Great Weekend Celebrating 80 years-

November 10, 2008 at 11:04 am | Posted in dads, Families, moms, Mothers, parents, Self Esteem | Leave a comment
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Happy Motivational Monday,

 

It’s been one terrific week for me.  The first thing I want to do is thank everyone who sent a birthday wish to my mother.  She was so honored by your responses.

 

Second I want to share what a week it has been. 

 

On Monday my 16 yo started her winter training.  This means she had to be in a number of places over the course of the day, but we were never quite sure where and when.

And the regular stuff of schooling my other girls, my work, and dance and hockey in the afternoon.

 

Tuesday brought on all of the Monday stuff and the addition of my eldest flying in from CA.  The airport is a 3+hr roundtrip.  Of course there was the election and results, which we all stayed up till 1 am to watch.

 

On Wednesday we had all that I have said going on + my eldest applying for jobs in NH.  (Which means she is serious about coming home to live.)

 

And during all this time I was making costumes for the relatives who were not so creative or handy or had enough time.  (That was the big laugh because I certainly don’t ever have time).  And getting messages from my sister about what we still needed to do for the party once we got to Plymouth, Mass.

 

Then came Thursday- First thing we (all of us) were off to the physical therapist to be sure my back would be OK for the weekend.  And as we went the car decided to go no faster than 45 mph.  I knew the car was a bit off.  I have gone 160,000 in it.  So after physical therapy we took it to the shop.  And had to find a ride home- 10 miles. 

 

In the afternoon it was confirmed the transmission was blown.  So added to everything was renting a vehicle. 

 

We rented a pick up.  My eldest was offered 4 positions in her field.  Everyone got to their programs and training.  My 16 yo got packed for her training out west.  Just the costumes didn’t get done.  And I was WAY over stressed.

 

Friday I worked on the costumes, while my 12 yo organized and packed the truck- we not only had our party stuff, weekend stuff, but both my eldest daughter’s traveling stuff, and we had my mother’s 80 years worth of pictures.  The pictures of course got to be in the cab.  But it was just ready to rain.  So the stress didn’t slide off as we went south.  After 2 hrs the rain came.  Not too bad, but enough to have to stop and get the 2 backpacks in the cab.  Now everyone but me had their knees in their ears to travel.  But we only had one more hr to go.

 

And when we got there everything was wonderful.  We had the pre-party at the hotel, where we all ate, took pictures of costumes, and talked, talked, talked. 

 

The real party was at the Plimouth Plantation itself.  My family went a little early.  We got the pictures set up; the tables decorated, and were ready when everyone arrived. 

 

After the dinner we had the skits and songs.  Lots of laughter, lots of memories, and lots of love.

 

And my mother blew out ALL 80 candles in one breath!  Yes she is very strong.

 

Saturday we toured the plantation, had lunch together and went on board the Mayflower II.  After all that I had to take my 16 yo to Boston airport to go out west for training.  I got back in time to join my mother, her 2 daughters (me being one of them), her 2 son-in-laws and all her five grandchildren went out to eat- just her immediate family. 

 

After dinner the 2 eldest grandchildren and my sister and brother-in-law went out dancing, while the rest of us went back to the hotel.

 

Sunday I had to take my eldest to the airport, and I drove back to NH with my two youngest.  Guess what?  I went to sleep just as soon as we got home. 

 

This morning I am thrilled to be able to remind you that you are just as amazing as my mother is.  You see, in her 80 years everything was not all roses.  She had so many downs you might think that she would have lost heart.  But she knew better.  Each time she fell off her horse, she jumped on another one.  She learned each time how to ride just a bit better, how to let go when necessary, but how to hold on to what was necessary.  Her life was a prime candidate for depression, remorse, whining, and complaining.  Boy, could she have been “the victim.”   She made the choice every time. 

 

So if you are off your horse today, out of sorts, not quite in gear, go get another horse.  Walk a while if you need to.  Keep your head up and love each of your children.  Someday they will be grown up and on their own.  

 

Choose this day so when you are 80, you and your family will rejoice and celebrate.

 

Take your time to parent with Passion, Purpose, and Integrity today,

 

Grace

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Motivational Monday: Spring Sports

April 27, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Posted in children, Creative Crayon Club, dads, Families, Family Time, Focused Fridays, Fun Activities, GEM Parenting Secrets, moms, Mothers, Motivational Monday, parents, relationships, Safety, Self Esteem, siblings, sports, teens, Thoughtful Thursday, toddlers, Tweens, Wednesday Wisdom, Welcome | 1 Comment
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It is great that you are here for Motivational Monday.

These days it is quite common for our children to be involved in sports-at least one a season.  And let me tell you, there are wonderful aspects of sports.  But there are also parts of these organized sports that simply cause despair and low self-esteem.  That is the side of spring sports we are going to deal with.  Right now while you are in the thick of it.

One tip for today:  If your child is feeling inadequate because of other teammates, tell a story of yourself or a grandparent who had a similar experience.  The purpose of the story is to let your child know you understand what they are going through and you are here to help.  We’ll be talking about how to help and what to avoid.  We want sports to be fun, challenging, invigorating, and self-esteem building.

Join us this week for GEM Parenting Secrets to help the rest of the season be a positive and uplifting experience for your child.

                               

Tickle Me Tuesday

Come back to see what other experts have to say about keeping moral high when doing sports.

Wisdom Wednesday

I have four children who are avid sports enthusiasts.  I am the epitome of the sports mom.  My car is a locker room, we have cleats in every size available, snacks are always needed for energy, and my weekends and afternoons are spent running to and from practices and games.  In all of this I have kept a clear vision that sports are fun, challenging, invigorating, and self-esteem building.  I am going to share both personal and professional ideas to help you have good moral from sports in my article.  If you are having trouble with sports now, come back to read the article!

GEM Parenting Secrets this Wednesday

Is at 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific

This week’s title is Sports and Good Moral

I will be discussing how sports can and does have tremendous effect on your child’s self-esteem.  We will look at strategies that will alleviate stress and bring the fun back to the sport.  How to have sports increase your child’s self esteem rather than leave your child torn and tattered after every game and practice.

For only $6 you can join this teleseminar and find out the best ways to decrease the negative impact of sports on your children, help them feel satisfied and desire to have fun, be challenged and increase their self-esteem through sports. Have your children learn from sports how to take a difficult situation and turn it into a positive growing experience.  Give both you and your children the courage and peace that comes with doing a job well done.  And best of all you give your family the opportunity to develop high self-esteem and bring out the beautiful Gem that is within each member of your family.

As a registered participant you will have the opportunity to ask your personal questions.  Send them in advance of the teleseminar.  You will benefit you family’s self esteem, increase the joys of being n sports, and decrease the stress involved with having kids who love sports but are being crushed by them.

                        

Thoughtful Thursday

The podcast of Sports and Good Moral becomes available.  This is an audio recording of the teleseminar.  You can purchase the recording if you can’t attend the teleseminar.  The recording can be downloaded to your computer or favorite mp3 player.  This way you can listen to the recording at any time you want.

Sneak Preview for Next Week:  Tame the Teenager- I am the guest expert.

My topic will be Teenage Good Behavior Through High Self-Esteem

Send in your questions, today, so I can be sure to address your personal concerns grace@gemparenting.com

Friendly Friday

I call this Friendly Friday because this is the day that I answer questions you have sent in.  So if you have a question I can only answer it if you send it in.  I would urge you to send in the question right now to grace@gemparenting.com.

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Saturday we have fun activities so you and your family can kick back and relax.  These activities will bring peace and harmony to your home and help increase your family’s self-esteem.

We will also share products and programs that coincide with Spring Sports and Good Moral

Hope you have a great week and we at GEM Parenting can assist you in your journey to parent with passion, purpose, and integrity.  Remember we believe at GEM Parenting, every child is a GEM

Enjoy your week!

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