Sep 072011

Single parents, married parents, soon-to-be parents, listen up. I think, pray, and really consider what I will share with you from week to week.  This one, you must hear!  I want to dedicate this post to some good old-fashioned kick-in-the-pants parenting advice.

Stop overindulging your children!

I cannot begin to express how I hope that this message flies from one end of the earth to the other.  What a waste of young, precious life, when we, as parents, are too lazy to do our job that we simply overindulge our child’s every desire.  I do not care if you have toddlers, pre-teens, teens, or adult children.  Stop this.   Continue reading »

Nov 172010

(Proceed with caution. This one may hurt a bit.)

If I had to choose one area that has been an on-going struggle with me (not that there haven’t been many), this would be it.  I have strong convictions and am very opinionated.  I believe there may be one or two of you out there like me, so I offer you my thoughts.

Years ago, as I’ve mentioned, I found myself a homeless unwed teen mom who eventually landed a corporate job for a major Fortune 500 company.  I gained a great deal of knowledge and experience within that company.  I developed my public speaking skills and organization skills.  I made a great living for my family.  I enjoyed lavish vacations.  My confidence grew. 

But something else began to happen.  The larger my success, the bigger my ego grew!  With increased confidence came increased arrogance and a total lack of humility.  If a supervisor tried to give me direction, I became defensive.  If an employee didn’t agree with me, I ruled with an iron fist and brought the hammer down!  Continue reading »

Mar 292010

No, this isn’t about Og Mandino’s classic book.

It’s about my 5 yr old son, Brennan, and his talent for persuasiveness.

Many people talk about how they “aren’t a salesman” or a “salesy type person,” with great pride as if being in sales is a disease to get rid of.

The reality is, we are all in sales.  Some are just in denial. Continue reading »

Feb 142010

“Stop running!”

“Get out of the water!”

“Stop climbing on that!”

Sound familiar?

If you are anything like me, even with my best intentions to make sure my son hears plenty of “Yes’s,” he still get his shares of “no’s” and “stop that.”  Probably more than I would like to admit.

Yesterday we arrived at Disney World…the happiest place on earth!  This is the first time for my son, who is five, and it’s the first time I have been here in over 30 years! Continue reading »