Are you ready for the 2016 football season?

August 11th, 2016


Whether you are ready for football season or not it is going to be here soon! The first Falcons preseason game is Thursday August 11th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta GA! It’s time for great football games with family and even better snack food! To help you remember when all the games are I am including a link to the Falcons 2016 schedule.

Let me know if you need a bigger home to watch those games in and together we can get you in a new home before the Superbowl!

Who is your favorite team?

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Are you a great neighbor?

August 10th, 2016
Fostering great relationships with your neighbors is the key to a happy community.
Whether you’re just moving to a new neighborhood or have lived in one for years, the following tips will help build connections with your neighbors and encourage a friendly rapport:

1. Introduce Yourself: Being on a first-name basis with all of your immediate neighbors will establish a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
2. Go for Walks: Regularly walking around your neighborhood will increase your chances for meeting new neighbors and give you more opportunities to strike up conversations with ones you already know.
3. Give an Unexpected Gift: Giving your neighbors a gift, whether it’s something as simple as home-baked cookies or a potted plant, can go a long way in showing that you care about establishing a friendship.
4. Organize an Event: Hosting a dinner party or barbecue provides an occasion for neighbors to meet, mingle and have fun!
5. Communicate: If you’re planning on being out of town, throwing a party, or renovating your home, consider letting your neighbors know as a courtesy.

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East Cobb Senior Center 21 Years!

August 9th, 2016

Congratulations to the East Cobb Senior Center on 21 years in Marietta.

The East Cobb Senior Center has many great programs such as Tai Chi, Exercise classes, they go on field trips to so many great places in the area.

Thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you!

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Activities Around Metro Atlanta

August 4th, 2016

There is so much to do around Metro Atlanta.  When you live here you are so close to a wide variety of great ways to spend your time!  Here are few examples:

If you or anyone you know are looking to relocate to Metro Atlanta please let me know how I can help. 404-456-2683!

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Fabulous East Cobb Golf Course View Home 4025 Summit Dr Marietta, GA 30068

August 3rd, 2016

Beautiful Indian Hills CC Ranch sits on Seminole #2 Tee Box on Creek. Hardwood Floors Lead to Updated Bright Kitchen w/Granite Island and SS Appliances that lead to Dining Room with Custom Built-ins, Lots of Windows and New Pella Doors leads to Expansive Decks. Step Down to Living Room w/ Gorgeous Beamed Cathedral Ceilings and Stone Fireplace w/more views. The Full Finished Terrace Level has Fireplace, Bar, Walk In Cedar Closet, Lots of Storage. Paver Driveway leads to Front Yard w/Amazing Composite Deck w/Privacy for Entertaining. No backyard to maintain. Better Hurry!

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3486 Sheridan Chase SE Marietta, GA 30067

August 1st, 2016

Do not miss this fabulous home in East Cobb that is just waiting for you to call it home!

This AMAZING Traditional East Cobb Home has 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths with Full Finished Terrace Level on Flat .62 ac in Beautiful Oak Leaf Plantation. This Gorgeous Updated Home has great Curb Appeal on the outside and is Breathtaking on the inside. This home boasts Hardwood Floors, Plantation Shutters, Oversized Formal Dining Room, 2 Story Cathedral Ceiling in Living Room, Incredible Master on Main with Antique European Marble Fireplace with his and her closets. Plenty of storage and an extra large Workshop. This house has it all!

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July 29th, 2016

The American South is a great place to raise a family. It’s a place where manners and propriety are still observed, and hospitality has not gone out of style. The South is ever-increasingly becoming a region of industry and opportunity. As more and more businesses open up shop in Southern states, an influx of new families are coming to the region. So if you’re considering a move to the South, here are 10 fantastic places to raise a family.

Piedmont, Oklahoma

Located just outside Oklahoma City, Piedmont has excellent schools, and its high school even earned an “A” from the state department of education. It’s a small town, with roughly 6,000 residents. However, its proximity to the state’s largest city puts Piedmont within easy traveling distance of the city’s ample job opportunities and flourishing arts district.

Williamsburg, Kentucky

Known as “The Gateway to the Cumberlands,” picturesque Williamsburg sits on the Cumberland river, making it a beautiful place to live. With fewer than 6,000 residents, Williamsburg still has plenty to do. Home to the Kentucky Splash water park and University of the Cumberlands, the little town is full of life and opportunities.

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

With excellent schools and a high average income, Mount Pleasant is a premier community to raise your family. Situated just outside Charleston between the Wando River and the East Coast, Mount Pleasant has a population of over 67,000, and offers plentiful employment opportunities and family-friendly recreation.

Glen Allen, Virginia

Just North of Richmond we find the bustling suburb of Glen Allen. With just over 14,000 residents and a close drive to Richmond, Glen Allen offers a lot of great jobs, shopping and restaurants. In addition, Glen Allen has excellent schools and a cultural arts center.

Arlington, Tennessee

With an easy commute to Memphis and a high average income level, Arlington, Tenn. is a great place to raise kids. Arlington also has an excellent school district and a low cost of living.

Friendswood, Texas

With its first-rate school district and proximity to Houston, Friendswood has been recognized time and time again as a fantastic place to raise kids. Friendswood has plentiful employment opportunities, a high rate of income growth, and was also named the “Best City to Raise a Family in America” by Zoomtens.

Pace, Florida

This small city outside Pensacola offers good schools and a high average for family incomes, making it one of the fastest growing communities in Santa Rosa County. Pace’s population more than doubled between the 2000 U.S. Census and the 2010 U.S. Census, growing from over 7,000 to over 20,000.

Rincon, Georgia

Located on the outskirts of Savannah, Rincon is a bustling city with a high rate of school satisfaction and a high level of family income. Rincon has around 9,000 residents, so it’s still got the small-town vibe, while also being the largest city in Effingham County.

Southside, Alabama

Nestled on the Coosa River, Southside is a lovely community with just over 8,000 residents. Known as one of the fastest growing cities in Etowah County, Southside has a high ranking school district and a ton of families with small kids, so it’s very family-friendly. Southside was ranked one of the 30 safest cities in Alabama by Safewise, and hosts an annual celebration called “Cityfest.”

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Located just South of Charlotte, Waxhaw is a small town of a little over 10,000 residents. The town may be small, but it’s full of activity, like Jammin’ by the Tracks concert series and First Fridays, a shopping event in downtown. Waxhaw also has great schools and a relatively low cost of living, which makes it a wonderful place to raise a family in the South.

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The Hidden Benefits of Exercise

July 27th, 2016

Instant Benefits of Exercise

We’ve got some happy news that will rev up your workout routine: The moment you head out on your run, launch into your Spinning class, or start your Bar Method class, the benefits of exercise kick in. “We see changes in the body within seconds,” says FITNESS advisory board member Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama. Your heart rate increases, and blood is delivered to your muscles. You start burning calories for fuel. And you get an almost immediate mood boost.

As little as 30 minutes of cardio three to five days a week will add six years to your life, according to research at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Do that plus a couple of days of resistance training and you’ll not only live longer but also look younger, feel happier, have more energy, and stay slim. Ready for some inspiration for getting your move on? Keep reading for our timeline on the quick and long-lasting benefits of regular exercise.

As You Work Out…

Your lungs are getting stronger. When you do cardio, your brain sends signals to them to help you breathe faster and deeper, delivering extra oxygen to your muscles.

Your motivation is at its peak. Thanks to a flood of endorphins, which trigger the classic runner’s high, you feel psyched and energized.

You’re fighting flab. “During typical cardio exercise, your body taps mainly fat for fuel,” Olson says.

FIT TIP: Push yourself to go harder. The more intensely you do aerobic activity and the longer you do it, the more efficiently your body uses oxygen, and this boosts its fat-blasting power throughout your workout, Olson says.

Within One Hour of Exercise…

You’re protecting yourself against colds, flu, you name it. Exercise elevates your level of immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection. “Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.

You’re feeling zen. Mood-enhancing chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, flood your brain for a couple of hours post-exercise and for up to a day if you’ve competed in an endurance event, like a marathon. Stress? What stress?

FIT TIP: Do intervals, on the elliptical or the treadmill or while running outdoors, and you may feel even happier. Women who did interval training in a recent study by Olson had a bigger boost in mood immediately following their workout than those who worked out at a steady pace.

You’re blasting calories, even at rest. “For every 100 calories you burn during your workout, you can expect to burn 15 calories after,” Bryant says. If you went on a three-mile run, you would torch about 300 calories, which could mean zapping an extra 45 later.

FIT TIP: To turbo-charge your calorie-incinerating quotient, strength-train at least twice a week. It will charge your metabolism so that you’ll continue to burn calories for up to 38 hours, according to a study from Ohio University in Athens.

You’re hungry. Now that you’ve burned through your energy stores, your blood sugar levels are dropping. Just how low they go depends on how much you ate or drank before your workout and how long and intensely you exercised, says Kristine Clark, PhD, RD, director of sports nutrition at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.

FIT TIP: If you exercised on an empty or almost-empty stomach, you’re probably feeling light-headed or even nauseated or headachy. Your immediate food fix: A high-carb nosh, like a banana or half a bagel, will refuel you and kick-start your recovery. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water with your snack. Intense or long workouts can leave you dehydrated.

Post-Workout Benefits

Within One Day of Exercise…

You’re adding lean muscle. If you did a strength-training routine, your muscles are now starting to rebuild themselves and repair the microscopic tears that come with lifting weights, says Paul Gordon, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Physical Activity at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor. Preliminary research shows that women respond to and recover from resistance training faster than men.

Your heart is healthier. One sweat session lowers your blood pressure for up to 16 hours.

FIT TIP: A vigorous workout is especially heart smart. Go for a run, hop on the elliptical, or take a dance class and your LDL levels will be lower than if you went for a brisk walk, according to research from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

You’re a quick study. You’re super alert and focused post-exercise. That’s because a good workout increases the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, says Henriette van Praag, PhD, a researcher at the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore.

FIT TIP: After a workout is the perfect time to memorize a speech or tackle a tough project. Your brain is operating on all cylinders then, studies show.

Within One Week of Regular Exercise…

Your risk of diabetes goes down. The more you work out, the greater your sensitivity to insulin. That, in turn, lowers your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Your VO2 max, a measure of your endurance and aerobic fitness, has already increased by about 5 percent, according to Olson. Translation: You can go a little harder and longer than you could before.’re>

 FIT TIP: Step up your routine and your results will be even better. People in a Canadian study who did six workouts of four to seven 30-second sprints followed by four-minute periods of recovery doubled their endurance within two weeks. Plus, you can burn more belly fat by doing intervals rather than keeping a steady pace, other research shows.

You’re slimmer. Cutting 500 calories a day through exercise and diet will help you drop one pound a week.

FIT TIP: We’ll help you boost your weight loss with an easy, customized workout and eating plan. Want to trim your lower body, lose 10 pounds, or flatten your abs?

Long-Term Benefits of Exercise

You’re getting stronger. Those eight-pound weights don’t feel quite as heavy, because your muscular endurance is starting to increase, Bryant says. Ten reps is no longer a struggle; you can now do 12 or 13.

FIT TIP: Once you can do 15 reps a set, switch to a weight that’s two pounds heavier and go back to 10 reps (the last two should feel hard). Work your way up to 15 again and then repeat the process. By increasing the number of pounds you lift, you’ll sculpt and strengthen better and faster.

You’re blasting belly fat. After four weeks of regular workouts, your body is ditching flab and gaining muscle. Overweight people who took part in a four-week program of moderate aerobic exercise in an Australian study reduced ab fat by 12 percent.

FIT TIP: To trim your tummy, do fewer crunches and more planks: Begin on all fours, hands under shoulders, knees under hips, then lower forearms to floor and extend legs straight behind you, balancing on toes. Keeping abs engaged and back flat, hold for 30 seconds; do 10 reps three or four times a week. Limit crunches to no more than three sets of 15 at a time. Anything beyond that isn’t doing you much good, experts say.

You’ve got more brainpower. Working out activates growth-stimulating proteins in the brain that may help form new cells there.

FIT TIP: The more challenging your workout, the stronger your mental muscle. Aim for 30 minutes of vigorous cardio at least three days a week.

Within One Year of Regular Exercise…

Working out is way easier. “Your endurance and aerobic fitness can increase by up to 25 percent after eight to 12 weeks of regular training,” Gordon says. “In a year your endurance can more than double.”

Your heart rate is lower. Thanks to regular workouts, your heart is pumping more efficiently. For instance, if your initial resting heart rate was 80 beats a minute, it will have dropped to 70 or lower. The less work your heart has to do, the healthier you’ll be.

You’re a fat-melting machine. Your cells are now superefficient at breaking down fat and using it as fuel, Olson says. That means you’re zapping more flab 24-7.

FIT TIP: To keep your metabolism stoked, turn up the intensity of your workouts to burn more fat and calories. Raise the incline on the treadmill, run up stairs or hills, crank the resistance on the stationary bike.

You’ve cut your cancer risk. In a study of more than 14,800 women, those who had the highest levels of aerobic fitness were 55 percent less likely to die from breast cancer than those who were sedentary. Women considered moderately fit had about a 33 percent lower risk of developing the disease. Exercise may also help protect against endometrial, lung, and ovarian cancer, researchers say.

You’re adding years to your life.
Fitness buffs have better telomeres, the DNA that bookends our chromosomes and protects them from damage, which can slow the aging process, studies show.

You feel fantastic. Just four months of exercise is as good as prescription meds at boosting mood and reducing depression, according to a study at Duke University. Keep it up and not only will your life be longer, it will be happier, too!


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Are you ready for back-to-school?

July 26th, 2016

Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Your parenting mindset just might be the most important way to impact your children’s learning and development! 

The following authors share the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-being, parent engagement, special needs children, youth sports, media, technology, discipline, homework, bullying — all the things parents think about at back-to-school time.

As your children get back to school in EAST COBB and resettled into their routines, take some time for yourself – to reflect on your own values about education and how you can more intentionally support your children. Here is a compiled list of some of the best back-to-school articles for parents – from a variety of reputable bloggers. The list is divided by topic, with a short summary of what you will find in each one.

For “big picture” thinking about education and child development, check out my free eBook Reframing Success: Helping Children & Teens Grow from the Inside Out. It shows how grades and test scores are only one aspect of success and how we all nurture vital skills and abilities in young people. You can also download a free guide about The Compass Advantage framework, showing how parents and schools impact eight pathways to youth success.

Read the articles that pique your interest now and bookmark others for later. And if you like particular authors, be sure to follow their articles throughout the school year by signing up for their RSS feeds or email subscriptions. I’ve also included links to their Twitter accounts and Facebook pages to make following your favorites easy.

I guarantee you’ll find some meaningful food for thought here – whether it’s back-to-school time or anytime! You’ll meet some great people who support children’s positive growth and well-being. Happy reading!

Back-to-School Basics: Learning & Achievement

  1. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt in The Atlantic. Will your children become good critical thinkers? A look at the trend to protect children from feeling uncomfortable. Gregg’s Twitter; Jonathan’s Twitter

2. When Success Leads to Failure by Jessica Lahey at The Atlantic. Learn how the fear of failure destroys children’s love of learning. Twitter; Facebook

3. Education for the Greater Good by Miguel Angel Escotet, Ph.D. Lack of social ethics is one of the causes of violence. Dr. Escotet calls for a new ethical revolution in education. Twitter

4. The Developmental Psychologists’ Back-to-School Shopping List by Gabrielle Principe, Ph.D., atPsychology Today. Five ways to improve children’s learning at all ages, grounded in scientific research.

5. Build Your Young Child’s Future School Success NOW by Judy Willis, M.D., at Psychology Today. Help your child build skills of patterning and predicting. Twitter

6. A Link Between Relatedness and Academic Achievement by Ugo Uche, LPC, at Psychology Today. The key to student success relies not just with the teacher’s attitude toward the student, but also with the student’s attitude towards the teacher. Parents help develop these attitudes! Twitter

7. Parents & Teachers: 6 Ways to Inspire the Teen Brain by Sandra Bond Chapman Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Get tips to stimulate the teen brain from findings in neuroscience. Twitter

8. Seven Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers by Steve Reifman, M.Ed.  A teacher’s strategies can turn your child from a reluctant to a willing reader. Try them out! Twitter; Facebook

9. Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Patti Ghezzi at SchoolFamily. Get insights on how to help your son or daughter at home and in the classroom. TwitterFacebook

10. The Success Myth by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Rethink your ideas of what makes us succeed, then apply them to your parenting. Twitter

Family Well-Being

11. Relationships are the Key to Performance not Ability by Rick Ackerly at the Genius in Children. Learn why family and school relationships have the most impact in helping  kids develop well-being and learning to succeed in life. Twitter

12. The Happy Teen: A Primer on the Positives in Youth Development by Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S.Ed., atPsychology Today. Read some good news about adolescent development.

13. Beginning Family Meetings by Jody McVittie, M.D., at SoundDiscipline. Back-to-school time is perfect for planning regular family meetings. TwitterFacebook

family well-being14. 11 Ways to Raise a Child Who is Entitled and Rudeby Christine Carter, Ph.D. at Positively Positive. A great list of what NOT to do with your children!TwitterFacebook

15. The Moment I Stopped Being Perfect: The Truth About Perfect Moms by Katie Hurley at Huffington Post. Why perfectionism is not the best parenting strategy. TwitterFacebook

16. The Seven Best Gratitude Quotes by Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How to bring gratitude into your family’s life. Twitter; Facebook

17. Positive Parenting: How to Follow Through With Limits by Ariadne Brill at Positive Parenting Connection. Excellent advice on why and how parents should set limits, particularly with young children.TwitterFacebook

18. 4 Surprising Ways to Support a Child’s Self-Regulation & Avoid Melt Down by Lindsey Lieneck. A great article on mindful strategies that brings kids’ awareness to their bodies and help them manage their emotions. Twitter; Facebook

19. It Isn’t Easy Being a Parent by the Search Institute. Nine strategies every parent should know based on fostering developmental assets in children. Twitter; Facebook

20. Healthy Parenting after the Marriage Ends by Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D., at Psychology Today.  How to support your children’s social, emotional and intellectual health after divorce. Twitter

21. How to Teach Your Kids it’s OK to Have Less than their Friends by Jacoba Urist at TODAY Moms. As  economic disparity grows, children need to understand their family’s values more than ever. Twitter

Parent-Readiness and Engagement

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22. Parent Involvement: The Missing Key to Student Achievement by James Norwood, Ph.D., at Teaching in the Middle. Learn why developing a partnership with school is one of the most important things you can do to help your child. Twitter

23. 9 Tips for Parents if Your Child is Changing Schools by Meryl Ain, Ed.D., at Your Education Doctor. Must-read tips for parents to help children get comfortable in a new school.  Twitter; Facebook

24. The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning by Leah Levy at Edudemic. Learn how afterschool programs impacts child development and what to look for in programs that “get it right.” Twitter

25. The Case for Dedicated Dads by Jessica Lahey at The Atlantic. Research shows that fathers play a critical role in their children’s education. Twitter

26. Developing Belief Systems About Education: It Takes a Village by Nicole Rivera, Ed.D., at Psychology Today. Children develop beliefs about education through what their parents believe.

27. Top 10 Pinterest Boards for Parents by Cathy James at the NurtureStore. If you are looking for educational projects to do with preschool and elementary school-age children at home, Pinterest is the place to be! TwitterFacebook

Back-to-School Anxiety

Back-to-school Anxiety28. Back-To-School Worries by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How to help children cope with starting a new school year. Twitter; Facebook

29. Ease Back-to-School Stress by Christine McLaughlin at SchoolFamily. How to help your child switch from the laid-back fun of summer to homework and routine.TwitterFacebook

Children with Special Needs, Abilities & Personalities

30. For Extroverts: 15 Ways You Can Be an Even Better Parent to Your Introverted Kid by Jennifer Granneman at The Quiet Revolution. Learn how introverted children are special and how to cultivate their passions. Twitter; Facebook

special needs children31. When Your Child Really Doesn’t Care About Schoolby Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., at ImpactADHD. Good advice on setting expectations, managing time, and using low-tech strategies to support children with ADHD at back-to-school time. TwitterFacebook

32. Five Ways to Help Your Child Transition Back to School by Chynna Laird at Special-Ism. Mom of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) talks about creating a transition plan for supporting special needs children. Twitter; Facebook

33. The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability by Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. and Kevin McGrew atHuffPost Education. How our beliefs help or hinder children with disabilities. Twitter

34. The 200 Best Special Education Apps by Eric Sailers at Edudemic. Great apps for teachers and parents who work with special needs children. Twitter

35. From Perfection to Personal Bests: 7 Ways to Nurture Your Gifted Child by Signe Whitson at HuffPost Parents. How to develop a growth mindset in your high-ability child. Twitter; Facebook

Homework: A Back-to-School Reality

Back-to-School: HomeWork36. Reducing Homework Stress by Lori Lite at Stress Free Kids. Back-to-school and homework go together. Here are 10 tips to help parents, teens, and children with the daily homework routine. Twitter; Facebook

37. Who Takes Responsibility for Homework? What is the Parent’s Role? By Rick Ackerly at The Genius in Children.Helping kids understand the consequences and rewards of homework. Twitter; Facebook

38. Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized by Nancy Darling, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How to help kids develop organizational skills and relieve the homework struggle. Twitter

Youth Sports

Back-to-school: Youth Sports39. Soccer, Baseball or Karate? Top 10 Reasons to Involve Your Kids in Sports by Signe Whitson at Psychology Today. Reasons why being a sports chauffer can pay big rewards. Twitter; Facebook

40. Emphasize the Internal Rewards by Jeffrey Rhoads atInside Youth Sports. How to help your child experience the internal rewards of playing sports. TwitterFacebook

41. How to Help Kids Be “Winning” Losers in Youth Sports by Patrick Cohn, Ph.D., at The Ultimate Sports Parent Blog. Learn how losing in sports develops internal skills like perseverance, determination, and the ability to adapt to adversity. Twitter; Facebook

42. Heads Up Concussion In Youth Sports by Shannon Henrici at Stress Free Kids. Learn about concussions and what you can do as a parent. Twitter; Facebook


Back-to-School: Bullying43. Mean Girls: Why Teenage Girls Can Be So Cruel by Chris Hudson at Understanding Teenagers. Learn how gender influences adolescent behavior in friendship groups and why girls have a natural tendency toward social aggression. Twitter; Facebook

44. Bully Proof Your Child by Lori Lite at Stress Free Kids. What parents can do to protect children from bullying. Twitter; Facebook

45. How to Protect Kids from Cyber-Bullying by Michele Borba, Ed.D. How to keep an electronic leash on your child! Twitter

46. Bullying Runs Deep: Breaking the Code of Silence that Protects Bullies by Michelle Baker at HuffPost Education. A poignant and personal story with deep insights for parents. Twitter

Media & Technology

Back-to-school: Media and Technology

47. Parenting: Who is More Powerful: Technology or Parents? By Jim Jaylor, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. How are you flexing your parenting muscles against the strength of today’s media? Twitter; Facebook

48. How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs In by Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., at Psychology Today. Science vs. common-sense parenting. Twitter

49. Effect of Video Games on Child Development by Danielle Dai and Amanda Fry at Vanderbilt University. The positives and negatives of video games, according to research.

50. Teen Sexting: What messages should we be sending our teens about sexting? by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C., at Psychology Today. Learn about sexting and how to protect your teen. Twitter;Facebook


Back-to-School: Discipline51. Is It Ever Okay to Spank a Child? by Andrea Nair atThe Atlantic. Spanking is always a controversial subject. What’s your opinion? Twitter

52. What is in Your Discipline Toolbox? By Jody McVittie, M.D., at WAFCET. How to use kindness and firmness when disciplining children. TwitterFacebook

53. Why Punishment Does Not Make Good Neurological Sense by Meredith White-McMahon, Ed.D., atDevelopment in the Digital Age. How punishment differs from discipline. Twitter

54. Connection before Correction by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., at Positive Discipline. How positive discipline creates respectful connections with children. TwitterFacebook

55. The 5 C’s of Effective Discipline: Setting Rules for Children by Ben Martin, Psy.D., atPsychCentral. Important and simple discipline rules to remember.

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July 25th, 2016

If there were an instruction book for living in Metro Atlanta, what would you want to know? Perhaps it’s the best time to leave for work in the morning. Maybe you have a favorite parking spot at the airport for a quick in and out. Or perhaps you know the best time to avoid the line at Six Flags Over Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  asked readers for insider tips to living in Atlanta. I thought this was worth sharing. Here’s a sampling of results:

  1. Don’t try to impress anyone when pronouncing Ponce De Leon. In Atlanta, the “Leon” part rhymes with neon, and you can just call it Ponce (rhymes with “response”) for short.
  2. Before moving here, study a local street map with the same intensity that an aspiring lawyer studies for the bar exam.
  3. Slow down and remember you are in the South: We are allowed to move a little slower. Be patient!
  4. Make it a priority to learn back roads to your favorite locations. If you’re on a highway when traffic starts crawling, it’s too late to pull out your phone. Know your plans B, C, and D. It will save you a lot of time.
  5. Never drive when there is ice on the roads. You might know how to do it, but no one else around here does.
  6. Remember, it’s not the heat that’s the problem, it’s the humidity.
  7. Take a walk down the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside trail, from Irwin St. to Monroe Dr., and you’ll know why you can’t beat the New South.
  8. Avoid I-285 between the hours of 3:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. because north is not north, east is not east, and west is not west, and since only a bunch of Georgia Tech engineers know where those directions originated, you do not want to be in the wrong lane during those hours.
  9. There are two distinct Roswell Roads. One runs east/west in Marietta (think Big Chicken), and the other runs north/south from Buckhead through Sandy Springs. (Little-known trivia: Both Roswell Roads intersect with a road called Piedmont. It’s East Piedmont in Marietta. Confused? There’s also a landmark named Piedmont Park)
  10. Picking up  someone at the airport? Wait for them in the cell phone lot.
  11. True happiness in the Atlanta area? Smaller, older house (if that is what you can really afford) closer to your job, paid-for car, short commute.
  12. If you want to get the most out of Six Flags over Georgia: Go on Easter or Mother’s Day. Get in line at the front gate before they open. Have map in hand. Hurry to all the coasters and you can ride, no lines. Crowds start arriving at noon, so ride all rides ASAP. We have lived in Atlanta for 19 years, and it has held true every time.
  13. Critical Driving Advice: If you find a good shortcut for avoiding traffic jams, don’t tell anybody.
  14. To all of the new transplants to Georgia: When trying to pronounce a place’s name, get a native or a person raised here to tell you the right pronunciation. For instance, Dacula doesn’t sound like Dracula. It’s Duh-Kyu-La.
  15. If you don’t like the weather, stick around, it will change!
  16. Never attempt to drive on Peachtree in Buckhead during the holiday season.
  17. Stay away from chain stores, chain restaurants, and (if at all possible) shopping malls. Patronize independently owned, home-grown businesses if you want to experience what makes Atlanta unique.
  18. When in doubt, bring a casserole.
  19. For those thinking of driving on Ga. 400, don’t do it.
  20. Just realize that every time you get onto an interstate in Atlanta you will meet a jerk on the road. Don’t let it bother you. Accept it and move on.
  21. On Fridays, plan to leave work earlier because the Friday rush hour starts at lunchtime.
  22. Live within 15 minutes of public transportation.
  23. The best time to visit Six Flags is Sunday while everyone is at church.
  24. About talking Southern: Don’t tell us how funny we talk — you came here, we did not go to your home state.
  25. Never ever brag about how well you can drive in the snow, ice, etc. We really don’t care.
  26. The most important piece of advice I can give is take your time to really enjoy the friendly people, diverse atmosphere and of course, Willy’s Burritos.
  27. Don’t make fun of those of us who speak Southern. Being the gracious folks that we are, we will welcome you here no matter how you talk.
  28. When driving, judge your trip in minutes not miles.
  29. When getting directions, be sure to get landmarks. Lots of roads have very similar names, and road names change as you drive along. On the other hand, be sure to get the street names, too: Landmarks change daily because we just love to tear things down in Atlanta.
  30. If you decide to go see the 4th of July fireworks downtown, take MARTA.
  31. For a uniquely Atlanta experience, go downtown to the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (the round hotel). Inside, at the top level, is the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, a rotating cocktail lounge with a breathtaking birds-eye view of Atlanta. (On a clear day, you can see Stone Mountain.)
  32. Take tornado warnings seriously. Give yourself some peace of mind — live somewhere with a basement.
  33. Don’t wait until the day your driver’s license expires to get a new one. Do it about a month in advance because something is bound to go wrong.
  34. Never drive back into Atlanta from the south after 3 p.m. on the end of a holiday weekend.
  35. When visitors come to Atlanta, do not take them to the typical tourist attractions (i.e., Buckhead, High Museum, etc.). Rather, Atlantans should try and give people a taste of “life” in the city — small, Atlanta-owned restaurants. Leave the chain restaurants to more authentically challenged cities.
  36. Because street names change so often, learn the malls and landmarks — that’s how natives will give you directions.
  37. Ride a bike and listen to non-commercial radio.
  38. If someone gives you directions that include Peachtree, make sure you ask them to clarify which Peachtree.
  39. Remember, I-285 is a big circle. You can’t get lost.
  40. If you’re not a Falcons fan, fake it.
  41. The Georgia Navigator Web site,, is a commuter’s best friend.
  42. If you hear someone say, “bless his/her heart, ” expect him or her to become the next topic of gossip.
  43. Rain is to Atlanta traffic what Kryptonite is to Superman. Always check the forecast the night before and if rain is in the forecast, better set that alarm for at least a half hour earlier if you need to get somewhere on time.
  44. Get into Stone Mountain Park quicker by using the Mountain Street gate, and you’ll also get to see the quaint village of Stone Mountain.
  45. Atlanta is notorious for pop-up showers during spring and summer — keep an umbrella in your car and your briefcase so you aren’t surprised on your way to a business meeting!
  46. Get your driver’s license renewed online people. Why are there still people who like to stand in line for hours on end when they can do it in two minutes in their pajamas at home?
  47. Don’t wear a yellow T-shirt to IKEA or red T-shirt to Target.
  48. The best time to go to Six Flags is on a Monday. Empty. By 6 p.m., it’s just you and the staff.
  49. When renewing car tags or changing your address, go between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. You’ll be after the early birds and before the lunch crowd. Afternoons are difficult (especially in Gwinnett because so many people leave work early).
  50. Be nice to everyone on MARTA; you will see them again.
  51. Never put sugar in your grits. Only butter, salt and pepper!
  52. INSIDER TIP: Yup, we like to get the young’uns together, go to a park and stare at a rock. Of course our “rock” just happens to have a cool laser light show at night. It’s called Stone Mountain.
  53. INSIDER TIP: If you’re traveling in Cobb County, you need to know where “The Big Chicken” is located. If you don’t know, then you will have no clue how to get to anywhere.
  54. INSIDER TIP: Atlanta’s cheap thrills: driving over the Spaghetti Junction ramp to 285 at 55 mph, Michael C. Carlos Museum, people-watching at Little Five Points, riding the MARTA to go to the Varsity in Midtown, and watching your Yankee friends try to decide what to order at Mary Mac’s Tea Room.
  55. INSIDER TIP: If you’re from the North, you’ll never learn to speak like a true Southerner, but you can start to understand the accent after a tall glass of tea so sweet your teeth curl.