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Coaches Aren’t Just for Athletes: How can gifted collegians benefit from coaching?

Posted on Sep 3, 2018 in Counseling, Education

Coaches Aren’t Just for Athletes: How can gifted collegians benefit from coaching?

Athletes, from elementary school age through Olympians, understand the importance of working with a dedicated coach. Universities spend millions of dollars on athletic coaches of all kinds in hopes of producing outstanding athletes and winning teams. The truth is, athletics is not the only aspect of college life where coaches are valuable assets. Gifted college students need coaches, too. Summit Center’s Gifted Education Consultant, Dr. Paula Wilkes, joins me to discuss the role of a coach in the life of a gifted college student. Dan: What...

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The Morning Bucket: Creating a Habit for Appreciation, by Deanna Kim, M.Ed./ET/P

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 in Education, Parenting

The Morning Bucket: Creating a Habit for Appreciation, by Deanna Kim, M.Ed./ET/P

If someone were to sneak into my house and eavesdrop on words weekday mornings, they would likely hear… “You still have boogers in one of your eyes.” “My brother is taking too long in the bathroom.” “Put socks on your toesies. It’s cold.” “Can you help me zip up my jacket?” “Are you going to take care of your milk mustache?” “I need you to walk into the car now.” “Are you saving omelette on your shirt for later?” The words of morning easily turn into directions, corrections, requests, and complaints rather...

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Flu Education 101: Managing Our Children’s Fears, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Counseling, Parenting

Flu Education 101: Managing Our Children’s Fears, by Dr. Dan Peters

When I was young, I distinctly remember being afraid of killer bees. What will happen to my family and me? What if killer bees attack me? Will I die? These are not comforting thoughts when you are a child. They are scary. Really scary. Well of course we weren’t attacked by killer bees and eventually I’m grew up and forgot all about this fear. Fast-forward to last night at the dinner table with my family and the topic of this year’s flu. My kids felt real fear and real worry. At the dinner table, my wife and I were calm. We explained the...

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Live Purposely in the New Year, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 30, 2017 in Counseling, Parenting

Live Purposely in the New Year, by Dr. Dan Peters

I was sitting with a client a few weeks ago — someone I have known for some time. He is a hard-working professional, husband, and father. He was reflecting on the holidays and the stress in his home due to the loss of a close and loved family member, and the lingering feelings from a previous few years of more loss than one expects in such a short amount of time. He talked about how hard he is trying to support his wife and be patient with his kids. He is under a great deal of pressure at work and carries a lot of responsibility. He walks...

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Homework 101, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 in Education, Parenting

“Why do I need to do more work after I have been at school all day?“ “I never get any free time! I have school all day then homework when I get home!” “Why do we have to do the same thing over and over when I already know it?” Do these questions and pleas sound familiar? I am guessing they do! Many parents don’t remember having the amount of homework our children have today, and most do not remember homework starting in kindergarten! Homework has been become a regular parenting topic in my practice, and a primary cause of family...

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What Skiers and Snowboarders Can Teach Us, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Counseling, Parenting

What Skiers and Snowboarders Can Teach Us, by Dr. Dan Peters

My son asked if I could take he and a friend snowboarding for a Sunday adventure. It was short notice and a very long day (4 hours drive each way) but I agreed, looking forward to some quality time with my son and in nature after some big storms. My son was snowboarding with his friend and I decided to ski. I started my life as a skier and evolved to snowboarding over time. Lately though, between skiing with my youngest who was learning to ski, and because my body doesn’t handle snowboarding falls as well as it used to, I have been skiing...

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Digital Breaks: 5 Things to Help Our Kids Disconnect – by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Counseling, Creativity, Parenting

Digital Breaks: 5 Things to Help Our Kids Disconnect – by Dr. Dan Peters

Last weekend we had an extended family dinner with many relatives. I was sitting on a cushion on the fireplace and looking at a large couch and an oversized chair stuffed with nine cousins ranging from ages 12 to 22. They were smiling, laughing, sitting on each other and…they were all on their phones! I didn’t realize it at first because I guess it has become so normal to see screens. At that moment I realized I was observing — and living in — a social experiment that is universal to all families today. Media and technology are a...

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Parenting in Uncertain Times, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Counseling, Parenting

Parenting in Uncertain Times, by Dr. Dan Peters

Uncertainty. Worry. Fear. These are still the top themes in most of my counseling sessions as a psychologist — with adults, with teens, and even with children. Mainly, the discussions were about the presidential election, then it was about the winner of the election, and now it is about the very uncertain future. What will happen to immigrants? What will happen to trade policies? Will the right to choose disappear? Will gay marriage be overturned? What is going to happen with Russia? In my profession there is a saying that uncertainty breeds...

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5 Steps to Be an Aware Parent, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Counseling, Parenting

5 Steps to Be an Aware Parent, by Dr. Dan Peters

Parenting is not about getting it “right” and there is no way to be a “perfect” parent. I say this as someone has spent a lot of time trying to do the “right” thing “perfectly”. Parenting humbles us and tests us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. There is no manual for your child or how to best parent her. There is no grading system or report card. There is only who your child is, how he feels about himself, your relationship with your child, and your child’s ability to cope in the world. Here are a few things I have...

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5 Steps To Managing Stress During the Holidays, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Counseling, Parenting

5 Steps To Managing Stress During the Holidays, by Dr. Dan Peters

Thanksgiving feels like weeks ago. Cities, stores, homes, schools, and entire towns are decorated for the holiday season. Lampposts and stop lights are dressed with red ribbons. Luxury cars sport antlers and Rudolph noses. And then there are the commercials. Everyone on tv (commercials and most shows) are smiling, celebrating, decorating and playing in the snow. All of these messages mean this must be the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, and maybe it is both. For many, the holidays signify stress,...

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