Another Great Acceptance Speech

justin-timberlake-acceptance-speech-iheartradio-music-awards-2015 I didn’t watch this live, but sure do appreciate the things Justin Timberlake had to say while accepting the Innovator Award at the I Heart Radio Awards. (Pardon one of the words he uses if you watch the entire speech imbedded below) – but hear the rest. I especially loved his quoting one of my all time favs Teddy Roosevelt. In fact, it was a TR quote that inspired me to start this blog. Fun that TR still inspires folks toward the greatness to which he tirelessly aspired. Quotes from JT that just might be worth sharing with your kids: “Growing up in school no one called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different. They called me weird. And a couple other things that I can’t say on t.v. Thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing; that being different meant you could actually

Keeping Secrets From Your Kids

Noted_Lede0215_ArticleImage1 A terrific resource in Dallas has been kind to as me to write a couple things for them. It’s been fun to act like a reporter of sorts. Dallas Child gave me a couple of topics on which to research and to write. Here’s a portion of one of them. The topic: keeping secrets from your kids … is it ever a good idea. This assignment prompted thought and reconsideration concerning a few of the things that we have or haven’t shared with our kids. Because, it can be difficult navigating tough roads like illness, brokenness, even our own less-than-stellar life choices. And, how much do we/should we share with our kids? I enjoyed contemplating the topic and hope you will too. Click HERE to read the article in its entirety. Next week I’ll share a snippet from another article about kids growing up in the shadow of high achieving

Together Makes a Difference

Today’s post (which is sadly long overdue) is by our friend Erin Schreyer. I’ve loved her friendship since the day we met at the park down the street a few years ago. I relish any time we get to chat. Not only are our chats fun, they are usually thought-provoking and enlightening. Erin has an uncanny ability to meet tough issues head on in an honest yet non-judgmental way. It’s really a gift. She also thinks before she speaks. Something I could do a little lot better. Here’s a part of the to-be-continued from one of our latest chats. I asked her to loop us all in … and she did. Thanks Erin! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay “Hi, I’m Erin Schreyer. You don’t know me, but our sons are in the same grade. I want you to know I’m not calling you to point a finger or to place blame. I just know I would

Teen Talk

Viral-chatter Even though the teen years offer some interesting (mind-numbing) opportunities (challenges), one of my very favorite things that accompanies budding young adulthood is the rich conversation that doesn’t always, but sure can flow. I actually enjoy the fresh opinions and raw points of view that come with teen-talk, even though they sometimes feel more like an assault than a relationship builder. And, I appreciate how teens say what they’re thinking. I’m glad they push the envelope and don’t blindly ascribe to cultural norms (understatement) – at least norms are according to parents.  And I’m glad they defend by clarifying (“That’s not what you said. I heard you say _____”) our conversations. Because, what they hear is so often not what I said – or meant to communicate.
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