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Strength-Based Thinking: Reframing Children’s Challenging Behaviors

Children’s challenging behaviors have long been the focus of adults’ pessimistic viewpoint of characteristics that don’t fit the mold of societal expectations. This rigid “deficit thinking” causes parents to complain about their child’s qualities and make them try to “fix” what is wrong or make excuses as to why they can’t do certain things. However,…

Teaching With the Brain in Mind: Auditory & Visual Processing

“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.” Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind “What did you say? What am I supposed to do first again?!” Our recent family vacation had come to a bittersweet end and the piles of folded, clean clothes on the dining room table were…

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Teaching Martial Arts With the Brain in Mind: Long Term & Working Memory

“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.” Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind “Think, think, think!” Do you remember the classic Winnie the Pooh cartoon? Do you remember watching Pooh Bear wander to his thinking spot to try and recall his most important thoughts? He would sit and…

Teaching Martial Arts With the Brain in Mind: Attention Control & Response Inhibition

“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.” Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind “Honey… SHOES!!” Monday morning. The clock is ticking down to the start of summer camp and the excitement throughout the house is real! Two eager young boys have been waiting all winter for fun in…

Teaching Martial Arts With the Brain in Mind: Speed of Processing & Divided Attention

“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.” Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind The 2022-2023 school year is back and in full swing… Let the adventures of learning, exploring, creating, innovating and more all begin! As children settle into a new grade and dive into a new level…

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The Emotional and Social Stages of Development of 10-14 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “You just don’t understand!” Oh but we do dear teen! The emotional and social roller coaster ride this stage of development brings about is not easily forgotten by any adult who remembers their journey…

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The Physical and Intellectual Stages of Development of 10-14 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “It’s happening!” Once upon a time, us parents all found ourselves smack dab in the middle of one of the hardest seasons of our young lives… The Teenage Years. From physical changes to mental…

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The Emotional & Social Stages of Development of 7-9 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “I am strong. I am brave. I can do this!” The Golden Years, as we discussed last week, are a season within adolescence where slow and steady growth of the body and mind are…

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The Physical & Intellectual Development of 7-9 Year Olds

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss “Slow and steady wins the race!” Oh the years of 7-9 years old! You have made it through the infant, toddler, preschool and young adolescent phase. Time for what are often referred to as…