May 16, 2022

More technology, less sleep, less outdoor time and in-person social time = more depression

Parents have asked about technology and their children, particularly the use of smartphones, video games, and sites like TikTok. The New York Times is publishing a very good series on adolescent health. While direct proof is scarce, there are strong correlations between the rise of technology, less sleep, less in-person social life, and less outdoors with more depression among kids. 
January 30, 2022

A Summary of HWIS’ webinar on Readers & Writers Workshop led by Donna Skolnick

On January 5, we held a webinar for parents led by Donna Skolnick, to discuss HWIS’ approach to developing writers. She discussed ways teachers and parents can encourage students to express themselves through writing and outlined a 4-step process whereby students pre-write, draft, review and edit in completion of a final piece. We highly recommend all parents review the video.
December 6, 2021

On Well Being, Achievement, and Living a Good Life

In defining well-being, Dr. Murphy considers that part of thriving in life is doing the things that allow us to function on the highest end of our scale. These include being true to who we are, enjoying life, and contributing to society.
November 29, 2021

Thanksgiving and Other Cultural Celebrations

We want to celebrate, we want to honor people and history, and we want to be grateful. Yet, history is complex. Many holidays and celebrations overlook this fact. Understandably, it is easier to celebrate the surface story than it is to try to figure out how to incorporate context, and still celebrate. It is particularly difficult to do this with young students.
September 15, 2021

Does your child ever have tantrums?

Tantrums are a stress response involving the "lizard" brain. The amygdala (emotions), and they hypothalamus (heart rate, temperature). Adults have similar responses, but our developed pre-frontal cortex helps us to regulate our reactions (most of the time).