Parenting

Winter of Wonder: The Magical Detective Trick to Stop Fighting with your Kids

Hey Tribe,

        To risk the cliché, this pandemic has got me reflecting on what really matters, and that line of thought has put some cognitive dissonance in my brain; it’s made space for two competing truths to consider at the same time. And, since I’m working on my own flexible thinking (a super important Executive Function for teachers and other humans), I’m almost enjoying the banter of paradoxical thinking.

       For example,

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Your Genes Don’t Decide Your Destiny: An interview with Geralyn Spiez

Tribe, 

This interview will rock your brain! Geralyn is an Occupational Therapist, writer, and mom who challenges the medical and educational systems to do better for everyone. You will love her story and unique perspective. She writes on Medium and is the founder of the Down Syndrome Action Plan. Listen to show to find out why Geralyn says, “we have to leave space for our kids to reach their full potentials” and why she

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Executive Function Hacks to Beat Holiday Blues, Even in a Pandemic

Hey Tribe,

 Oh, by Gosh, by Jolly! It’s time for mistletoe and COVID. ☹

The clash between expectation and reality is a struggle for many of us during the holidays; we dream of magical meals and warm traditions and end up with burned, oddly-textured foods eaten by grumpy people you wouldn’t be friends with but see a few times a year out of obligation. Disappointment hides at the bottom of the pile of dishes every year, to some

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School from Home Prep: Dealing with Overwhelm

Hey Tribe,

Whew! This week’s show is inspired by this week’s experience for so many: overwhelm. Holy smokes has it been busy around here. Since school is starting for many of my coaching students and started at my own school two weeks ago, we’ve been hustling to stay on top of our to-do lists. The upside is that busy times often birth some of the best systems and strategies because they force us to focus and prioritize

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The Magic Word that Can Stop Annoying or Naughty Behaviors for Good

I was recently coaching a parent whose kid is in constant motion in body, words, or both. The poor family is in a frustrating push-pull of yelling, resenting, and feeling bad about each other and the situation. The parents have tried planned ignoring, being firm and direct, even punishments and rewards, but they’ve seen little progress. One of their main concerns is that when their child does stop moving or talking, the change is only for a

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Creating a Home Schedule for Distance Learning

Click here for resources to make your home learning schedule! 

Hey tribe!

I appreciate so many of you reaching out with questions. I’ve really had to stretch and reflect on one particular question that has come up again and again from our community: what are the top two or three things I can do right now to help my kid at home?

One time I wrote to Russell Barkley, who is a hero of mine and a

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Home school for kids who struggle in school-school

Suddenly home schooling? Kids with learning challenges may experience a transition to distance learning, but we can strategize this struggle too. This week’s podcast covers some basics of adjusting to home schooling, including a few places parents can just Let It Go! (You’re welcome for starting the song in your head) 

Some reminders and tips include:

*Know that it won’t take up the same amount of time

*Forgive yourself: you can’t replace school, even if you worked

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Resolutions and Reflections that Work for Kids with Executive Function Needs

How to Make the Most of Reflections and Resolutions

New year is a fresh start. To be truly “fresh,” though, we have to commit to staying aware of the habits we have that keep us in old ruts and unhealthy patterns. One great place to look is at your reactions to your child or students.

 Are you shoulding on them?

Are you taking it personally?

Is it a puzzle or a problem?

Are you seeking new information and ideas?

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Why is my kid SO smart and SO failing school? Podcast Episode 2

 This episode is going to shake up your brain a little bit…in a good way. We’re going to explore a question that probably floats around in your brain every day: Why is my kid, who is so smart, failing at school? Or you may even have a similar concern for yourself: you know you’re capable but sometimes the daily, nearly automatic tasks for others really elude you.

Years ago, I had a student named Aubrie, who was

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What is Executive Function and why is it so important?

Welcome to the very first episode of the Executive Function Podcast! I’m over the moon happy to have you join us to discover strategies to support you and your child! If you’re not sure what Executive Function (EF) is or how it could be impacting your life, you’re in the right place! Today we’re going to jump in and explore EF—what it is, why it matters, and how supporting its development can change lives in huge ways!

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