If you have an eye-rolling teen, don’t be offended by the gesture. This is why. There is this interesting technique for creating calm from within, where you cast your eyes upward and look at the sky for a few seconds. It’s a self-soother. Picture yourself looking heavenward and saying, “Why me?” That’s the self-soothing gesture I’m…
Now, it’s your turn. Share a goal with your teen you would like to achieve by June. That makes you accountable, too. Come up with an appropriate reward for your achievement. Then create a reward the two of you can share when you both reach your goals. Teamwork!
The first hint that school is around the corner is the suddenly cool evenings in August. The second is the first orange leaves scattered among the trees. The third is the endless commercials for Back to School sales. I decided to celebrate the return to academia with my own way…
If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards Final Exams Prep Again. You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of exams? I have a way to minimize it.
Here is the cruise version of the Geek-Mainstreamer Gap, the famous GMG. (Okay, I made that up, but you know it exists. Think about high school.)
The other cruisers had lovely earrings carved out of black coral from Belize and polished to perfection. I had an untreated piece of black coral in its natural form, IMG_1562complete with an embedded shell.
2. Work in a public area of the house. Avoid disappearing into a back bedroom somewhere. A measly two hours of homework can easily morph into a labor that extends into the wee hours of the morning, concluding when you fall asleep over the computer without completing your assignments.
Why? Because there are too many distractions.
External Distractions: Instagram. Tumblr. Twitter. Facebook. Pintrest. Email. Chats. MySpace. Music. TV. Gaming. World-building… Internal distractions: Daydreaming. Musing about a crush. Plotting against a foe. Worrying about finishing…
And what about the distraction of legitimate research? Once you delve into the unknown, countless worlds open up to you just waiting to be explored. It’s very hard to stay on course.
Here is my unsolicited advice for freshmen starting high school. (Freshmen, listen up!)
Keep a tight rein on your freshmen.
Parents, your kid may look more mature and responsible than ever—and s(he) could very well be—but the beginning of the school year is not the time to extend latitude.
You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of final exams? I have a way to minimize it.
There is one species of Firefly that has also developed the ability to flash out the secret code of a completely different firefly species. The unsuspecting male shows up expecting to get jiggy with it (What? Fireflies don’t keep up with slang.), and WHAM! They get eaten.
Liquids have loosely packed moving particles (your basic atoms and molgallianoecules, but further apart) that take on the shape of the container, but have a definite mass and a definite volume. Think water, cats, Galliano liquor. Good job!
Happy Earth Day. What is my biggest potential impact on my planet? I’m sharing this with you, and you might be motivated to make a small change… and then you might inspire someone else to make a change.
If you shorten your shower by ONE MINUTE, you can save 10 gallons of water for every shower. If you shower daily, that’s 70 gallons a week. If you get 1 other person to shorten his/her shower by one minute, that would be 140 gallons of water you would be responsible for saving. Be a planet hero!