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When You Deserve the Apology: 3 Ways to Get a Do-Over

“I should have been a career girl.” My mother said this nearly every day as she carried laundry to the washer, wiped fingerprints off the bathroom mirrors and vacuumed up the bits of grass we tracked in on bare feet. She resented the boss who fired her when she became pregnant and the children who...
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Why Telling Your Child to Feel Proud of Their Work Can Backfire

Let’s set the scene. Like many super-involved parents, you’ve been checking the school portal, keeping up with your child’s daily performance. There it is. You’ve been waiting for this moment. On the page before you is proof that your kid can be a high achiever. It’s a big jump in the English grade! You may be...
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3 Rules for Adulting™: Go Like a PRO

You’ve finished all of the work you’re going to do today. You could be like Fred Flintstone shouting “Yabba-dabba-doo!” as you rush away from your task list. But wait, you’ve forgotten something important! Tomorrow. If you just leave your desk at the stopping point of your last task, you will be completely unprepared for the...
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How to Improve Fluency and Processing Speed

We like to think that we are in charge of our choices.  But what if making a choice or decision is actually based on things that we don’t notice? Sometimes we are faced with a task that will require one or more choices. What we choose depends on what we process about the situation. This...
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For Small Wins, Think Bigger Picture

If you’re like me, when faced with the ill-defined obstacle of “all of the stuff that needs to get done,” it’s very tempting to immediately launch into action. But any sports team knows better than to attack blindly; you need a savvy strategy to succeed. A champion squad would never enter the arena without a...
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College Essay in a Day

The clock is ticking. Early Decision and Early Action are just weeks away. Has your college-hopeful written their essay yet? I’m talking about Their singular and compelling story In their authentic voice Showcasing the strengths that have brought them increased self-awareness and success   Essay in a Day is a five-hour bespoke, personalized writing experience that shows...
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Why You Sometimes Need Less Happiness—Here’s When

Imagine that you could guarantee your happiness. How happy would you want to be? Would you go for “Can’t complain,” or maybe “Delighted,” is more your style? Perhaps you’d want to be “Jubilant” or even “Ecstatic!” If some happiness is good, is more even better? If so, when? For thousands of years philosophers have debated...
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Lazy, Uncooperative, or Executive Function Challenged?

Just because your middle or high school student Misses or has trouble following directions/forgets what to do. Tantrums about things that appear fairly minor and manageable to you. Melts down instead of expressing feelings and frustrations. Moves from task to task, or looks for distractions but doesn’t complete the original task. Mixes up assignments/forgets to...
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Unleash Your Artistic Optimist, Part V: Learn from Everything

I wake up, the same as I do every morning, about to unthinkingly dive into my routine. Then it occurs to me: today doesn’t have to be just like yesterday! I can learn from everything! I hear a knock at the door and open it for the mail carrier. Instead of just accepting the package,...
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Why You Need to Shine the Light on Your Star Quality

Do you remember the last time people praised you for doing a great job, but all you could think about were the things you could have done better? Because our brains are hardwired to see and solve problems, it’s normal and natural for us to gravitate towards the negative. When stuck in self-critic mode, though,...
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