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Home for the Holidays: You and Your College Kids

As wonderful as the holidays are, when your college kids come home, the stress usually escalates. It’s not that you don’t want to see them. In fact, you’re looking forward to it, but the problem lies in expectations.

You want to welcome your adult child home from school, yet you’re not sure you can see him/her technically all grown up. Remember that your child has been away from home where rules and restrictions are minimal and is experiencing many more opportunities and temptations than when they were safely under your supervision.

So how do you handle all this?

1. You would like to do an emotional check up on the kids to be sure they’re doing well, but don’t want to pry too much or be invasive.… CONTINUE READING

Who Me, Retire?

You have to admit this — you aren’t getting any younger.   But with 78 million of us still employed, you are forcing companies to reinvent what it means to be “old” and still working. Many of you don’t have to think about retirement for another 5-10 years, and others are contemplating that transition now. To avoid the confusion and maybe frustration, it’s wise to think about what you really want to be experiencing in your job and after, to make “retirement” an easier transition.

If you have some time to think about this, the ideal job for baby boomers would include flexible hours so you have the availability to care for your aging parents and growing children.  … CONTINUE READING

Keys to Overcoming Adversity

Who better to talk about adversity than Christopher Reeve, after his accident? He said, “When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked “What is a hero?” My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences…Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if we can all approach life like that and be able to bring back balance and harmony to our lives? Because we are being stretched to the limit, as we care for ourselves and all the challenges in between, it’s even more important to know how to handle adversity when it comes knocking at our door.… CONTINUE READING

Be the Real You: Sincerity & Authenticity

I was at a marketing workshop recently and was hoping to learn a lot about internet marketing and relating to your customer. However, I learned the opposite and that was how NOT to connect with your audience.

In fact, the speakers were so bad that they were “performing instead of presenting.” Because of that they lost me to boredom and distraction.

Sincerity and authenticity are two values you really want to convey when dealing with people on a personal and professional level. If what you say seems shallow, insincere, forced or detached, you will never connect on the most important level for communication to happen.… CONTINUE READING

Are Men & Women That Different?

Have you ever thought about how men and women are different? Aside from the obvious, there is a difference between how each gender sees the world. Emotionally, mentally and psychologically, men and women do have differing perspectives on life. That’s one of the primary reasons why misunderstandings, misinterpretations and mistakes are made that can sabotage your relationships. photoHere’s an example (Please keep in mind these are only generalizations):

Women tend to see the world through connections, relationships — as part of a community. That is why a woman’s conversation may be focused on children, family, friendships, careers and the emotional charge behind them.… CONTINUE READING