Creative, Kid-Friendly Holiday Decorating Ideas

December 14, 2022

Kids love to contribute to the holiday decorating process, and it’s even more fun and meaningful if their involvement is about creating, not just hanging store-bought ornaments throughout your living spaces.

There are lots of engaging projects to try with your children during the festive season, so why not plan a crafting session with a few of the following ideas so that this Christmas is extra-special?

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Do People Pleasers Make the Best Employees?

December 13, 2022

A couple of years ago, I lectured to a group of business owners on employee engagement. A gentleman gave lavish praise for one employee in particular. In the same breath, he also lamented how difficult it would be to find a replacement to fill her shoes. The business owner had many reasons for his fondness: "She stayed late whenever asked to get projects done and with amazing accuracy." "She always volunteered to go the extra mile!" "She was super productive!" "She was the first to come to work and the last to leave." "And the best part, she was very popular in the office because she went out [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership

Impactful Soft Skills That Can Make or Break an Effective Healthcare Leader

December 06, 2022

Today more than ever, a surplus of talented people exists in virtually every industry around the globe. There is an increase in the average level of education with larger numbers of qualified candidates available for job openings and an increasingly global economy and international presence for many industries. These factors mean you will likely compete against candidates worldwide for positions you apply for. These realities are especially prevalent in many branches of healthcare.

Estimated reading: 5 minutes

Posted in Business and Leadership

How Pets Improve Children's Mental Health, Emotional Regulation, and Development

December 03, 2022

Watching children grow and develop is as rewarding as it is fascinating. Children are like little sponges, soaking up information and discovering all they can learn about their environment. Within a family, parents, siblings, and grandparents all play a significant role and greatly impact a child’s emotional development. However, they are not the only influence on children at home. Growing up with a pet can positively impact early childhood development and help establish healthy emotional regulation and mental health in children.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

I Feel Like a Bad Mom! 3 Skills to Encourage and Raise Your Confidence

November 30, 2022

Parenting is hard work. But when we're critical of ourselves and have a lot of negative self-talk, it can become downright discouraging.

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I'm really a bad mom!"? With this full-time, never-let-up job, it's easy to slip into feeling overwhelmed. Many of today's parents live thousands of miles away from grandparents and extended family, which was a major support in earlier times. So how do you parent consciously, keep a work-life balance, and create a fun-loving, happy family, given the multitude of demands?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Find Inner Peace and Unwrap Your Best Self

November 22, 2022

All of us seek inner peace and to make sense of our world. However, we grow up in a family culture that sometimes teaches us certain things about ourselves and the world that may inhibit a sense of peace. In our developmental years, we receive messages that cause us to believe certain feelings are unacceptable and unwelcome. Sometimes they are even shamed or punished.

So how do we free ourselves from fear and shame to become our best self?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Internal Motivation Versus External Motivation: Which Is Best and Why?

November 15, 2022

Motivation pushes us to reach our goals and achieve accomplishments in life. Some individuals lack drive and ambition, while others seem unstoppable. When people are unmotivated, they often struggle to experience fulfillment and purpose. Knowing your intrinsic versus extrinsic motivators is essential. While we want to find a work-life balance in life and avoid burnout, finding ways to pursue what is important to us and discover ways to motivate ourselves is crucial.

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

3 Things Your Mom Should Have Taught You About Self-Care and Healthy Boundaries

November 10, 2022

Growing up, children tend to emulate the behaviors and practices of those around them, especially their parents. That’s why you pick up certain mannerisms your mom has, how your father talks, or how your siblings do specific things.

Your youth is also the best time to learn and develop emotional intelligence that you carry with you into adulthood. Hopefully, your parents taught you these critical skills, but sometimes they can lack knowledge or skill in certain areas such as setting healthy boundaries or regular self-care. So by the time you’ve grown up, you may realize key tools are missing [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Effective Communication—the Link to Every Successful Company and Leader!

November 01, 2022

It is no secret that communication is key in any relationship—personal or professional. When it comes to effective and authentic leadership, communication is one of the most vital tools a leader can possess. For companies to succeed, their leaders must communicate effectively with their employees. And when things get tough or employee performance wavers, these same leaders need to be able to have difficult conversations while also inspiring those they lead.

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Business and Leadership

Are You Teaching and Modeling a Healthy Relationship with Money to Your Kids?

October 25, 2022

Einstein once said, “not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Money is heavily pedestalled these days, and it’s essential to teach your kids a balance between financial literacy, social responsibility, and emotional intelligence (EQ) when exploring life lessons with money. The goal is to prepare your children to create a healthy, happy, and successful future while teaching them to be responsible, empathetic human beings.

Yet, it’s not always easy as a parent to keep long-term values in mind when faced with the demands of everyday life. So, [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Parenting Favorites

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