Play More! Kids At Play Can Awaken Their Strengths and Smarts

Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do. — Play with your children this summer. Play more! My nephew, Andy,

Explaining Our Smarts Part 3 – Picture Smart

Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do. — Surrounding ourselves with people different from us enriches our personal and

The Music Will Live On

Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do. — The brain is like other muscles. Once stretched, it never goes

Play More! Kids At Play Can Awaken Their Strengths and Smarts

My nephew, Andy, played with Duplo® blocks, Legos®, and his Thomas the Train for hours and hours at a time. I imagine every family member can testify that our favorite memories of Andy growing up include either watching him play with them or participating with him.

Andy’s imagination was significant. I think he really saw castles, fire stations, and bridges over raging rivers when he built ordinary-looking structures. His trains were carrying important products and many families to their destinations many miles away. His picture-smart strengths were obvious from the very beginning.

The Impact of Personal Identity

Sometimes an identity change makes an almost immediate difference in someone’s behavior. Sometimes it doesn’t. What’s the difference?

My nephew, Andy, graduated from college last Saturday. One minute he was a college student. The next, he was a graduate.

Identity controls behavior. Now he won’t be studying to take tests unless and until he begins graduate school. He will be going to work. He’ll need new skills and behaviors.

Keeping Our Emotional and Intellectual Tanks Full

Keeping Our Emotional and Intellectual Tanks Full

Over Christmas and New Year’s, did you expend a lot of emotional energy? I did.

I enjoyed lots of great times with great people: my brother, his wife, two nieces, Katie’s boyfriend, one nephew, friends over for dinner more than once, women at a party, golfing, and bowling at a birthday party. Sometimes, I was just with lots of people: large church services, concerts, airports, airplanes, crowded stores, …

Honestly, it was exhausting, even though it was wonderful. It took a lot of emotional and mental energy to stay focused at times and engage in conversations.