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Married, On Vacation, With Children

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My wife and I reflect upon our 13.5 years together in two primary ways. Fear not: I'll focus only upon the positives here (:))))  -----   The romantic in me would hope to hear the distinction made between the time we first met and the time we first declared our love for one another. The marketer in me might let our demographics, say, our marital status do the talking, i.e., married or single.

FAMILY MATTERS Asks: How Do You Define Success?

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This is a "Me, Myself & I" question from my family board game, Family Matters. Here's my answer: ----- My definition of success has changed considerably over the years. It's actually become better defined as I expanded it... ----- Early on, success was measured solely in terms of dollars and cents. Narrow-minded, no doubt, but easy to discern provided the success-in-question was worn, i.e., that the person "wore" their worth as was often the case where I grew up: Fairfield County, CT.

What's your favorite holiday?

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From the "My Favorite Things" set of cards comes the question, "What's your favorite holiday?" ----- Like many Americans, I'm a big fan of Christmas. And while Thanksgiving might be a more family-focused holiday insofar as people celebrate family and food without the distraction of gifts, I love Christmas. ----- First, there's the excitement of gifting - giving them and receiving them. Personally I enjoy shopping for those I love, thinking about what inspires them and how I might tap into or even extend that inspiration with a thoughtful purchase.

It's School Picture Day and you have a huge pimple..

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Fake Family Crisis #1: You are 14: It's School Picture Day and you have a huge pimple... Remember being 14?

FAMILY MATTERS-Based Questions & Commentary Coming Your Way...

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As some of you know, I took the last year off (from my career as a marketing executive) to pursue a long-held dream: to become an inventor and an entrepreneur. ----- I founded Better Indeed LLC to make/market products that help people live better lives. My first offering, FAMILY MATTERS, is an award-winning, get-to-know-your-family-better board game that gets your family talking. While played by families of all kinds, it is intended primarily for families of all kinds with children 6-16.

A Star is Reborn...

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On Thanksgiving Day, after a three-week writing sabbatical, I return – renewed and refreshed thanks to two books, The Power of Full Engagement and The Power of Story. ----- “What have these business books got to do with parenting?” you ask. Everything. ----- We all know that parenting is one of the most demanding and important jobs there is because the store never closes and the impact has long-lasting repercussions. To do a solid job, we need to be fully engaged.

The Crib Has Left the Building...

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Yesterday was a big day for the smallest girl in our household: Sadie Rose, the youngest of two, finally had her crib taken down!

I Want My "No Monster Spray"

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My youngest daughter (Sadie) is, as the youngest children so often are, utterly fearless. At most every sign of and/or opportunity for danger, she smiles and goes for it. Perhaps it's just a front - a way that allows her a seat at the table owned and occupied by our older daughter who stands a good head higher and can be, at times, very hard to please. Perhaps, more scarily, it's actually true; she really is fearless...     This notion went partially bust last week when my wife and I wore woken by screams from Sadie's room.

Favoritism, Love and My Two Daughters...

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The meanest thing my mom ever told me, at least since I became a parent, is that (she feels) I favor my youngest daughter.     When she shared this observation, I laughed out loud in the false bellow I use to deflect true emotion but I was silently enraged on the inside. The anger was not directed at my mother per se but the message she gave to me. I hated what it implled; that a father, any father but more personally, me, could do this to one (or both) of his children. My own father, I like to joke, favored his other chidren over me -- and I was an only child!

Terrible tiny tears...

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Over the years, I've seen and shed tears of many kind:  There's the tears of sadness at the prospect (or actuality) of losing someone, whether through a break-up or the passing of a loved one. These situations are truly sad and the situation is almost always a permanent thing. Yes, sometimes they'll come back (I'm talking about the other half of a break-up, here).

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