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1 09, 2016

BLOG (September): Keep the Good Feelings of Summer Alive, Year Round

By |2016-09-01T20:51:05-04:00September 1, 2016|Children/Adolescents, Grit|

As many of you know, I am writing a book - The Grit Guide for Teens. The good news is that I just gave the book into the editor today (5 minutes ago). The bad news is that writing an original blog was impossible. However, as you all know, I am a big fan of habits and my habit of producing a monthly blog needed to happen - so I am kind of cheating. I am sharing a blog I shared last September because it is still so timely and it was the only way a blog would be sent [...]

31 07, 2016

July Blog: Facing Your Fears and Learning Along the Way

By |2021-01-28T04:47:13-05:00July 31, 2016|Grit, Resilience, Wellness & Weight Loss|

“It was great…, it was hard!” Katie Ledecky, age 6 I fell off the bike. It happened. My greatest fear had occurred. However, instead of being the disaster I had created in my head, it was freeing. But wait, let’s travel back a little earlier in the day for some context. I had decided for my last day of my spa vacation, that instead of getting another massage, I would challenge myself with some mountain biking (yes, I know some of you are thinking – she is crazy). I signed up for the beginner class, feeling both confident and apprehensive: [...]

22 05, 2016


By |2016-05-22T13:40:05-04:00May 22, 2016|Children/Adolescents, Grit, Resilience|

" your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!” Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! This year is very special for my family- both my son and my daughter are graduating: my son from high school and my daughter from middle school (the school she has attended since nursery school). It is true what everyone says, “They grow up so fast.” But, what does not have to be true is focusing on the more immediate, but less [...]

13 05, 2016

VIDEO Available: Got Grit? Got Growth? Got Greatness! Increasing Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset in Ourselves and Our Children

By |2016-05-13T07:24:46-04:00May 13, 2016|Grit, Resilience|

Great News! If you missed my "Got Grit? Got Growth? Got Greatness! Increasing Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset in Ourselves and Our Children" workshop that I gave at the Scarsdale library in March 2016, it is now available online on SPTV.  In this workshop, participants will learn the latest research, as well as strategies, that promote grit, self-control, and mindset change. To view the video go to and hit the picture.

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