wellness

Back to School — Balance and New Beginnings in Fall 2021

This blog post was first published on anahomayoun.com. Greetings! In my office, we’re going back to our school year schedule today…and we have the school year buzz…When I started to draft this newsletter, I wanted to offer back-to-school strategies that could be used to help students ease the transition in a post-pandemic school year, but … Read more

Supporting Students for a Brighter 2021

This article was written by Green Ivy founder Ana Homayoun, and was posted originally on anahomayoun.com. Greetings! Hope you are inside and warm wherever you are on this snowy and rainy week! For those who were able to join last week for my community talk about Supporting Students for a Brighter 2021, I appreciate the … Read more

Building Contacts, Connection and Community During Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Classes

Long story short: knowing classmates and developing strong interpersonal connections can support academic success, particularly during a school year when many are transitioning between remote, hybrid, and in-person schooling. Imagine you’re in Spanish or Biology class. You accidentally zone out when the teacher gives out homework instructions. In your homework portal, the instructions seem frustratingly … Read more

Wellness 101: Cultivating Gratitude in Your Children’s Daily Lives

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” —Melody Beattie For many of us, this time of year offers an opportunity to give thanks and express gratitude for the people and things we appreciate and value in our lives. Taking stock and being grateful during the holidays is a good place to start, but studies have shown … Read more

Wellness 101: Helping Your Child Build Intrinsic Motivation

We have all struggled with motivation at some point in our lives—from accessing it to maintaining its momentum over time. As a result, one of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is knowing how to constructively motivate your child, academically or otherwise. Many parents use external motivation to get the desired results, whether negative … Read more

Wellness 101: Establishing Good “Sleep Hygiene”

When we ask students at Green Ivy what they’d like more time for in their daily routines, their number one answer is more sleep. Many students are accustomed to a sleep-deprived existence and will quickly point out that the bulk of their friends are getting even less sleep than they are. This situation has become … Read more