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I Appreciate You

My inbox is loaded with so many messages with the word “Thankful” in the subject line that I mentally brush them off. I get that it’s important to jump on the bandwagon during the season of buying, but it gets a little redundant.

That’s why I took note of an email entitled “I appreciate YOU!” It stood out from the crowd, but more importantly, it sent me right down Memory Lane and made me laugh aloud. Here’s why.

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Forget Big Brother… The Cherub Is Watching

I can’t complain about my entitled cherub. After all, I helped raise her. Plus, it showed me first hand how the nifty tracking feature on my cell phone works. The Cherub could actually tell which store I was in. But, it raises a question…

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Nurturing the Mother

This year, I’d like to suggest an outside the box twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day. Normally, February 14th celebrates that special love between a man and a woman. But for the nearly 12 million widowed women in the USA, Valentine’s Day can represent a day of loss. It can also be painful reminder that they are alone for the more than 53 million women raising families by themselves.

Let’s nurture the women who nurtured us, the women who are raising our next generation. Let’s take them out for Valentine’s Day, or spend the evening with them.

Here’s 10 ways to turn the day that ignores those without a significant other into a celebration of appreciation. Enjoy some quality one-to-one time, or gather a posse of your constituents, and celebrate in style.

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Ten Jokes For The Road

When I was a teacher, there were two ways to end the class:

Teach until the bell rang, and have the kids scramble to get to their next class in 3 minutes; or

Stop a minute early and let them get ready to leave.

I was known to do both, depending on what I was teaching. But, on the days when we had a minute to spare, my students were charged with making me laugh. A good joke, especially a science joke, was their ticket out of my room before the bell. (That was actually frowned upon, but the kids never went too far because they were listening to the others jokes.)

But there were rules. (Of course there were rules. We were in school.) No profanity. Nothing derogatory, sexist, racists, blond-ist, etc. Here’s a few I jotted down in case I ever needed them.

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Perfect Timing

Right before her wedding, my advice to the couple had been for the both of them to take a personality test to identify their differences, and then identify strategies for relating despite them. It had worked wonders for my marriage, and I wanted that type of happiness for the newlyweds.

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Teen Advice Quiz Week Eight

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 8 If I knew then what I know now... but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I'm offering some advice... with a bit of a twist. I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one...

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Teen Advice Quiz Week Two

Advice to Your 15 Year Old Self: Week 2 If I knew then what I know now... but would I have listened?  Teen Advice is a plentiful as leaves on a tree, but I'm offering some advice... with a bit of a twist. I polled a huge variety of people, asking them this one...

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Teen Advice Quiz Week One

Typical advice, right? The question is, typical of whom? Is this something a gal would say, or would a guy say it? Would you most likely hear this from a teenager, or an octogenarian?

Test how savvy you are by taking this quiz! See if you can figure out who said what based on the attitude typical of their age.

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Supermom or Awesome Mom?

I promise if you look closely at anyone who appears to be doing it all on her own, you’ll find “Supermom” actually has help…a husband, daycare, housekeeper, older siblings helping out younger siblings, relatives, secretary, a staff at work, a nanny, a virtual assistant, public transportation, food deliveries, restaurants, babysitters, dry cleaner, accountant, advisors, teachers, books, carpoolers…

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Girls Who Look Like Their Daddies

The woman cooed, “You have your daddy’s eyes.” The child wrenched her chin away, planted her fists on her hips, and declared, “I don’t have my daddy’s eyes. These are my eyes! I don’t look like a boy.”

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The Parent-Teen Tango

This is why you must be in charge of the limits set for all aspects of her life… bedtime limits, homework limits, TV limits, social media limits, emotional limits, freedom limits, time limits, socializing limits, food and nutrition limits, sports limits, time alone in her room limits, shopping limits, relationship limits, etc.

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7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Presentation

Everything is a learning experience, including doing a presentation. If you can find a way to videotape yourself while you are presenting, you will find it invaluable when you look over it later. You will be able to see your strengths and your weaknesses, which side of the room you tend to look at, and how confident your overall performance appears.

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