The Week That Was . . . The Craziness Continues

The craziness really does continue doesn’t it. It’s hard to know what to feel or think about how this new year has started off. It seems to be a time of extremes. We have a lottery worth over 700 million dollars. That’s just absurd in itself. Then we have floods in places where they are not supposed to happen. Fires in places that are not supposed to have them. Weather that is not supposed to happen. Stock markets are falling through the floor at record rates and oil prices at a 12 year low with no sign of stopping. Do we still have a dollar? And in the midst of it all we are supposed to feel, act and be ‘normal’.

I think the best thing we can do right now is to find the one we love and keep them close by at all times. The rest will take care of itself. Just sayin.’

 

A new perspective for the New Year??

I’m thinking about adopting a new perspective with the new year that is upon us. I’m liking: ‘A New Day . . . A New Way.’   What do you think?

 

 

No one told these guys that Christmas was over a couple of weeks ago. My video pick for the week

 

My parenting tip for the week:

This one is an easy one–or is it? For some parents it isn’t as easy as it is for others. But that doesn’t take away from the absolute need to do it or to say it. Because many parents don’t or choose not to utter these three important words to their kids it becomes all the more special when kids do hear it said. When we say, “I love you” we are saying that our children are valued, that they are important and that they have a special place in our hearts and our homes. We are also saying that they will always be important to us and that, although we may not always see eye to eye, we will never judge them. Let’s not try to buy their love but rather earn their love. If you think that a new pair of Nikes is a sign of love and that they should see it that way then you will not experience that sacred place in a relationship that makes it different from all your other relationships.  Say it when you feel it. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

Anyways, that’s how I see it.   All the best, Jim

Please pass this newsletter along to your friends or family. Comments and thoughts are always welcome. Contact me at jim.lifechoice@gmail.com    OR     jimcloughley.com

1 thought on “The Week That Was . . . The Craziness Continues”

  1. I completely agree with you on telling our kids we love them. When my boys were in their teens, one of them displayed very difficult behaviour which tested my patience greatly. I resolved that every day I would find something good to say to him about himself and say “I love you” and give him a hug. This went on daily for about six months before he realized I wasn’t giving up and I got a hug back. That effort is what I believe cemented our relationship during a very difficult period in his life. My sons and I have a very special and strong relationship and they have been there for me when I needed them. Raising kids is hard in so many ways, but the payoff for we as parents is to see them grow to be happy, healthy and responsible adults who have great qualities of fairness, trustworthiness, compassion, honesty and more.

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