Our Approach to Risk Differs Dramatically — Even Within one Family

In this time of a pandemic and uncertainty of every sort and in every corner of our existence, we need to determine risk at the global, national, regional, local and personal levels. I want to focus here on personal risk taking. And, I can state my conclusions up front: people are very different in calculating …

We Don’t Recognize Mental Distress: That has to Change

SEEMINGLY UNRELATED ISSUES A recent article in the New York Times observed that doctors often miss post-partum depression. This illness affects not only the new mother but also the infant to whom she just gave birth. And it can affect other members of the household. And, the illness is usually treatable. Think about that for …

A Fun Strategy for Families/Friends During Holiday

Holidays are hard for many generally and now specifically. So, here’s something to try whether you are near or far, in person or remote: Tongue twisters! Yes, really. They have a long educational history. They promote learning and enunciation. They build vocabulary. They showcase mistake making and trying again. They enable laughter among young and …

How to Help Students (and others) Process the Presidential Election and Its Aftermath

Approach When we listen and watch what occurred during election night and in the days after, one has to wonder how to help children process what they are seeing and hearing.  Regardless of one’s political party, it seems to me that we are having a hard time making good on this message: we are the …