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...]

What Advent traditions do you practice?

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I do not want to let this Christmas come and go without focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. But as with all things, I know that I need to commit and plan to get the outcome that I desire. Fortunately, entering into the mystery of Christmas is not difficult. There are many beautiful Advent traditions that one can enjoy as a family. What Advent tradition do you practice? Advent traditions are … [Read more...]

Practice thanksgiving

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This week we will practice thanksgiving. I can’t believe that it has been three years since I wrote and published (on November 19, 2011) my first blog. That blog post was titled “Focus on gratitude and embrace life.” In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you who have been with me since the start. And I want to thank those of you who have joined along the way. I know that your … [Read more...]

Work from home with a sense of humor

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I have to tell you something important. Work from home with a sense of humor. That is the only way to maintain your emotional health. I have heard it said that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame in life. I think that my fame came and went. And it was marked with “a lot!” There is a funny blog that I like to read, Mama Knows, Honey Child. There Heather writes about her adventures in life in a … [Read more...]

Cold showers for health, beauty, and better living!

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There are a few blogs that I like to follow on a regular basis. Although, I am not a man, I find the Art of Manliness blog interesting, entertaining, and informative. It is there where I first read about the benefits of taking cold showers. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that people started commenting on my hair. I never pay much attention to my hair. I buy grocery store shampoo. I go to … [Read more...]

Prepare to be sick so you can rest and recover peacefully

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My oldest came home with a stomach bug, and I knew it was a matter of time before we all got sick. The downside to having a close-knit family is that everyone shares illnesses. I have seen my children fall sick like dominos and at times we the parents are not spared. That was the case this time; no one was spared. That is why I suggest that you prepare to be sick so you can rest and recover … [Read more...]

Using music in the “Classroom of Silence”

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I am failing in the classroom of silence. I struggle with being still, quieting my mind, and opening my soul enough to be able to hear God. There is much cacophony created by the external world. But I have to confess that the internal noise in my mind is as loud, cantankerous, and distracting as anything else. I awake very early. My house is still and quiet. I have trained myself to speak the name … [Read more...]

Sharing my journaling template

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I enjoy journaling. I, usually, have several journals going at a time. But recently, I decided to develop a one-a-day comprehensive, yet simple and fast journaling practice. I wanted to capture the important aspects of each day on one page. Do you journal? Have you ever tried using a template to organize and focus your journal entries? There are many benefits to journaling. I find that … [Read more...]

Get better sleep and change your life!

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There is one thing that I know you are not doing well. If you could do this better, your life would significantly improve. Get better sleep and change your life! Sleep is the panacea to many menacing things. And sleep wards off many future ills. In  importance, sleep ranks second only to a prayer life. Who doesn’t want to be more energetic, stronger, healthier, smarter, happier, more attractive … [Read more...]

The movie “The Giver” can help us make better decisions

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“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong…every single time!” This is a ponderous statement by Meryl Streep (as Chief Elder in the movie “The Giver”). Even if you believe that people are inherently good, that statement weighs heavy on the heart because there are many people who believe it to be true. The movie “The Giver” was released this summer, 2014. It is based on a … [Read more...]

Ask questions that help you connect with your children

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Ask questions that help you connect with your children. If I do nothing else well this year, I want to follow-through on this blog post!  I want to connect better with my children despite the busyness. The school year is off to a busy start. My well-intended intentions and idyllic desires for this year are concrete and clear. However, they are already being challenged by the mundane, the busyness, … [Read more...]