Posts Tagged ‘parenting’

A day wasted?

In the Diary of Brooks Adams is an entry about a special day when he was eight years old. He wrote, “Went fishing with my father; the most glorious day of my life,” and through the next 40 years there were constant references to that day and the influence it had on his life. Brooks’…

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Three Important Things

What are the 3 most important things a parent can teach a child? According to a New York Post survey published December 16, 2018, they are, “Be respectful,” “be thankful for what you have” and “honesty is the best policy.”  That’s not a bad list. Seems that if we got these three right, we’d have…

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Generation to generation

Christine Caine shared this story at Catalyst West Coast. In the  2000 Olympics in Australia & 2004 Olympics in Athens & 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 4×400 meter Women’s Relays, the American team should have won each time.  They had the best individual runners and had the best record of any other team.  They lost…

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Leadership from Mom

Leadership can be hard to define. On one end it can be specific to Fortune 500 marketplace companies and on the other end, it can be generalized to the way a family operates. There are many who would state that leadership is a commodity that is reserved for a select few. I disagree. Because there…

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Insurance policy

Life insurance is a basic need. At least that what an op-ed in The Economic Times March 30, 2011, says. It’s the first step in financial planning. In a way, all investments are insurance against financial risk and all insurance is an investment for a better tomorrow, If you’re sitting in your easy chair any…

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Parental Balance

Have you ever spent time around parents that feel they have to provide every opportunity and activity for their kids because they were “neglected” themselves in their own childhood? Maybe you’ve heard them say, “I promised myself I would never do that to my kids.” Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. It actually sounds pretty…

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Friday night

I was the president of my fraternity in college. Many of us lived in the fraternity house and Friday night we would have a regular poker game. It happened almost every Friday night. Before you get the wrong idea, it was penny poker with a primary goal of just hanging out with friends. I enjoyed…

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Horror Flick

A few years ago I saw a “horror” movie. You might not call it that, but I do. It was a movie called “Hook.” Robin Williams starred in this Peter Pan remake. Why would I classify it with the horror genre? Let me explain. Peter is a high power businessman. He’s making deals and making…

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I wish he didn’t say that!

When you hang with people for any time at all, you eventually get in a conversation or overhear a conversation where you say to yourself, “I wish they hadn’t said that.” Maybe you heard a spouse say in the midst of pain, “I married the wrong person.” Maybe they say something the seems out of…

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Chip off the Old Block

“Like Father, like son.” We understand that to mean a son will have traits similar to his father when he reaches adulthood. There are other idioms that convey the same thing. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” “He’s a chip off the old block.” Now, this can be taken both positively or negatively.…

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DISCOVERY AND ADVENTURE – Issue of Confidence, Parenting

Depending on how you look at it. Teaching is a noble profession. I think you’d have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t believe that. However, if most people are high on teachers, I can’t figure out why they are paid so poorly… but I digress. A good friend of mine was teaching a gathering…

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PARENTS AND KIDS – Issues of Family

My kids are grown. They have their own families. We are enjoying a great season of life now… a richness of conversation, time and activity together that is incredibly significant. I heard a quote years ago from former president George H.W. Bush. In an interview with his wife, he was asked what was his most…

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WISE PARENTS – Issue of Parenting, Relationships

There is a name that brings an image to mind. It’s the image of sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach, a quick trip to the bathroom, an internal conversation that goes something like, “Why would someone do that?” or “you must be out of your mind.” The name is Nik Wallenda. He was born into…

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STORY TELLING – Issues of Parenting

Reading to kids or telling pretend stories to your kids or grandkids is becoming a lost art. It’s not that we don’t think it’s important. There isn’t a parent on the planet who doesn’t see the importance and relevance of reading stories or telling bedtime stories to their kids. It’s just that we’re on the…

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MODELING – Issues of Parenting

People watching. It’s a national pastime. I was hanging out in Atlanta’s airport, killing the four hour delay I was experiencing. I’ve learned to deal with it. It’s a part of traveling and people watching fills the gap. Now it’s interesting to see the variety of people for sure, but what really captivates me is…

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DISAPPOINTMENT – Relationships, Personal Health

Have you ever run into a movie aficionado who has practically memorized every line from their favorite movie? Not just the familiar ones…but all of the lines, like they were an understudy? I’m not quite that bad, but when it comes to “The Princess Bride,” I’m pretty close. One great exchange between Inigo Montoya and the Man…

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UNKINDNESS – Issues of Parenting, Relationships

Mean people are the WORST! They just are. Sorry for being so direct, but it fits. I don’t know what the percentages are, but I’m sure there are more nice people than mean people in the world. Now, it depends on the circles you operate in, but we all rub shoulders with this demographic of…

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A HEART FOR ADVENTURE – Issues of Parenting

Teaching is a noble profession. I think you’d have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t believe that. However, if most people are high on teachers, I can’t figure out why they are paid so poorly… but I digress. A good friend of mine was teaching a gathering of teachers hoping to hone their skills.…

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