What are your “cardinal rules”?

I recently came across John Tesh‘s 5 Cardinal Rules for life.

5 Cardninal Rules of Life by John Tesh

What are your cardinal rules?

(I don’t have mine yet, well, maybe my 46 at 46 post counts.)

4 reasons to LOVE Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving – Love it, love it! Why? 4 simple reasons:


  1. It’s a fact (26 scientific studies and counting)
  2. It’s about appreciation
  3. It’s about others
  4. It feels good (really good)

McBreen Family Fall 2014

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” –Native American saying

Answer the following questions and see how good thankfulness feels:

  • Who are three amazing people in my life? (Tip – call them and tell them right now)
  • What are three great things about where I live?
  • What are three great things about where I work or what I do for a living?

I’m thankful to have an opportunity to connect with awesome people like you.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Quote and Question: What are you thankful for?

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~Henry Van Dyke

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Are you ready to take the parenting quiz?

Let’s take a look at how some typical school situations tell you volumes about your parenting… helicopter parents 1

Situation: Your high school child has three unexcused absences and swears he was in class and its the teacher’s mistake.  Do you…

A. Send the teacher a scathing email

B. Encourage your student to work with the teacher to correct the mistake

C. Call the Principal and demand that the wrong be righted!

Situation: Your middle school student complains of not being able to get into his locker and must leave his belongings on the floor. Worse, the locker has not worked all year long. Do you…

A. Send the custodian a scathing email

B. Encourage your student to work with the school to correct the mistake

C. March in to the school to fix it yourself

Situation: Your straight A senior in high school is up for class valedictorian and has multiple academic scholarship opportunities. Unfortunately, it looks like she will get a B in Physical Education class. Do you…

A. Send a scathing email to the PE teacher

B. Encourage your student to talk to the teacher to find out what she can do to improve her grade

C. Go directly to the Superintendent

Time Out!

Before I share the answers I believe are correct, have you put together your list of three attributes that you want your children to possess when they grow up.  (My wife and I want our kids to be independent, confident, and kind.)

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” Roy E. Disney

When you make decisions based on values the right path is clear – not easy – but clear.

In case it’s not obvious, my answers for all situations is B.