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Everyone feels the weight and pressure of being put on the spot. That's okay. What's not okay is rushing ahead, reacting impulsively, only to regret it later. So, how do we avoid all that? Simply put, we reserve our right to a delayed reaction. Today, I'll share about a specific time I "was all outta nice" and sent my son,...

A heavy mood can be a big burden for everyone involved. We may not be able to completely get away from having a tough conversation or dealing with stressful situation, but we can always find ways to lighten the overall mood. And this soft skill can make things better (and easier) for everyone—ourselves included! Today, let me tell you about...

Sure, how to think well may initially seem obvious: Give yourself plenty of time, do the research, and think through the potential consequences. But there's much more to it then that. Often, we're put on the spot and have our feelings and emotions to contend with, too. Let me tell you about the time I was able to think well...

It may initially seem counterintuitive, but constraints can actually be a huge asset when it comes to being creative. After all, how in the world can you think outside of the box if the box isn't even well defined to begin with? To prove it, let me tell you about the time my husband, Jason, and I capitalized on constraints...

You've bit it. You've screwed up. Now what? We all do it. So why do we spend so little time and effort on learning how to recovery after the fact? Bouncing back well is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved by anyone at any age. Let me tell you about the time I wrote an entire math...

Years ago when I was teaching a classroom of 4th graders, they all began to suddenly fall ill. But it wasn't due to a flu or sickness. Instead, they all had literally made themselves sick by stewing in their own fear and worry. We all do this from time to time. Discover specific ways to stop it effectively....

As a teenager, a man was trying to break in though my bedroom window in the middle of the night. I heard it. I saw it. I knew what was happening. Yet I still failed to make a decision or move. I failed to realize in that moment that making no decision at all was the absolute worst thing I...

During a haunted chocolate factory tour a few years back, I originally thought my son had cheated. After all, he didn't use the cellophane bag the rest of us were given. Instead, he found—and took advantage of—a loophole. This enabled him to score more chocolate than anyone else! But how can the rest of us learn to think more creatively—and...