Teenproofing, Part 6

When my kids were in high school, I wrote a five-part series of "Teenproofing" posts about teens and drinking. The posts include many of my opinions and suggestions including not letting your kids drink in your house. My kids are all in their mid-twenties now, so I haven’t given a…

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Risky Drinking: Health

I recently watched the HBO documentary, Risky Drinking. It delivers a powerful, disturbing, and important message about dangers to our health and happiness from what are now called alcohol use disorders. The documentary had four segments. All of them were meaningful. The first segment focused on binge drinking. The filmmakers…

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A Couple of Simple Strategies to Let Others Be Happier

I'm pleased to have had a post I wrote published yesterday on one of my favorite blogs, the Tiny Buddha web site. Helping others' happiness is clearly a nice thing to do, and it will help you to be happier as well. Here's the first part of the piece, with…

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How to Let Go to Let Them Grow

Last week, I was fortunate to have a blog I wrote published on the terrific web site, The Bridge Maker. Here’s the first part of the piece, with a link to the rest… I was recently reading a business journal and came across an article called, “Learning to let go.” It…

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On Being Conscious of Where You Are

Being present, having an awareness of our surroundings and the day-to-day happenings in our lives, and being grateful for what we have are some of the thoughts that come to me as I read this guest post by Kevin Clarke. Kevin is a writer for America Magazine and this piece…

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Teaching Future Leaders by Example, and much more — Challenger Sports Programs

I got lucky last year. My daughter Julie, then 16, who has spent a lot of time with kids with special needs, and who wants to major in special education in college, invited me to come with her one Sunday afternoon to help out at our local Challenger basketball program.…

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The Case Against New Year’s Resolutions — How to Make Changes that Actually Stick

Now that we’re a few weeks into 2012, if you’re like most people who make New Year’s resolutions, you're already struggling to keep them. New Year’s is an ideal time to review my approach for making real, lasting, positive changes in your life. If you’ve read my book, you know…

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Growing Beyond Your Fears – Tracie’s Travels

I talk in the “Be Happy” chapter of my book about letting go of negative thoughts. When things don’t quite go as you planned, one of the strategies I suggest is to remember that in so many situations the experience becomes a story later (often a funny one). Catching ourselves…

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6 Habits and The Case for Slowing Down

If you’ve read my book or my blog posts, you know about my emphasis on slowing down to make changes. I’ve been thinking about the many ways that slowing down is beneficial. Below are six slowing down habits for you to consider (presented within the framework of Six Simple Rules…

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Book Review, Interview, & Giveaway – Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, by Lori Deschene

I am pleased to feature Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions by Lori Deschene as this site’s inaugural book review. Lori is my favorite blogger. Her posts on Tiny Buddha are simple yet deep, practical yet not obvious, and plentiful yet not overwhelming. She is a gifted writer. Her words…

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Teenproofing, Part 5, After-Prom and other reader comments

I’m appreciative of the response to my “teenproofing” series this week. A bunch of people posted comments and many talked with me directly: by e-mail, by phone, or in-person. In January, when my monthly newsletter goes out, more people will read the blog and chime in. Blog content becomes so…

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