What My Chemistry Teacher Taught Me About Conflict

In high school, I had a fantastic chemistry teacher, Mrs. B, who was driven to inspire us with a love of learning. We were a crowd of honors students, and she seemed to bare her soul to us, through her passion for chemistry. In her commitment to challenge us in our scientific growth, she served as a role model for what teaching can and should be. And it only occurred to me recently that although my career has little to do with chemistry (aside from interpersonal “chemistry,” as a metaphor for love relations), she imparted a wisdom that I use […]

Centered Mindfulness

Getting Centered

About 15 years ago, I was headed to a life-changing event and was extremely anxious and nervous. I knew I had to be at peak-performance, and I turned to friends who were older and more experienced than me, for advice. One particular friend introduced me to a mindfulness/meditative practice that has been literally life-changing. I don’t think there’s a term for it, although it seems similar to the idea of a personal mantra. For the purposes of sharing the idea with others, let’s just call it a “Centering Word”. The idea behind the Centering Word is to find a term, […]

Children Thinking Fast and Slow

Reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a game-changer for parents and caregivers. The book shares a radical way of conceiving how we process information, based on decades of psychological research conducted by the author and his partner. The key principle is this: we have two primary ways of thinking: fast and slow. • Fast thinking is based on schemas we have built in our minds: patterns of what we have experienced and therefore expect, without really “thinking” too much. Examples are: driving to a place we visit often (school, work, grocery store, etc.), brushing our teeth in […]