Recently I flexed my mental muscles during a three-day leadership course called "Team Empowerment Training." I thought I'd pick up a few conflict-resolution techniques, learn how to be a better influencer, and empower others through interpersonal skills and guidance.
Taking a pause is not really like a vacation because there is no agenda other than slowing down and enjoying life. You can still be social, plugged in and available but maybe you change gears and remember what you value in life.
Learning how to speak well won't guarantee your little pumpkin will get into an elite college or land a great job when he graduates. But I can't think of a single thing in life that's made more difficult by effective communication.
Many of us become ineffective communicators when we feel personally triggered or that our intention is misinterpreted by those we are engaging with -- whether it be family, friends our partner or a stranger.