Start the tradition of First Sunday dinners. On the first Sunday of the month, have a "mini-holiday" dinner. Invite family, friends. Use the nice dishes, make a big meal. Celebrate family.


4-18



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Check out the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. A short but deeply meaningful immersion into service, faith in action, selflessness and living on a lot less than you think you need.


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“I don’t give a rat’s $@!#% how much respect u garner out in the world if you don’t show respect and love and serve those you love at home.” ____loosely quoted from Glennon Doyle’s ‘Untamed.’


14, 19



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Always hold the door open for the next person.


4-14



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If you have a goal, just dive in. It's okay if you mess up or fail. Start over, get help... but start.


13, 18, 21



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Isometrics for “punishment” (wall sits, arm lifts, planks, etc.)


5



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Read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.


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Be appreciative of people’s time. Send thank you notes after interviewing and applying for jobs, scholarships, etc. even if you don’t get picked. It’s common courtesy and it’s a good way to make a good impression for next time.


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Teach them that when we hear sirens it means someone is in trouble but help is on the way.


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Hike Jones Run Falls at Shenandoah National Park.


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Summer concerts at Wolftrap- get good seats so they can really get a sense of the experience.


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Just for the record, I didn’t vote for Trump. I want my great-grandchildren to know that.


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Don’t quit your job until you have another job. Suck it up and make the best out of it.


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Talk about how choices become habits. Habits can become addictions. Describe how pathways are literally dug into the brain and it's very hard to change them once those paths are made.


13-16



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People always say “Be yourself.” That’s good advice but really what does it mean? I think it’s easier to explain what it DOESN’T mean: When you’re being yourself you’re not pretending to be interested in something or someone you’re not. You’re not doing something just to please someone else (or just to tick them off.) You’re not wearing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You’re not pretending to have fun when you’re not having fun. You’re not trying to impress anyone. You’re not trying to fade into the background. You’re not trying to change anything about yourself or someone else. I think that’s a good start. What does “being yourself” mean to you?


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Walk up the Washington monument. No elevator!


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"The only way to work through sh*tty feelings is to walk through sh*tty feelings." - Psychologist Kristen Howe Hard lesson, but big truth.


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Always know where the main water shut-off is in your house.


18



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Check out from the library or Amazon: “My First Money Book: A Guide for Parents and Children to Saving, Spending, Sharing, and Investing Your Money” by Reggie Nelson


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Do not be daunted at the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love Mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. -The Talmud


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Just for the record, I didn’t vote for Trump. I want my great-grandchildren to know that.


18



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Purchase book "All Are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold to prep him for kindergarten.


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Check out First Stage and Wolftrap performances


15



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Go on a tour of the Kennedy Center. Free guided tours through Friends of the Kennedy Center.


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Being numb is not the same thing as being happy.


15-18



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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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Be mindful of the patterns we’re falling into as a family. Teach them to be mindful of their patterns too.


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Set up a dog agility course in the backyard. Use household items or toys, etc and lots of dog treats for training.


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When you feel sad, mad, confused or in any way upset, go to a quiet place to catch your breath. If you can sit with it and let it tell you what it wants to tell you, then you become its friend. But if you try to deny the feeling, or numb it, it grows much stronger and it fights you.


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