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

By | 2017-12-14T16:34:18+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Learning How To Learn|

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologists and on how we learn best, as well as over eighteen years of experience creating personalized learning solutions for kids. This 3-month kick-start to an Academic Coaching program will guide students and parents through the 10 most [...]

Improve Sleep And Study Time With Aromatherapy

By | 2017-12-11T19:23:03+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Wellness|

Home fragrance has come a long way from the synthetic aerosols and potpourri of yore. More than creating ambiance, a growing body of clinical evidence shows that aromatherapy—the use of plant essential oils for therapeutic purposes—has remarkable healing properties. So much so that hospitals and clinics across the country are turning to aromatherapy to solve [...]

Yellow Parachute 2017 Holiday Gift Guide (And Discounts!)

By | 2017-12-04T23:24:31+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Gifts|

Much as I would love to trade love and good intentions alone this holiday season, the Santa-Industrial-Complex is far bigger than I. And while you don’t have to give things to prove your affection, there’s also nothing wrong with mindfully-chosen and lovingly-given items that bring joy to both giver and receiver. With that in mind, [...]

Writing A College Admission Essay? Check Out These Quick Tips

By | 2017-11-23T01:40:48+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Writing Tips|

For many high school seniors, Thanksgiving is a final calm before the storm of college application stress. I still remember the anxiety of crafting my own admission essays, though I’ve long since forgotten what they were about. You want to be original but not alienating, un-stuffy but respectful, likable but not boring. And to top [...]

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

By | 2017-11-16T22:50:13+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Learning How To Learn|

In 2018, we’re launching a new learning-to-learn curriculum, based on the latest research from educational and clinical psychologists on how we learn best, as well as over eighteen years of experience creating personalized learning solutions for kids. This 3-month Academic Coaching program will guide students and parents through the 10 most important learning skills to [...]

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Mind-Body Hacks For Happier Kids

By | 2017-11-08T23:02:36+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Mindfulness, Parenting|

Kathy Flaminio is a social worker, certified yoga instructor, researcher, and witness to the power of mindful movement to transform a child’s academic success and emotional well-being. She’s also the founder of 1,000 Petals, a Minnesota-based consulting company that offers education and training in the science and practice of mindfulness and movement. Research shows that [...]

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The Cookie Connection: Teaching My Kids To Love Abundantly

By | 2017-11-02T14:00:38+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Parenting|

Halloween is over; our family candy horde is replenished, and the squirrels are chewing the faces off our jack-o-lanterns. It’s snowing here in Minnesota, and my thoughts have turned to my next and biggest holiday hurdles: Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are turkeys to consider, and wish lists and mall trips and cascades of Amazon deliveries. [...]

How To Enjoy The Game Without Knowing The Rules

By | 2017-12-04T22:18:50+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Parenting|

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 bats and trotted back and forth, over grass and patches of dirt. My grandfather’s hands were folded neatly in his lap and his mustache was groomed just-so. He smelled like Dove soap. [...]

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The Pain of Perfection: I’m Tired Of People-Pleasing, And You Should Be Too

By | 2017-12-04T22:19:03+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Evolution|

It’s one of the more exasperating interview answers. You ask someone to name a workplace weakness and she says, “Well, shucks, I’m a bit of perfectionist” (cue eye roll). These days, we see identifying as a “perfectionist” as a way to fake self-criticism while secretly patting yourself on the back. Because, after all, employers should see [...]

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Don’t Try Harder, Try Differently: Tackling Learning Challenges With Judy Bandy

By | 2017-10-13T16:40:53+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Parenting|

It’s not easy to recognize learning disabilities in our kids. To the untrained eye, disorders like ADD or ADHD might look like laziness or lack of self-control—traits that many of us were (wrongly) brought up to believe are problems of character rather than problems of neurology. And we worry, that by labeling a problem we’re [...]

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