NO MEANS YES?

When did NO become code for YES? And when did YES mean NO? Over the past several weeks I have witnessed four separate occasions with four separate groups of parents and children where in order to have the child act in accordance with the parents wishes, the parent made a game of reverse psychology whereby…

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GETTING OUT OF THE PIT

I recently watched The Dark Knight Rises with my son, and for my eleven-year-old boy the movie lived up to his great expectations of gadgets, battles, suspense and heroism. Amongst the many battles, the movie also offered some valuable life lessons. And maybe it is because of my age; but it was these scenes that…

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STOP BLAMING OTHERS

I am me! I am how I am because of me. Because of the choices I have made. Others influence me, both positively and negatively, but how I show up in this world is all on me. I take full responsibility and accountability of the way I feel, the way I respond, the way I…

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Playground Exuberance

Standing in the schoolyard waiting to pick up my kids, I notice about thirty younger kids (about the age of 4) running around in no organized fashion – some are riding scooters in and out of the crowds of parents that have assembled, some are throwing balls against the wall, others are chasing each other…

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT

It had been 6 years since Tim and I last connected. We used to work together for a marketing firm (technically I was his manager), I was in the early stages of my career and Tim had just started – we had a lot of fun together and we did some great work. Two weeks…

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It’s not WHAT, it’s HOW!

The other day I was told I was being arrogant and selfish. I won’t get into the details but suffice it to say, the observation was an accurate description of my behaviour. My response to the commentary surprised me. When the message was delivered I did not get defensive. I did not go on the…

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