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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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How to stop yelling at your kids 

October 11, 2021 – 7:21 am | No Comment

Need to know
Your child screams out that you are stupid and demands that you leave him alone. Your teen responds to your well-intended piece of advice
with an eye-roll and a ‘Whatever.’ Your preschooler is having …

Why You Shouldn’t Tell Your Child to Have a Plan B

June 4, 2021 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

My father gave me two pieces of advice when I was very young. First, never dig a pile of dirt from the middle. (Shovel at the bottom, so the dirt falls into the blade.) And …

St Jago’s Jaheim Harris is Caribbean’s No. 1 in add math, physics 

June 4, 2021 – 7:34 am | No Comment

JAHEIM HARRIS’ affinity for mathematics started back in basic school and continued at the Angels Primary School, where he got perfect scores in the subject throughout, and participated in numerous mathematics competitions as well as …

I’m a black CEO: Discounted on Wall Street because of my skin color.

July 9, 2020 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

Eddie C. Brown is the founder, chairman, chief executive and senior portfolio manager of Brown Capital.

I was raised in the Jim Crow South, when the railroad tracks separated whites from blacks and African Americans were …

How can I help my student manage stress?

April 3, 2019 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

Transition from High School – What I Wish I Knew Before Starting College 

August 7, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

Starting college is an exciting, yet terrifying prospect. It’s worth it in the end for most students, but there are still some things I wish I’d known before my first day.
Source: Transition from High School …

4 Ways to Teach Your Student Smart Spending Habits

July 25, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

Going to college is one of life’s most exciting events, but many students don’t realize it’s more than tuition, studying and fun. It may be the first time they have to manage their own finances. Parents …

Why You Shouldn’t Take Advice From (Almost) Anyone

July 2, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

Advice is one thing that is freely given away, but watch that you take only what is worth having. He who takes advice about his savings from one who is inexperienced in such matters, shall …

Employees Don’t Quit Their Job; They Quit Their Boss!

April 23, 2018 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

Employees might join companies, but they leave managers. Too many managers view their position as one of entitlement rather than one of responsibility. In days past, managers would focus on developing their employees. Today they …

Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility | Psychology Today

January 19, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

The figures are pretty dramatic. On average, about 50% of students fail to graduate from the college in which they first enroll. (See The Journal of Colege Retention.)
Source: Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility
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Tips for Parents – Five Conversations to Have with Your Student During Winter Break

December 7, 2016 – 10:58 pm | No Comment

Keeping the lines of communication open with your college student is key to nurturing a good relationship. Take advantage of the face-to-face time you have with your student this winter break by having the following …

How to make people like you in 4 seconds

October 31, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

Speaker and author Nicholas Boothman offers tips for making a solid first impression — before it’s too late.
Within seconds of meeting you, people are already making judgments about your personality.  Are you hireable? Or dateable? …

Do elite colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans in their admission policies?

October 25, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

A lot of people will probably disagree with me on this, but first of all, yes, elite universities use affirmative action to hold Asians to higher standards. And you know what? I think universities are …

Why students who do well in high school bomb in college  

September 22, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

These traits separate the successful students from the not-so-successful ones.
The first year of college is a tough transition, and for many students, a disillusioning one.
A study conducted last fall at the University of Toronto found that …

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus – The Atlantic

June 28, 2016 – 2:15 am | No Comment

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then …

Can Parents Really Be Friends With Their Kids?

June 25, 2016 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

Two very different relationships that overlap in complicated ways.
Like coloring books or meals composed entirely of vegetables, befriending one’s parents is something that, by early adulthood, seems to take on a new sheen of coolness. …

A college-admissions edge for the wealthy: Early decision

April 1, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

Dozens of prominent colleges fill a third or more of their incoming classes through early-decision applications, which prevent comparison shopping for the best financial deal and make it more difficult to get in during the …

Learning to play fair: Is it the same for kids around the world?

January 26, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

Life isn’t fair.
That truth is something that children seem to understand almost intuitively at a young age. However, the path through which they develop a sense of what’s fair and what isn’t — and how …

What are some of the Strenghts of Education System in China

January 22, 2016 – 12:58 am | No Comment

Read Quincy Larson‘s answer

The 14 habits of top college students

January 20, 2016 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

Adapted from The Secrets of College Success: Over 800 Tips, Techniques, and Strategies Revealed by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman

What makes some college students successful while others are — well, less so?
Sometimes it’s a …

The Impact of Absent Fathers on the Mental Health of Black Boys

January 15, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

Studies show that sons in fatherless households have the highest odds of being incarcerated, have higher levels of behavioral problems and are more likely to be suspended from school.

Thabiti Boone grew up in a neighborhood …

Teenage Brains

June 20, 2015 – 8:39 am | No Comment

Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.
Although you know your teenager …

Teachers Of All Races Are More Likely To Punish Black Students

May 27, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

Two students. One is black and the other is white. On Tuesday, they both refuse to complete the math worksheet. On Wednesday, neither will stop talking during lessons.
Same behavior. Will they receive the same punishment?
Source: …

Black Army officers struggle to climb ranks

April 27, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

The Army’s 2016 class of commanders for 31 of its top combat units has one black officer, a trend that the service is seeking to reverse with limited success.
The 2016 list of commanders for Army …

When Your Child Says No to College

April 27, 2015 – 1:22 am | No Comment

The road to college can be a rocky one. Between SATs, ACTs, tough courses, teacher recommendations, a cutthroat pool of applicants, extracurriculars, college essays, and everything in between, it’s an exhausting journey. So what should …

How NOT to Introduce Yourself

December 18, 2014 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

Networking is one of the most challenging skills you may have to learn in the world of business. It can be an awkward experience, having the attention of a group of strangers focused on you, …

What life lessons are counter-intuitive or go against common sense or wisdom?

July 4, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

You can be anything you want to be! – This is one of the most trite statements and nearly every adult says it to every child. Mostly, it sets kids up for unrealistic expectations. Because, frankly, …

For Black Girls, Lack Of Exercise Heightens Obesity Risk

December 19, 2011 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
Obesity a killing of Black Women!

The evidence of America’s obesity epidemic is all around us. But the problem is particularly acute among African-American women.
About half of African-American women in the U.S. are obese, compared to 30 percent of white women. …

How To Help Your Child's Brain Grow Up Strong

September 17, 2011 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

Babies may look helpless, but as soon as they come into the world, they’re able to do a number of important things. They can recognize faces and moving objects. They’re attracted to language. And from …

5 Mistakes Parents Make With Teens and Tweens

August 6, 2011 – 11:49 am | No Comment

Here are the top mistakes parents make with their teens and tweens, and how to avoid them.
Things aren’t the way they used to be. Your 12-year-old no longer comes to you first when she feels …