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Four Ways to Practice Emotional Intelligence During the Holidays

Almost every one of us will spend time with family or friends over the holiday season. We “push pause” on our busy lives and spend time with others with no agenda except exchanging gifts and consuming food. Well, except for millions of families. I have noticed when families gather during the holidays and aren’t busy…

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The Rules We Create When We Lack Emotional Intelligence

Consider the strange new “rules” our society has created over the last two decades when it comes to managing kids. First, we decided to not keep score at games. We felt losing would become too traumatic for them to handle. Then, it was kids getting to swing at the ball as many times as they…

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Why the Government is Investing in Social and Emotional Learning

I recently read a report that congress passed legislation this summer for landmark spending on social and emotional learning for American students. It represents $260 million in what congress calls the Whole Child Initiative. This means our federal government believes it needs to spend money on kids beyond the education of reading, writing and arithmetic…

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The Role of Social Emotional Learning in Overcoming Anxiety

Some who read this post know my story. Both of my kids are now fully-functioning adults, but each has had their wrestling match with anxiety and depression while they were in school. It impacted our entire family. Bethany was a fun-loving teen whose favorite pastime was laughter and whose favorite word was “chill.” At 18,…

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One Act That Improves Kids’ Emotional Health

This year, both parents and educators can do something about their students’ wellbeing and future success. The suggestion may sound so simple, we can miss it. After surveys in a variety of countries, however, one act (on the part of an adult) can move the needle for our kids’ emotional health. Are you ready for…

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Can We Develop Students Through Artificial Intelligence?

Perhaps you heard the announcement. The president and CEO of Toshiba, Satoshi Tsunakawa, warned recently that the 142-year-old Japanese electronics giant may fold soon. They’re finding it hard to keep the company afloat. Let me remind you of why this is such incredible news. For decades, Toshiba was at the forefront of the tech revolution.…

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How to Help Teens Through Emotional Times

Let me begin this blog with a brash, even stark observation: We live in a very emotional time period. Not only are adults divided over our nation’s politics right now, expressing volatile emotions, but our kids are navigating extreme emotions at a high level. Students often find it difficult to negotiate the alarming amount of information…

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Smarter or Dumber: How We Evaluate Our Intelligence

Have you ever wondered—are people getting smarter or dumber over time? Are we really evolving into more intelligent human beings, or not? And if we are, how do you explain the poor behavior many intelligent people might exhibit from time to time? I actually think it’s a good question. The fact is, IQ scores are…

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