February 02, 2016

Habits: Building them, breaking them

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by Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids develop good habits? Why are bad habits so hard to break? “Habits emerge, scientists say, because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort,” says Pulitzer Prize winner writer Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit. When you act by habit, your brain is […]

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January 26, 2016

Unusual tool for teens with handwriting difficulties

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by Kathy Kuhl When I speak at conventions on helping teens overcome struggles with writing, one piece of technology for folks with handwriting problems gets more oohs and ahhs than any other. Since it generates so much interest, I’ve decided to write about it. Livescribe Smart Pen looks like a pen, but it is more. It has a microphone […]

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January 12, 2016

Help distractible, impulsive, or hyperactive kids

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By Kathy Kuhl Book review of Is Your Child Hyperactive? Inattentive? Impulsive? Distractible? by Stephen W. Garber, Ph.D., Marianne Daniels Garber, Ph. D., and Robyn Freedman Spizman. Villlard, 221 pages. Five-year-old Evan can’t stand still. Eight-year-old Jessie is a sweet daydreamer who never finishes her work and Calvin is such a terribly impulsive teen that his parents […]

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May 05, 2015

Homeschooling a distractible child

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By Kathy Kuhl Homeschooling a distractible child can be nerve-wracking. You step away for two minutes and your distractible one has mentally drifted to a far galaxy, physically left the room, put on a favorite costume and started pretending, or all of the above. “I’m sorry!” he says. “I didn’t mean to!” “I forgot!” she […]

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April 21, 2015

Is your child time-blind?

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by Kathy Kuhl (Part 2 on helping kids be more punctual. Part 1 is here.) What’s worse: being chronically late—or having a child who is? Either way we feel frustrated and helpless. In my last post, I recommended four ways to train your children to be more aware of how long it takes them to […]

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April 14, 2015

Help your child be more punctual, part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Late again? I recently saw the Wall Street Journal article “We know why you’re always late.” I thought, “I’ve been found out!” Though I’ve learned how make myself punctual (usually), I know the looming guilt of being late again and disappointing people who think being punctual is just common courtesy. How can […]

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March 09, 2013

Help and humor from Carol Barnier

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Carol Barnier, who wrote two books I reviewed, How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On To Learning and The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, has three websites on: Teaching distractible and fidgety kids, Appreciating the gifts God gave us, in our children and ourselves, even when those gifts arenít what […]

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February 22, 2013

Using the Internet wisely

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Using the Internet wisely: Why do we crave distraction? Many tools can help you guard your family from the ugly, immoral side of the Internet or to limit their time on the web. But even if all you read on the Internet is recipes and Bible stories, using the Internet affects how you think and […]

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February 22, 2013

Is Google making us stupid?

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If you don’t have time to read Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, here is the article that led to the book,“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in The Atlantic magazine.

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January 09, 2013

The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles by Carol Barnier

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Review by Kathy Kuhl Different children learn differently. Many authors have described these differences and shown us how to figure out our children’s learning styles. But homeschoolers always want to know, “How do I apply this theory to my homeschool? What now?” In her latest book, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, Carol Barnier provides […]

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