Scared Excited: Talking to Children About Trauma Part II

Scared Excited: Talking to Children About Trauma Part II

How to Talk to Kids About Fear and Trauma, Part II It’s difficult enough that, as parents, we struggle to find answers to the everyday issues with our kids, such as how to get them to eat more veggies, do their chores, and be kind to their siblings. When it comes to trauma and fear, […]

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Fear Change

Fear Change

To be emotionally intelligent about CHANGE, you’ve got to understand fear. Why we have it, how it affects change – and how to turn it into an ally.

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Tolerance, Emotions, and Politics

Tolerance, Emotions, and Politics

Recently, protesters at a several political rallies were surrounded and heckled by angry crowds and escorted from the building by police. Sometimes it’s hard to believe this is really happening in the United States in 2016. At moments like these, how can emotional intelligence bring light to and make sense of these conflicts, unfolding so […]

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The Fog of Fear

The Fog of Fear

Are we running scared?  As a business leader, I’m afraid that I don’t know what’s happening even one quarter out. As a parent, I’m afraid I’m not doing what’s best for my kids – especially when so much is coming unglued all around. As a person, I’m afraid we’re lost. Newtown.  Recession.  Floods.  The endless […]

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Are you a worrier?

Are you a worrier?

Emotional Intelligence explores how thoughts create feelings.  Here’s a deceptively simple tool.  When I’m caught in a worry cycle, I can use this flowchart as a good reminder.  I can examine my situation and take action.  One action is changing my thoughts –which will change my feelings.

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Does Mama Need Surgery Again?

A few months ago Patty had routine physical, and her doctor ordered some tests, which came back positive so she needed a biopsy. While statistically odds were strong that it would be a nonissue, we were both a bit anxious – especially because of her cancer scare a few years ago. We carefully didn’t say […]

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(over?)protecting kids vs growing efficacy

I took the city bus to and from school starting in kindergarten or first grade.  I remember riding my bike across the city to school one day (remember it because I found a $10 bill!)  I was probably left a bit too much to my own devices, could be described as a “latchkey kid,” or […]

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Why?

This morning I had planned to get my yearly blood test at a lab 15 minutes from home. But I was resistant. My days away from the office are sacred and my routine is precious to me. I meditate, have breakfast, meditate some more and write. It is a peaceful, joyful time. The blood work […]

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