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Turn Work into Fun

Running = WORK (in my book).  It’s effort, sweat, and sore muscles.

And yet, I wanted to run yesterday as The Color Runners pranced by me during the Paris race.  It’s a 5K race and every kilometer is marked by a shower of color.  They call it “The Happiest 5K on the planet.”

What if we could infuse our home management with such joy?  Here’s my go at it:

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RESPECT You Can See, Hear, Feel...even Taste!

An upsetting situation is coming to the fore in my son’s class.  Bullying.  Among girls.  They’re not breaking bones with sticks and stones; they’re hurting with words.

How did it start?  I’m not sure (and is anyone?)

When did it begin?  Some time back...but it’s irrelevant now.  Today, bullying is here.

Who does it?  In this bullying instance, I know all of the concerned people:  parents and kids.  Our children have been in the same class for six years.  We know these families.  They're all delightful people.  Every one of them.  

Without a doubt the parents of the kids involved hope to pass on the value of mutual respect to their children.  And yet, a connection between beliefs and actions is not being made.

Passing on our values to the next generation is one of parents’ deep desires and formidable feats.  So much easier said than done!  I don’t have a foolproof method for passing on our principles to our children.

I do have some hard-learned lessons on communication with people from a different culture (I’m an American living in France) who speak another mother tongue.  After all, our children do live in a confusing generational culture and talk differently, “u no wat i mean?”

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When the "Wrong" Parenting Tool Becomes the Right One...and the Source of Inspiration

Picture this dilemma:  It’s a GORGEOUS day (no, this is not the problem).  You’re on the ski slopes and there is fresh powder (still not the family challenge).  It’s lunchtime and you have no cash...but you have freshly made, delicious sandwiches (still in suspense...) 

Here is the clincher:  you would like to enjoy your simple feast sitting down BUT, restaurants are in business and not in charity; they reserve seats for clients who purchase.  You would rather not freeze your rear off by sprawling in the snow.  Besides have you tried sitting Indian style with ski boots?  Ouch!  Squatting could be an option, but how restful is that?  And to add challenge to difficulty, you would appreciate an amazing view.

Life is tough...or full of promise.

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Family Annual Review Peek-a-boo—To Mom, be more generous. To child, learn through a job.

We are coming to a close of our Family Annual Review of 2013.  One son remains to give and receive his feedback with his parents.  This is the fourth in the series of posts to give you a glimpse into one our most precious and powerful family moments. 

Click here for our How To’s.  Read on to learn how my son told me to be more generous and I encouraged him to grow by working simple jobs of manual labor or service.

We are seated at the dinner table and the boys chose to go around in the order of seating.  It’s our second son who finally got the floor.

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Family Annual Review Peek-a-boo—To Mom, stop being a fashion victim. To child, think before you speak

Two of our sons have already given (to parent) and received (from Mom) feedback about what each does well and should continue doing, and about one behavior to consider changing.  (Catch the beginning of the discussion here). 

Business Continues As Usual

We’re at the dinner table, getting close to dessert time, and it’s the turn of youngest of four sons.   The meal keeps on flowing throughout the exchange.

Mom:  “Darling, what would you like to tell me about what I do well and what I should think about changing?”

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Family Annual Review Peek-a-boo—To Mom, be flexible. To child, go forward step by step

We're on a roll with the Family Annual Review.  Our eldest son has given and received his feedback (read here) for the Family Annual Review.  We’re sitting around the dinner table and Son 3 is next to him. 

Perfecting Process

(In a teensy bit of a controlling style) I turn to our second eldest son.

Mom:  “What is your feedback for me?” 

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Family Annual Review Peek-a-boo—To Mom, be clear. To child, be humble.

“A TABLE!”  That’s French for “Time to eat. Kids, come NOW! Prepare your taste buds and your conversation skills...”

On December 31 the family was dispersed in six different parties.  On January 1, we all sat down for a meal together...and shared feedback on 2013 and insights for growing forward.  We call this The Family Annual Review.

We do this every year and it is AN AMAZING family moment that the children request year after year.  Read here for the "How To's."

Friends (who also are parents) exclaim, "What a great idea....but I'd be so scared."  We're giving you The Run Down so that you can get a feel for how it happens...and do it chez you too! 

Since we have four sons, we've given each one a full post.  Keep clicking to the next post!  Each child is different (don't you KNOW!) so you catch a different aspect of the exchange from each one. 

Executive Summary

In essence, our eldest son asked me to be more clear about finances and who pays what.  My growth challenge to him centers on learning through humility.

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How to Have a Happy Birthday, Christmas, and every Gift Exchange 1

Happy celebrations are soooo important, that Home Is Fun made it's 1st video (!!!) about this.  Parents and kids can watch it together!

Aren’t those intense gift exchange days exciting?  Birthdays! Christmas and the holiday season!  Oh, the treasures we (children and, yes, mom and dad too) expect!!!

Aren’t those intense gift exchange days exhausting?!  I agree with the The Berenstain Bears: there can be Too Much Birthday :  ...or Christmas and holiday gift exchanges.

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Eeny, meeny, miny…. Oh no !

Enabling our kids to make wise decisions is one of a parent’s greatest legacies. When the dilemma is between strawberries and banana’s (and the precocious strategist exclaims, “Both!”) parents hardly think about the process...unless it’s, “Decide quickly, please.” All too soon, children are confronted with the selection of friends, ways to use free time, options for college, and trade-offs to finance their choices. By this time, moms and dads change their vocabulary to, “Decide well.”

How do people learn decision-making? Is there a way besides trial and error?! How can parents teach it...without being a bore and a chore

the free Wise Choices 6-day Guide. Even better, read the post first!

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