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School Anxiety

Today I’m working to assist children and teens with school-based anxiety. This problem seems to be far more prevalent than most us might think. For older kids, especially, there is lots of effort spent trying to look “okay” and “together,”

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School Districts vs. Empty Political Promises

I’m assuming many are as exhausted by the political season as I am. One thing I am struck by is how easily we are ensnared in political promises, rather than paying attention to the practical advances which may be happening

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Work Without Purpose is Nothing but a Chore

I’ve been reading Philip Zimbardo’s and Nikita Coulombe’s Man (Dis)connected. There is lots of great material describing the problems of boys and young men – and I highly recommend it to those invested in helping guys come of age in

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New Videos on Focus and Listening

I have uploaded two new videos to my Video Archive. The first video discusses Improving Focus and ┬áthe “ecology of attention,” highlighting how attention is much more social than most of us realize. The second video addresses Listening without Looking

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Executive Functions in Preschool and Kindergarten

This past week I had an opportunity to present a program at Brick Church School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The program was sponsored by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, and teachers from schools in

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How to Reduce Drama, Improve Grades

There is only so much emotion to go around during the course of the school day. If all of it gets invested in grades, relatively less is available for the important stuff, like discussion, debate and sustained attention. So, how

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Can Nature Really Cure ADHD?

  There is a pernicious myth that being in nature can miraculously cure those affected by ADHD, or more specifically, executive dysfunction. There is something wholesome and positive about this notion. It is based on the belief that the main

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“Monstrous Children”

Modern children face an unfortunate fact. For all the love and attention we lavish on them, hardly a soul takes them seriously. Further, despite abundant indulgence and protection provided to middle-class children, in particular, few are given anything significant to

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Biggest Myth About ADHD

    In a world where ADHD is everywhere, many of us have accepted a short attention span, distractibility, and restlessness as the new norm. We may worry about younger generations, but the worry is mostly misplaced. Young people are

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The Truth Won’t Be Suppressed

It was more than a decade ago that I began writing and speaking about the social and emotional challenges of boys. Believe it or not, a decade ago this was still a controversial position to take. After I wrote Boys

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