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Archive for December, 2009

Happy New You!

Happy New You!

Okay, I’m going to look ahead a little here… It’s Wednesday morning, January 6th, 2010.  You’re just about settled back into whatever routine you were settled into before the holiday season started. You’re a little groggy… Now it’s time to take stock.  You look for your list of New Year’s Resolutions.  You did make a list, right?  (If not, do that NOW…so this set up will be more meaningful to you) You start at the top of your list: Lose that last 15 pounds Eat better Spend more time with my family Don’t [...]

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation

PVTS is something you probably haven't heard of.  I'm saying that because I actually made it up.  I consider it to be a very serious condition that seems to affect nearly every adult American every single year.  It often has no symptoms and can begin to consume seemingly happy and healthy people as quickly as any disease in the history of the world. Characteristics of this horrible ailment include a lack of energy and motivation, half-heartedness in every endeavor, boredom, non-production, a yearning for the recent past, and an [...]

Inside Job

Inside Job

Well, we're getting very close to that wondrous time of the year...you know, the part where it all ends. Sometimes it's tough to tell what people are more excited about; the current year ending or the new year beginning.  I guess it's just semantics at this point.  So it's time for a fresh start for all of us as we bid farewell to the old baggage...and it's time to break out the list of New Year's resolutions!  Yee haw! I hear so many folks say that the year went by so fast, when it finally gets down to the last few days.  But, it [...]

The Magic of Believing

The Magic of Believing

It was 3am on Christmas morning, and all through the house, a couple of creatures were stirring...in fact, I thought for an instant that we were being robbed. I jumped up from my bed, adrenalin flowing, and started toward the stairs.  As I arrived at the top, I realized that it wasn't burglars, unless they had turned all of the lights on downstairs and were playing with the toys that the kids had received from Santa Claus. As I made my way down, it all unfolded right before my very eyes...there they were, my two little [...]

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 6

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 6

This has been a fun little series of posts for me.  It has really helped me...gosh, I hope it has helped you, too! As I have written these entries, they have reminded me of the simple yet awesome miracle of being a parent, and also how important it is to raise our children in a positive manner.  Teaching them to love themselves for who they are, and that they are worthy of great things really establishes a base for them to build on in their loves.  Helping them find their talents and gifts and being supportive of their dreams allows them [...]

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 5

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 5

Life is best when we are aware of it. The awesome responsibility we have as parents, and the lasting impact we can have on the lives of our children are just two of the many miracles that life has to offer us.  To realize them, we simply need to be conscious of them. Kids are naturally very aware.  They are masters of being “in the moment”.  Maybe this is a lesson that they should be teaching us… In order for us to help our children become all that they can in this world, we need to make sure that we are present with them in [...]

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 4

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 4

Okay, let’s keep rolling… Now we have started to recognize the talent that our child has.  What a wonderful and proud moment this is as a parent.  Seeing anyone do what they love to do is a blessing, but seeing a child do it is even better. It’s better because they are doing it within the framework of the world they live in.  The one filled with love, and endless possibilities.  It’s really awesome. Isn’t that the world you want to live in?  Actually it is the world we live in, we just can’t see it because of all the darn [...]

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 3

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 3

Talent is that certain something that every one of us is born with.  It’s a little different for each, because we are totally unique as individuals. Our kids are talented.  They have natural ability and aptitude that they were born to share.  It’s our job to help them in the pursuit of their extraordinary lives. A really big part of what we can do with our kids to get them headed in the right direction is to observe those things that they are gravitating toward, and those things which they seem to have a “knack” for.  [...]

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 2

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 2

Worthiness is defined in the dictionary like this: "Having adequate or great merit; character, or value; of commendable excellence…deserving"   If you didn’t have a chance to read the previous post is this little series, check it out.  I wrote about how the first part of establishing positive self esteem in a child is in teaching them to believe in themselves. The second part of it is in teaching them to understand their worthiness. I think that this is very critical to understand and even more so to apply. I know a lot of [...]

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 1

Teaching Kids “The Power of Positive” Part 1

Let’s dive right in here, because this is exciting, awesome stuff! The starting point for ensuring that our children grow up with a true sense of positivity and confidence is building their self esteem.  It is the foundation for everything else that comes down the road.  It will give them an unwavering base, and a place to return to, no matter what circumstances unfold around them, throughout their lives. It can’t be stated enough…self esteem is critical. Esteem really breaks down into two parts; belief and confidence. I [...]

The Life of a Child

The Life of a Child

Okay, we’re in the midst of a 30 blogs in 30 days challenge here, people…so I’m thinking it’s time for a short series.  In other words, I need to bust out 22 more blogs in the next 19 days.  Now I don’t want to sacrifice quality, or start writing about things that I don’t understand…but I am going to need to “double post” at least a few of days to make it work.  It’s just the tiniest amount of pressure, but I’m feeling it, nonetheless… I’ve had some great feedback from a lot of you who have e-mailed about topics [...]

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