Teens, Social Media, and Body Image: How to Support Your Teenage Girl

March 18, 2021

Human beings are quite fragile psychologically, partially since we live longer than most other animals and mammals that live on our planet. And one of the most sensitive periods in human lives is adolescence. In 2017, Karen Young, a contributor for Hey Sigmund website, provided statistics* showing that nearly 12.5 percent of teenagers suffer from a major depressive episode between ages 13 and 17.

In many cases, those episodes were contributed by body image and societal issues. So, to be a responsible parent, it’s imperative to help your teen manage their mental well-being, which requires [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Are You Building a United Front for Kids in Your Blended Family?

March 14, 2021

Blended families naturally face countless combinations of complexities. The intertwining worlds of parents, stepparents, children, and stepsiblings, as well as their potentially clashing values, emotions, and schedules, can be a tough world for families to navigate. Children in these families constantly have to adjust as they move back and forth between households, navigating the different personalities and parenting styles of their biological parents and stepparents.

Children in blended families are immersed in a family dynamic that they did not create and have little control over. [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Top 3 Communication Mistakes That Leaders Make

March 05, 2021

We’ve all experienced the consequences of poor communication or a lack of effective communication in the workplace: strained employee relationships, poor morale, non-productivity, misunderstandings,… the list goes on. It’s a leader’s job to set the tone and standard for communication in any organization.

Effective leaders know that they must set the example for organizational culture. When good communication skills start at the top, the model can promote emotional intelligence and trust throughout an organization.

Posted in Business and Leadership

How to Apply Emotional, Cognitive, and Compassionate Empathy

March 03, 2021

Empathy is not one-size-fits-all. Different types of empathy are appropriate for different people, relationships, and circumstances.

If you are struggling to express empathy, your problem might not be that you aren't an empathetic person—it could be that you're accessing a type of empathy that doesn't come naturally to you or that the type of empathy you're expressing isn't appropriate for the situation at hand.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, How to Build Empathy

How You Motivate Employees Makes a Big Difference in Performance

February 22, 2021

Mary Parker Follett who was once regarded as the Mother of Modern Management said, “Management is the art of getting things done through people.” Managing people is an intricate dance between art and science. Understanding what motivates employees is key, so they develop professionally, feel fulfilled, meet company goals, and have high performance.

Many companies struggling with employee motivation have a disconnect between how they choose to reward their employees and what motivates them to perform at their best. This disparity is understandable because motivating employees is not cut [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership

Launch Yourself into an Amazing Life with Emotional Fitness

February 13, 2021

What will make this year one to remember…and treasure?

According to Pew Research Center, consistent polls show that spending time with our loved ones creates the most meaning in our lives. Is that true for you? 

Yet if anger, anxiety, and knee-jerk reactions dominate our emotional experience, they can profoundly detract from our ability to make meaningful connections with others, even those we deeply love.

Improving your emotional fitness will result in lasting improvements in your relationships and your life, both in 2021 and beyond—but where do you even start?

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

Top 5 Ways to Build an Accessible and Inclusive Workplace

February 09, 2021

A few weeks ago, I was faced with the stark reality of innocent short-sightedness. A woman who had hearing loss asked me to add captions to my emotional intelligence webinar. This omission inspired me to study the subject more closely.

You probably have heard about inclusive workplaces. Thanks to disability rights activists and growing awareness, the term is used more frequently now than in the past. As a result, you might have wondered what it means or how to make your website or workplace more accessible to a wide range of people.

Posted in Business and Leadership

What Is Good About People-Pleasers?

February 04, 2021

A client asked me recently, “What’s wrong with pleasing people? Isn’t it kind to please others?” This question inspired me to write about the topic from a new perspective. After all, there is a lot written about the dark side of being a people-pleaser and how habitually pleasing others can deplete personal power and destroy relationships. If you’re a people-pleaser, this can be disheartening.

Luckily, there’s also a light side to being a people-pleaser, one which can help provide a happy life with great fulfillment. In fact, once people-pleasers discover how to stop giving themselves up [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Balancing Life as a Single Mother in a Pandemic

February 02, 2021

Description: Being a single mother is a challenge. But with the corona-virus pandemic persisting, it’s harder than ever to balance work, life, and childcare. Here’s some sound advice to stay centered and look after your loved ones during these unprecedented times.

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Do You Want a Happy Relationship? Develop Healthy Boundaries

January 30, 2021

Whether you’ve been with your partner for six months or married for ten years, poor boundaries create dependency and unhappy couples. If you want to develop a healthy and happy relationship, you must each have healthy personal boundaries.

 

Often, we consider boundaries to be something that pushes people away, or we’re afraid that the other person will react negatively or feel hurt. However, healthy boundaries in relationships are a prerequisite to happiness. They define us and what is essential in our lives. Without them, there is too much room for drama. Boundaries help to create a  [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

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