Independence as an Emotional Intelligence Competency in Teenagers

Independent people rely on themselves and their judgment. They have the ability to cope with life’s challenges and capitalize on opportunities decisively and effectively with little or no reliance on outside influence.

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 [...]

July 2016

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 [...]

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

Personal Accountability | You’re the average of the 5 people you hang around with…now what?

Jim Rohn was a very successful author and motivational speaker. He was a pioneer and leader in the personal development industry. He was well known for the quote, “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” There are other timeless quotes in this vain like, “If [...]

February 2016