BOOK GIVEAWAY: Life Ki-do Parenting, Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. -Frederick Douglass

Parenting is the most important job you will ever have. The world needs you.

If you survive the infant stage (and your friends and family are still speaking to you after a year of erratic behavior, all blamed on sleep deprivation) you see a glimpse of normal life again.

But then the terrible two’s hit you head on. Suddenly you’re wondering where in the world is that stupid stork? He clearly forgot to include the instruction manual when he delivered the baby.

Your child starts school, and you realize this is only the beginning. You want them to function as a positive member of society. To be happy. To make a difference in this big, bad world.

But under tremendous pressure, and influence of peers and culture today, kids are being conditioned to believe in the “American Happiness Formula”: look good + perform well + approval = happiness.

Instead of happiness, we are seeing an alarming rate of stress, anxiety, and depression. Not only in our children, but in our adults! The formula doesn’t work. [Read more…]

 
 

My Dad, a Man of Integrity

My father was 44 years old when I was born in Spain. A successful partner with a big accounting firm in the 1970’s, he was working a three-year stint in the Madrid office when I arrived on the scene. He left the firm due to what he felt was unethical behavior by guys at the top. Since that time, I’ve watched him make countless decisions that personify his integrity.

When I was a little girl, my dad didn’t really know how to have a relationship with me. Dolls and ballet weren’t his thing. But he always came to my gymnastics meets. He watched all the events except beam. The idea of me falling off the skinny contraption suspended in air made him too nervous, so he made trips to the concession stand during my routines. He has worried about me for 37 years and counting!   [Read more…]

 
 

Know When to Break the Rules

Rules are important. Without them, we’d live in chaos and confusion. Rules are needed at all levels of society including government, business, school, and home.

But sometimes rules need to be broken.

Yesterday was the first day of summer for my kids, ages 5 and 7. We stayed in our pajamas until 2:00 pm. Played too many video games. Ate popcorn for lunch. Devoured jellybeans before dinner. Spent an hour at the LEGO store and stayed up well past bedtime.

We needed a day to break all the rules.

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How to Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

Darling pregnant women. We’ve all known one. We love to hate them. I met a sickeningly cute, expectant lady at a party when I first got married. She ruined pregnancy for me.

Jenny looked like her usual size 2 self, but with a basketball stuffed inside a fashionable Michael Stars tee. She droned on and on about how much she loved being pregnant. She glowed like a bioluminescent sea turtle on the sandy beaches of Florida. I tried to like her. [Read more…]