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Episode 46: A Garden for Sutter Keely

Sutter Keely is a smart, goofy, sensitive, troubled, unserious, and lost teenager who doesn't have the best Executive Function skills. Sutter is the main character in the movie ‘The Spectacular Now’ whose life choices are not that off the mark for a teenager but do certainly stand out from his sweet, focused, ambitious, and future-centered ex-girlfriend or the studious, hard-working, curious, engaged, and caring new girlfriend. This movie beautifully captures the angst of a young man who hasn't yet discovered the purpose of learning, the value of good habits, nor has he tamed the wild emotions such as anger, loneliness, and sadness that rule his decision making. But all in all, this movie helps us understand how to look for the composite portrait of a young life trying to make it. The movie invites us to become gardeners as we think of the grand beauty and power that lays dormant within a bud that blossoms into a spectacular flower. On today’s podcast, my guest MaryAnn Brittingham, the author of Respectful Discipline, Motivating the Unmotivated, Dealing with Difficult Parents and the co-author of Transformative Teaching: Changing Today’s Classrooms Culturally, Academically and Emotionally will discuss how to be the gardeners.

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Welcome to Full PreFrontal™

Are you interested in understanding how mental health, physical health, school readiness, and job success are inextricably linked? Curious about how training your brain can impact your quality of life? Want to know more about how to improve your focus, organization, working memory, decision-making, or self-control?

Welcome to my podcast, Full PreFrontal: Exposing the Mysteries of Executive Function! You are tuning into my conversations with researchers, neuroscientists, educators, learning experts, and thought leaders. Some of my guests have expertise in cognitive/educational/social psychology, social anthropology, learning and education, psychiatry, neurology, behavior economics, or special education, while others are noted professionals in the fields of leadership development and motivational speaking. Using these conversations as a guide, this podcast takes you on an exciting journey to explore and understand the challenges and complexities of organizing one’s life.

Life’s success is an intricate balance of orchestrating talent and effort. However, failing to uncover or to mobilize your inner tools and strategies can get you off path. Self-doubt can present itself and you can begin to question your own capacity. The Full Pre-Frontal podcast series attempts to answer questions such as: How do I learn more about me? How do I objectively investigate myself? How do I tweak my thoughts, habits and attitudes to enhance my future thinking?  What missing pieces of the puzzle, when properly placed, will connect the life successes I see in others to help me succeed in my own journey?

Many of us are not just in charge of our own lives but are also responsible for directing the lives of many others around us. Guiding others in their hopes to improve themselves is how we mentor others. But what should we do when that doesn’t work? Is there a “secret sauce” to help others strive for excellence?

Life has many moving parts; some create utter chaos while others bring sheer joy. To keep up with the moving parts, make listening to my podcast a new habit! Life won’t be a puzzle anymore!