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The MVP’s Mother – The Powerful Influence of Mom

Kevin Durrant with Mom

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend I wanted to share this video of professional basketball player, Kevin Durrant, after winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award. The best part of the video starts a little after the 2:00 mark.
Is there any doubt what effect mothers can have on their kids? Please enjoy this video and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!


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I Am, Because We Are

This came across my feed on Facebook this morning and I wanted to capture it because I really like it. I’m not sure if it is a true story or not, but I’ve spent time in Africa on a couple occasions and this would not surprise me. The people in those tribes are among the kindest I have ever lived with and they really do look out for each other in this way. Enjoy!


An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.… Read the rest!

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Investing In A Future That Matters

Plant a Tree

I found this awesome cartoon online yesterday and it really touched me. As you may remember, we had our first baby girl a few months ago. Every child that has been born into our lives has given me a moment to pause and think about how I can raise them to be happy, confident and charitable adults. What are the things I can do now that will benefit them in the future?

My greatest desire for all of my children is that they can be better than me in every way. The main reason I started Successify was so I could have some ideas to pass along to my children as they grow; or maybe my grandchildren some day when I am gone. Elderly Advice

The Greeks had a great quote that says, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

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Get In the Pool! Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Get in the pool

Summer is here and in Arizona it means some really hot weather. Those of us who live here spend time moving from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned store and back again. Or we end up in a swimming pool.

As soon as our kids are out of school, they start swim team. Every morning they go to one of the public pools for an hour and work on their swim strokes. Then, every Thursday night is the swim meet, where they can compete for a ribbon.

My oldest son is a really good swimmer. He learned to swim really young and he is just a natural in the water.

He also has a tough time wanting to go and compete.

He feels most comfortable staying at home where his world is predictable and there is little fear of failure.… Read the rest!

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A Welcome Addition

Lily Birth 2

Normally I try to post on Mondays and Thursdays but this week I got to spend Thursday in the hospital welcoming our baby girl, Lily. We have 3 boys at home and decided to go for one more try at a girl.

The morning before coming into the hospital we had one last breakfast together with the boys. The conversation revolved around poop. No kidding. That is life with all boys. You try to teach them the important things in life but their ears only perk up when somebody farts. They grow out of that at some point right?Boys with Lily

Here is the picture of when they came to see the baby. I think my youngest is just realizing that he won’t be the center of attention any more!… Read the rest!

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Happy Mother’s Under-Appreciation Day!

Mother's Under-Appreciation Day

Wasn’t yesterday a great day? Mother’s Day is such a wonderful holiday because there is nobody who deserves a special day more than mom. They have more influence on how we turn out as adults than any other person we encounter as a child. They love us for who we are more than anybody else. Moms are special.

And that’s why, across the country, millions of dollars were spent on flowers, cards, chocolates and jewelry. At our house the boys and I made breakfast and gave my wife the gifts we had made. Later I tried my best to make a delicious dinner (although this morning my stomach is telling me I may have given us food poisoning). Sorry honey!

So what happens now?

multitasking-mom4Well, today is “Mother’s Under-Appreciation Day”.… Read the rest!

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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsLast night when I was putting my oldest son to bed we started talking about the past year and things we wanted to do better this coming year. I asked him if he had ever heard of New Year’s Resolutions. He said, “Yeah, those are the things that people always break, right?” I really couldn’t disagree. But it got me thinking about setting goals with our children and writing down New Year’s resolutions with them. Here is an article I like from PBS.org about setting New Year’s resolutions with our kids:

For many of us, the New Year means it’s time to take stock of our lives and fix what we don’t like. Whether it’s our diet, exercise routine or tendency to procrastinate, there is always room for improvement in the coming year.… Read the rest!

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Tetris and Good Parenting

If you are old enough to remember the 80’s then you will, of course, remember the game “Tetris” for the Gameboy. Tetris was the Angry Birds of its day. It was huge and we all played it. Any we can still remember the background music perfectly to this day. I think our blood pressure stills goes up when we think about waiting for that long straight piece we waited for and only got a series of the “s” shaped pieces.

Anyway, what does any of this have to do with parenting?

Recently, a group of researchers were studying the brain activity of amnesiacs, specifically those people with short-term memory loss. The goal of the study was to see if their patients could learn something new one day, forget that they ever learned it, but still be able to perform the new skill.… Read the rest!

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10 Habits of Happy Couples

I found this short article this morning from Mark Goulston. These are simple habits that are common among all happy couples. Enjoy!

What does it take to be happy in a relationship? If you’re working to improve your marriage, here are the 10 habits of happy couples.

1. Go to bed at the same time
Remember the beginning of your relationship, when you couldn’t wait to go to bed with each other to make love? Happy couples resist the temptation to go to bed at different times. They go to bed at the same time, even if one partner wakes up later to do things while their partner sleeps.

2. Cultivate common interests
After the passion settles down, it’s common to realize that you have few interests in common.… Read the rest!

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