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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

Processing Feelings: Why Facing Tough Stuff Hurts and Helps

April 12, 2020

Several recent situations keep bringing the topic of processing feelings to my attention. One of them was an exchange of FB messages I recently had with Liam (name changed to protect his privacy). Liam is the son of long-time family friends. He’s in his late 20s. I’ve known him since the day he was born; he’s practically…

Homeschooling Insights from a Refugee of War

March 27, 2020

Hi Friends, I’m sharing a post from a mother at my children’s school; she posted this on Day 1.25 of our sudden transition to “homeschooling.” I was already overwhelmed, going a little loco… and her words were a breath of fresh air! She instantly snapped me into proper perspective.  Her message comes from a very…

“Extreme Self-Care” for Parents and Teachers

March 27, 2020

Whenever life threw an exceptional curve-ball my way -one slathered in fear or grief- my late, great life-coach, Rob Berkley, would always advocate for… E X T R E M E  S E L F – C A R E ! If he were still with us today, I’m sure he’d be shouting this message…

When Addiction Changes Your Life Story

December 12, 2019

As the holidays approach, this time of year often amplifies grief. Loss of loved ones, or even loss of “what used to be” becomes more… well, MORE. I doubt anyone reading this has not been impacted by addiction… in some way, shape, or form. Today, I want to share a very important, powerful, and raw…

My Mom’s Advice: “Get Some Dumb Friends!”

December 12, 2019

Last week, I received an email from a 30-in-30 subscriber: Her son is a junior in high school who struggles academically. He refuses extra help from a tutor or teacher, insisting he can do it on his own. He has an older brother who does well in school with relatively little effort, so the young…

How to Build an “Anxiety-Free” Environment in Your Classroom

December 12, 2019

Previously, I wrote about How to Help Your Students Manage Anxiety. If you haven’t read that article yet, I suggest you start with it, here. It explains what causes anxiety, which is key to understanding how to manage it. Today, I want to share some strategies for building an “anxiety-free” environment in your classroom. Obviously,…

MUST SEE: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

December 12, 2019

If you don’t yet know what all of the fuss is over, stop what you are doing right now and go see the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film is not riveting. Yet, it is COMPLETELY riveting. Whether you were a fan of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a child or not, Fred Rogers…

School Frustration and Managing Anxiety

December 11, 2019

School Frustration and Managing Anxiety: if you’ve ever felt totally lost and hopeless in school, there are some things you can you do to flip that feeling around… “It’s Like I’m Back in 4th Grade, Learning Long Division” I recently had an experience (in fact, I’m still floundering my way through it) that took me right…

The Most Prevalent Problem in Our Schools… That Is Totally Ignored!

December 11, 2019

My mother is a family physician with a specialty in substance abuse (certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine). Over the years, we have many relatives who have battled addictions in one way, shape, or form, and Mom specifically pursued the additional certification to help them. Her interest in the issue is truly a…

How to Help Students Manage Anxiety

December 10, 2019

The key to helping students manage anxiety is to understand what’s happening in their brain. “Emotions are the on/off switch to learning,” says Priscilla Vail, author of Smart Kids with School Problems. You and I both know this is true. We know from our own experience that it’s pretty hard to learn geometry theorems when…

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