How to Succeed in School Without Really Stressing

Who said that growing up was ever easy?  When we were “coming of age,” there were at-risk behavior temptations.  Teen anxiety and family conflicts over school grades did exist. With modern technology, multi-tasking  increased, and the ability to focus exclusively on homework decreased. This, combined with teen involvement in many activities, has increased adolescent stress and anxiety…

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Performance Perfection – Blessing or Curse?

What is perfectionism? Well, according to psychology, perfectionism is a personality trait that is characterized by striving for flawlessness, setting high performance standards, critical self- evaluations, concern about others’ evaluation. General perfectionism can affect all aspects of life. Perfectionists often measure their self-worth by productivity and…

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Understanding Trauma and Decline in School Grades

On September 20, 2012, I attended a course on Understanding and Treating Traumatized Clients.  The course was taught by Dr. Maria Masciandaro, Psy.D.  at the Paramus location of Care Plus, NJ-a mental health facility.  While the course was designed for social workers, its content and presentation was relevant to me as an educator, and had important implications for parents which I would like to share with you…

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