Do What Makes You Happy Quotes

If you haven’t read my article on “Do Only What Makes You Happy” Please do.  I am a big advocate for doing what will make you actually happy, not what makes you feel good in the moment.  Those choices will shape who you are and can change your whole life.  Here are some quick do […]

Minimalist Views – Children’s Toys

If you read my articles you know that I try to be as real as possible.  You may detect a hint of minimalism about my articles when I speak about stuff.  Here is my minimalist views for my children’s toys…and everything else we own. I am not a huge minimalist but I do make sure things […]

Family Rule:Do Only What Makes You Happy

This family rule may seem selfish and childish on the surface but it gets deep. Let me explain. Do only what makes you happy is a view for our future. Children do what feels good in the moment but doing what makes you happy helps you to think of the future. Will this truly make […]

Hard Work Pays Off

The stories of overnight success generally don’t show you the amount of hard work that was put in before the “overnight” sensation happened.  If you look behind the headline it really is a story of how hard work pays off, often not now but always eventually.  “Overnight” all of a sudden means 5, 10, 20 […]

Be Who You Are, But The Best Version

Be who you are, but the best version of you is probably my favorite family rule. Children should know that there will come a time, many times actually, they will have to make a decision in their lives. At that moment they will have to decide what kind of person they want to be. Knowing […]

You Will Always Regret Something You Never Try

This Family Rule is the basis of all success stories you ever hear.  You will always regret something you never try rather than something you tried and failed.  This is true for big and small risks.  Talking to that girl you like in school may seem like a big risk at the time.  If you […]

Family Rule: Accept Everyone For Who They Are

This family rule is a protection of yourself as well as an embrace of other people’s differences. I am not talking about accepting someone’s race, sex, or religious beliefs, that stuff doesn’t make a difference to me and when I show my children that you can be friends with everyone and anyone, they will learn […]

Family Rules: Think Before You Speak

My family rules are meant to create wise adults who are able to control themselves.  This rule is about saying things we mean and meaning things we say.  Think before you speak, the other person can wait.  Have you ever noticed in the movies the character who is wise and thoughtful takes in the whole […]

If Someone Tells You You Can’t Do Something PROVE THEM WRONG!

Continuing my family rules this next one brings out the rebel in me…and in all of my children. If someone tells you you can’t do something, PROVE THEM WRONG! This teaches them that the world is not right. It’s not right about a lot of things, but it’s especially not right about what you can […]

My Family Rules – Be Aware of Your Surroundings

I have had these rules in my home for a while.  They are somewhat funny and sarcastic but very very real that I teach my children both directly and indirectly.  I want to share my family rules with you.  The first of which is be aware of your surroundings.  I always think of the TV […]

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