The Bedrock of Self-Concept

Every person has an image of himself or herself that has been forged by experience and how they see themselves in the eyes of others. Over years, we add layer upon layer of words we use to describe ourselves and grow comfortable with our place in the scheme of things. This persona is vitally important  [read more] …

The Art of Editing

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 27, 2015: Professional painters help talented children from large families to draw their guardian angel during the annual action "Angel Wings"

I should know better. You would think that after learning a lesson over and over again that I would have it figured out by now. But it seems that if the situation changes slightly, I forget my hard-won wisdom. In the last few years, I have found delight spending my free moments as an art  [read more] …

Learning to Identify “Noise”

Bossy looking middle-aged woman wagging her finger in disapproval.  Isolated on white.

I have often found that mothers with gifted kids and/or homeschooled kids tend to be research fiends. We manage to gather many facts about programs, opportunities, and requirements. We amass huge amounts of data. We also talk to anyone who has a view on a subject that might impact our children. Unfortunately there are many  [read more] …

Summer Sojourn

Young beautiful indian college student studying outdoors on campus

Thoughtful parents walk a fine line when helping their children plan summertime. We do want those in-between months to be enriching. We hope they will pump a needed breath of fresh air into our days. We need them to provide a creative pause in our child’s life (and our life as well). However, in certain  [read more] …

Forget About College!

happy asian family with two children taking a family photo outdoors in a park.

I know it is counterintuitive, but to have the best results in college admissions, you need to forget about college as you make decisions about extracurricular activities. Too many people focus on the final goal and lose sight of what is truly important – the development of our children. Among other things, we want our  [read more] …