What it means: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Why it matters: When it becomes common behavior to dismiss others as too uneducated or immature to have opinions of consequence, civilization becomes a matter of “might makes right.” One of two unpleasant alternatives follows: one group seizes power and others […]


What it means: A feeling of admiration elicited by the qualities or achievements of another, or by the recognition of another as an equal.  Why it matters: Feeling superior to others hurts both sides and destroys all chance of a healthy relationship—or even a mutually agreeable resolution to conflict. Respecting others as human beings with […]

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

Two generations ago, the only “screen time” parents worried about was a few television channels. Now, kids have endless cable and online viewing; DVDs, DVRs, and downloads; Internet, gaming, and social-media options beyond counting; and the ability to carry most of the above in their pockets. For today’s parents, the implications can be terrifying. Every […]

The 7 “R’s” To Promote A Love Of Learning

It’s sad that many people—adults as well as children—associate “learning” with boring school lessons, and can hardly wait to “outgrow” it. The truth is, someone who has stopped learning has stopped growing, and is stagnant and barely alive. If your children groan at the word “learning,” show them its real definition: acquiring knowledge through experimenting, […]


By the time children are in their teens—and, hopefully, familiar with budgeting and savings—they should be ready to learn more advanced financial concepts. Then again, many adults (perhaps even you) still regard interest and credit scores as a foreign language. Here’s a refresher course:  Key Terms  Cash flow: balance between income and spending. Healthy cash […]