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Thoughtful Parenting: Some ideas to foster happy families and successful kids

Thoughtful Parenting: Some ideas to foster happy families and successful kids | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
There is an incredible amount of information we have on raising kids now. Maybe it’s too much, but there are a couple of things that research shows to be significant predictors of how well a child will do in life.
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Activities backed by research for positive family relationships.

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Best Advice: Enjoy the Journey

Best Advice: Enjoy the Journey | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share the best advice they've ever received. Read all the posts here.About three years ago now I sat in a New York deli across from a good

Via Bobby Dillard
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Include family :)

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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 28, 1:57 AM

Too often we separate our work from our private lives. It is not necessarily about work life balance but work life integration.

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Work From Home? Do it Better. — Startup Lessons Learned — Medium

Work From Home? Do it Better. — Startup Lessons Learned — Medium | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
It took me a long time to accept the fact that adding structure and routine to my workday was not the equivalent of giving up the freedom…
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Great, great article. I'm currently working to improve #10. 

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The All-or-Nothing Marriage

The All-or-Nothing Marriage | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Couples can be happier now than ever before. But it’s rare.

The good news is that our marriages can flourish today like never before. They just can’t do it on their own.


Via Dr. Amy Fuller, Fuller Life Family Therapy
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"Those individuals who can invest enough time and energy in their partnership are seeing unprecedented benefits."  I am grateful to be living proof of this statement.  My marriage is flourishing because it is we are one in a complimentary sense and we are unitive and procreative, which are traditionally held values. And we have modern sensibilities to help us be our best selves within this context and the complicated culture in which we live.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, February 21, 3:45 PM

Interesting article about the history of marriage and current relationship trends backed by research. The state of marital satisfaction is like wealth in America...the gap is getting bigger.  It IS possible to have a great marriage, but it will take time, dedication and effort. 

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Stop Wasting Time! How to Avoid These 10 Productivity Killers

Stop Wasting Time! How to Avoid These 10 Productivity Killers | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
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Truth.

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4 Ways to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills

4 Ways to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
In short, it's about learning to let go of the little things. Here's how to focus on what really matters when you need to make a big decision.

Via Bettina Ascaino
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Avoid reacting to life's jitters.

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Have the British forgotten how to grieve? - Telegraph

Have the British forgotten how to grieve? - Telegraph | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Some countries 'celebrate' the loss of a loved one, others have prolonged mourning rituals. In Britain, we rush back to work after the funeral. Have we got death all wrong?
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A heart-felt article on a tough topic.  I'm grateful that I come from a faith tradition that takes death and dying seriously and has ritual to help those who are grieving to be comforted.

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How Kidding Around Can Energize Our Schools & Families

How Kidding Around Can Energize Our Schools & Families | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
by Sue Stephenson
Dear readers: I’d like to tell you something about my book Kidding Around, which I believe can help educators create more joyous, happy and high-achieving schools.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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This article is full of ways to increase positive relationships through fun and good humor. 

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Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You?

Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You? | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
On Twitter this week I was asked how I manage Google docs with so many students. I realized there are several different answers to this question. I wanted to share a few different workflow options for managing Google documents when you go paperless with your students. #1 Students Create & Share

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Our family uses Google Docs heavily to communicate and organize projects.

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Lisa Burkhalter's curator insight, February 25, 11:43 AM

Google Scripts included

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A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life

A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Tasks that seem mundane, or even difficult, can bring a sense of meaning over time
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Meaningfulness is connected more to purpose, giving, effort, and sacrifice.

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30/30 Time-Management Tool

30/30 Time-Management Tool | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Thomas L. McDonald | App o' the Mornin', Mobile
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I will definitely check this out. Currently I use Focus Booster that follows the same principles.

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» High Marital Expectations Challenge Many Relationships - Psych Central News

» High Marital Expectations Challenge Many Relationships  - Psych Central News | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
New research suggests that “today’s” Americans are expecting marriage to fulfill a different need from that desired by “yesterday’s” Americans.
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"If you want your marriage to help you achieve self-expression and personal growth, it’s crucial to invest sufficient time and energy in the marriage."  The paradox is that the more we invest well in our spouse, the more can grow personally. Sacrificing, meeting each other's needs, and maintaining healthy boundaries is part of the investment.

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Understanding resistance to change

Understanding resistance to change | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Posted in Change ManagementIs resistance to change truly irrational? Many times, people being impacted by an organizational change initiative are called “irrational” or even worse by those leading the effort.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Change within the family can be like changing the direction of a barge, slow work.

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Forget time management: It's all about attention management | TrainingZone.co.uk

Forget time management: It's all about attention management | TrainingZone.co.uk | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

Forget time management: It's all about attention management http://t.co/bZhcO1hEiC


Via Simple Better Solutions
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Being aware of different kinds of attention and how to match them to tasks can improve time management.

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Simple Better Solutions's curator insight, February 27, 9:10 AM
I am most attentive in the am...after a good night's sleep! How about you? Check out more time management tips at www.simplebettersolutions.com
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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success
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Of the six, accountability is my current focus for myself and my family.

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Don’t Stay Silent When You Are Being Disrespected — Life Hacks — Medium

Don’t Stay Silent When You Are Being Disrespected — Life Hacks — Medium | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
How often do you try to brush it off when someone disrespects you?
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Great read. I appreciate that the author has pondered and lived this topic deeply.  And it is a tough one to articulate.  As for me, I look to set everyone up for success.  So when I stand up for myself and/or confront someone's disrespect, it for both of our sakes.

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The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People - Copyblogger

The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People - Copyblogger | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Creativity has nothing to do with the muse showing up and everything to do with moxie, hard work, and, sometimes, kicking in the damn door.
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All of life is about the hard work. Kick the damn door in!

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Learn How to Take Criticism, or Be Prepared to Fail

Learn How to Take Criticism, or Be Prepared to Fail | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
There are two types of criticisms -- constructive and destructive. Your success in life will rely on your ability to ignore the second type and listen to the first....
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Is criticism constructive or destructive? Good to know the difference.  Accept the first.  Dismiss or confront the second. 

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OMG! Your teen actually talks to you?

OMG! Your teen actually talks to you? | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Parents just don't understand: Teens can be hard to talk to, especially if parents don't have the tools to start a conversation.
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Parent quotes and helpful advice.  My greatest asset in dealing with my teenagers may be that I'm fearless and willing to challenge their distorted thinking.  I'm willing to wrestle with them about difficult topics, in the hopes that they will grow in clarity and strength of character.

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11 Ways To Create More Time To Think

11 Ways To Create More Time To Think | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

“Odds are you would like to create more time to think about what is important. Here are proven ways to do just that.”


Via Ed Vayn, Ivo Nový, Alessandro Rea
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Stop and think. Easier said than done but these suggestions can help.

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Turn Stress Into Your Best Ally

Turn Stress Into Your Best Ally | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Professional athletes learn to turn stress to their advantage. The High-Performance Psychologist for the Seattle Seahawks shares how you can too.

Via Bobby Dillard
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There are ways to manage stress to maximize life purpose and happiness.  This is a different mentality than to merely avoid or eradicate stress from life.

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20 Things that Belong On Everyone’s TO-DON’T List

20 Things that Belong On Everyone’s TO-DON’T List | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

The world doesn’t owe you anything; you owe the world something. 

So stop daydreaming and start DOING.  Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Replace laziness with determination. Laziness is being unable to find the time you have.  Determination is being able to find the time you don’t have.

 

 


Via Ivo Nový
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Love is action ❤

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3 Simple Strategies for Better Time Management - US News

3 Simple Strategies for Better Time Management - US News | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Saving money is fine, but save time, and you may also save your health and sanity.
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Preplan, focus, say no. 

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All Romantic Relationships Are Digital Now

All Romantic Relationships Are Digital Now | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The Internet already changes every relationship.
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Pew Internet survey states 72% of seriously partnered relationships are not impacted at all by "internet." Looking forward to better formed study.

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6 Simple Strategies For Staying Motivated

6 Simple Strategies For Staying Motivated | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Too often, when it comes to changing profound aspects of our attitudes, behavior, and character, we can get bored, uninspired, and discouraged after a while. We can't really tell sometimes if our efforts are 'paying off.'...
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Laugh and play more is my favorite for today.

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