30 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KID INSTEAD OF “HOW WAS YOUR DAY?”
When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “how was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered) “fine.”
Come on! It’s the first day, for crying out loud! Give me something to work with, would you, kid?
The second day, my same question was answered, “well, no one was a jerk.”
That’s good…I guess.
9 QUALITIES OF A GOOD FATHER
Gary & John Lundberg
A father has many roles to play, all designed to enrich his life and the lives of his children. When these roles are understood and pursued with determination, his whole family is blessed.
When we got married I was excited to be with my wife and start our life together. In the back of my mind was the thought that we would also have a chance to have children and I would then become a dad. Notice the thought was in the back of my mind as I was caught up in the experience of being a newly married husband and completing my education.
My wife was also enjoying her new role, but was more attuned to being a parent. In fact, she told me during our courting days that she wanted thirteen children. I agreed. Of course, that was before we had one. Our journey to having children was different and took longer than we had anticipated. After five years of hoping, the idea of having a big family was diminishing. We would settle for however many we could have. The day finally came and we stood in the newly furnished nursery with our son in our arms. We were excited and humbled realizing our lives were forever changed.
5 SIGNS YOUR KIDS NEED MORE DISCIPLINE
Here’s how to stop bad behavior early on.
Have you ever been sitting at the park while watching your kids interact with someone else and you are just slightly embarrassed about what they are saying to this complete stranger? Or have you been driving somewhere and your child demands something? Usually when these experiences first happen, you are shocked that you could ever hear your child say something like that.
You may brush it off and say that kids will be kids. Or you are like me who is blind to those they love most. You don’t recognize the terrible traits they are developing because you think your child could never behave like that.
15 INSANELY NICE THINGS TO SAY
Lifting another’s spirits with a genuine compliment makes you feel pretty great, too. You never know how your kind words will affect those around you.
Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
A knee-melting compliment, delivered directly and sincerely, can be life altering. We never know how profoundly our kind words affect the recipient – from a store clerk to our own kids.
In the spirit of Mark Twain, here are 15 really nice gems to throw someone’s way.
5 TIPS ON OFFERING ADVICE TO ADULT CHILDREN
As you and your children age, your role as a parent changes. Here are some tips and tricks on continuing to parent your grown children.
Parenting adult children can seem like an oxymoron, times two! “Adult children” occupy an amorphous space in your mind, and perhaps in the dictionary. How can you be both a child and an adult? Parenting an adult just sounds mutually exclusive. After all, adults don’t need parenting, right? Once you reach the age of 18, of course you know everything there is to know about life, love and happiness. Perhaps according to the law once the age of emancipation is reached, adults are responsible for their own lives, and counted and entrusted as individuals. But in families, this rarely happens through any passage of time.
As a parent or grandparent, you may feel compelled to share your knowledge, wisdom and life experiences with your adult children, but take care in sharing. The message may be enlightening, amazing or even inspiring. But frustrated recipients often shoot the messenger!
5 THINGS UNHAPPY PEOPLE REFUSE TO ADMIT TO THEMSELVES
Marc and I recently went roller skating for the first time in forever. Everyone else skating was pretty young, except one man in his late 50’s. He kept falling down, smiling and laughing. And all the kids skating kept smiling and laughing along with him. Finally, I asked him why he decided to skate today and he said, “I was at work earlier and realized I had never been roller skating. And although life hasn’t been easy lately, here I am cracking myself up. It’s totally been worth it!”
Talk about a great reminder, for all of us! Even when life is tough we can choose to smile.
But so many of us don’t…
12 THINGS THAT MAKE YOUR MAN LOSE INTEREST IN YOU (IMMEDIATELY)
Avoid these at all cost (especially 8 and 9).
There are several things you unknowingly do that push your man away. Most of these behaviors are not major, but rather opposite. They may be the reason the man you love seems to lose interest in you without any explanation.
Avoid these 12 things and your love will change:
- Being desperate
LOOKS MAY BE MISLEADING
Most teens can’t wait to learn to drive. Not so with me. Driving made me nervous. I didn’t get a license until I turned 24 years old. As a result, when I first married, we only had one car and car-pooled to work. My husband’s hours were different from mine by one hour. I worked earlier. So he dropped me off and went to the diner to drink coffee until work time.
Then, in the afternoons, I leisurely walked the three miles to his work place where I waited in his car, reading a book.
One day while waiting for him, I noticed the most beautiful Cadillac pull in the lot. It was powder blue and sleek looking – the kind of car you dream about. I was busily admiring the car when I noticed the driver. Honestly, she was probably the prettiest woman I had ever seen off the movie screen.
SEE WHAT CHILDREN FROM RICH HOMES AND IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS DO BEHIND THEIR PARENTS
… It was a pool party.
And they were there.
Men who have ‘arrived’.
Money, power and fame.
Men in their prime who tell time to hold still since they have refused to age and it grudgingly obeys in detente and in temporaneous.
They dress young, they dance young, they act young.