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Just give me a routine I can break
Just give me a routine I can break
Organization & Study Skills Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Executive Functioning Skills

Just give me a routine I can break

Just give me a routine I can break! Perhaps by this time in the school year I’ve repeated, “We will NOT have a morning like this a...
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Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function
Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function
Parenting ADHD Executive Functioning Skills

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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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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Wherever You Go: There You Are.
Wherever You Go: There You Are.
Executive Functioning Skills Parenting

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 to Heal the Heartbreak of Underachieving Children
How to Heal the Heartbreak of Underachieving Children
Stress & Anxiety Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

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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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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Celebrate Success With Jennifer and Evelyn Zick
Celebrate Success With Jennifer and Evelyn Zick
Math ADHD Learning How to Learn Executive Functioning Skills

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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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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What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
What Exactly Does Yellow Parachute Do? (Almost) Everything
Teaching Stress & Anxiety Reading & Literacy Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Middle School Math Learning How to Learn Test Prep College Search Process High School Executive Functioning Skills Essays & Writing Elementary School ADHD

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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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 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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How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism
How My Son’s ADHD Helped Me Stand Up To My Perfectionism
Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn Parenting Executive Functioning Skills ADHD

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
Teaching Stress & Anxiety Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn Parenting Executive Functioning Skills

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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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
Teaching Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Executive Functioning Skills

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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“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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Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy
Teaching Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn ADHD Executive Functioning Skills

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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