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Why would parents need help? If they are “good” moms and dads, aren’t they supposed to know?!

Dear Friend,

Great questions:  “Why should parents need help?  Aren’t we (moms and dads) supposed to know….and if we get help does that mean we messed up along the way?”

Let’s take a step back.

Have you ever stood VERY CLOSE to a tree, like with your nose touching the bark, and admired the forest?  Probably not.

When we have our nose to the grindstone (le nez dans le guidon) it is like a camera with a high zoooom lens.  We see details of the specifics in front of us and lose touch of the big picture. 

And have you noticed how pain acts in a similar fashion?  Time is short.  We want relief NOW.  No waiting.  I love how the 17th century gambler, Chevalier de Méré, puts it, “Il n’est pas bon d’être malheureux mais il est bon de l’avoir été.” (“It is not good to be sad but it is good to have been.”)

The Home Is Fun web-workshops enable parents to take a step back. Even to identify the benefit we gain (are currently gaining) from overcoming challenges.  Many parenting experts encourage (instruct) moms and dads to take time off, but how?  When?  An event with an outside person facilitates the process.  We revisit sensitive issues from a fun and fresh perspective.  The focus is on solutions, not on blame…therefore not on the pain that family members suffer.  The web-workshops help turn subjects of tension into opportunities of learning.

Of course parents can do this on their own too.  And yet, realizing the need to step back AND committing to doing so requires a change of posture.  That’s tough.  An outside catalyst, such as a person, an event, an activity, help change happen more smoothly.

As you know, I believe parents are leaders.  It is a common professional practice to organize leadership seminars and team building events.  Consider the Home Is Fun web-workshops to be just that:  your family team brainstorming bonanza.

Another similar reference could be a hackathon.  Ideally, companies encourage creativity.  A one-time event…with a specified focus…which unites people in an out-of-the-ordinary context..and which offers a prize (!) boosts inventiveness to a higher level.

The goal of the Home Is Fun workshops is to strengthen the relationship within YOUR super family.  We present a fresh perspective SO THAT YOUR family can benefit by exploring it together.   We pose questions you might not have thought to ask.  That’s normal; you have been managing the busy daily routine.  The answers to the questions you explored remain for you.  The process of mutual exploration is for you.  The thrill of discovery of each other is for you.  The memory of creating solutions together is for you.  The ease of life that comes from your personalized solutions is for YOU.

Hope this answers your questions.  We love hearing them so keep on asking.

Grow Kindness Web Workshop

 

We can all always use more kindness. (Yes, this is an absolute!)

How do we get it? How do we grow it?

Join us as we take an entrepreneurial look at growing kindness.

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Getting Perspective when Seeing Red

Some days I just see red.  Call it myopic vision.

The boys display excellent teamwork skills...playing Mario Kart.  I only notice the dirty dishes left on the table.

Amazingly, my husband does not stop all activity to listen with ears and eyes while I share some erudite wisdom.  I take it personally.

A colleague does not answer me immediately and I wonder at his priorities. 

Looking out the window on a recent plane ride, I wondered about my current outlook on life.   Do I have an ant’s or an eagle’s perspective?  What am I missing by focusing toooooooo closely on details?

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Report Card Stress? Help your child WANT to improve

Is your chlid’s REPORT CARD TIME a moment of stress ?

Sign up for our Cease Fire over the Report Card webinar to get kids motivated to do their best.

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Should our family define our values?

Isn’t it exasperating when you ask your child to be kind to his friend...and he goes off to be mean to his sibling!

“But I did what you said!” your kid responds all confused.

Maybe its time to talk about values in a different way.

Sign up NOW for our free family webinar for parents and kids to discuss values together.

Join us on February 7 at 14:00 Paris time for a family activity to help your family together define your values AND what that means in your home.

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"I am Charlie." What are those values and what do they look like in our home?

Since 11:30 on January 7 when two masked men stormed into the Charlie Hebdo weekly magazine and assassinated 12 people, Paris has been glued to the TV or the radio.

The day before the French had been celebrating the Galettes des Rois. It commemorates Ephiphanie in the Christian tradition when three wise men from the East arrived in Bethlehem to worship the baby Jesus. Hidden in the flacky, frangipane-filled pastry is a “fève”, nowadays a porcelain figurine. The one who finds the “fève” in his piece gets crowned as king. Our (quasi) adult boys still vie for the crown.

 

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Make New Year's Resolutions the Kids Help You Achieve

New Year's resolutions can feel like New Year's Additional Pressures.  That's what it sounded like on the French radio this morning.  (Read below).

Join us for the Family Feedback Free Webinar for parents AND kids TOGETHER.  Build your Be-the-best-family-we-can-be Resolutions together and harness the children's support to help stick to them. 

Date:  January 4

Time: 11:00 am EST for about 45 minutes (you choose whether to stay on and ask questions)

Fee:  Free.  Home Is Fun's gift to you.

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Family Feedback-The Gift Money Can't Buy

Join us for a FREE Family Webinar where the kids give parents feedback to help make family the best it can be.

January 4, 2015 from 11:00 am EST.  15 minutes of introduction to coach the entire family, and you are off!  We're staying online to answer your questions and guide you through as needed.

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Do as I SAY or as I DO ?

For the first time in twenty five years I was in the US on October 31, Halloween.  To my amazement (horror) so many houses in lovely neighborhoods were decorated (trashed).  Netting that gets soggy with rain was strewn across the neatly trimmed bushes.  Skeletons "decorated" the lawns which garden service companies had recently raked.  I understand that it was intended in fun; to me it looked dirty.

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What do Kids Hear When Teachers Say “Good, but More”?

With the start of school, I’m thinking about learning.  Specifically about helping my children learn at their best.

So, I’m applying lessons learned last year in my role as PTA Mom and tutor to kids with difficulty:

To elaborate on teachers’ expectations

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