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Parents, Guns and Awareness

(3) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 8:29 AM

It's easy to feel helpless against assault weapons with hundreds of rounds of bullets packed into their clips and ready to go.

It's easy to feel as if one voice -- your voice, my voice -- could never be heard above the shrill national discourse on the subject of gun...

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Giving Thanks to Mindfully Manage Anxiety

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:12 AM

My husband's legs are long, and mine are not. When we hike together it doesn't take a lot of time for him to be ahead and for me to take up the rear. Usually, this isn't a problem, but today we were hiking an unfamiliar trail in Death Valley. I...

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Parenting with the Brain in Mind

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:38 PM

My parents smoked cigarettes well into their 50's but neither of them died of cancer. All of their friends smoked, too; at the time, they didn't know as much about the links between tobacco and cancer as we do today.

Neither of my parents were big on exercise. Other than...

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More Science to Support What Parents Already Know: Spanking Children Can Have Long Term Negative Effects on Health and Well-Being

(449) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 5:37 PM

I've generated a lot of online material since my first Huffington Post blog in January of 2006, but no single post has garnered more email than one about parenting and the about-to moment written in response to a 2010 study that connected the dots between spanking children in early...

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An Introduction to Mindfulness for Teachers and Their Students

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 2:26 PM

When I say the word mindfulness to a group of educators and ask what the word signifies, I get several definitions.  The term is ancient and, not surprisingly, has taken on many definitions over time.   This is a paradox of language:   As a word becomes popular, its original meaning can...

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Stuck on Something? Use Your Inner Reset Button to Get Free

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 7:42 PM

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. -- Charles J. Sykes
[Note: Thanks to JeriWarren for the correct attribution of this quote.]

No matter how powerful the hard drive or current the software, computer programs get stuck sometimes and freeze. When a computer...

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The Tao of Dr. Seuss for Parents, Educators and Even Politicians

(5) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Dr. Seuss has demonstrated time and time again that, when it comes to teaching abstract concepts to children, it's OK to set the bar high. Tomorrow marks his 108th birthday and his books have informed my work in ways that I doubt he could have imagined.

In his unique...

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The Role of Mindfulness in Education

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Google the word "mindful" and you'll find about 24,900,000 entries. Google the word "mindfulness" and there are around 13,600,000 entries. Ever wonder how these ancient, distant, and diverse Asian practices known as mindfulness have made their way into our living rooms today? Quite simply it is thanks to some noteworthy...

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Teach Your Parents Well: Teens Teach Their Parents How to Use Tech Wisely

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 12:07 AM

It's the habit and the hubris of parents and educators to ask, "What can we teach teenagers?" rather than the other way around. Yet, when it comes to using technology wisely, we would be wise to take a lesson from them.

In next weekend's first annual Wisdom 2.0 for...

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Ready for School? Executive Function = Success

(26) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 11:54 AM

The term "Executive Function" may sound more relevant to business school than elementary school, yet it's crucial to your child's social and emotional development. Executive Function is a family of attention-related processes involved in planning and carrying out goal directed behavior. It predicts school readiness better than IQ scores and...

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Making Happiness a Habit Through Mindfulness

(52) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 1:28 PM

What if happiness was a habit that we could teach children? We can. Qualities that lead away from happiness (strong negative emotions) and qualities that lead toward happiness (ethical actions) are all rooted in habits developed in the past. Mindfulness helps children and teens recognize the habits that lead to...

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Nothing Lasts Forever ... When You're a Parent

(7) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 3:07 PM

As a mom with young children there were times that life seemed to stand still and I wished it would get moving. I remember thinking that the day my kids would be toilet trained would never come, but it did. I remember worrying that my children would never learn to...

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Paul Simon's Moment of Pure, Sympathetic Joy

(8) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 6:00 AM

Some people think my author husband cultivates an 'edgy' persona and voice. So this morning, when I saw him tear up watching a YouTube video I worried that he had crashed head-on into a mid-life crisis. But when I saw the video he was watching, of Paul Simon...

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Are kids who meditate compassionate, altruistic and happier as adults?

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 9:46 AM

Are kids who meditate happier as adults? Are they more compassionate and altruistic? Or, having been raised by somewhat "kooky" parents do they tend to be a little nutty themselves? Written with the idealism of a meditator pursuing a career in law, the following brief essay sheds light, in ways...

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'Who Knows?' Maybe Joseph Goldstein

(24) Comments | Posted December 28, 2010 | 8:52 PM

Right after "Plop-plop, fizz-fizz," the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word "relief" is . . .

A handful of Buddhist teachers have been credited for...

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Making Meditation Accessible

(33) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 6:39 PM

Meditation looks like the simplest thing in the world. After all, what could be easier than sitting on a cushion and doing nothing? For many who try meditation the simple answer is: anything. Why? Because when people begin to meditate and park themselves on their meditation cushions, their brains often...

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Why the Controversy Over High-Stakes Testing and Teacher Evals Matters

(55) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:49 PM

Yesterday, California's application for federal Race to the Top school funding was denied for a second time, and the LA Times reported that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will repeatedly single out LA Unified in his speech today. This is likely to heat up the already heated controversy around...

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The Real-Life Values Behind the LA Times Value-Added Teacher Controversy

(24) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 6:46 PM

The current LA Times controversy regarding their value-added statistical analysis of teacher performance is a tricky one. By conducting a rigorous, value-added analysis of teacher/student data the Times has brought to light a cause and effect relationship between teachers and the standardized test scores of their students. That's a big...

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A Mindful Revolution in Education

(44) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 9:00 AM

In my humble opinion, bringing the transformative practice of mindful awareness to children, teens and their families could revolutionize the world as we know it. There are great educational programs that teach valuable life-skills cradle to grave. But it's tough to use those life-skills in a crisis or other difficult...

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The Branding Of Wisdom

(10) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 9:39 PM

It's tough to find time to meditate day after day, but in my humble opinion it's never been more important: Our future may well depend on it.

Recently I was asked to write about the future of secular mindfulness in America. It's hard to predict but my educated guess...

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