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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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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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Your Family's Greatness - Take our Survey

Every family has greatness.  Tell us about yours.

We're changing and need your help to better understand

- your dreams for your kids,
- your hopes as mom and dad,
- your needs to get through the day, and
- your feedback to us

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Love by Allowing Kids to Fail…and Find Their Own Solutions... Without Mom and Dad Getting on Their Back

Today I received a huge “I know you love me, Mom,” from my 20 year old son. 

Nothing gushy-wooshy about it.  I allowed him to do things his way:  first to get himself into an awkward mess and then to find his own solution out of it. 

He expressed thanks for my confidence in him.

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10 Ways to Connect with Kids...of ALL Ages

We humans, both parents and children, are wired to experience intense emotions and engage in logical reasoning.

Beware:  every emotion does not always generate clear thinking!

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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?

(For posts on specific values, click here.)

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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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Communicate to be Understood

Why do you and I communicate? 

Sometimes I wonder if it’s to hear myself!  How wonderful I am (wink)...how smart I am (nod)...and definitely how right I am (roar with laughter)!

There are also times when I truly desire to get a message across to another person and communication breaks down.  Kaput.  I might understand if I were only giving negative feedback, yet this also happens with a positive or neutral missive.

FRUSTRATION.

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