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February 16, 2007
Report cards can be learning tools - Interim reports are on the way, striking fear in the hearts of many students and parents, alike. Which is why this article will focus on ways to put things in perspective, and use the reports as learning tools. First and foremost, interim grades should not be a surprise. They are merely a reflection of how your child has performed over the last se... Full Story

January 26, 2007
The time is ripe for opportunities - The New Year is always a good time to reflect on the lessons of the past, and yet put the past in the past. The past is over. There is nothing you can do about it. But today, and every day, is a chance to create your reality. The time is ripe for opportunity if you are open to the possibility. And the first step is to identify what it is you real... Full Story

January 19, 2007
The time is ripe for opportunities - The New Year is always a good time to reflect on the lessons of the past, and yet put the past in the past. The past is over. There is nothing you can do about it. But today, and every day, is a chance to create your reality. The time is ripe for opportunity if you are open to the possibility. And the first step is to identify what it is you real... Full Story

December 8, 2006
Many joys are fleeting moments - The end of another year. I can hardly believe it! For me, this year has brought some disappointments, losses and regrets. But this year has also been full of abundant health and many, many wonderful friendships, experiences and opportunities. So, why is it we pay so much attention to the negatives? Sure, some of them can be very traumatic and may ... Full Story

November 10, 2006
Children need to learn gratitude - There is a Buddhist saying that I reflect on around Thanksgiving time. "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at lease we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Well, I think Buddha said it all. His messag... Full Story

September 22, 2006
Some kids have it and some don't - By Vicki Panccione CaringConnections Motivation. Some kids have it and some don't. For some, grades are their own reward. For others, grades are just the indicators of how much trouble they are in. Still others are motivated only to put in the minimum effort, claiming, "What's the matter with C's? C's are average!" Or worse yet: "At least D's are... Full Story

September 1, 2006
Asking for a tantrum? - By Dr. Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections Every month I put a sign up on the marquee outside my office, touting the joys of parenting. Sometimes I am proud of myself for my creativity. This month happens to be one of those times. July's motto reads: "Your kids are gifts . enjoy their presence." I wish I had had a chance to drive this mother by my... Full Story

August 25, 2006
Asking for a tantrum? - By Dr. Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections Every month I put a sign up on the marquee outside my office, touting the joys of parenting. Sometimes I am proud of myself for my creativity. This month happens to be one of those times. July's motto reads: "Your kids are gifts . enjoy their presence." I wish I had had a chance to drive this mother by my... Full Story

August 11, 2006
Asking for a tantrum? - By Dr. Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections Every month I put a sign up on the marquee outside my office, touting the joys of parenting. Sometimes I am proud of myself for my creativity. This month happens to be one of those times. July's motto reads: "Your kids are gifts . enjoy their presence." I wish I had had a chance to drive this mother by my... Full Story

July 7, 2006
T-Shirts can say a lot - By Dr. Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections Well, it's summer. Time to pull out my favorite T-shirts that are too light for me to wear unless it's 90-plus degrees. I have quite a collection of shirts emblazoned with some of my favorite expressions. I thought I would share them with you. I'm sure you will catch on to the main theme. My No. 1 T-shirt... Full Story

June 16, 2006
Summer with your kids - By Dr. Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections There tends to be a lot of stress during the school year, as families juggle homework, extracurricular activities, and early bedtimes. But the summer offers a chance to slow down, be less scheduled and more laid back. Now, you still probably have to still get to your jobs on time, drop the kids at day cam... Full Story

April 21, 2006
Running on empty - By Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections "Running on empty Running blind Running into the sun But I'm running behind" - Jackson Browne Some times I feel that I could play this song all day long in my office, as I meet with one exhausted, depleted parent after another. These are the dedicated parents who almost single-handedly are keeping the medi... Full Story

April 14, 2006
Running on empty - By Vicki Panaccione CaringConnections "Running on empty Running blind Running into the sun But I'm running behind" - Jackson Browne Some times I feel that I could play this song all day long in my office, as I meet with one exhausted, depleted parent after another. These are the dedicated parents who almost single-handedly are keeping the medi... Full Story

March 17, 2006
Fingertip philosophy - By Dr. Vicki PanaccioneCaringConnectionsHave you ever had a hand massage? Ever thought about a hand massage? Me neither.Until my friend offered to give me one, and I was amazed! I had no idea that my hand had that many muscles and places to be stiff and sore. She worked out the kinks, kneaded each and every knuckle and rubbed all the tension from m... Full Story


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