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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.

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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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Bye Bye Auschwitz. Hold onto Values.

Today commemorates the 70 years of liberation of Auschwitz.

This Nazi camp I have not visited. But I did catch a smidgen of the sense of a death camp at Natzwiller-Struthof, a Nazi concentration and extermination camp located in Alsace, France among the rolling hills of endearing wine country, next door to church-studded villages with gingerbread-like houses.

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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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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. 

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Talking Virtues and Values with Kids without Preaching


When our eldest child was three years old he popped this question:  “Are you friends with all of the people at work?”  I answered simply for his age and already envisioned deep discussions on friendship, respect, and,yes, even office politics!

Then time zooooomed by and I finally paused long enough to wonder what happened with those conversations.  Would we ever have them?

Chez nous (in our home here in Paris), family conversations happen mostly at mealtime (which is why we try to eat together regularly).  What do we talk about around the table?

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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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RESPECT You Can See, Hear, Feel...even Taste!

An upsetting situation is coming to the fore in my son’s class.  Bullying.  Among girls.  They’re not breaking bones with sticks and stones; they’re hurting with words.

How did it start?  I’m not sure (and is anyone?)

When did it begin?  Some time back...but it’s irrelevant now.  Today, bullying is here.

Who does it?  In this bullying instance, I know all of the concerned people:  parents and kids.  Our children have been in the same class for six years.  We know these families.  They're all delightful people.  Every one of them.  

Without a doubt the parents of the kids involved hope to pass on the value of mutual respect to their children.  And yet, a connection between beliefs and actions is not being made.

Passing on our values to the next generation is one of parents’ deep desires and formidable feats.  So much easier said than done!  I don’t have a foolproof method for passing on our principles to our children.

I do have some hard-learned lessons on communication with people from a different culture (I’m an American living in France) who speak another mother tongue.  After all, our children do live in a confusing generational culture and talk differently, “u no wat i mean?”

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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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Boost Love - Parent & Child Workshop in Paris

For every “NO!” how often do you encourage?

So much of our family conversation seems tainted by critique or correction.  Maybe it's because so much of our discussion centers around giving instructions. 

Do these sound familiar?

Dad: "How is homework coming along?  Did you do it WELL?"

or

Mom: "For how long did you brush your teeth?"

Kid:  "Why do you ask me again and again?"

Mom:  "Didn't you know a mom is a spy?!  Besides, too often I find your toothbrush dry!"

Great homes share exchanges like these.  They also include more...


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