Attitude of Service

I was having breakfast out prior to the big holiday shopping spree.  There was a grandfather having a breakfast conversation with his two grandsons who looked to be about 9 and 12 years old.  My ears perked up when he said, “We need a plan…” He continued, “Well, your grandma is in on the plan and stands ready to wrap anything we bring home. And the best part is that she...
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Impulsivity and the Holidays

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD is a developmental disorder.  As parents of these kids it is common to lament about the lack of attention, forgetfulness, or the amazing energy that sometimes can not be channeled.  While all of these symptoms are challenging it overshadows the real problem of the child/teens lack of impulse control. In young children you may notice...
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YELLING

Yelling is everywhere these days.  We see examples of this at sporting events, in stores, in the parking lot and some while driving their car.  Wikipedia lists several reasons for yelling/screaming: 1 “Fear and Surprise” the result is to call attention to yourself. 2 “Happiness” which conveys a positive emotion to others. 3 “Danger and Pain” which informs...
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FIRE

In California we are faced with fires that rip through the mountains and neighborhoods devouring anything in its path.  We have grown accustomed to watching the helicopter scoop/suck up water from nearby parks and lakes as they rush to drop it on the thirsty fires.  All this drama unfolds before us on TV or as an eyewitness. As I write this the helicopters are still going back and forth.  I...
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The Least

I sat with a group of middle school kids and pondered the questions, “What does least mean? Who are the least in society? and Who are the least in school?” The definition of least was viewed as less than, not the most, undesirable, not as much and at the bottom. They thought that society viewed the following as the least: homeless people, ugly people, obese people, poor people,...
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