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Invest In Your Thoughts

What's odd with this picture?  The stairs never end.  Here's another erratic scene:

Child: “I need  ____.  Everyone has one.”  

Parent:  “Since when do your friends decide how I should spend my money?!”  

Who and how does one differentiate between needs and desires anyhow?   Sometimes, we parents are so distracted, we forget to consider the issue.  We just go with the flow.

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The Gift of Respect

Picture the Eiffel Tower. Easy. Congure up an image of birthday. Still do-able. Now, describe the face of respect. Blurry?

It’ll soon be Christmastime and many families will snuggle up to watch the Frank Capra classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Of course, George Bailey is the richest man in town. The people of Bedford Falls had lots of respect for George...and yet he needed help to see it. 

Do you see the respect from your kids?  Do the children catch it from mom and dad?  Home Is Fun developed a tool to help parents and kids put their finger on R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Read on to know how it works or go directly to the free<img src=


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Download the Daisy Greeting Card

Grade Guessor SampleGet the free downloads from Send Bouquet’s of Loving Thoughts. You'll need the access code given upon signing up with Home is Fun (free). 

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Olivia de Havilland Inspires Parenting Scenarios

Who do you want to be like when you (mom’s) grow up? A grand lady? I met one recently: Olivia de Havilland (Melanie in Gone with the Wind). How to describe Miss de Havilland? Gracious. Gentle. Insightful.

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Laugh 'Til You Drop

Mon, son & daughter tickling & laughingParent's Advent:  December 18

Laughter might not be the best medicine, but it sure is a good one. Conquer your blues by laughing ‘til you’re blue in the face.

Invite the tickle monster chez vous. The joy is contagious.

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Play with a Deck of Fun Memories

Mom and sons playing cardsParents' Advent: December 15

Personalize a deck of cards with a photo taken during a family outing. These make wonderful stocking stuffers and even better reminders that your family has fun together.

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Tea for Two

Boy drinking from personalized mugsParents’ Advent: December 11

Think a love-thought for a child or spouse over a cuppa. Write the name of your loved one on the bottom of a mug. Every time you take a cup, look underneath and think a kind thought or say a prayer for your Secret Tea Partner.

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Smiles of dad, mom, grandpa, son & daughterParents' Advent:  December 10

A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.  A picture paints 1000 words; a smile spreads1000 good wishes.

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Speak Your Message In Many Ways

Boy pointing to Home Is Fun Power PointerParents' Advent:  December 9

As a youth living in Paris, we welcomed an American and a French teen to dinner one night. My siblings and I were translating for our guests. One of the cracked a joke, so instead of translating, we laughed. “What did he say?” inquired the American. “Qu’est ce qu’il a dit? asked the French. (It means, “What did he say?”) We roared with laughter to their growing displeasure. Each demanded a translation or “What did he say?” and “Qu’est ce qu’il a dit?” They did not change words, just the volume. We still could not hear them for laughing so loudly.

If the message isn’t getting across, say it differently.

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Listen, Ponder, & Maybe Adapt

Girl telling mom important stuffParents' Advent : December 8

Kids are our mirror. It’s what makes them so endearing and displeasing. “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the loveliest of them all?” Snow White’s stepmother did not ask to glimpse at grey hairs…or angry expressions, whining attitudes, and stress signs!

The good news and bad news: our children-mirrors talk.

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