Perspective Taking for Problem Solving

It’s hard to understand how a 5 year old can feel stressed or why a teen can be so upset about the breakup of a month long relationship. Sometimes we wonder why it’s so hard for a teacher to understand that your child is trying to start his work, but he needs a few seconds […]

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Reclaiming Masculinity to Build Emotional Intelligence

As we approach Valentine’s Day, I want to encourage intentionality with respect to how we teach and model masculinity to the younger generation of men.  Masculinity continues to be associated with traits like toughness, independence, stoicism, and control. Unfortunately, these traits are also defined in a way that leads to disconnection from others, coercive power, […]

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Things I Want to Break Up with in 2019

We have lots of relationships, mostly with people. But we also have relationships with things, habits, thoughts, and emotions. Like all relationships, they can have varying levels of health. I like to believe I have a healthier relationship with my self-esteem than I did in high school. I am better at not basing my self-esteem […]

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Curiosity…Killed Your Judgment? An Approach You Can Use to Combat Information Overload, Take Action, and Make Decisions

We’re a generation of information seekers. We hear something interesting and immediately Google, set alerts and throw out polls to gather more data. I’m completely guilty of this, and it’s something I have to continually monitor. I can easily lose hours, lost in rabbit holes of unplanned learning, driven by child-like curiosity. Yet sometimes, I’ve […]

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Decrease the Gimmies and Promote Gratitude

My family and I went to a tree lighting ceremony this weekend to celebrate the start of the holiday season. It was a joyous occasion filled with singing, smiles, and making memories. No money was spent, as it was free and we packed our own snacks to eat. As we were leaving my daughter saw […]

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