Illuminate: What Relationship Pattern Holds You Back?

Illuminate: What Relationship Pattern Holds You Back?

Everyone has their own pattern when it comes to relationships. ‘Attachment Styles’ have been studied in psychology for years, and its wisdom is now starting to find its way into everyday relationships. What’s your attachment style, and how can you best work with it?

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Surprise! You’re a Role Model

Surprise! You’re a Role Model

The stories of Krissie Jo and Gandhi remind me that others (children, parents, colleagues, friends, and family) are always watching.  Let me be the best me I can be. Each winter I start thinking about Christmas in my hometown: Inkom, Idaho. It’s just like in the movies, I swear. Delights of dipping chocolates, baking filled cookies, and the […]

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On When to Quit Saving

On When to Quit Saving

When should we stop saving people? This was my year for grappling with my role as rescuer. The dictionary defines rescue as “to save from a dangerous or distressing situation,” and also “to keep from being lost or abandoned.” What happens when we are moved to do the former, but the latter is what’s required? […]

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Bully-proof Your Kids with Emotional Intelligence

Bully-proof Your Kids with Emotional Intelligence

October is national anti-bullying month in the U.S. How can emotional intelligence help us guide our children to be compassionate and to combat bullying at home and at school? As a first grader, I was a bit chubby—not pudgy, but certainly slightly rounded. My father always referred to me as healthy looking. However, the first […]

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Emotional Intelligence Blossoms in the Czech Republic

Emotional Intelligence Blossoms in the Czech Republic

What do Readers’ Digest, children’s brains, and EQ have in common? They all converged at a conference in the Czech Republic in May to focus on children’s cognitive development. “Educating the head without educating the heart is no education at all!” –Aristotle That quote set the tone for the inaugural conference for the newly formed […]

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14 Tips for Helping Children with Emotional Intelligence

14 Tips for Helping Children with Emotional Intelligence

An excellent post by Elizabeth O’Shea with 14 clear, powerful ideas about being an emotionally intelligent parent. Here are the first 3 – how would it be to put these into action? 1. Accept our children’s emotions and emotional responses ‘That must have been really frustrating’ ‘Wow, you are showing me how angry you feel’ ‘That’s […]

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Sibling Rivalry: Jealousy and Love

Sibling Rivalry: Jealousy and Love

I was seventeen years old and had been an only child for that entire time. I had reveled in having no rival for my parent’s love and attention. But then in the spring of 1957, my mother reported she felt nauseated. She’d recently taken a bad fall and only went to the doctor because my […]

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