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How to Parent Teenagers and Stay Sane…

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” Doris Had The Secret To Parenting Teenagers And I Wanted It! By Mike Moore

When I first met Doris she had been recently widowed at the young age of 45. She was now the single parent of three active teenage boys and whatever she was doing she was doing right. Her boys obviously loved and respected her and enjoyed every minute in her company. What was her secret?? I needed to know as I was the father of three sons on the verge of becoming teens and I wanted the relationship with my sons that Doris had with hers.

I thought taking her to lunch would provide the ideal opportunity to tap her parenting wisdom so I extended the invitation and she accepted. When the moment was right I made my move. ” Doris, you have such a great relationship with your sons. What’s your secret? ” She smiled and said, ” Mike it’s really quite simple. See everything, overlook a lot, change what you can and know when to shut your mouth and listen.”

Doris died much too young but what a legacy she left behind for her family and mine. I have tried to make her message the core of my family life and my teaching with some difficulty and much success. ( I still have a tendency to want to preach.)

Today Carol and I have 4 adult offspring who obviously love their Mom and Dad very much and genuinely enjoy being with us. Whenever we’re together LAUGHTER RULES and laughter is a great indication of a good relationship.

In my ebook ” How to Parent Teenagers and Stay Sane ” I incorporate Doris’ parenting wisdom along with what Carol and I have learned in the parenting and teaching trenches. These tips, tools and techniques will make the world of difference in your short term and long term relationship with your difficult teens.

Thank you Doris.

Random Act of Kindness

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A Random Act of Kindness

A second year university student had reluctantly taken a part time job selling door to door to make ends meet. He didn’t like the job but the pay was good and he certainly needed the money.

One afternoon while selling in a nice middle class neighborhood he decided to forget his pride and ask the person in the next house if they could spare a bite to eat.
When the door opened he quickly decided against it and just asked for a glass of water.
The woman of the house smiled and disappeared into the kitchen returning within seconds with a plate of freshly made chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk.
When the young man asked what he owed her for the wonderful snack she said, ” We don’t charge for kindness in this house.”

Years later this same woman became very ill and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. When the specialist entered the Emergency room to examine her he recognized her immediately. She was the milk and cookies lady from his days as a salesman.

The treatment he prescribed was effective and within a couple of days she was ready to return home. Her only worry now was how she was going to pay the hospital bill .
Before leaving she went to the Billing office to find out the damage and discuss payment options. When she got there she was handed a note and told that the bill had been paid in full with a glass of milk and a plate of cookies.

When she opened the note it read, ” I don’t charge for kindness.” It was signed A Hungry College Student from your past.

Stories inform, entertain, make us laugh, make us cry and reinforce our values. We all love stories and can’t get enough of them.

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FREE Copy of How to Create a Bully-Free Classroom

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I am so committed to ending  Bullying in schools everywhere that I am giving teachers a Free copy of my popular pocket guide “How to Create a Bully-free Classroom”.  I have used these ideas in my own intermediate and senior classrooms and they work. Hard copies are available at reduced cost.

Click on the link below to access your FREE Copy INSTANT ACCESS No email required.

Bully-Proof Classroom TEACHERS Booklet

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Ten Ways to Become a Captivating Storyteller

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Ten Ways to Become a Captivating Storyteller By Mike Moore

People love to be told stories but are easily turned off when they are told poorly. Here are ten effective tips to make sure your stories are told well and captivate your listeners.

1. Be on the lookout for stories throughout your day. Stories are everywhere so carry a notepad with you and jot the story-line down in point form. Flesh it out later.

2. Know the story you are going to tell.

3. Keep it short, crisp and flowing.

4. Don’t be afraid to make it your own.

5. Tell the story don’t read it. Anyone can read a story not everyone can tell a story well.

6. Use your voice for dramatic effect.

7. Never let a story drag on and on.

8. Don’t get bogged down with detail.

9. Insert stories into general conversation whenever you get the chance. I heard the other day… I read in the paper recently about… I saw a man/woman in the coffee shop and….
These are just a few of the many ways to insert your story into conversation.

10. Never explain your story to your listeners. Let the story speak for itself.

Here are 30 FREE Life Lesson  stories from my extensive collection. Get to know them and start using them in your education as a storyteller.

Survival Kit for Moms

By | Cartoons, Cartoons for Moms, Humour, Parenting, Parenting Teenagers, Self Help, Wellness and Wisdom | No Comments

 

You will receive the following…A copy of my popular book Stretched to the Limit ( Managing your stress using humour and attitude)

PLUS…

a copy of my book Embracing the Mystery( Living the Life you Want)

PLUS…

55 cartoons for and about Moms

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