Flexibility as an Emotional Intelligence Competency in Teenagers

Flexibility is the ability to adjust to unexpected events or conditions and appropriately manage emotions, thoughts and behaviors productively. Flexibility in not simply staying calm when changes or disruptions occur, but rather matching a response to the change in conditions with an appropriate response.

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

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? [...]

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

Summertime is a time to build life skills

Use These Next 3 Months to Teach Your Teen Life Skills Summertime is a very different experience for many teenagers. Some teens get summer jobs, some attend camps, some, like this author, experience the joys of summer school. Some quickly morph into tree sloths sleeping way too much, eating way [...]

May 2016