As vehement rhetoric is blasted from all points on the political spectrum this election season, it is easy for children to copy the not-so-emotionally-intelligent language and behaviors modeled by adults—politicians and citizens alike. Have you found yourself or someone you know yelling obscenities during the evening news, or making a moral judgement of another driver on the interstate because of a campaign bumper sticker? When politics and emotions...
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When Olympic gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea snapped a selfie together at the Rio 2016 Olympics, it generated a lot of buzz. Once live on Twitter, the post was met with enthusiasm and people interpreted the selfie as symbol of unity, albeit fleeting, for the two nations with adversarial relations. Politics aside, the two female gymnasts were simply...
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Article originally published on PurposeSpeaks.com. Have you been anywhere recently where you could feel a radiating aura of enthusiasm? I’m referring to the type of excitement that’s visceral, but on an ordinary day. If not, I’ll take you there. Between the walls of an elementary school there’s a pivotal transition period that occurs between the structured school day and recess. It’s one of inspiration, and...
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When someone’s eyes begin to water and the first teardrop trickles down their face, there’s a pretty standard response from people. Tissues are whisked from the Kleenex box and offered. It’s a quick panacea for sadness as though dabbing the soft cotton fibers will ease emotional pain. Well-intended words attempt to console the person crying, along with outstretched arms welcoming an embrace. “It’s going to be...
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Have you ever been plagued by a worry so intense that you can’t focus on the very thing that has you worried? It’s quite a conundrum. A blank stare settles on your face as concentration gets disrupted by negative self-talk. “I can’t do this.” “I’m going to fail.” “I want to give up.” Worry can have debilitating effects. For many students, this self-defeating mechanism takes hold...
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Once you hook up that video game console to a screen in your home, you’ve made a family decision. Video gaming becomes part of your parenting strategy. Good or bad. You own that choice. That little box will be a bargaining chip. It will carry social implications. The games will compete for time devoted to studies, sleep and perhaps even personal hygiene. Video gaming itself...
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The shrill ring of your cell phone rouses your mind alert as your limbs begin to shake off the stillness of sleep. It’s nearing midnight. Who could be calling? It’s the parent of a student who goes to your teenager’s school. They sound panicked and are throwing words at you a mile a minute. You hang up and rush to your teen’s bedroom to check...