You Can Fire A Client But Not Your Child

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Do you ever have one of THOSE days? If you’ve been a parent for, oh I don’t know an hour, you’ve had one of THOSE days. Mine was this past Sunday.

My son is now almost 7 years old. He is very high energy, very bright, and very strong-willed. (Don’t know where he got that from….) While I’m usually pretty good at channeling his energies, it wasn’t working on Sunday. The entire drive home from church consisted of him asking me questions and then arguing with every answer I gave, even to the point of whether or not there were strawberries in the refrigerator! (which there weren’t but he insisted there were.) Once we got home the conversation switched to what needed to be done (hanging up church clothes, eating lunch, and playing with his sister) and him emphatically not wanting to do any of it. And on it went…

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Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Dreams

It breaks my heart to see and hear so many parents who want to be more involved in raising their children and yet feel trapped in their current situation unable to make a change. It’s as if they are standing on the edge of a cliff and can see the promised land, but just don’t know how to get there.

When I talk with my friends who are still working full-time, they often will say, “I wish I could run a business from home like you do, but…”

“… I would never make as much as I do now.”
“… I have no idea what I would do or how to start.”
“… I just don’t have the discipline.”
“… my spouse would never go for it.”
“… it seems so risky.”

Maybe you’ve said this, or something similar. The problem is, they are all lies.

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The Proverbs 31 Woman versus Super Mom

I had posted a question on The Naptime CEO Facebook page about which characteristic of the Proverbs 31 woman is your favorite. Surprisingly, some of the responses were that she hires people to help. This is a topic that is full of conflict for many moms.

If I asked you if you could use help around your house, how many of you would say yes?
Now, how many of you would feel guilty for having someone else come in to help around your house?

I fully admit I need help around the house, but for the longest time I felt like I was failing as a wife/mother/business owner if I didn’t do it all myself. The problem was I wasn’t getting any of it done well.

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What Will Make You Change?

When you talk to people about making a change in their life, exercising more, quitting smoking, starting a business, there is usually some type of pain they are trying to heal.

Ever heard the saying, “People change when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change?”

My friends that have left their jobs to be stay-at-home moms did so because it was too painful for them to have someone else raising their child. When my dad had to have a stent put in, he quit smoking and started eating healthier. This was my driving force when I started my consulting firm nearly seven years ago, I hated that my husband and I were away from our, then, infant son for 12 hours a day. Practically all we were doing was giving him a place to sleep.

Some of you may be in that place right now; you want to make a change because you just can’t keep going on the way you are. By making a change and taking action, (going to the gym, not smoking, attending a starting your business seminar) you begin to heal that pain.

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Making a Difference in 2013

If you’re like most people, by the end of January, you will have abandoned your New Year’s resolutions and gone back to your same routine from last year.

Even with the best intentions, we slip up and go back to the familiar, what feels comfortable or what we are used to. I’ve done it myself – most specifically with this blog.

But here’s how to make 2013 different. How you can be the one who does achieve their goals this year.

(And may I just say, I am preaching to myself and am doing all of this right along with you.)

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5 Habits To Get Yourself Unstuck

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As we are pursuing our goals, there are times when we get stuck. We start going in circles instead of towards our destination. I ran into this problem earlier this year in my business and spent too much time going in circles instead of breaking out and getting back on track to my destination. As I went through that process, I focused on building five habits back into my life. I can’t take credit for developing these habits, I picked them up from the book of Proverbs. (If you read that book 12 to 15 times, you’ll practically get an MBA, it’s in there.)

The preface to all of this is you have to seek to get unstuck. Which means there must be an energy, a passion in your efforts and activity.

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