Consciously Curated: Emotional Intelligence

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:

Emotional Intelligence
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Your Story: Emotions matter: that’s why Light Up is shedding light on children’s emotional intelligence

Juhi Sharma’s not-for-profit organisation Light Up focuses on harnessing the emotional intelligence of children, parents and teachers, and providing them with tools to form a cohesive, non-violent, and caring community. The education system, Juhi believes, fails to help children build a strong emotional foundation and skill sets which would help them to “survive in the real world”. Real-life experiences teach them “a half-baked approach” that often manifests itself in layers of anger issues, fear and sadness, and more importantly, signs of early stage anxiety and depression.

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Consciously Curated: Parenting Special Needs Children

Consciously Curated is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to keep you thinking good:

Guitar, kid, sitting and child by Laith Abuabdu
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PBS News Hour: A child with autism can’t engage with the world if kept at home

I believe we advocate best for our children when we put their autistic behaviors in context rather than let others assume the worst. We advocate best if our words are not angry or defensive, just factual, “My child has autism, I’m doing the best I can.” Because we are not seeking to punish the people who might be our greatest allies, if only they understood. But now the burden shifts to you, general public. All you bystanders who don’t know what to do when you witness the unthinkable. The answer is tolerance – you have a duty not to comment cruelly, not to insist we leave.

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The reason I started Thinking Good

The reason I started Thinking Good … Well as I endeavor to be the best I can be for my family and myself, I have found a dearth of quality information and resources dedicated to helping men work through the challenges we encounter as 21st Century husbands and fathers.

That’s why I founded Thinking Good, a media and lifestyle community, that helps men be their better selves. Our mission is to empower us to be better husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, friends, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and thinkers. Not just for ourselves, but also our families and communities.

Want to learn more about Thinking Good? Check out these posts:
Welcome to Thinking Good!
Thinking Good’s Toolkit
Pieces Of Me: A (Selected) Autobiography of John Jioni Palmer
Roots Rock Reggae for the Thinking Man
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Roots Rock Reggae for the Thinking Man

Hurricane Ridge Photo by Bobby Stevenson on Unsplash
Photo by Bobby Stevenson on Unsplash

In this interview with Roots Rock Reggae on TakomaRadio.org where we cover manhood, fatherhood, parenting, entrepreneurship, bullying and much more. Many thanks to host Soul Rebel for the opportunity to share what we do at Thinking Good with your audience. The music is dope and the conversation inspiring. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Interested in more inspiring and empowering stories? Check out these articles:

Pieces Of Me: A (Selected) Autobiography of John Jioni Palmer
No time to exercise? This is a must read!
Growing Up Alone – How To Raise Independent and Responsible Children
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No time to exercise? This is a must read!

Check out this awesome infograph from FatherhoodFitnessFinance.com on how to invest wisely to optimize your health and wellness.


Finding Time to Exercise

Courtesy of FatherhoodFitnessFinance.com

Interested in more inspiring and empowering stories about your Wallet and Wellness? Check out these articles:

4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet
Sitting All Day is the Best Way to End Up in the Doctor’s Office

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Growing Up Alone – How To Raise Independent and Responsible Children

At the Corner of 3rd and Douglas

Intersection of Life photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash
Photo by Frantzou Fleurine on Unsplash

I live in the Edgewood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. across the street from a school. When my wife and I bought our house, it was a public school serving a low to moderate-income population that was 95 percent African American, reflecting the neighborhood demographics.

Each morning when I headed to work I’d find a trail of discarded Little Hug juice bottles, honey bun wrappers and empty potato chip bags leading to the school. Weeds sprouted through the cracks in the asphalt on the school grounds and the play structure was tattered and rusty. The schoolyard looked more like a laboratory for tetanus rather than a playground for children. Inside, portable walls, not classrooms, separated the kids who were group two grades at a time (1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th). When I visited the school to inquire about volunteering one morning, I heard several teachers instructing their students at the same time, and a disruption in one classroom affected the others.

The school closed a few years after we moved in and briefly became a hangout for older teens and young adults who smoked weed, drank and played dice.

Eventually, gentrification took over, the school was reopened as a charter school and the building was overhauled.  The playground was upgraded. Sunflowers and a community garden replaced the weeds. Woodchips covered the fissured asphalt. A section of the sidewalk was replaced and white children soon made up about 40 percent of the new student body—although the neighborhood demographics barely changed. Former First Lady and President Obama even came to christen the new facility. Even the litter got an upgrade, with Honest Juice boxes and string-cheese wrappers in the gutter instead of the cheap, corner-store junk-food trash.

Parking is a little harder to find, hey, that’s life in the big city.

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A Perfect Fall Day, Father and Sons

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 2 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following, Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

Here’s the second half of our conversation with  Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” a deeply emotional and inspiring piece. Our talk with Acacia is a probative examination of the many issues raised in her article.

In case you missed to first part of the chat you can find it here.  As always we invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Interview with Executive Coach Matt Cross of Performance Applied

Matt Cross, founder of Performance Applied

In this episode of Suite Talk we hear from Matt Cross, the founder of Performance Applied, which provides executive coaching for rising leaders.

Our conversation focuses on the differences between management and leadership and how you can apply a leader’s mindset not just in the workplace, but in all areas of your life.

Matt’s mission is to help you perform at a higher level by keeping you out of the weeds and focused on what matters most! Check out his nifty five-day action plan to help you take stock of where you are and where you want to go.

An expert in organizational psychology and leadership, Matt has an intense curiosity for how individuals win the inner game and perform at their peak.

Here’s some of the material referenced in our conversation:

We’ll hear from Matt again soon, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Step in to the New Year with Purpose

In this Suite Talk podcast, we hear a timeless New Years Eve talk with Spiritual Coach Rev. Dr. Jay Speights starting every new year and day with focus and intention.
Enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention

In this 2006 New Years Eve talk, spiritual coach Rev. Dr. Jay Speights shares some timeless tips that are inspiring and actionable to help us enter the New Year and every day with focus and intention.

You many recall Dr. Speights was our first guest on Suite Talk and at that time he talked about being the conductor of your own symphony. You can find that episode here.

We will have Dr. Speights in the studio again soon to ask him to elaborate on this lecture to learn additional insights on how we can be more present and effective in our daily lives.

But for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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