Parent Coaching

Q&A with Eileen Nordmeyer, The Chicago Family Tutor

The Chicago Family Tutor exists to support individuals, students and families to find solutions that work for them and are sustainable throughout life. For many people, the trial and error of finding those solutions can be exhausting without support. And many times, the follow-through and consistent implementation of those solutions is often difficult without accountability. …

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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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Three Ways to End this School Year with Intentionality

The end of the school year is upon us! Sweet pictures of kindergarten graduations are filling my scrolls through social media, and sentimental, reflective posts from proud parents of graduating seniors are making me smile. Everywhere around me I am noticing small movements of change and hope. My neighbors’ houses that were quiet and stoic …

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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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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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