Announcement: HBO’s ‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia’

I’m still on an HBO Documentary stint, so forgive me. October was Dyslexia Awareness Month and I wanted to pass this info along here.

HBO premiered a documentary entitled ‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” on Monday and it will be shown throughout November (at least). It was directed by James Redford, and features a few big names like Charles Schwab and Sir Richard Branson. You can check out a trailer below. As I shared on the Facebook page (Like if you haven’t!), the next airing is this Sunday 1pm EST.

To learn more about dyslexia, check out the following:
National Center for Learning Disabilities: What is Dyslexia?
U.S. National Library of Medicine: Developmental Reading Disorder

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Correcting a Child Without Criticism

Some time over the summer, I came across a great article on the fine line between correcting and criticizing a child. I say fine line because all too often I have seen and heard parents cross that line without realizing it.

For example, a father gets home and sees his son, who is very excited that daddy’s home. In response to seeing his son, the father says, “Hi son! How was your day? Did you give any trouble in school? Have you done your homework? I told you to make sure you do your homework before I get home.” What do you think the son takes in from this interaction? Do you think he would still be excited about the fact that dad is home? Continue reading

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Preventing Smoking

Last week, I sat in on a smoking prevention training and here’s some of what I learned:

  • Most people start using tobacco products (including cigarettes) during their teens.
  • In the U.S. alone, 3,800 young people under 18 will smoke their first cigarette, and 1,000 young people will become daily cigarette smokers. At the same time, more than 1,200 people in this country die daily due to smoking.
  • There isn’t a significant difference in the number of male vs female young smokers.
  • Young people are at risk for becoming smokers if their parents smoke, their social group approves of smoking, they are doing poorly in school, think poorly of themselves  as well as many other factors. Continue reading
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Long Term Benefits to Early Music Lessons

I’m a firm believer in the power of music. I’m the kind of person who throws on something slow while I study, or something upbeat to get chores done at home. I also look back fondly on my days of piano instruction and long for a time when I can fit playing the piano back into my life. When I came across this NY Times post, I just had to pass it along here. Continue reading

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