Eye Contact

Eye-Contact and social touches are fading away from use in society-things that distinguish us from beasts making us human. A creature was spotted in France 200 years ago. It was captured, and they determined that it was an 11- year old boy who had run wild in the forests for most of his life. He was indistinguishable as human. This leads me to ask, “At what point do we begin to lose our humanity?” Anyone who works with kids has to be giving high fives, pats on the back, and requiring eye contact. When you ask a child a question, wait for an answer using the same level of eye contact. It’s our job to turn this around, and remember that if we don’t look at each other, parents, our kids will f

Motivation: Don't be like the Goldfish

As you probably know, kids have short attention spans. Well, so do goldfish with an attention span of about 9 seconds. Adults even struggle with their attentiveness, and a study from Microsoft found that, “since the year 2000 (or about when the mobile revolution began) the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds.” Yes, as you’ve figured out, the length of the average human’s attention span is less than a mere goldfish. The digital era doesn’t help things along, either. According to a report by the company, Accenture, “87% of consumers use more than one device at a time.” We find ourselves watching Netflix, playing World of Warcraft, and looking at the latest sport sco

Keeping our Kids Safe

Keeping our Kids Safe I’m not one to tell you that the world is any more dangerous than in years past. Some will use scare tactics as marketing tools for anything from safes to self-defense courses. Statistically speaking, we are living in one of the safest periods of the last 50 years. Violent Crime hasn’t been this low since the early 70’s. Yes, statistically speaking, you’ll be just fine. However, we don’t teach statistics, and we want you to avoid being one. Nothing matches the feeling of being able to defend yourself and family. You feel confident, and it shows...in your eye contact, posture, and everyday social interactions. When one feels this way, potential bullies, attackers and oth

The Human Failing of Aggression

Stephen Hawking was asked what the greatest human shortcoming was. He replied, “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression, it may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.” Hawking went on to say that the best cure for aggression was increased empathy, which “brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.” Yes, the future of our empathy is uncertain. The prevalence of digital devices makes us more isolated. We can go all day without making any physical contact with another person, yet it is physical touch that distinguishes us from animals. A creature was spotted in F

Teaching Empathy

The sad face emoji is not an expression of empathy. Having empathy means that you value someone’s current position in life. It is more than the click of the mouse. We are more connected than ever. You may have 2,000 Facebook “friends” but they are more like acquaintances than people with whom we have meaningful relationships. How many of them would help you move? That is the true benchmark of a friend. :) The heart emoji. The angry emoji. These are as close to artificial intelligence as we can get without 100% human-less automation. With the click of a single button, you can feel good about a cause or make your political views known to the world. Yes, that makes you angry, but what are you g

Preparing Kids for the Job Market (Part 3)

Ability to sell and influence others We already know that to empower means “to give power to” and our mission is to equip everyone with the confidence to live successful lives. Our kids will enter the most competitive job market that the world has ever seen. Due to rapid globalization, American graduates now compete alongside many more of their peers from around the globe. It is imperative, therefore that kids develop the self-esteem to stand out and to sell themselves. “Your most important sale in life is to sell yourself to yourself. “ ~Maxwell Maltz Self-Esteem and Influence Influence: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone. How can you have a

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