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How to choose a helmet for kids
Every year, you hear about bike-related head injuries and deaths involving kids. Otasuke, a Japanese support group claims that more than 60% of traﬃc accidents involving children are high school students while some 24% are elementary graders. ...
- Posted March 15, 2017
New Beginnings Part 1: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE
For most foreigners living in Japan, the time to leave eventually comes. Whether leaving out of desire or necessity, this transition can be fraught with stress. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. I’ll...
- Posted February 15, 2017
Our 13-year old wants to have a Facebook account. Should we allow her to do so?
Everyone these days is speaking the same online language and interacting with others through social media platforms like Facebook. You must be at least 13 years old to open a Facebook account. Meguro Counseling Clinic director Dr....
- Posted February 15, 2017
Have You Found Your Calling?
Vocation/ Calling: Vocation and calling are often used interchangeably because they have similar definitions. Vocation is defined as a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work and calling as a strong inner...
- Posted January 12, 2017
Q. Should you be worried if sedation on your baby is required for MRI to diagnose a Venusian dimple?
Dr. Joe Kurosu of Primary Care Tokyo gives his medical opinion on the matter. In general, what are referred to as “Venusian dimples”, located on the sides of the lower back, are...
- Posted December 22, 2016
Create more meaning, fulfillment and impact in your work
While holidays are a time most people look forward to because they can forget about work, being away from work provides a great opportunity to gain some perspective on it and develop strategies to make it more...
- Posted December 22, 2016
The Rise of the Portfolio Career
Do you have a job but dream of building a career? You might be out of luck. Why? The traditional definition of what constitutes a career is becoming obsolete. Consider the following definitions of career: 1) a...
- Posted November 14, 2016
Managing your pain
HEAL YOURSELF What I am going to share and teach today is not mainstream information. That’s why it’s not more well known. But you are a select few that will be way ahead of the curve and...
- Posted November 5, 2016
The meaning of work: Profession
Profession has two definitions that give insight into the mindset it carries with it; 1) a type of job that requires special education, training or skill; and 2) the act of declaring or publicly claiming a belief,...
- Posted November 1, 2016
The meaning of work: OCCUPATION
How the words you use when thinking and talking about work influence your performance and fulfillment. Occupation: Defined as an activity that a person spends time doing, people who see work as an occupation tend to neither...
- Posted October 26, 2016
Should you have your boy circumcised?
What do insanity, syphilis, and epilepsy have in common? They are all caused by masturbation, or so it was believed in Britain and the US in the late 19th century. And the cure? Circumcision. When this notion...
- Posted October 10, 2016
Is your child an Olympic hopeful?
“HOW IS A PARENT TO KNOW THAT HER CHLD’S GOAL IS REALISTIC? I can’t imagine that any parent would discourage their young child from following his dreams, no matter how lofty. However, as any parent of an...
- Posted October 3, 2016
Question: My child has ADD, what special learning needs will he have?
Dr. Berger : This will depend on the type and severity of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) that your child has. There are mainly three types of ADD, mostly inattentive, mostly hyperactive, and mixed inattentive and hyperactive (the...
- Posted October 2, 2016
Saying goodbye to Summer
There’s typically a feeling of impending change in the air this time of year. For students, autumn means saying goodbye to the long awaited summer months often devoted to de stressing, catching up on sleep and socializing....
- Posted October 1, 2016
Question: Is Play Preference Influenced by Gender? Japanese experts give advice.
❝ No. I think a child is influenced by the adults in his immediate environment. There was a study made previously where 3-year old kids were asked to draw any subject they like. The boys drew...
- Posted August 17, 2016
10 questions to help figure out whether you want to stay committed for life
Brenda (not her real name of course) wasn’t the first client to ask me for advice about how to figure out whether she loved her spouse enough to spend the rest of her life with him. For...
- Posted June 16, 2016
Saving your business without selling your soul
A few years back I spent most of August on a self-styled writing retreat at a gorgeous house overlooking the ocean on Vancouver Island. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or inspirational place to write....
- Posted June 16, 2016
Is Japan without Humanities and Social Sciences good or bad?
A decree issued by Japan’s Ministry of Education ordering Japan’s public universities to stop offering humanities and law, and social sciences, to align itself with the real demands of the job market, elicits mixed response among parents,...
- Posted January 16, 2016
The 8th Mindset of Workplace Transformation: Motivation vs. Inspiration
The eighth (and final!) mindset of workplace transformation addresses where people derive the energy and impetus for action from. At this time of year this mindset is relevant even if you are not a leader as it...
- Posted January 10, 2016
Home remedy: What to do when baby is in pain
Question What home remedies can be used for babies and young children having diarrhoea? How long is diarrhoea likely to continue and what symptoms should we be looking for that need medical attention? Answer The most...
- Posted December 28, 2015
Transforming Work Part 7: TIRED vs GOOD TIRED
How do you maximize performance? Great leaders and the most successful and valued employees understand that high performance cannot be achieved or sustained without nurturing fulfillment. The seventh mindset of workplace transformation centers on shifting your focus...
- Posted December 10, 2015
Transforming work Part 6: Transforming the Tyranny of ‘To Do’
Ever had a day, a week, or even a year where you’re troubled by the nagging sense that you haven’t been truly productive, despite being incredibly busy? You are not alone. Whether you work for yourself or...
- Posted November 20, 2015
Transforming Work Part 5 – Slowing Down to Speed Up
Are you the kind of leader who is always putting pressure on your team (and yourself) to get things done faster? Research shows that this management methodology is counterproductive. Contrary to the deadline “rush” that is commonly...
- Posted September 11, 2015
Transforming Work Part 4: Purpose Over Profit
(This is the 4th article in a series on the mindsets of workplace transformation. Click to go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) The fourth mindset shift is one that leaders and employees at all levels desire, but have trouble sustaining – the shift from a...
- Posted August 14, 2015
Learning Problems in Disguise
By Dr. Marielle Gorissen-Van Eenige As all parents and teachers know, children enter school with a wide range of abilities. Although teachers try to find ways to meet the learning styles of each student, some children will...
- Posted August 7, 2015
Transforming Work Part 3: From control to creativity
The last two months have featured two key mindset shifts that forward thinking leaders and employees must make to have a positive impact on transforming their workplace. The first was to shift from a surviving work style...
- Posted July 10, 2015
Transforming Work part 2 FROM STATUS TO SERVICE
An ever-growing volume of research is demonstrating that if businesses are to thrive and profit for the long term, work must become a source of aliveness, not just livelihood, for each and every employee. To achieve this,...
- Posted June 8, 2015
Transforming work and workplaces
For more than 25 years now, I have worked with individuals and organizations to transform their work and their workplaces. In many ways the situation has improved. Technology has made it possible for people to work from...
- Posted May 11, 2015
Get real for big change
As a working mom, I am constantly bombarded with information about what I should be doing to be a good mother, wife and business person. I should always feed my family healthy, organic, creative meals, I should...
- Posted April 9, 2015
”Even healthy marriages are vulnerable to infidelity,”
warns noted psychologist, parenting expert, author and relationship counselor Sara Dimerman at a seminar she gave last week entitled ‘Married Sex- How to fan the fizzling flame!’ She penned a new book dedicated to couples who want...
- Posted March 9, 2015
A new perspective on planning
I have long believed that taking the time to clarify your vision, set goals, and map out strategies to get from where you are to where you want to be is an essential ingredient for success, but...
- Posted February 16, 2015
If you do X, then Y will be the result.
Mastering Soulful Success To succeed in the adult world, we learn how to push, plan, set goals, strategize, and work hard. These concrete skills teach us that there is a direct link between cause and effect –...
- Posted December 17, 2014
Lessons from a florist : 4 Ikebana principles to guide a happy life
I studied ikebana – Japanese flower arranging – for some time while I was in Japan. (At one point, I was even on a student visa and was meant to be studying 20 hours per week!) Unfortunately,...
- Posted November 10, 2014
There is no effective cure for Ebola virus. With a high fatality rate, everyone is concerned. The Ebola outbreak reported to be spreading at an alarming rate has raised warning flags all over the world. The massive...
- Posted November 5, 2014
The games we play s mother to a 6-year old, I spend a lot of time playing games with my child and his friends. Recently, I realized that the issues that get in the way of...
- Posted October 9, 2014
Honne and Tatemae
The concepts of tatemae and honne are deeply embedded in the Japanese psyche. Many foreigners living in Japan get frustrated by how difficult, if not impossible, it is to get behind the tatemae (the “face” that a...
- Posted September 10, 2014
Q I have had psychotherapy for many years with different therapists, why don’t I get better?
There may be a number of reasons why psychotherapy may not seem to help someone, each person’s situation being unique. Assuming there is actually some mental health issue at hand, we need to break up the explanation...
- Posted August 9, 2014
The 5 Secrets of Enduring Companies
apan has the privilege of claiming more than 20,000 companies that are over 100 years old (and a few that are more than 1000 years old!), so it is no surprise that Japan has a specific word...
- Posted August 9, 2014
The Top 5 Barriers to Finding Work You Love
With 25 years of experience coaching people to create careers that align with their passions, I have encountered dozens of ways that people block themselves and the process. After a recent skype coaching session with one of...
- Posted July 12, 2014
Work Less Nap More
orkaholism is a tough nut to crack. Why? Unlike other areas like alcohol and drugs where people overdoing it is frowned upon, overwork is worn as a badge of honor in many countries. In North America, successful...
- Posted June 9, 2014
Q: How can good taste in clothes be taught to children?
A Both style and taste are a personal choice. When buying clothes together, parents tend to impose their own style on children which is completely normal when the kids are too young. But as they grow...
- Posted May 8, 2014
Crafting your spirit at work: The way of the Shokunin
iro Ono is a famous Tokyo sushi chef who, at 89, has no intentions of retiring unless he is incapable of showing up to work. His work brings so much meaning, purpose and joy to his life...
- Posted May 7, 2014
Mummy wars – the science behind it
’ve always found it interesting that there are so many different parenting ‘styles’. What I hadn’t anticipated before joining the ranks of parenthood myself several years ago was that many parents are not only advocates for their...
- Posted May 1, 2014
9 Facts About Toddlers
If you’re a mom or a dad of a pre-schooler, you’ve probably found that raising one is full of both positive and not so great experiences. In order to truly enjoy being a parent, the enjoyable and...
- Posted March 10, 2014
I talk, you talk
When a child does not talk, adults often resort to questions to keep the conversation going. However, questions often have the reverse effect, stopping conversation and leaving the child confused, annoyed and frustrated. In addition, questions tend...
- Posted March 10, 2014
When would you use psychological testing on children…
Question “We have heard psychological testing is time consuming and costly.When would you use psychological testing on children and what are its pros and cons?” Answer This depends on what the purpose of the testing is,...
- Posted February 16, 2014
Helping with homework: when does help become a hindrance?
was an independent, motivated student and so my parents never felt the need to watch over me to make sure my school work was done. They trusted that I knew what I was doing and so long...
- Posted February 12, 2014
Understanding Your Child’s Temperament and its Role in Determining Your Child’s Personality
“We do not MAKE our children who they are. Instead we DISCOVER who they are.” The nature versus nurture argument about personality has always seemed a little futile to me. It’s a bit like debating whether a cake...
- Posted January 1, 2014
2014 – Year of Alignment
Living in modern society can be tough. It is stressful. A recent global survey of 1000 corporations across 15 countries commissioned by The Regus Group found that 6 in 10 workers have experienced increased stress in the...
- Posted January 1, 2014
What to look for in a pre-school
Looking after your children’s needs in the first two years is relatively easier compared to the task of looking for a good preschool. That’s because there are too many things to consider for families especially those new...
- Posted December 17, 2013