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Setting Aside Our Experiences to Help our Kids

Cara Thorpe, founder and CEO of Yellow Parachute Learning Partners, is here again with answers about personalized learning. Learn about setting aside our own experiences with school and asking a question that will help students get what they need to [...]

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 good enough,” I responded. We turned our heads back to the pair in front of us, Pastor [...]

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 like that land of promise and endless possibility. We plan on learning from every mistake from past [...]

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 and sun, we’ve tend to put off whatever needs to get done. Over my time working with students and reading [...]

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. Moments later, she’s keeping the melody, watching the tempo, and tracking the upcoming key changes. Her job [...]

By |2020-07-14T22:10:32-05:00April 11th, 2019|ADHD, Executive Functioning Skills, 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 accounting of what happened with those checklists I delegated to my kids to keep their home/school/hockey/dance obligations in balance. [...]

By |2020-11-24T08:45:16-06:00January 16th, 2019|Parent Resources, Parenting|

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’ll explain. I mean that when we’re caught in “the rush of it all,” we sometimes [...]

By |2020-07-14T22:22:55-05:00November 28th, 2018|Executive Functioning Skills, Parenting|
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