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Never too late to learn

I want to pass along a thought-provoking quote that my yoga instructor Shari shared with us this week:
"It is always in season for old men to learn." - Aeschylus
Every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Reading a
newspaper. Listening to the radio. Talking with friends. Taking a class. Or just watching what's going on around us.

¨We regularly encounter things that we can learn from ---if we would just open our eyes to them. What if we were to really pay attention to the world around us? What if we were to ask more questions? What if we were to seek out answers to these questions? Even if the answers only confirmed what we already knew, the search would help keep us sharper and more engaged." (Linda Picone)
So for those of you who may still subscribe to the 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks' philosophy, it may be time to re-think that and work on becoming a permanent student of life.

Educational Therapist? Tutor?

Why didn't I write this?! I've only been 'explaining' this concept to many, many different people over many, many years. But sometimes I think my words may fall on deaf ears so now all I have to do is print this article and pass it out the next time someone asks me if I am a 'tutor'!

Finding an Educational Therapist
Learning & educational therapist - How Tutors Differ From Educational Therapists. To begin, it is important to understand the difference between a “tutor” and an “educational therapist.”

To Sleep or Not to Sleep….that is the question

Does your child ever greet the morning in a less-than-cheerful fashion? Does he have a hard time staying focused throughout the day? Maybe there was even some difficulty remembering the new material taught or recalling information needed for the test being given that day at school….Could lack of sleep or poor sleep quality be at the root of this? Perhaps he goes to bed early enough on a week day so that he can get 10 hours + every night. But even then, if he has a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, the number of hours slept will be much less than you would think. So, the next time you start to dismiss ‘sleep’ as being a potential instigator of unruly or unsuccessful behavior in your child, take some time to look deeper into what ‘sleep time’ really looks like. If you want to find out more about all different kinds of sleep problems, a really great book on this topic is: "Sleep to Save Your LIfe" by Gerard T. Lombardo¨.

Brain Food

Brain Food....whether you want to delay cognitive aging or for those still on the uphill climb who want to enhance memory capability, research shows that consuming 1/2 cup of strawberries or blueberries every week will make a difference. The key ingredient here... flavenoids....antioxidants that are also found in tea, apples, oranges and even red wine! Adding one of these fruit toppings to your breakfast oatmeal...priceless! Food for thought....