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Innie Or Outie? The Value Of Introversion

Introverts are people who prefer to be alone, enjoying the lack of stimulation and noise. On the other hand, extroverts thrive off of other people’s conversation and energy.

Think Different

It’s hard for us to admit when we don’t know something because we are trained to believe that knowing the right answer will get us ahead...

Parents At Risk, Teens At Risk

When parents come to talk to me about a troubled teenager, I often find it helpful to explore whether or not their marriage is causing their teenager to be at risk.

Investing In Your Relationship

As many parents discover, building a good relationship with a teenager is not easy. Often teenagers are reluctant to be close to their parents, and at times they look to distance themselves as much as possible. If so, how can parents see beyond the daily power struggles of homework, keeping curfew, staying out of trouble, and succeeding in school?

Good Grief: Learning To Cope With Tragedy

As with most problems in her life, Sandberg approached this one logically. She asked her esteemed friends who are world renowned psychologists and professors for a plan.

The Confidence Cure

A final way to build self-esteem in your children and your family is simply to tell each other when you enjoy each other’s company.

How We Learn

Each part of the brain does its own job and together they generate a coherent whole.

Our Son Wants To Leave Yeshiva

Dear Rabbi Horowitz: We were taken aback when our 18-year-old son just called us from Eretz Yisrael (we live in Europe) and told us that he was coming home and wants to immediately go to work. He said that he is wasting his time in yeshiva, and just can't take it anymore. He said that he will "run away from home" if we don't allow him to go to work.

What’s The Plan? Getting The Life You Want

They explain that we have the tendency to drift or to veer from what our own intentions.

When Motivation Fails

Occasionally, a teacher will encounter a student who simply cannot be motivated to do his homework, finish his worksheet or study for a test.

Mindful Discipline

One of the key tenets in the book is that children need five things from their parents in order to have a healthy relationship:

The Art Of Note Taking

A lot of people have heard about dyslexia, a learning disability that concerns reading.

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder: Bridging The Gap Between Speech And Understanding

Because the children suffering from this disorder generally have wonderful verbal skills, the disability can go unrecognized for many years.

Why Kids Need Gym

Your son has a big vocabulary test this morning. He’s really anxious and studied with you last night for over an hour. Now, at breakfast, he is talking about how nervous he feels and how he hopes he doesn’t fail. You are trying to think about what is best for him. He has ten minutes before he needs to leave for school. Should you go over the words with him one last time? Should you encourage him to take deep breaths and realize that he knows the material? Or, should you get him to take a run around the living room, ending with jumping jacks and push-ups in the kitchen?

Academic And Social Skills Insights #18

Exercise may also boost feel-good endorphins, release muscle tension, help you sleep better, and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Positive Time Out: Discipline Strategies

Time outs increases compliance and positive behavior far more than other forms of discipline

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder And Executive Function Disorder In Academics And Friendships

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Executive Function Disorder (EFD) have trouble keeping themselves organized and on-task.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Say No to the Fear

Each of us knows what it feels like to be anxious or apprehensive: the night before a big test, going on a date, or when preparing for Yom Kippur. So, how do you distinguish that normal anxiety from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

How Memory And Learning Work Together

This core idea of memory is very difficult to fully comprehend; however, it is essential.

Academic And Social Skill Insights #1

It breaks my heart to see my once happy and confident daughter depressed and isolated from her peers.

Getting Your Children To Sleep

Dear Dr. Yael: I am having a very difficult time putting my children to sleep at night. My four-year-old son constantly barges out of his room after he has been put to bed. This usually goes on for about an hour - no matter how many times I put him back in bed or threaten to punish him. I also have an eight- year-old who is afraid of bedtime because she can't sleep.

The 5 Elements Of Effective Thinking

We never cease to be students, even when we are no longer in school. Therefore, everyone can learn from these elements of thought.

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo And ADHD

Tutor. Counselor. The doctor too, Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with you.

BRAVING: Learning to Truly Belong

In this book, Brown points out that those who feel like they truly belong have the courage to stand alone.

Changing Schools (Part I)

Our 12-year-old son is not doing well in his 7th grade local yeshiva class. We are considering moving him to another local yeshiva in mid-year, as things are rapidly deteriorating. We are not asking for specific advice, as you do not know him or us. But can you share with us what questions to ask and answers to give when making this difficult decision? Names Withheld

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