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Welcome to my Granddaughter Olivia Lauren Greye

Olivia:  I suspect your parents Kirra and Milo will have some sort of baby book that captures who the President of the US is and other factoids about the date you decided to join all of us, but I wanted you to hear in my own words what your date of birth was like and what’s going on in the world.  I am writing this just an hour or so after your birth while waiting in the nursery to visit your mother.

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TV Theme Show Trivia – 1960s and 1970s

If you’re having a party with people that grew up in the late 1960s and/or throughout the 1970s and are looking for some fun entertainment, give this TV them show trivia quiz a try.  It’s basically a sampling of the first few seconds of 38 different TV theme shows from the 1960s and 1970s with blank time in between each to allow the contestants to write down their answers.  You can play the audio file directly from my website or can download it to play on another device (laptop, TV, tablet, etc).  To download the audio file, you might need to use a right mouse click or some other action depending on which browser and system you are using.  I’ve also provided blank answer sheets as well as the answer cheat sheet for scoring the results.

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Download the Audio File in MP3 Format

Download the Audio File in M4A Format

Answer Sheets (blank and cheat sheet)  – cheat sheet appears first

Enjoy!

1960s and 1970s Trivia Quiz

If you’re having a party with people that grew up in the late 1960s and/or throughout the 1970s and are looking for some fun entertainment, give this trivia quiz a try.  It is a video file that you can play directly from my website by clicking on the video graphic below.  Alternatively, download the video file to play it on some other device (laptop, TV, tablet, etc).  To download the video file, you might need to use a right mouse click or some other action depending on which browser and system you are using.  I’ve also provided blank answer sheets as well as the answer cheat sheet for scoring the results.

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Download the Video File

Blank Answer Sheet

Answer Cheat Sheet

Enjoy!

Maximizing Your International Travel Experience

international travel adviceI see far too many travelers go to foreign countries and “play it safe” when it comes to really experiencing the local customs and culture.  To my way of thinking, what’s the point of going to a foreign land and not maximizing the experience by trying a few things you can’t otherwise do at home?  I hate to admit that Americans are probably the worst about this, so hopefully this blog post will give them some ideas to explore on their next international trip.

I have three very simple recommendations to help maximize your international travel experience.  I’m already assuming that you’ve done research on the special sites to visit, the basic history of the foreign city/country and things like that.  Here what else I recommend to fully round out and maximize your experience:

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The Power of the Word “Proud”

“Proud”

Word type:  adjective

Definition:  feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.

Synonyms:  pleased, glad, happy, delighted, joyful, satisfied, thrilled, gratified

It’s possibly the most powerful word you can use as a parent and far more impactful than any of its synonyms shown above.  Most kids thrive on making their parents proud.  “Mom/dad, look at what I just did!”

As often as your kids deserve it, and even for little things, let them know when they make you proud.  You can immediately tell the effect from the type of smile you get in return.

  • “That’s great.  I’m proud of you.”
  • “You made me proud when you _______”
  • “You should be proud of yourself for ______”
  • “Best of luck, we know you’ll make us proud.”

When your kid goes off to college and even when they are professionally employed and living on their own, they will still cherish the word when it comes from you.  You’ll know that’s the case if you’re still one of the first people they call to brag about something they accomplished.  And even then you can still use the word in response.

Sit-Down Conversation Prior to High School

Going from junior high to high school introduces a tremendous amount of change and exposure to new levels of challenges and risks.  Because of this, we had a face-to-face conversation some time during the summer before entering high school with each of our girls.  In the best case, the adolescent will heed some of the advice.  In the worst case, they will ignore the advice but later find at least some of it to be truthful, which gives more credibility to later advice.  We created a cheat sheet of issues to discuss, including the following topics:

  • Grades
  • Peer pressure
  • Curfew
  • Penalty free ride home (see related blog post)
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Boys and dating
  • Sex
  • Sexual abuse

The tone of the discussion should be advisory rather than dictatorial, in my opinion.  And you obviously will need to add notes to each category based on your standards, your parenting style and your advice.  There are three objectives of this discussion:

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Going Through Airport Security

airport security signThroughout my 3+ million miles of road warrior business travel, I’ve figured out a few things and developed a system that seems to work pretty well.  This post offers advice for going through airport security as efficiently as possible.  You might think it’s crazy to go to this extreme but coming from someone who has flown more than 3M miles, I can tell you from experience that if you are running late, a difference of 1 minute can mean making or missing your flight.  I can also wish that if every traveler followed this advice, airport security lines would move 20% faster.

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