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    What social style is your child?

    In ancient Greece Hippocrates defined four personality types: sanguine, melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic. These were based on body fluids, or humors. Today we simply use questionnaires such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, MBTI, to define sixteen basic personality types. In Nurture by Nature, Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger explain the sixteen basic Myers-Briggs types and how […]

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    In parenting, the end depends on the beginning

    Finis origina pendet.  The end depends on the beginning. – From the movie, The Emperor’s Club A favorite book is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. One habit that I encourage parents to develop is “Begin with the end in mind”. What kind of person do you want your child to […]

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    Ten little words could change the world

    As soon as my southern drawl is detected, I am usually greeted with something like, “Aren’t you from the South? Southerners are so polite.” Folks from all over the world marvel at our use of “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”. My imagination is not large enough to consider growing up and not saying “yes, ma’am”. […]

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    The Missing Element

    In his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson, Ph.D. tells us that we each need to find that place where the things we love to do intersect with the things we know how to do well. Robinson calls this place of intersecting talent and passion “the Element.” Each person needs […]

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    The cycle of learning begins with curiosity

    Reading an article in the July 2009 issue of Smithsonian called “Birth of a Robot”, got me thinking about human intelligence versus artificial intelligence. Nicholas Butko, one of the researchers quoted in the article, said that they wanted to program their robots with curiosity, not knowledge. Giulio Sandini, an Italian bioengineer says, “If you want […]

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    The art of Conversation

    We were looking forward to spending the weekend with old friends and their eight and ten-year-old sons, whom we had never met. As soon as quick introductions were made the boys picked up their electronic game machines and headed toward the den. At dinner the boys made plates of food and sat at the coffee […]

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    A calm mind aids learning

    Thomas Watson of IBM fame posted one word notices around IBM factories and offices. THINK read the signs. When a book about IBM and Tom Watson appeared, it was no surprise that the title was Think. Think.  That seems to be a word that we, too, could post around our homes, schools and office to […]

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