NAVIGATING LIFE 101
The “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” philosophy does not work. It only serves to teach her that you don’t actually believe in the “Do As I Say” part. What you Say and Do ALWAYS matters. If she sees you living a lie, her trust in you suffers.
That, my friends, is the core of teen angst.read more
Both approaches jumble our emotions like a rollercoaster ride. Player A gets emotionally scrambled internally, and Player B is emotionally whipped externally. The Ref, on the other hand, doesn’t have either of those ups and downs. She understands her self worth as she simply observes.read more
The First Five Fun, Fantastic and Fabulous Summer Activities
> Set up a Quidditch tournament, and form a team.
> Play Capture the Flag, Zombieland version, at a local park…One team Human; One team Zombies.
> Mow the lawn so it looks like a PacMan board, and play your friends.
Everything is a learning experience, including doing a presentation. If you can find a way to videotape yourself while you are presenting, you will find it invaluable when you look over it later. You will be able to see your strengths and your weaknesses, which side of the room you tend to look at, and how confident your overall performance appears.read more
Study Groups can be beneficial, or they can be a huge Time-Suck. Your job is to make sure you don’t waste your time, so do not include anyone in the group who you have a crush on.read more
(15 minutes studying/day) x (5 days a week)
= 1¼ hours of exam prep a week
Be Accountable to your own Personal Cheerleader—a parent, a homework buddy, a sibling who isn’t out to get you, etc.
Not your dog. Your dog will congratulate you even when you don’t take care of business.
Not your cat. Your cat won’t care about anything except sitting on your keyboard.
Read your list of homework tasks that have to be completed tonight aloud to your cheerleader, including the time it will take to accomplish them. It helps commit you to the process.
Now, it’s your turn. Share a goal with your teen you would like to achieve by June. That makes you accountable, too. Come up with an appropriate reward for your achievement. Then create a reward the two of you can share when you both reach your goals. Teamwork!read more
Having trouble with English? Of course you are. English is one convoluted confusing language, unlike the blissfully simplistic realm of Science. As a Wordsmith, and not as a Science cruncher, let me share 10 Mistakes To Avoid In English. Flammable, Inflammable, and...read more
The first hint that school is around the corner is the suddenly cool evenings in August. The second is the first orange leaves scattered among the trees. The third is the endless commercials for Back to School sales. I decided to celebrate the return to academia with my own way…read more