalized Learning

Learning Coaches Change Lives

When our self-images get warped , we need relationships—the vision and kindness of caring friends and mentors—to correct them. I’v...
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How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money
How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money
Parenting

How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money

As promised in last week’s post on conquering the self-defeating stories we tell ourselves, what follows is an honest and thorough...
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What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Learning How to Learn

What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Click. How many times a day do you feel the lenses of other people trained on you? Do you imagine what they notice — the coffee st...
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Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work
Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work
Learning How to Learn

Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work

“She’s a natural.” You’ve heard it a million times regarding a talented athlete, academic, artist, musician—anyone who performs ab...
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Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
Holiday

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your partnership. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.
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Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka
Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka
Parenting

Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka

These past several weeks, we at Yellow Parachute have been thinking deeply the big themes of the holiday season: family values , g...
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Rethinking Student Voice and Choice and What it Means to be a Learner

“You’re never going to feel like it,” offers Mel Robbins in reference to working out. I’ll add: “But you’ll never regret it when y...
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Slowing Down to Avoid a Wreck and Find Resilience
Slowing Down to Avoid a Wreck and Find Resilience
Parenting Stress & Anxiety

Slowing Down to Avoid a Wreck and Find Resilience

It’s a good thing I slowed down to 35 mph last week because we encountered some major bumps in our familial road. In fact, let’s c...
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A Dirty Word for the Holiday Season: Checklist. (It’s Not What You Think, I Promise.)
A Dirty Word for the Holiday Season: Checklist. (It’s Not What You Think, I Promise.)
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

A Dirty Word for the Holiday Season: Checklist. (It’s Not What You Think, I Promise.)

We’re in the midst of the Holiday Season, which is wonderful and terrible at the same time. I hope you don’t mind me saying that—I...
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Thanksgiving Gratitude
Thanksgiving Gratitude
Holiday

Thanksgiving Gratitude

We are so grateful for your partnership. Wishing you a holiday filled with goodness with your family and loved ones.
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Wherever You Go: There You Are.
Wherever You Go: There You Are.
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

Wherever You Go: There You Are.

I’ll say it once again: Life moves fast. We click along at a furious pace, pulling in and out of our driveways, shuffling and shut...
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How Knowing Where You Are Helps You Get Where You Want to Go
How Knowing Where You Are Helps You Get Where You Want to Go
Parenting Learning How to Learn ADHD

How Knowing Where You Are Helps You Get Where You Want to Go

As ever-adventurous neighborhood travelers, my daughter and I attempted a new shortcut to her friend’s house this weekend. We also...
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Exploring Core Values With Rachel Moran, LMFT
Exploring Core Values With Rachel Moran, LMFT
Parenting Stress & Anxiety

Exploring Core Values With Rachel Moran, LMFT

That SAT score, that perfect college , that flawless photo of our dinner on Instagram: when did everything become so external to o...
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How to Heal the Heartbreak of Underachieving Children
How to Heal the Heartbreak of Underachieving Children
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills Stress & Anxiety

How to Heal the Heartbreak of Underachieving Children

Each of us has seasons of increased and decreased productivity in school, work, and life. When we prioritize time and bandwidth, s...
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Tell Your Story from the Inside Out With Lisa Boes
Tell Your Story from the Inside Out With Lisa Boes
High School College Search Process

Tell Your Story from the Inside Out With Lisa Boes

With all the external pressure that students face surrounding their college search, it can be difficult for them to know what kind...
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How To Foster Focus and Build Meaning Into Your Kids’ Lives
How To Foster Focus and Build Meaning Into Your Kids’ Lives
Parenting

How To Foster Focus and Build Meaning Into Your Kids’ Lives

Dear Parents, I wrote to your kids last week. If you haven’t shared with them my letter , please do. Forward. Or print it out. Tap...
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Fostering Focus and Building Meaning Part II: Lessons from Your Kids’ Favorite Teacher
Fostering Focus and Building Meaning Part II: Lessons from Your Kids’ Favorite Teacher
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

Fostering Focus and Building Meaning Part II: Lessons from Your Kids’ Favorite Teacher

Does your kid have a favorite teacher? Maybe even teachers, plural ? They’re amazing, aren’t they? The work your kid will put in f...
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How To Foster Focus and Build Meaning Into Your Kids’ Lives Part I
How To Foster Focus and Build Meaning Into Your Kids’ Lives Part I
Executive Functioning Skills

How To Foster Focus and Build Meaning Into Your Kids’ Lives Part I

Dear Parents, I wrote to your kids last week. If you haven’t shared with them my letter , please do. Forward. Or print it out. Tap...
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Getting Rid of Squirrel-Brain: How to Work Smarter Not Harder
Getting Rid of Squirrel-Brain: How to Work Smarter Not Harder
Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Getting Rid of Squirrel-Brain: How to Work Smarter Not Harder

Dear Generation Z, aka iGens, aka “teenagers,” I’m worried about you. I know, I’m a worrier . But this world isn’t like it was whe...
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The Best and Worst Ways to Battle Anxiety
The Best and Worst Ways to Battle Anxiety
Stress & Anxiety

The Best and Worst Ways to Battle Anxiety

There aren’t enough capital letters on the keyboard to express my concern for the way I see anxiety shredding the confidence and u...
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How To Do The Things You Don’t Like Doing (And How YP Can Help)
How To Do The Things You Don’t Like Doing (And How YP Can Help)
Parenting Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

How To Do The Things You Don’t Like Doing (And How YP Can Help)

Ok, so when it comes to getting to the gym, I’m pretty disciplined . But I’m disciplined because I enjoy it—the adrenaline, the fo...
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One Family’s (Almost) Decade With Yellow Parachute
One Family’s (Almost) Decade With Yellow Parachute
Personalized Learning Test Prep

One Family’s (Almost) Decade With Yellow Parachute

You may recall our friend and professional organizer Suzanne van Dyck from our post on letting go of the clutter in your life. Suz...
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How Talking To Yourself Helps You (And Your Kids) Learn
How Talking To Yourself Helps You (And Your Kids) Learn
Parenting Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

How Talking To Yourself Helps You (And Your Kids) Learn

Do you talk to yourself? I do. Like when I’m making a list of things to pack for the cabin, helping a student with a science quest...
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Celebrate Success With Jennifer and Evelyn Zick
Celebrate Success With Jennifer and Evelyn Zick
Math Learning How to Learn Executive Functioning Skills ADHD

Celebrate Success With Jennifer and Evelyn Zick

When Jennifer Zick’s first child was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade, Jennifer was scared. “As first-time parents, the diagnosi...
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How YP Fosters Student Success
How YP Fosters Student Success
Learning How to Learn

How YP Fosters Student Success

Did you know researchers have found that students typically make poor choices when they attempt to learn information on their own ...
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Ties That Bind: How Perfectionism Keeps You From Moving Forward
Ties That Bind: How Perfectionism Keeps You From Moving Forward
Learning How to Learn

Ties That Bind: How Perfectionism Keeps You From Moving Forward

Perfectionism seeps in and attaches itself to every healthy intention. It blinds a soul to what is good, normal, and right, result...
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How To Make The Most of Teachable Moments
How To Make The Most of Teachable Moments
Parenting

How To Make The Most of Teachable Moments

How are the conversations with your kiddos going? I’m a little bit behind my goal. I had two ten minute conversations—really good ...
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Setting Goals With Your Kids? Expect Push-Back
Setting Goals With Your Kids? Expect Push-Back
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

Setting Goals With Your Kids? Expect Push-Back

So. How did your goal-setting conversations go, everyone? Anyone? Okay, I’ll start: mine were...so-so. I talked with each kiddo se...
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Lost In Translation: How I Learned To Stop Co-authoring  My Kids’ Dreams
Lost In Translation: How I Learned To Stop Co-authoring  My Kids’ Dreams
Parenting

Lost In Translation: How I Learned To Stop Co-authoring  My Kids’ Dreams

For a long time in our house, the parental catchphrase, “Remember your goal” led to grumpy retorts, which led to tense “conversati...
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What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
Organization & Study Skills Middle School Math Learning How to Learn High School Executive Functioning Skills Essays & Writing Elementary School College Search Process ADHD Personalized Learning Reading & Literacy Stress & Anxiety Teaching Test Prep

What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything

We spend a great deal of time telling you the how and why or our teaching, what inspires us, and how we hope to inspire our studen...
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The Secret Of Life (Well, A Secret Of Life)
The Secret Of Life (Well, A Secret Of Life)
Learning How to Learn

The Secret Of Life (Well, A Secret Of Life)

In the introduction to his international bestseller, The Alchemis t , (a YP recommendation as a summer MUST READ for kids 13-130) ...
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Hot And Cranky Wins The Nothing: Getting Along With Your Family This Summer
Hot And Cranky Wins The Nothing: Getting Along With Your Family This Summer
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

Hot And Cranky Wins The Nothing: Getting Along With Your Family This Summer

We’re not into the dog days of summer...yet. Maybe the puppy days? With June coming to a close, your house might be turning hot an...
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How Knowing Your “Why” Helps You Know You’re Enough
How Knowing Your “Why” Helps You Know You’re Enough
Parenting

How Knowing Your “Why” Helps You Know You’re Enough

Newsflash: I’m an ultrasensitive, feedback-seeking individual. Try that on for size: I want to know exactly what you’re thinking a...
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How Do We Implement Individualized Learning?
How Do We Implement Individualized Learning?
Personalized Learning

How Do We Implement Individualized Learning?

This May, I had the pleasure and privilege to take part in the Bush Foundation’s Individualized Learning Conference .  I was moved...
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Five Steps To Academic Success
Five Steps To Academic Success
Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn Essays & Writing College Search Process

Five Steps To Academic Success

I’ve spent nearly ten rewarding years as an ACT Test Prep Coach, preparing incredible young people for over 100 ACT and SAT tests....
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What Alpha Training Taught Me About Sustainable Living
What Alpha Training Taught Me About Sustainable Living
Learning How to Learn

What Alpha Training Taught Me About Sustainable Living

I tend to push myself hard, in all areas of life. This tendency is what first brought me to Alpha training—I wanted to be as stron...
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Pause Before You Post: Can Compassion Protect Our Kids From Social Media Scrutiny?
Pause Before You Post: Can Compassion Protect Our Kids From Social Media Scrutiny?
Parenting

Pause Before You Post: Can Compassion Protect Our Kids From Social Media Scrutiny?

Recently I was talking with a group of friends about our teenage years in the good old days, when the past stayed in the past. We ...
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On Teaching Our Kids How to Fail
On Teaching Our Kids How to Fail
Learning How to Learn Personalized Learning

On Teaching Our Kids How to Fail

Yesterday, one of my students came to our session almost in tears. She struggles with grammar, and lately, the teacher had been as...
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Coach Spotlight: Susan Bloom, Test Prep Beyond the Scores
Coach Spotlight: Susan Bloom, Test Prep Beyond the Scores
Personalized Learning Test Prep

Coach Spotlight: Susan Bloom, Test Prep Beyond the Scores

Maybe Susan Bloom has always been “good at school.” Her impressive academic credentials suggest as much—a BA in political science ...
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Introducing YP Virtual ACT and SAT Test Prep!
Introducing YP Virtual ACT and SAT Test Prep!
College Search Process Test Prep

Introducing YP Virtual ACT and SAT Test Prep!

We are so excited to launch a new test prep program, just in time for summer! Combining our personalized tutoring program with a p...
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Calling in the Jump Squad Part 2: Finding the Courage to Ask for Help
Calling in the Jump Squad Part 2: Finding the Courage to Ask for Help
Parenting

Calling in the Jump Squad Part 2: Finding the Courage to Ask for Help

Last week we talked about how you know it’s time to hire a tutor . Still, even when all the signs are pointing that way, it can be...
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The Domino Effect: How Math Tutoring Multiplied my Son's Successes
The Domino Effect: How Math Tutoring Multiplied my Son's Successes
Parenting Math Personalized Learning

The Domino Effect: How Math Tutoring Multiplied my Son's Successes

We talk a lot about the transformative power of reciprocity between a student and tutor (learning coach!). It’s something we belie...
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Calling in the Jump Squad Part 1: Eight Signs You Need a Tutor
Calling in the Jump Squad Part 1: Eight Signs You Need a Tutor
Parenting Personalized Learning Stress & Anxiety

Calling in the Jump Squad Part 1: Eight Signs You Need a Tutor

Your kid works diligently at a certain subject but becomes increasingly frustrated as it fails to click . You gear yourself up for...
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How To Make the Most of Your Summer with Erika Bussmann
How To Make the Most of Your Summer with Erika Bussmann
Middle School High School Elementary School Reading & Literacy

How To Make the Most of Your Summer with Erika Bussmann

When the last dregs of snow have finally melted and the crunch of spring playoffs and final exams and end of year celebrations hav...
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Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand
Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand
Organization & Study Skills Personalized Learning

Change your life in 30 seconds or less with Habit Gal Sara Brand

Come New Years, the summer, the weekend, we make our lists—we will use the fresh start, the extra time, the good weather to exerci...
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Simple Steps to Up Your College Admissions Game this Spring and Summer
Simple Steps to Up Your College Admissions Game this Spring and Summer
High School Essays & Writing College Search Process

Simple Steps to Up Your College Admissions Game this Spring and Summer

The college admissions process can be exciting, stressful, and mystifying for students and parents alike. There’s the anxiety over...
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Learning Coach Gabriela Grosshans, inspired by neuroscience, pancakes
Learning Coach Gabriela Grosshans, inspired by neuroscience, pancakes
Math Learning How to Learn Personalized Learning Stress & Anxiety

Learning Coach Gabriela Grosshans, inspired by neuroscience, pancakes

As a Yellow Parachute Learning Coach , Gabriela tutors math, science, and Spanish, including ACT, SAT subject tests, and IB and AP...
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Math, Mentorship, and Machine Learning with Alex Gutierrez
Math, Mentorship, and Machine Learning with Alex Gutierrez
Math

Math, Mentorship, and Machine Learning with Alex Gutierrez

Ever wonder what a mathematician actually does? Or how you can train computers to take over the world? Or what kind of degree coul...
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How Taking in a Foreign Exchange Student Helped My Family Learn to Love Better
How Taking in a Foreign Exchange Student Helped My Family Learn to Love Better
Parenting

How Taking in a Foreign Exchange Student Helped My Family Learn to Love Better

Ah, snowy mid-March in Minnesota. It’s a season that may make some of us wish to be anywhere but here. As you dream of warmer clim...
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Jump With Me? Reciprocity, Mentorship, and Unlearning the Naturalness Bias
Jump With Me? Reciprocity, Mentorship, and Unlearning the Naturalness Bias
ADHD Personalized Learning

Jump With Me? Reciprocity, Mentorship, and Unlearning the Naturalness Bias

As an educator with a deep desire to help struggling students and their families, I used to imagine myself as a rescue worker para...
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Living As You Leap: How To Succeed Outside The System
Living As You Leap: How To Succeed Outside The System
Personalized Learning

Living As You Leap: How To Succeed Outside The System

Yellow Parachute sprung from my desire to give every kid access to the education that he or she deserved. And true “access” meant ...
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From Pool to Parachute: How I Found My Purpose And How You Can Find Yours
From Pool to Parachute: How I Found My Purpose And How You Can Find Yours
Personalized Learning

From Pool to Parachute: How I Found My Purpose And How You Can Find Yours

Yellow Parachute’s mission is to inspire each individual to discover her or his unique gifts and use them to serve others—in short...
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How To Turn Family Conflicts Into Fun(ish) Puzzles
How To Turn Family Conflicts Into Fun(ish) Puzzles
Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

How To Turn Family Conflicts Into Fun(ish) Puzzles

Last week we waded into the fascinating world of Executive Functions (EF) in family dynamics. EF mismatches between parents and ki...
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I Asked My Kids To Set Their Own Bedtimes. Here's What Happened
I Asked My Kids To Set Their Own Bedtimes. Here's What Happened
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

I Asked My Kids To Set Their Own Bedtimes. Here's What Happened

More than a political-patriotic display of unity or might, the Olympics, for me, are incredibly moving. Watch an Olympic athlete i...
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How Asking For Help Makes Space For What Matters
How Asking For Help Makes Space For What Matters
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

How Asking For Help Makes Space For What Matters

This fall, Shauna Niequist’s, Present Over Perfect inspired me to clean out my closet , which in turn inspired me to clean out my ...
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Emotional Healing For An Organized Home With Suzanne van Dyck
Emotional Healing For An Organized Home With Suzanne van Dyck
Organization & Study Skills

Emotional Healing For An Organized Home With Suzanne van Dyck

Keeping a neat home is tough, and even tougher when kids are involved. It isn’t only the toys and sporting equipment that make org...
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How Productive Teens (And Parents) Get It Done In 5 Steps
How Productive Teens (And Parents) Get It Done In 5 Steps
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

How Productive Teens (And Parents) Get It Done In 5 Steps

Cultivating good habits is hard. You need to decide what habits are “good” in the first place, make a plan for acting on them, and...
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How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism
How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism
Parenting Learning How to Learn Executive Functioning Skills ADHD Personalized Learning

How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism

I wear a lot of different hats: educator, CEO, daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend. Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing all these...
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Making It Stick Part III: How To Get Teachers and Parents Off Your Back And On Your Side
Making It Stick Part III: How To Get Teachers and Parents Off Your Back And On Your Side
Parenting Learning How to Learn Executive Functioning Skills Personalized Learning Stress & Anxiety Teaching

Making It Stick Part III: How To Get Teachers and Parents Off Your Back And On Your Side

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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Thank You For Helping Me Practice Gratitude and Joy
Thank You For Helping Me Practice Gratitude and Joy
Parenting

Thank You For Helping Me Practice Gratitude and Joy

Dearest YP Families, As we hunker down into these frosty days and, I hope, take a well-deserved break, I want to take a moment to ...
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Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning
Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning
Organization & Study Skills Executive Functioning Skills Personalized Learning Teaching

Making It Stick Part II: What We’ve Been Getting Wrong About Learning

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy
Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy
Parenting Organization & Study Skills Stress & Anxiety

Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy

Home fragrance has come a long way from the synthetic aerosols and potpourri of yore. More than creating ambiance, a growing body ...
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Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)
Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)
Parenting Organization & Study Skills

Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)

Much as I would love to trade love and good intentions alone this holiday season, the Santa-Industrial-Complex is far bigger than ...
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Writing A College Admission Essay? Check Out These Quick Tips
Writing A College Admission Essay? Check Out These Quick Tips
High School Essays & Writing College Search Process

Writing A College Admission Essay? Check Out These Quick Tips

For many high school seniors, Thanksgiving is a final calm before the storm of college application stress. I still remember the an...
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“Making It Stick” Part I: Why Kids Are Their Own Worst Critics
“Making It Stick” Part I: Why Kids Are Their Own Worst Critics
Executive Functioning Skills Personalized Learning

“Making It Stick” Part I: Why Kids Are Their Own Worst Critics

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologi...
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Mind-Body Hacks For Happier Kids
Mind-Body Hacks For Happier Kids
Parenting Teaching

Mind-Body Hacks For Happier Kids

Kathy Flaminio is a social worker, certified yoga instructor, researcher, and witness to the power of mindful movement to transfor...
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The Cookie Connection: Teaching My Kids To Love Abundantly
The Cookie Connection: Teaching My Kids To Love Abundantly
Parenting

The Cookie Connection: Teaching My Kids To Love Abundantly

Halloween is over; our family candy horde is replenished, and the squirrels are chewing the faces off our jack-o-lanterns. It’s sn...
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How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules: Mentorship Matters
How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules: Mentorship Matters
Personalized Learning Teaching

How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules: Mentorship Matters

The first time I saw a baseball game, I sat shoulder-to-shoulder with my grandfather on my parents’ couch, while men on TV swung b...
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The Pain of Perfection: I’m Tired Of People-Pleasing, And You Should Be Too
The Pain of Perfection: I’m Tired Of People-Pleasing, And You Should Be Too
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The Pain of Perfection: I’m Tired Of People-Pleasing, And You Should Be Too

It’s one of the more exasperating interview answers. You ask someone to name a workplace weakness and she says, “Well, shucks, I’m...
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Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
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Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy

It’s not easy to recognize learning disabilities in our kids. To the untrained eye , disorders like ADD or ADHD might look like la...
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How To Parent With A Brave And Breaking Heart
How To Parent With A Brave And Breaking Heart
Parenting

How To Parent With A Brave And Breaking Heart

There’s a myth in our society, that turning into a parent is like turning into a butterfly. You’re supposed to be transformed not ...
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Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?
Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?
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Can You Teach Your Kids To Be Gritty?

Once, on my birthday, a friend gave me a pot full of dirt and spiky green blobs. "It's a cactus," she said, when I asked about lig...
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Welcome to Yellow Parachute
Welcome to Yellow Parachute
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Welcome to Yellow Parachute

Dear Parents, Educators, and Yellow Parachute Families, As we ease into autumn and refresh our routines, I want to extend a warm w...
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