Time management skills. Look for current resources. Teach about making lists when you're feeling overwhelmed. Start with listing 5 to-do's. Tackle the top 3 of those. Then reassess. New priorities? If no, keep going down the list. If yes, add them to the list in whatever order of importance.


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Be a good guest. Never arrive to a dinner or a party empty handed. Bring a gift: flowers, food, drink, etc.


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Keep stories about younger years to tell them later: You used to call yellow “lellow” etc. Ten years from now you think you’ll remember this stuff but you won’t.


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A simple trick to calm your nerves: Name 5 things you can hear right now.


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A wise friend once told me "Don't dump grace down the drain." Respond to nudges: Speak up even if you're afraid, reach out to someone who's hurting, forgive someone (or yourself.) God is so good and so generous...accept his gifts.


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You can’t hit ‘em all outta the park. Some days (dates, reviews, vacations, report cards, etc.) are just going to fall flat. No worries, the next one will be better.


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Explain what “On my honor” means.


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Your great-great grandmother was a seamstress at Marshall Fields. Her husband was a firefighter in Chicago. The immigrated from County Wexford in Ireland.


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Let's all go on a "complaining diet." See how long we can go without a complaint for a weekend. Repeat often.


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It's natural to avoid change. Try to learn to accept change, embrace it if you can! Change is good. :)


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Cotillion and other social clubs abound in our area. They usually start around 5th or 6th grade. start looking into what might be a good fit. Lay the ground work that they will attend.


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Read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe together.


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Go as a family to local high school musical productions.


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Plan a few screen-free weekends every year. (Reticket until 16.)


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Attend a Pride parade.


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Sailing lessons.


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Hike Jones Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park.


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Kids who are a little different (maybe they make funny sounds, look different, or aren’t able to talk or walk very well, etc.) Remember that just because they might be different, they are never “less than.” Their feelings matter as much as yours. They like to play as much as you. Their families love them as much as your family loves you. Include them as much as you can. You could end up making a great friend!


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Ask the question “What are you doing when you feel most like yourself?”


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A man is not a financial plan.


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Shelter, water, Fire, food. (Outdoor survival priorities.)


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Self-care is active not passive. (Zoning-out on the couch or sleeping all day isn’t self-care.)


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Introduction to 70’s Southern Rock. Skynyrd, Allman Bros, etc.


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Soap and water go a long way towards fixing many problems.


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Physical contact between two people is only fun / appropriate / legal / healthy if both people are into it. If one party objects, demurs or even acts less-than-interested, that’s the ballgame. Stop physical contact immediately. Be kind and respectful at all times.


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Encourage creativity, science and engineering: Make a craft station / work bench for projects. Fill it with all kinds of art supplies, engineering kits, tools, pegboard, etc. Stock safety equipment like goggles and make sure the area has good lighting. Lots of ideas on Pinterest, etc.


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Discuss the concept that “It’s not always about you.” Some days need to be about supporting someone else in their joy - or sorrow. Your needs take a backseat.


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Listen to The Moth (storytelling) together.


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Buy life insurance when you're young.


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"Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves." - Ben Franklin This works with money and with other areas: Be faithful in the little things and the bigger things will take care of themselves. For example, if you don't get comfortable with telling little lies then you'll never tell big lies.


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