Meet Dr. Miranda

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Hello! I am Dr. Miranda. I am pleased to offer this site as a resource for educators and parents. I have a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with those who teach, raise, and serve children. I strive to offer practical information that comes from a convergence of research, experience, and common sense. Although my professional focus is to improve student … [Read more...]

“We can’t go on forever with suspicious minds.”

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This week we are thinking about and acting against suspicion. I was not sure how to convert this section of Lovasik’s book into a Guiding Principle for us. The more that I read the section on suspicion, the more that one person kept coming to mind. I was troubled by this because that someone is someone whom I care about deeply and she suffers from suspicious tendencies. I also keep hearing Elvis … [Read more...]

“It takes one to know one.”

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“It takes one to know one.” I think that we all remember and have probably said that phrase in our youth. Is there truth in that phrase? Is the good that I see in others, a reflection of the good in me? Are the unfavorable and lamentable things that I see in others a reflection of the unfavorable and lamentable things that reside in me? I don’t like that! Let’s help make our mind more … [Read more...]

Tame your email or be tamed by it!

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Are you drowning in email? You may think that email is innocuous; but, every email that comes into your inbox creates stress, creates clutter, uses-up your time, threatens to be another thing that you let fall through the cracks, and distracts you form what is important.  It is time to tame your email or be tamed by it! The London Evening Standard reports on research on email and the stress … [Read more...]

Help release someone from a grudge they have against you

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The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Harbor no grudges” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time. Last time, we worked on keeping resentment from having a footing in our hearts. This week we are going to give our guiding principle a twist. Normally, we would expect that this post would be about why … [Read more...]

77 Fun Summer Activities for Families

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Last week, we worked on helping our children develop an important soft-skill, making summer goals. Summer is also a time to recharge, to explore, to spend with family, to enjoy life, and to just have fun. Here is a list of 77 fun summer activities for families. Most of these activities are free or inexpensive. Use this list to create your own. Better yet, make this a family activity. Make sure … [Read more...]

Help your children create summer goals

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Whether you are at home for the summer with your children or continue to work while you children are off from school, it is important to help your children create summer goals. As with all things, if you do not have a plan, then life will plan for you. And in the case of summer, when we let life plan for us, that means that chaos, indolence, TV, iPads, video-games, computers, boredom, and messes … [Read more...]

Don’t forget to thank your students!

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Amid the busyness of bringing the school year to a close and launching into your summer respite, there is something that I would like to encourage you to do. I know that this month brought forth an insurmountable number of tasks to complete, not only professionally but personally, as well. But please, don't forget to thank your students for being your students. As teachers the greatest … [Read more...]

Do not allow resentment to have a footing in your heart

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The chapter inspiring this post is titled “Be vigilant against becoming resentful” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time. Do not allow resentment to have a footing in your heart. Lovasik (p. 83) wrote that: “You may be in most things a generous person, yet resentment can get a footing in your heart. … [Read more...]

Have you ever had an inexplicable aversion towards someone?

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The chapters inspiring this post are titled “Learn to bear others’ offenses with kindness" and "Learn to overcome aversions” from Lovasik’s book, The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time. Have you ever had an inexplicable aversion towards someone? In Spanish there is a phrase, when for some inexplicable reason you do not … [Read more...]

Mantener un diario con su hijo: una tradición especial

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Este Día de la Madre, como en toda ocasión, debemos reflexionar y pedirle a Dios que nos guie para hacer algunos cambios que nos ayuden a mejorar como madres. Debemos asegurarnos que nuestros hábitos se aliñen y reflejen nuestras prioridades, los deseos más profundos de nuestros corazones. Me he dado cuenta que el ajetreo de la vida me ha hecho hacer de menos una tradición importante. Esta … [Read more...]