Parenting Lessons from Sheepdogs

I’m sure you’ve seen videos of those amazing sheepherding dogs, usually Border Collies, who masterfully urge flocks of sheep into fields and pens. These dogs seem to have an instinctive understanding of the best way to encourage the sheep to move in the direction they...

How College Athletic Scholarships are Ruining Children

Because colleges offer athletic scholarships, society has developed this industrial sports complex to groom children to compete at the highest level possible and win these coveted team slots and full-ride offers. I know this is never likely to change, but I recommend we ban college athletic scholarships. Not only would be put the focus back on academics in college — where it belongs — but also would free up our youth to be young. They could play unencumbered by adult supervision and rules and pressures to perform.

Helping Children Learn to Regulate the Emotion of Excitement

Kids need help regulating their emotions, even excitement. Parents can help regulate exposure to violent and fast-paced video games and movies, which amplify and extend excitement past what is healthy for children. Parents should model excitement regulation and educate children on how to down-regulate their feelings of excitement.

The Harmful Impacts of the Gamification of Learning

I confess that I am old enough to remember when there were no video games. I remember when Pong, Space Invaders and early Mario Brothers arrived, but I never played them because I found them tedious, predictable and annoying in their pinging and zapping. Conversing...

Developing a Mindfulness Practice

Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase focus, awareness and insight. In meditation, you will watch the functioning of your mind in a calm, non-judgmental and detached manner so you can gain insight into your thoughts, emotions and behavior.

Toledo Blade Article on Yawning

Sharing an article that quoted me on the psychological implications of yawning, of all things! We yawn for many reasons, not all of them known, but many people don't know that it can be in response to the anxiety of others and as a signal to try to get them to feel...