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Bernie's Blog - Part 1
Bernie's Blog - Part 1
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn Essays & Writing

Bernie's Blog - Part 1

This week’s guest blogger is Bernie Whitely, a tremendously inspiring high school student who has worked with Yellow Parachute Lea...
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Redefining “Routine”
Redefining “Routine”
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Stress & Anxiety Organization & Study Skills Executive Functioning Skills

Redefining “Routine”

Routine (noun) rü-ˌtēn.  A regular course of procedure. Habitual or mechanical performance of an established proced...
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Why it’s Important to Worry About Yourself
Why it’s Important to Worry About Yourself
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Why it’s Important to Worry About Yourself

With today’s announcement making the temporary closure of schools in Minnesota permanent for the remainder of the school year, you...
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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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Growing Growth Mindset is Fussy Work
Growing Growth Mindset is Fussy Work
Learning How to Learn Teaching Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

Growing Growth Mindset is Fussy Work

What do kids and cacti have in common? Besides both seriously soft and perfectly prickly sides? I’ll explain, borrowing from an ea...
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Recovery from Perfectionism and Shame
Recovery from Perfectionism and Shame
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery ADHD Stress & Anxiety

Recovery from Perfectionism and Shame

As a recovering perfectionist, I am keenly aware of times when shame has clouded my perception, especially when I have felt critic...
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nev·er·the·less
nev·er·the·less
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

nev·er·the·less

nev·er·the·less/ˌnevərT͟Həˈles/adverb in spite of that; notwithstanding; all the same. however.An example of nevertheless is conti...
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Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Stress & Anxiety

Neuroplasticity

Photo: Neural Plasticity: 4 Steps to Change Your Brain & Habits Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in negative patterns with your ...
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Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.
Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.

Do you argue about the same school-related problems every evening? See tears or anger that you don’t understand? Feel like you hav...
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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 “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
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Stress & Anxiety

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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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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