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Hold that thought. Three simple words; one underutilized strategy. So often, in an attempt to make things better, I make things worse by talking. I come by it naturally. My mother once told me, "Dan, God wouldn't put people in…

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EIQ

How's your EIQ? I am continually reminded of how important a person's emotional intelligence quotient is to parenting. I see emotional age as an individual's ability to appropriately exhibit or inhibit feelings, especially in times of stress. I had a…

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Stress Behaviors

I choose to believe most of us have good social skills when we don't need them. My momma taught me to treat others the way I want to be treated. For the most part, I do this when all is…

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Focus on the Good

Dont worry; be happy. This might sound good in theory, but it is quite hard to practice in my life. I have discovered stress triggers nasty behaviors in me. Then I obsess, and my misbehavior multiplies. Don't get me wrong,…

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Quality Time

Parents often ask me what they should do when their child misbehaves at school. I have many thoughts about this question, but my answers often circle back to the importance of quality time. The more quality time we have with…

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Eustress-Distress

Its a constant struggle the person I am vs. the person I want to be. It seems no matter how hard I try to build positive behavior patterns, I fight the momentum of my bad habits. I will often set…

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I Can See Clearly Now

My perspective is my reality, which at times, seems to cause problems. Of course, Im very good at seeing things my way. Ive had 50 years of practice doing so. Unfortunately, I forget the same holds true for others. Differing…

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Now’s Not the Time

You have probably been exposed to Maslows hierarchy of needs at some point in your life. This motivation theory outlines how individuals strive first for physical and emotional safety. Included in the lower ring of needs are freedom from fear,…

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The Last Word

One of the best ways to avoid power struggles is to allow others to have the last word. Though difficult to do, it is an effective strategy - especially when dealing with your own children. I have always struggled to…

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