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Remember Me!

My father-in-law passed away last night.  How will he be remembered?  Will his name be cherished? 

And what if my time were tonight?  What would my legacy of memories look like?  (Read how I want a party when I die.  Serious.)

My husband and I come from very different family cultures.  My son described the contrast in his college application essay:  “Indeed one has only to spend an evening with our family to grasp the drastic differences in personality and cultural upbringing between my mother and father.  She has inherited of a firmly Protestant and American background, while my father has acquired firm atheist convictions from both of my French paternal grandparents.“  (FYI, we have been married 22 years.)

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Visibility ? Where ?

It’s December 29. Happy New Year...I hope.

What lies ahead? Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. Which path to take? The choice is even less obvious when the scene looks like two slopes diverging on a foggy, white hillside!

Are you, like Robert Frost, wondering about a next step? Do your New Year’s priorities need tweaking? Is a major decision looming ahead? These questions apply to me and I found insights from skiing in the fog.

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If the Kids Offered Parents Some Precious Time!

For years, my husband and I have been offering our children a “Rendez Vous”—one-on-one time to enjoy as they choose. (Click for free download)

This year, I want their time too.

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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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Parenting Insights from Baking !

There IS a flip-side to flops.   I re-learned this lesson during our annual family fundraiser where our boys bake LOTS of cakes.  Catch a whiff of the parenting lessons learned through our baking fiascos.  They’re delicious!

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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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The Daffodil Principle

If change were easy, change management wouldn’t be a business. Google lists 42.6 million responses to “change management consulting.” It’s a BIG business.

Tweaking habits is just as tough at home as in the professional sphere. Change is most effective one step at a time.

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101 Ways to Tell Your Kids "I Love You"

Home is Fun!

Enjoy these speedy (30 second), quick (5 minute), and activity-oriented ways to share a Loving Touch, a Loving Gift, an Act of Service, a Loving Affirmation, or a Shared Moment.  (Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages)

Helping our children KNOW we love them even when _______ (list the tasks parents ask kids to do when they would rather play) and despite our _______ (all those traits children bring out in Mom and Dad that expose slight imperfections) is what www.home-is-fun.com is all about!

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Download Cute Clothes Labels

Get the free downloads from Kids' Clutter Clear 101:  Clothes off the floor!. You'll need the access code given upon signing up with Home is Fun (free). 

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Learning Made Easier

Organization takes away anxiety and makes academic learning easier.

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