This week thousands of 5-year-old children in the U.S. and in the Austin area will be getting onto school buses to head toward their first day of kindergarten. But, there is a growing group of 5-year-olds that will not be getting on the bus; but will instead be staying in preschool for another year. It’s …Read More
The recent death of Robin Williams has left us all reeling. How could this light have gone out? He was a comet blazing across the sky for so long we thought it could never end…especially this way. He was part of the fabric of our lives, woven into us through his prolific career and iconic …Read More
You probably remember that antsy feeling before the first day of school. It was a combination of excitement, a little bit of nervousness, and maybe some sadness about the end of vacation. Some kids worry about getting a mean teacher or having a bully from last year reappear in their class again. Mixed feelings …Read More
What’s Up With Kids and Entitlement These Days?
Aug 6, 2014
Sometimes I really feel my age when I tell my kids, “Back when I was your age, we used to __________” and fill this in with something about how I had it rougher as a kid than they do. Remember the grumpy old man skit by Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live? Well, I’m not THAT extreme, but …Read More
Do We Only Use 10 Percent of Our Brains?
Jul 21, 2014
This could be a really short blog. As for the answer to the question of “Do we only use 10 percent of our brains?” : No! Now here’s the longer answer. This myth bothers me because it been proven wrong long ago but is still commonly passed around. It has my hackles up because I heard the quote recently …Read More
Well, we are thick into summer, and I hope that yours is going well! If you are a parent, you might be faced with the common struggle of getting your kids away from the screen (in whatever format – TV, iPad, Playstation, Nintendo DS, iPhone). When I was a kid, screen entertainment didn’t offer near …Read More
Can Brain Training Games Be Harmful?
May 19, 2014
In my previous blog, I covered the controversial topic of brain training and whether it really makes us smarter. A brief addition to that blog is whether these games and techniques can actually be harmful. Here are some of my thoughts on this issue: In general, I don’t think brain training games are likely …Read More
We’ve all seen and heard the ads – brain training games will make you smarter! Partly fueled by the engagement, variety, and dynamic interaction that video games offer, various brain training games (e.g., Lumosity, NeuroActive, Big Brain Academy, Brain Age) and other software (e.g., CogMed) promise to (or suggest might) improve specific cognitive abilities such as working …Read More
I recently watched a TED talk by Matt Killingsworth entitled, “Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment” that reinforces what countless sages, philosophers, psychologists, spiritual teachers, etc., have been saying regarding the power of being engaged in the present moment. He created an app called “Track Your Happiness” for the iPhone that periodically pings …Read More
Some Mindfulness Meditation “Hacks”
Mar 12, 2014
In my previous blog, I discussed how/why mindfulness is the “master” key to change. Mindfulness is being in the present moment nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness is a tool that can help us to focus our attention better. Improving any aspect of our behavior – being kinder, listening to others, modifying our forehand in tennis, remembering where we …Read More