September 2016

Traffic Stinks | An Opportunity to work on Emotional Intelligence Skills

Here’s a Monday news flash, traffic stinks! With school, school buses, and school zone speed limits back in session, it’s even worse. Did you know, the average commuter in a big city in America spends 50 hours a year stuck in traffic? What does that do to our psyche? [...]

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 [...]

Language Awareness | Not everything is AMAZING

Self-awareness is the ability to self-analyze and recognize oneself as an individual. It’s the ability to understand your emotions, personality, values, and needs. Higher self-awareness helps people seek out endeavors they enjoy and engage in fun and lasting relationships. Simply put, higher self-awareness helps us get the most out of life. [...]

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 [...]