Don’t Handicap Your Children

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We so often want to make our children’s lives easier, but that’s not always what’s best for them. By challenging them, we make them stronger.

It took my son three years to finally get the courage to climb the entire way to the top of this climbing wall. Each year he would climb a little higher and fueled his desire to master this climbing wall. When he finally made it, he had a HUGE sense of accomplishment!

Photo credit: Ed Burns

Photo credit: Ed Burns

When Your Dream Job Becomes A Nightmare

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I’m Back!

So I had to take a summer sabbatical from this blog. It was not the typical, “it’s summer and I want to hang out with my kids and go to the pool” sabbatical. – I kind of wished it was.

Instead it was more of the “Oh my word, what I am doing with my life, it’s a mess, and what could I possible offer to any other potential entrepreneur because I would just be a hypocrite!”

As with most things in life, the past few months were not nearly as bad as they felt at the time and I’m in the process of getting a grip on it all. So in keeping with my promise to be open and honest with all of you let me share with you what I’ve learned, because this journey of entrepreneurship and being a Naptime CEO is not always sunshine and rainbows. 😉 Continue reading

What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?

While this blog post may not be a huge news flash to you, I’m going to bet, it may not be something you’ve put as much thought into as maybe you should have. Trust me when I tell you that if you don’t deliberately do this ahead of time, you can easily find yourself on a very slippery slope to a place you do not want to go.

Dress Rehearsal

My daughter’s dance class backstage at dress rehearsal.

What am I talking about? Sacrifice.

This practice is employed by anyone who excels at their craft. People who are incredibly productive don’t have more time than the rest of us, they simply make To Do lists and the all so important NOT To Do lists. Look at high performing athletes or performers, they make decisions every day about what they are going to do and what they will not do.

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Is Work/Life Balance A Myth?

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I don’t think we go an entire week, or maybe even an entire day, without thinking about work/life balance. We hear about it from HR departments, on the news, from our spouses (especially when talking about after school care for kids), and from ourselves  – usually in the form of guilt.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. See for the past two and a half weeks, I’ve been traveling to clients conducting training sessions. So for 13 out of the last 17 days, I have either left my house before my kids were even up, not getting back until 6:30 pm or I was gone for multiple nights.

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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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When I Grow Up….

Do you remember being a child and what you wanted to be when you grew up?

I remember wanting to be “on the stage,” a paleontologist, and a truck driver (no lie!).

Entrepreneur was never on my list, although I am often “on the stage.” 🙂

What is fascinating to me is how we as parents influence our children, just by the type of work we pursue. I grew up in a home with parents who worked traditional jobs just like all my friends’ parents. My dad worked in construction and my mom worked in a doctor’s office once my sister and I were both in school. So growing up, I remember playing “college” and putting on performances on our back deck.

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