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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.”

What an amazing concept.…

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7 Tips to Help Your Kids Set Back-to-School Goals

Kids Goals 1It is coming. In some cities it has already begun, in others it is on the near horizon. It’s the beginning of what many parents call the “most wonderful time of the year”. It is time for the kids to go back to school! The summer has been full of swimming, games, and vacations. Sure, it has had it’s wonderful moments but now the honeymoon of summer is wearing thin and parents across the country look forward to a normal routine and maybe even a little free time to think for a change.

But with the excitement also comes some stress as we think about how our kids will perform with new teachers, new classes, homework, projects, and the social experiences of school. The major concern at our home is whether or not this is the year that our oldest child will start to actually care about his grades and take some accountability for the quality of his effort.…

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Friday Hypothetical #6 – Your Brilliant Child?

Hypothetical BabyWelcome to our highly debated “Friday Hypothetical” series! I hope you leave a comment and join the debate!

Background for this week:

My wife and I had a baby girl at the start of the summer and she is, of course, the most beautiful and brilliant child in history. In that light, I present to you the hypothetical question for the week, which I found at scienceforums.com

Dilemma:

You discover that your wonderful, and incredibly smart, one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. What would you do? Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the “mistake”?

Leave your thoughts below and share with your friends to get them in on the action!

Kris

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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.…

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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!…

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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”.…

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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.…

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