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Gratitude and Executive Functioning

This week, I find myself pondering the concept of gratitude. Of course, this is the perfect time of year to give thanks, regardless of how you celebrate the holiday. But gratitude isn’t just important on Thanksgiving. It is beneficial every day because gratitude is good for both your mental health AND your executive functioning.   Correlation …

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Parenting through Failures, An Executive Function Lens (Part 1)

Your child is at risk of failing their least favorite class. You want to prevent that from happening, but struggle with accountability and consequences. Maybe you consider cutting off their social life or taking away their phone until their grade is up. But you don’t want them to be miserable or feel defeated. Parenting your …

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Finding Goal-Oriented Solutions that Don’t Short-Circuit Your Brain

Have you ever labeled yourself or someone else in a negative way? This is more of a rhetorical question, not one to make you feel bad about yourself. Because, let’s be honest, we all have done it.  “I’m just not good at staying organized.” “She is such a procrastinator.” “They are always late.” “He just …

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Motivation: How to Work With Your Brain to Get Things Done

Have you ever wondered where motivation comes from and how to have more of it? Perhaps you wonder about motivation when you are staring at a blank computer screen, for the tenth time in a day. Or maybe when the pile of dishes in your sink only grows larger and larger.  Perhaps you wonder about …

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Interoception: What Our Body Tells Us About Executive Functioning

As a nine year old, I waited backstage before stepping out to play the piano.  My hands were sweaty and cold. I hated clammy hands, almost as much as I hated the word “clammy”.  Even though I loved performing, my hands always reminded me that I was also a little bit nervous. That, and I …

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Small Ways to Keep Your Kids On Track This Year

This school year has, undoubtedly, been unlike any you have experienced before. Regardless of whether your kids are in-person, hybrid, or remote, there is a good chance you’ve undertaken a variety of these options this year. And it’s probably driving you crazy. So here are three things that you and your family can do to …

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What I’ve Learned From the Pandemic

Every single one of my blog posts this year has started with an acknowledgment that 2020 has been a hard year. Regardless of our individual circumstances or the relativity of our suffering, this year has challenged us all. Personally, there have been moments when it’s all felt unbearable, and there have been just as many …

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