May the turning of the year bring light to all!

holidaysHappy holidays from Six Seconds. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy winter solstice, Pancha Ganapati, Yule, Sadeh, Malanka, Boxing Day, Quaid-e-Azam’s Day, Hogmanay, Soyal, Yalda, Las Posadas, and Bodhi Day.  From all of us at Six Seconds, may the turning of the year toward the light bring light within your heart and emotional intelligence to all!

 
From a kid’s perspective: So much build-up and anticipation and stressed-out parents!

 

holidaysRemember the anticipation you had as a kid when there were new things happening, presents, surprises, the smell of delicious foods only eaten once a year, the arrival of distant relatives, and perhaps stressed out parents, and traffic jams at the mall? And the disappointment that all the build-up didn’t make you as deliriously happy as those children in television advertisements, sitting around a tree opening presents? Don’t you wish you had EQ back then to understand your feelings better? Well, some children are lucky to have parents who practice EQ parenting and can pass along these competencies to their kids.

From a parent’s perspective: So much worry to make sure all is perfect

If you are a parent, you might feel some pressure to make a perfect event for your family, or buy the right presents, or see some relatives you don’t relish spending time with. Sometimes we forget that just having time to spend together as a family is a wonderful gift.  For many parents, precious rituals and traditions help tie us to our past and our ancestors, and they can also be a way to feel the continuity of the generations as we introduce them to our kids. There is a feeling of comfort thinking someday they may do the same thing with their children.

Rituals of giving and unconditional service to others can build empathy

Here is a short podcast reflecting on how parents can help build traditions and rituals around holidays that can  create meaningful family time together that is focused less on presents and consumption and more on connections and empathy. May Duong, Six Seconds Director of Parent Education, interviews several parents about how they use EQ to focus on rituals during the holiday season. We hope you will find something useful for you or the parents and children in your life.

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Rachel Goodman

Rachel Goodman

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and communications professional, editor, producer, and writer for effective outcomes. Ms. Goodman has been a radio producer for much of her career, specializing in short features and documentaries. Some of her work includes Southern Songbirds: the Women of Early Country Music, Pastures of Plenty: A History of California's Farmworkers, and The Boomtown Chronicles: Reflections on a Changing California. Ms. Goodman teaches journalism at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County. Her goals are to facilitate positive change in the world through effective communication, and to continue conducting her work with the highest level of integrity possible.
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