Inspiration and Self-Care

Resources for parents and other caregivers

Topics related to inspiration and self-care, including avoiding burnout, gratitude and optimism, overcoming obstacles, positive relationships, teacher appreciation, and taking care of yourself.

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 Articles, handouts, and blogs

5 Reasons Perfectionists Never Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions
6 Ways to Take More Time for Yourself: Making yourself a priority
8 Ways to Live in Gratitude
8 Ways To Start Being Your Authentic Self
11 Ways To Know If Your Relationship Is Toxic
15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy
15 Ways to Live Optimistically
36 Things You can Do to Feel Great
37 Ways to Spread the Love on Random Acts of Kindness Day (and every other day, too!)
Basic Brain Gym Exercises: Ways to wake up the brain
Behavior Profiles and Power
Certificate Download to acknowledge your Angels in Disguise
Certificate Download to offer The Gift of Service
The Challenge of Setting Boundaries
Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution
Dealing with Difficult Colleagues
The Dignity Stance
Dimensions of Gratitude: So many ways to experience gratitude and appreciation
Does Your Confidence Propel or Sabotage You?
Examples of Some New Ways of Thinking
Finding Consistency in an Inconsistent Lifestyle
Gratitude: More than Just an Attitude!
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Friendships
How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain
How to Stay Stressed
I-Messages: The Handout
It’s Only Disrespect if I Think It’s Disrespect: Attitudes are in the eye—and ear—of the beholder!
Magic Sentences for Effective Communication
The Myth of the Self-Esteem Myth
Non-Supportive Responses to Avoid: Yes, these really do make things worse!
Perfectionism vs. The Healthy Pursuit of Excellence
Picking up the Pieces: Reclaiming our Essence
The Power of Discouragement
A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime by Misty Hall
Recharging our Professional Batteries (written for teachers, tips for everyone!)
Silver Linings: The up side of down times
So You Want to Write a Book? Tips for would-be writers (and speakers)
Starting Over is Not Failure
Staying Positive in the Face of Negativity and Horror
Stop Telling Me How Lucky I am!
Stress-Producing Obstacles in Relationships
Supportive Alternatives for Dealing with Other People’s Problems and Feelings
Thank You, Mrs. Mather: Acknowledging an early inspiration
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: The importance of meaningful feedback
Ways to be a More Conscious Parent
What’s a Purchase Order: Confessions of an accidental CEO
What’s Wrong with I-Messages?
Why I Teach
Wonder All Around: Noticing the beauty all around you
Your Personal Learning Preferences


Book: The Perception Deception
Book: The Book of Article Reprints
Book: Classroom Management
Book: The Complete Book of Handouts
Book: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools
Book: Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference

Articles: Individual article reprints for educators, counselors, parents, and general interest.

Free download: “Pads” on the Back Templates in multiple languages


The Adversity Connection: Building resilience and persistence with Dan Deigan
An Attitude of Gratitude: Magic, miracles and synchronicity with Judy Lawrence, M.S.Ed.
Leading Learning: The art, science, and craft of teaching with Glenn Capelli
Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good with Dr. Miriam Adderholdt


Are Your Colleagues Driving You Crazy? Building Bridges with Difficult People in Your Life
Boundaries 101: From Basic to Black-Belt Self-Care Techniques
Magic, Miracles and Synchronicity: An Abundance of Gratitude
The Perfection Deception: Why trying to be perfect is sabotaging your relationships, making you sick, and holding your happiness hostage.
Secrets of Successful Mentorship: Practical Ideas for Great Leaders
The Soft-Drink Dilemma: Creating Win-Win Options in a Win-Lose World
What’s a Purchase Order? Confessions of an Accidental CEO

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