Carol Wood

As an educational professional, I have consulted and worked with many teenage students who are trying to cope with stress and anxiety. I am saddened each time to learn about their struggles and feel propelled to help.

Have you ever watched a baby or young child learn by exploring the world around? The eagerness in the child’s face demonstrates a yearning to learn as much and as fast as possible! Learning opens up a new world by enabling us to understand how things connect, act, and react to each other! It is important that as children grow up and there are more demands on them for earning high scores and good grades, that an excitement for learning be nurtured!

As a student have you ever wonder what your IQ score is or wished it were higher? Well no matter the level of your Intelligence Quotient or IQ, when it comes to happiness and success in life, EQ or Emotional Intelligence is just as if not more important than IQ. Emotional intelligence helps you build stronger relationships, succeed at school, and achieve your career and personal goals.

As a parent, are you sometimes afraid you will make your children angry with you if you discipline them and/or require responsible, respectful behaviors?  Are you worried you may cause them emotional harm if you hold them to your expectations and require certain behaviors?  Do any of your children refuse to do homework, study for tests, attend after school tutorial sessions, and/or earn grades lower than his or her abilities? Have your children taken charge of your home?

If your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit and/or depression, you may find this month’s article informative.  I read an article recently by Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D. in a publication entitled, ADDitude.