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Learning from those Left Out

Last night I pitched my idea at the Car Connectivity Consortium Hackathon prep night.

- 1 minute for

- 1 great idea with

- 1 slide

The goal is to win people to your App development team, to code one awesome App, and to win the contest, get mentoring, enjoy limelight, and get some $$$.

Mirror Link, the CCC Hackathon partner, sponsored this launch evening to introduce its software. Marketers could try out their concept before the real pitch two weeks down the road (yes, pun intended).

You guessed it. The Apps to be developed relate to connected cars.

Yes, you also guessed it. The crowd assembled 200 male car geeks.  Oh, and 5 women, of which I was the eldes by twice the age.

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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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How patient is your love?

A couple’s 4 years from “I will” to “I do”...and I, the parenting trainer, didn’t last 1 week... 

Here are the stories:

The Romance Story

This Valentine’s Day I attended an extra, extra-special wedding. Four years ago, the groom had to leave his home country, Pakistan, to seek political asylum in France. As a forthright pastor, his life was threatened. His fiancé’s was not; she stayed behind.

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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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Hammer or Humor? Positive Discipline for Parents at the ACP

boy with hammerHere's an article written about the upcoming Positive Discipline class in Paris for the Spire magazine.  Many thanks to our sponsor, the American Church in Paris, for their enthusiastic support and for their great humeur (French for humor, spirit, attitude...). 

Keep on reading for a little laugh at myself, which led me to the springboard of new learning and family flourishing.

Sign up for the class:  First session on October 6 from 9:00-11:00 is free

or read the flyer for the full details.
 

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Exploring Courage: It Worked for Us

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  Remember?  That’s when Allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches to fight for freedom.  9 000 Allied soldiers died on that day to enable 100 000 fellow military to march, swim, fly, and drop into Normandy. 

Freedom.

Brotherhood.

Sacrifice.

Victory.

D-Day is HUGE Deal Day still in our year.

Many of these young soldiers knew their lives were at stake.  Faced with danger, they went forward anyway.  That’s courage.

Would you and I and our kids call out “present” when facing challenge?  How do we encourage courage in our homes?  Try these simple, entertaining, and rich ways. 

Read on to learn about our TWO free downloads or click below for the first.

Free downloads

 

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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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