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Life Lessons

11 Jul

​Saw this online somewhere…worth reading, sharing, hopefully remembering.

#LifeLessons Advice from an 80 year old man. 
1. Have a firm handshake.

2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.

4. Own a great stereo system.

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

6. Keep secrets.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.

8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

16. When playing games with children, let them win.

17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.

18. Be romantic.

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

22. Be a good loser.

23. Be a good winner.

24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

27. Keep it simple.

28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.

36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.

37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.

38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.

42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.

44. Become someone’s hero.

45. Marry only for love.

46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

48. Wave at the children on a school bus.

49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.

50. Don’t expect life to be fair

Friday Musings

17 Jun

friday-706915_640Everyday Donald Trump provides a lesson in how I don’t want my son to act and behave, now and when he’s an adult.

Being present can be the hardest thing to do, but the most rewarding.

Most cliches have an element of truth. Except for “everything happens for a reason” which is just an excuse to justify or avoid dealing with something.

Anyone who says “hate to say I told you so” is a liar.

There’s two sides to every story – though most people will likely only hear one.

The same people who find it challenging to forgive/apologize are often the same people who find it challenging to express gratitude.

Hindsight is 20/20 and when looking back, few things are clearer than hypocrisy. Especially my own.

Glenn Hughes is the greatest rock singer that most people have never heard of.

The best tool Facebook has available is the ability to block someone. That and being alerted if someone is trying to log onto your account.

I love undeliberate irony.

Mother’s Day

8 May

With the exception of the last five years I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day. I lost my mom under very tragic circumstances and Mother’s Day reminds me too much of that, even nearly eleven years later.

The previous five years, however, I did enjoy Mother’s Day, a bit. That’s because the recent ex is an incredible mom. I loved watching her with her kids, even when things weren’t going smoothly. She always handled everything with grace, calmness and humor – sarcasm, especially, can work wonders!

Like any parent she would occasionally have self-doubts about her parenting, if she was doing things right, if she was a good mom. I never thought she should ever worry; she really helped me become a better parent. I would often ask her opinion on things concerning my son and co-parenting, especially. Most of the time just by observing her with her kids I would pick up on a different way of doing something.

It was on Mother’s Day itself, however, where she really helped me. She always made what was a very melancholy day for me a lot better.

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A Dad’s Advice to His Kids – NY Observer

19 Apr

This article from the NY Observer has some of the best advice by a dad to his kids that I’ve ever read. While reading it I realized this is all great advice for adults, too.

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