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School Year 2020-2021: What to do, what to do? Homeschool or a variation of it?
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by Bob Doman As we start the first tentative steps to come out of the COVID-19 lockdown, there is a lot of discussion as to what this coming school year is going to look like. It is perhaps time to become proactive and establish your own course for this coming school year. I suggest that you look at 2020 as … Read More

My Greatest Discovery – How to Make Everyone Smarter
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by Bob Doman These COVID-19 Coronavirus times have certainly turned many of our worlds upside down. We now virtually have a world full of homeschoolers; more parents are at home with their children than at any time in the history of the world. Exceptional times and exceptional circumstances can also result in exceptional opportunities. Many of us are rediscovering and … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 3
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by Bob Doman   You say nice things –I like you! You’re fun to be around! You think I’m good-you like me! I’ll be good for you and try hard! You just say ugly things to me! You think I’m bad and dumb—then I’ll be bad and dumb!   Simple statements: The more positive you are with a child, the … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 1
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Was That Right or Wrong? (And does it matter?) by Bob Doman Was that right or wrong? Did I do well or not? Was that important or not? Does getting it right matter, and if so how much? Should I care—do I care? Is it fun? Do I like this and want to do it again? Am I good at … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 2
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You Like Things You Think You’re Good At by Bob Doman I’m good at reading! I love to read! I stink at reading—I hate it! I’m great at soccer! I really like playing soccer; let’s play some more! I’m lousy at soccer—I hate it, I quit! Simple statement: You like what you think you’re good at. The ramifications of this … Read More

2020
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by Bob Doman Here we are, at the beginning of not just a new year, but a new decade. I never quite got the celebration thing. Apparently, the foundation of the New Year’s celebration is to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new year. I personally liked 2019. I had the opportunity to see many fantastic changes … Read More

NACD Worldwide Blessing and Day Off
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Thursday, November 28, 2019—NACD Worldwide Blessing and Day Off Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is the one day a year when we in the United States pause to come together as family and friends to give thanks for the blessings of the preceding year and to reunite. All of us at NACD see all of you from around the world as part … Read More

Where Did the Time Go?
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by Bob Doman For many of you school has started and you have discovered that there are not enough minutes let alone hours in the day. As you try to fit more and more into your day there are two primary things you need to do to maximize your time and produce successful outcomes. You need to prioritize and schedule. … Read More

Independence, Initiation, Responsibility, Self-Respect, Self-Awareness, Empowerment, Service: Chores
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by Bob Doman From our tiniest children, who lack the awareness that they can initiate movement, language, or even play, to our teens and young adults who have not established an identity, a sense of worth, or self-respect and who feel entitled, often one of the most significant missing ingredients is ownership of chores. Contributing, having chores, jobs, and responsibilities … Read More

2019 Transylvania, Romania NACD Event
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by Bob Doman A lot of folks, particularly in the USA, have a hard time describing where in the world Romania is or are able to tell you much of anything about Romania (which unfortunately speaks to our educational system); but ask about Transylvania and everyone’s interest perks up and they conjure up visions of Dracula. This last month I … Read More

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