Confidence as an Emotional Intelligence Competency in Teenagers

Confident people believe in themselves. They are able to communicate their opinion and desires in a respectful and non-aggressive manner. Confident people welcome the challenges life deals them.

August 2016

Transitioning to High School | An opportunity to develop valuable life skills

Reading, Writing, and Skills for Life Among the milestone events teenagers experience that test their emotional intelligence development, entering high school is typically the first big one. Consider the environmental challenges of being in the middle of puberty while interacting with peers who are essentially young adults old enough to serve their country in [...]

Behavior Modeling | 2016 Election: Excellent examples of how not to behave

I avoided this subject long enough. As I watch the two presidential candidates during the election, I can’t imagine many parents wanting their children to grow up and emulate either of them. Throughout their very public lives, both candidates have exhibited habitual and well-documented dishonesty, anger, vindictiveness, pettiness, and hypocrisy. Both [...]

July 2016

Debate | It’s good for the head and heart

When it comes to technology, you can have the ‘good old days’. I love my iPhone 6S Plus and NFL Red Zone streaming in more than one room at the time. I’m not sure what the heck we did before Google Drive or Dropbox. Where did we keep all that stuff? [...]

It’s Time for A Summer of Love | Start A Dialog With Your Teen

Let’s face it, the last few months have not been the easiest time to be a parent or teenager. This has been anything but the ‘Summer of Love’. With all that is going on around the world and in our own backyard, it’s hard to wrap your parental head around it [...]

Preparing for College Transition | Get Your EQ On!

The clock is ticking... As we enter the middle of July, many recent high school graduates are only five or six weeks away from college transition, a life changing event. According to various research reports and surveys, most of them are only half prepared. Students on the verge of beginning [...]

June 2016

The Kids Are Alright | Risky Teen Behaviors Declining

If you’re a parent of a teenager, you might agree with many of your fellow parents that today’s teenagers are more reckless and less responsible today than when you were growing up. Not so fast my friend. Across the board, adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco, and many illegal drugs is lower [...]

Developing The Future Workforce | Soft Skills Are Not Negotiable

Last week I attended a forum of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative. The initiative was created earlier this year by Gov. Abbott to ensure Texas is prepared to compete in a dynamic and ever-changing 21st-century economy. Representatives from the construction and petrochemical industries, veterans advocate groups, as well as [...]

May 2016

Children’s Health: The State of Mental and Physical Health – Part 2

Connecting the dots on children's health According to a national survey conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Association, adults believe, compared to their childhood, today's kids have fewer friend and family connections and are more stressed. The American Psychological Association agrees. According to the APA "Stress in America" study [...]

Children’s Health: The State of Mental and Physical Health

Connecting the dots on children's health According to a national survey conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Association, children's mental and physical health is worse today than it was when adult respondents were growing up. The American Psychological Association agrees. According to the APA "Stress in America" study from 2014, “Teen [...]

Confidence & Communication: Important factors to achieving success in life

Confidence & Communication According to a survey of more than 1,600 young people and 600 parents carried out by YouGov for Sky Academy, young people and their parents believe that confidence and communication skills are more important than being naturally clever when it comes to achieving success in life. Confidence is a key emotional intelligence [...]