The Meaning of Life

Ever wonder why you should get out of the bed in the morning? How about because someone might need you? This morning after dropping my boys off at school, I saw a lady desperately chasing after a city bus. She was in the road running while flailing her arms, trying to get the bus driver’s…

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What happened to family time?

My teenagers are part of the technology generation. Computers, gaming systems, cell phones, and ipods have always been part of their lives. They’re texting, checking Facebook, and going out on YouTube in their spare time. The more connected our kids become to the world, the less connected they can become to their parents. Never has…

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“It’s okay, Mom, I forgive you.”

Teenagers can be selfish people, often wanting what they want when they want it. They can be forgetful, too. “Oh, sorry, Mom, I forgot to call.” or “Sorry, I was going to cut the grass, but I forgot.” Part of their consequence is an opportunity to listen to us as we express our disappointment. Sometimes…

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Are your friends good for you?

People are contagious. The people you spend the most time with infect you with their attitude, their ideas and their energy or lack of energy. Over time we become more and more like the people hang out with. That’s not always a good thing. Take a good look at your inner circle of friends, your…

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Do you want your kids to communicate with you?

My youngest is thirteen and rapidly turning into a man. Last night he showed me his newly aquired budding patch of arm-pit hairs. I’m proud to say that he’s confidently moving into manhood, however it wasn’t long ago that I worried about him. He was quiet, too quiet for me. Turns out, it wasn’t that…

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Be that random voice

My 25 year old daughter came home from work the day after getting a major hair cut and said, “Mom, you won’t believe this but I was standing in line at Starbucks this morning and a random lady came up to me and told me she loved my hair!” That random lady made her day…

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Focus on the “should do” things

Last year I had the flexibility to work on my golf game. An injury kept me from running and biking so I put lots of energy into chasing that little white ball. I made some new friends in the process and had a lot of fun. Now with the golf season gearing up, I have…

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Are you becoming an average version of yourself?

It’s not okay to be an average version of yourself. You have a unique set of gifts. You’re important. However, you’re also influenced by numerous sources like family, friends, colleagues, the media, etc… There are many voices out there happy to tell you how to “be” in the world. Most intentions are good and it’s…

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Communication: Silence is a weapon

Communicating is the hardest thing we do. It’s easy to understand the world from our individual perspective; it’s hard to understand it from someone else’s. We’re supposed to listen with an open mind, trying to understand their point of view, but we have our egos to protect and we’re opinionated. There’s nothing easy about it.…

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The sex talk you need to have with your teenage son

Unlike many parents, I’m opposed to my son having sex in high school. I don’t think the the emotions involved are worth the likely heartache for him or for his girlfriend. However, I realize it’s ultimately his choice so I want him to understand the potential consequences. I want him to be respectful. I want…

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