Baby Shower Shock

Baby FaceManaging well involves using the proper tools for the task at hand while keeping the costs down and quality as high as possible. Hmm…how does that correlate to parenting?

How about baby and kid stuff? There is a huge industry which has sprung up around trendy ways to care for, maintain, train, and restrain your bundles of joy and much of it will empty your pocketbook (and those of your generous friends and family) when the “tried and true” will do just as well in most cases. Continue reading

Parental Abuse

 

Angry BoyThere is not a clear-cut management parallel in this post. Punishment and abuse of children are in the news lately, and this is a completely different, but related slant on the issue.

Recently I was in a supermarket, rolling cart peacefully down the frozen food aisle when I witnessed something disturbing.

A young mother was pushing a cart full of groceries with her son in the seat of the cart, facing her. Evidently, the young man either took exception to something she decided to buy or to something he wanted and she decided not to buy.

As I walked near them, he started to beat her.

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Speaking in Love Languages

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It is so important to know that you are speaking a “common language” in your business since misunderstandings can be many and can blossom into lawsuits as confusion becomes fear, which then becomes anger. 

Defining terms and coming to agreement on what you are discussing and how you are discussing it are always good steps, and yet in our relationships with our families, we rarely do that very simple thing. Continue reading

Kids That Love to Read and Write

Little girl on a stack of booksThe ability to read, write, communicate your ideas, and to synthesize what you read into what you do is integral to how successful you will be. There is a direct correlation between your ability to read instructions and perform the tasks they specify… and your job performance. Continue reading

Kids and Debt

Money management – a cornerstone of business and life in general, but how many of our kids really “get it” until we toss them out into the waters of independence? I met too many women in their twenties who had no clue how to handle their personal finances during my management career. I would never want my girls to grow up that naive and my husband felt the same way. We shopping bagswanted them to know how to handle their money and responsibilities and to learn this in an organic way. Time will tell if we have been successful. Continue reading