129 results for 'family'
In our large family, my children discovered how to interact with each other, without my constant intervention. They all aquired wonderful people skills because they lived in a house with ten other very different personalities who all shared one full bathroom. Just imagine the tact it required to squeeze any sink and mirror time in the bathroom if you happened to have five or six older sisters!
Some interpersonal techniques were learned through the old trial and error method. I did not tolerate fighting or yelling among my children, so each child had to figure out which approach gained... (more)
Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Washington Irving used moving through time as plot devices without ever adding the science to the fiction. In movies and TV, heroes and villains move through time in order to right wrongs, save loved ones, make ridiculous sums of money, or remove their arch nemesis before they become a problem. Einstein, Hawking, and Sagan all weighed in on the practical science and problems for true time travel. Apparently James (Age 9) has been giving it a little thought himself...James: "Is time travel possible?"Dad: "Most people don't believe so but there are those that... (more)
Those who no longer believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or living under the rules of their parents homes travel to a magical land full of wonder and discovery. Allston, Massachusetts. Once there they'll be unburdened by curfews, set dinner times, and chores. They'll be free to sleep until dark, consume ridiculous amounts of alcohol, and throw parties every night. They will truly be free. At least until the second week of the month when they need to attend school, or the third week of the month when they have no money for food, or the last week of the month when they have no money for... (more)
Usually it takes being hit in the head three or four times before I get a great idea and by then someone else has thought of it. Today's great idea is for a claim check ticket for your smart phone where just handing over your car, coat, or kid and then tapping your phone on the counter gives you a virtual ticket to retrieve them. Why do you need a virtual ticket, you say? It's not like you ever going to lose the paper one...Kire: "I lost the claim ticket."Ann: "What does that mean?"Kire: "It means I don't know where the claim ticket is."Ann: "But what does that mean?"Kire: "I guess it means... (more)
Everything is a deal to be made. Want to watch TV? You'll need you to clean the living room first. Ice Cream after dinner? Sure, but the rubbish must taken out beforehand. All my kids have learned this vital skill to one extent or another and strike a deal whenever possible. None do it quite as well as James (Age 9). I think he must read books on the side with titles like Tony Soprano's Guide to Negotiation or I'm the Don, and You Can Be Too. James always makes you an offer you can't refuse...James: "Dad, I wish to discuss my previously agreed upon chore."Dad: "You mean moving those... (more)
This is especially true of James (Age 9). So when he turned in his chipped nails and dirty hands for a more pampered look, I knew there had to be a story behind it...James: "I got a manicure and a panicure today."Dad: "So you got your nails and...hold on. What's a panicure?"James: "When they clean up your toe nails."Dad: "That's a pedicure."James: "Alright, so I got a manicure and a pedicure today."Dad: "Why?"James: "It looked like fun. They wash your feet and everything. Look at these fingers. Did you know there's a white part at the bottom of your fingernails. Feel how smooth my hands... (more)
How great it is when on day two of summer vacation they turn to you and say, "We're bored. Can we go to the driving range?"
Dad: "Stand with your feet closer together, it's not hockey."
James (Age 9): "But I'm awesome at hockey. Can we go hit balls from up on the top deck?"
Dad: "You chase the balls onto the range if they don't go far enough. You'll run right off the top deck. Olympia, your picking your head up."
Olympia (Age 13): "I like to see what's going on."
Dad: "How exactly do you put a divet in the rubber... (more)
Are you successful in your career, home life, love life, and being in general? Were you always this way, or did you have circumstances and people which helped make you who you are?
No matter our positions in life, all of us have had others to help, nurture, support, and pay for our success along the road regardless of achievement. From giving birth to a child to our daily work as being loyal, caring, sympathetic, and encouraging to those we love, the devotion should never end on both sides of the equation. But, do we pull them along with us as we grow and surge forward, or conveniently... (more)
...was what I needed, with a haircut my attitude changed only really because I wanted it to change.
I was trying to get a job, I knew I was good at sales so I thought I would put my best foot forward and go ask for a job. Any job was what I needed I was in a relationship. You now, the family man the love of my life was thinking and I was just waking up from the unemployment blues as I called it.
Well, I set door knocking within just a few knocks I had met a guy that said come work. That's the short form, I had some magic, I can move your sales from here to there lifting my... (more)
Mothers Day, Fathers Night.
Married for 30 odd years has given me some insight into this pyshology. The weekend of the Mothers Day drawing near, the hubby fussing for now the children to look after my needs yet it is the love affair of a night that seems to be the payoff.
For Who I ask?
Mothers Day, lunch I'm cooking feeding the tribe and really a leisurely beach walk would do more to stimulate that romance after the years of hard work. For some of you may be a lunch out at a restaurant. Enjoy!
For many of these Mothers celebrating it is a life where they never... (more)