People Before Things

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People Before Things

The text reads: Ask yourself whether your child could be getting the impression that material things matter more to the adults in their world than they do.

Even though this is a sometimes challenging value to uphold, being mindful of this can make a WORLD of difference in your relationship with the young folks in your life!!!

Lessons learned from a stone-versus-rear windshield incident.

Lessons learned from a stone-versus-rear windshield incident.

“…Those stones are perfect for little hands to throw. Our son was outside doing what came naturally, tossing stones, and one of the stones went rogue and hit the rear windshield of my late-model Toyota Corolla. Shattered it completely…” Here’s how we not only got through that event but even profited from it in the most beautiful way!

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Understanding and Supporting Kids Through Tantrums and Meltdowns...

Understanding and Supporting Kids Through Tantrums and Meltdowns...

A couple of metaphors to help folks understand what's really going on when a child is melting down, which could help a person take a more effective approach so they can support their child AND stay as calm as possible under trying circumstances...

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New Year's Resolution #3: Don't Believe Everything You Think

New Year's Resolution #3:  Don't Believe Everything You Think

Our suffering is actually caused not by what happens to us but what we think about what happens to us. It's not what other people do (or should do, or should not do), but what we think about what other people do or do not do.

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"What's the matter?"

"What's the matter?"

"So, there I am at the supermarket.  It's a BEAUTIFUL late summer/early autumn day.  Warm, sunny, dry, fragrant air...  I'm putting my groceries into the car and just enjoying everything, and I hear a shopping cart go by.  I glance up, and it's one of those carts with a toy car in the front, and the little driver is taking his role very seriously.  My heart goes pitter-patter as I enjoy his enjoyment."

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Consider this hypothetical...

Consider this hypothetical...

Let's say you have been suddenly drafted to be a softball coach in your town. You've played softball plenty of times, but always informally...just for fun. Now, you're going to have a whole bunch of kids looking to you for authoritative coaching about something you know how to do but have never told anyone else how to do. You have a week before your first practice. What are you going to do with that time?

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