Do the work. No short-cuts.


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You are a miracle. Take good care of yourself: Mind, body and soul.


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take advantage of the bike trail. Bike places as a family.


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The secret to getting sinks and surfaces to shine is to dry-buff them after you clean them. Keep a soft clean rag or washcloth around so you can dry fixtures and sinks and counter tops. (They should be cleaning their own bathrooms by this age.)


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I’m cool with “C”s. Do good work but don’t put too much pressure yourself.


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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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ALWAYS pee before you sit down to nurse a baby.


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Talking to people you disagree with is sometimes difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Enter every conversion assuming you have something to learn.


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Always wear an undershirt underneath a dress shirt.


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You are never too old to play in the snow.


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The thing about hiding is you’re always worried you’ll be see, caught, or found out. It takes a toll. I hope you never hide from who you are, or feel like you have to fake it to be liked. I will always accept you as you are, and I hope to raise you so you accept yourself (and others) as well.


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Practice road-rage roll playing. People are NUTS! It's hard to imagine how you'll react when someone gets aggressive with you. Let's practice staying calm when someone is shouting and in your face.


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Check out news-for-kids websites like Dogo News and NBC Learn.


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Imagine hearing the apology you need to hear. Often times that really helps, even if the person never actually says it. It makes it easier to forgive and move on.


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When you’re older, remember that stuff like video games, alcohol, junk food, gambling, porn, and a whole host of other vices can turn on you, and become an addiction that wrecks your health, relationships or even your life. You don’t have to give up all this stuff, but keep them to a minimum. How often and how much is a big difference. It’s the difference between meeting a friend for a beer or two and walking into work hungover most days. Remember: You decide- How often and how much.


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Let's find little ways to practice self-control and build that muscle.


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Zero-cost method to reaching your goals (academic, career, fitness and health): Get up an hour earlier. You’ll be amazed how much you can get done and how “on top of it” you feel.


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Check out First Stage and Wolftrap performances


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C.S. Lewis books. (Children’s and adult.)


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Be supportive of someone who is trying to better themselves.


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The things we invite to protect us take their job seriously. They will not abandon the watch without a fight to the death. So be careful, very careful about what u invite as armor. Please don’t place your trust in drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, working, disconnecting, etc. Put your trust in that which is creative, honest, loving, beautiful, interesting, inspiring, challenging or peaceful. These things make much better bodyguards, and they will never turn on you.


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Sleep paralysis runs in the family. If you ever feel like you’re awake but you can’t move - don’t panic. It will pass in a minute. It’s just a lag time in your sleep/wake cycle.


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Read “Raising a Screen Smart Kid” by Julianna Miner before you consider giving him a phone.


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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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Compassion: Acting with love when faced with another’s suffering.


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Ask: What are you responsible for?


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Check out Harmonia School on Mill St Music Art Theatre


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Compete for the last meatball at Sunday dinner: Biggest burp, telling the best story, finished vegetables first, etc.


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Make sure they have resources other than us. Hotlines for teens such as Boys Town National Hotline, National $@!#% Prevention Lifeline, etc.


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Get book “Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids'Go-To Person about Sex.” by Deborah Roffman.


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