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SamTastic Weekly Tip: 4/8/24 - Today’s tip comes from an author who suggests we can learn a lot from toddlers.

Today’s tip comes from an author who suggests we can learn a lot from toddlers.


Toddlers?  Yes.  New York Times journalist Janice Dunn, in reviewing a book by Dr. Hassan Merali, shared three things toddlers do regularly that adults should copy.

Try positive self-talk.

Young children tend to coach themselves out loud, a practice known and private speech.  Toddlers aren’t shy about self-talk, Dr. Merali said, and you shouldn’t be, either. Research suggests that for adults, positive self-talk can help with problem-solving, learning, confidence and managing your emotions.

Take any opportunity to move.

Two-year-olds are active for almost five hours a day, according to a review of 24 studies. They move joyfully and instinctively, Dr. Merali said.  Adults can look for ways to move more, even if it’s just for a minute. Take a quick walk around the block or schedule a meeting on foot rather than sitting down. If you’re home alone, do what Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist at Stanford University, has called “full-body karaoke,” singing and moving to your favorite song.

Ask questions.

Young kids are not afraid to pose questions, Dr. Merali said. One study found that they asked an average of 107 questions an hour. (This will not surprise their parents.)  Adults have been socialized to hold back our questions because we’re often worried about what other people think, Dr. Merali said. But asking questions not only helps us to gain information, it’s also an important way to build relationships, he said.

We are pleased to announce the new TimeTrack will be released Monday, August 3.  All data/entries from your current TimeTrack will automatically transfer.  The new TimeTrack has dozens of new improvements and features.   It is easier to use and will allow populating Google or Outlook with TimeTrack events. Additional integration features will be released in stages. You won’t have to change your log-in or password.  You’ll just have to enjoy the great new look and features.  Special thanks to NSIP Lead Software Engineer Eric Kramer.


Last week we featured Board member Paul Katnik in the SamTastic Weekly Tip.  Today, meet Board member Nathan Roberts, below.


Nathan Roberts, NSIP Board Treasurer


Nathan was a school board attorney for 5 years and has spent his time since 2001 in educational leadership as faculty, department head and dean at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He was also formerly a special education due process hearing officer and mediator.


He’s been an NSIP board member and treasurer since 2011.

When not working in education, he enjoys paddle boarding, sci-fi shows, and his 6 grandchildren—who always remind him why we do this work.

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