Persistence is a hot topic in my house these days. With a freshman in college I will spare you the details. But I’m thinking it’s a huge topic in many of yours. We all want to raise a resilient kid. Call it what you want — determination, persistence, diligence, even motivation — we know that it is essential for success in school and in life. Since this is such a huge topic, I’m going to spend a great deal of time over the next few months exploring ways to build this skill in your student. Stay tuned for an announcement on a brand new webinar surrounding this topic.
I am finding it increasingly difficult these days to pay attention. I mean truly paying attention. And I know that I am not the only one! Now my husband would say it’s because I have so much on my plate — between a busy family and business my head is pretty “full”. But I think it’s more than that. I find myself more distracted of late – reading, meetings, phone calls, even simple conversations take an enormous amount of effort for me to stay focused. If I had a dime for every time one of my kids said to me “I told you that already!”, I would be rich.
We all complain about. We never have enough of it. We lose control of it. And, we never get it back once it is gone. So much has been written about it that it is hard to know where to begin. I know for me keeping up with all the new Apps, gadgets, features on my computer or phone is a fulltime job. Here are a few of my favorites to help you sort out the never ending supply of tools out there.
It’s the beginning of another new year. And if you are like me, you always start the New Year off with good intentions. Then, if you are really like me, you open the freezer; see the ice cream and well… So this year I decided to be easy on myself…and my family. I’m not striving for perfection. Far from it. Just Enough. Organized enough (yes, even me!), good enough, exercise enough, done enough. You get the idea. No more resolutions or unobtainable goals that set us up to fail.
We all know our kiddos love chocolate pudding. Heck, what adult doesn’t? But all that sugar?? Not the best for a healthy brain. Try my version made with my secret weapon…AVOCADOS! Avocados are one of the best brain foods around and it makes such a smooth and delicious pudding that no one will realize all the sugar is missing! This is seriously so good!
ThredUP is unlike anything I have ever seen. Here’s how it works. Clean out your closet of unwanted clothing, request a shipping bag and mailing label (ALL FREE!), and drop your bag at your local post office. The people at ThredUP carefully review your clothes, let you know what they will post on their site and you get paid when an item sells. What they can’t sell gets donated. It’s that easy! They only accept items in excellent condition and name brands like J.Crew, The Loft, Gap to name a few. Since finding this invaluable site, my daughter and I have sent dozens of bags to them filled with clothing, shoes and handbags. Within a few weeks, they had sorted through our items, let us know what they could sell and offered various ways for us to earn our money. It’s simply too easy not to do! For more info, go to thredup.com.
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I’m very picky. Simply put, I like what I like. I’m sure most of you can relate. Buying gifts for me is not very fun (just ask my husband!). For every gift that is a winner, there are 10 that just don’t make the grade. So one year, on the eve of my birthday, I decided to throw down a challenge to my family. No buying me anything. Truthfully, if there is really something that I “need”, I’ll get it myself. (Did I mention that I am impatient too?) But here was the catch. They had to “do” something for me instead.
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