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10 Ways to Connect with Kids...of ALL Ages

We humans, both parents and children, are wired to experience intense emotions and engage in logical reasoning.

Beware:  every emotion does not always generate clear thinking!

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Communicate to be Understood

Why do you and I communicate? 

Sometimes I wonder if it’s to hear myself!  How wonderful I am (wink)...how smart I am (nod)...and definitely how right I am (roar with laughter)!

There are also times when I truly desire to get a message across to another person and communication breaks down.  Kaput.  I might understand if I were only giving negative feedback, yet this also happens with a positive or neutral missive.

FRUSTRATION.

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Boosting Family Love: It Worked for Us!

We had a LOVERLY (!) time at the Boost Love Family Workshop last week-end. I just loooove this picture of BEAMING kids when they are so confident of being loved and of having their love received.

Here’s our vision.  Great leaders make great parents.  At work, we frame a vision, communicate it, and organize to make it happen.  Isn’t that what we do at home too?

We got inspired by business growth (new customers, new products & services, greater value of each) to boost love through building up our relationships, the frequency of our interactions, and the depth of our communication.

I just love your workshops! You are so engaging and motivating and inspiring! (Thank you.  I do thrive on affirmation.  Smile.  Well, GRIN!)  I guess what helps the most is the practical way you put things into perspective for us.  Things we never necessarily think about in a structured way - but should!!!...I'm looking forward to the next one!!!”

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What Do You See in Your Kids?

I just returned from my 25th reunion at the Harvard Business School.  We are all showing signs of ageing...after all we have 25 years of additional experience.

So obviously we complimented each other on our appearance!  “You look GREAT!”  “You haven’t changed....” 

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Mamma's Gifts: Spikey or Awesome...Ah, Both!

This Mother's Day, I was invited to write about Motherhood à la French for our church magazine.  I responded that I really don't know about French mothering, not about American parenting, nor even about godly or Christian mom-ing for that matter either.  I know what we do in our home.  And the best thing that we do is change together.

They wrote back and asked for the article!  So voilà and enjoy!

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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

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Melodious Parenting: Insights from the Bells of Notre Dame

Notre Dame cathedral celebrates 850 years this 2013. To give you perspective, the United States of America boasts 237 years. The Chateau de Versailles began as a hunting lodge 344 years ago. 521 years ago Christopher Columbus discovered the American shores.

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What does love look like ?

When our eldest son was two years old we discovered he needed glasses. “Honey, go get your tricycle and join us for a walk,” we proposed. In addition to its three wheels, this machine boasted of bright and multiple colors. You could not miss it a mile away and we were barely standing 150 meters from it. Our son replied, “Where is it?” Oops. Even at his young age, he needed a correction of 5.5 (this is a BIG correction).

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Royal Rights or Earned Privileges?

Child: "I want _______"

Parent: "You should ____"

How to make ends meet?  We found our answer in the distinction between rights and privileges.

Insight N°1:  they're different! 

Insight N°2:  privileges are earned.  Rights come from being part of the family. 

This distinction is invaluable faced with critical questions such as, "Can I watch TV after school?"  The answer may differ depending upon whether TV time is it a right or a privilege.

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