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Parenting Tips from the Paris Marathon: Enjoy the View

I love Paris and learning from others. Today was a great day as I benefited from both...through the Paris Marathon! These runners’ insights on their race  also apply to the extended and strenuous efforts we parents undertake in family management. Ready? Set? Go!

What was the best?

Seeing Paris. We ran by the magnificent monuments. The streets were closed for us. Usually when I go by, I’m in too much of a hurry to admire. This time (for the 1st 20 km) I truly enjoyed them.

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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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The Road Not Taken

Robert FrostThe Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Published in 1920 in Mountain Interval

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You Get What You See : Fruit or Feet

Are you still thankful the day after Thanksgiving?

Some days it’s hard to see beyond the feet. Life IS tough. And yet…there’s hope. Here’s help for parents and children to replace tripping over toes with fruitfulness.

Every year we go pick apples on a farm and return with 50 kilos (110 lbs) of these juicy delicacies. We store three massive crates of apples by our front door. They're hard to miss. This year, two of our children were away during the seasonal collect. Here’s how they discovered the crunchy treats:

One kid: Walking in, “Hey, I see you went to the farm!”

Another child: Walking in, “What’s there to eat?”
Me: “Apples!”
Child: Looking at the empty fruit basket in the kitchen: “Apples?”
Me: “Did you not see our front door?”
Child: “No. I was looking down...at my feet.”

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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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Memory-Making when Grandpa or Granma Forget

Boy sharing musice with grandfather

Last September 21 commemorated World Alzheimer Day.  Forgot, did you?!  Click here for our memory tips.

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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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Unwind...to Spring Back

Recharging with quiet timeHow do other moms with young kids stay sane? I love the story of the mother who settled into a chair, put a blanket on top of her head, and instructed the family, “No interruptions unless there is blood.”

When I need the time out, the children are often wired too. The real question becomes, “How to create an environment (for 10 minutes) without the risk of bloodshed?!” Read on.

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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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Parents Get an Advent Calendar Too!

Advent Calendar for ParentsHappy Advent !

We’re taking the four themes of advent—truth, love, joy, peace—and applying them to the family. One tid-bit per day.

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