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What are you teaching your kids today?

An old Musing — I’ll occasionally bring one of these back because they hit certain chords that are well worth listening to again:

“Kids don’t pick up training because parents sit around and talk to them about values. Children watch their parents live values.” (Colin Powell)

This is one of those ‘Duh’s’ in life that you would think we would all get

all the time.

 Translated into practical terms it means:

If we don’t want our kids to smoke…don’t smoke.

If we don’t want our kids to drink alcohol…don’t drink.

If we don’t want our kids to drink alcohol to excess…

don’t drink to excess.

If we don’t want our kids to do drugs…don’t do drugs.

And here are the tougher ones:

If we don’t want our kids to lie (even white lies!)…don’t lie.

If we don’t want our kids to swear…don’t swear.

If we don’t want our kids to yell and scream at each other…

don’t yell and scream at each other.

And so on…

 It’s even more important to look at the positive side of this concept:

If we want our kids to value honesty…be honest.

If we want our kids to believe in themselves…encourage them.

If we want our kids to be kind…

practice kindness and compassion every day.

If we want our kids to care about us and others…

always, always show you care about them.

If we want our kids to…

(fill-in-the-blank with your own personal top ten values.)

It pays to think about this.

Kids learn values from us. It doesn’t hurt to talk about values and qualities that you believe in, but they will learn what you do even more readily

than what you say.

 I’ve said this before in a Musing but it’s a great thing to repeat: Kids learn very well. They learn very well from the moment they are born (and even before they are born according to well-documented research). Everything you do and say within their purview teaches them something.

What are you teaching them today? 

Joseph Koob

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“You might be a difficult person if….”

Well, to tell you the truth I actually wrote a book about this called, “Me! A Difficult Person?” (see Annotated Book Bibliography link). But for this column we’re going to focus on the FUN side of Difficult People.

 

Check out our website, www.difficultpeople.org for an extensive list of “You might be a difficult person if….” jokes: Personal Side/Free Stuff/Lighter Side/You might be…

 

Here is my favorite:

 

You might be a difficult person if….”

 

Ego isn’t just a word to you,

It’s a way of life*

 

Getting even more into the truth, when Difficultpeople.org was but a vision the original team plus a few extra friends all sat around in a circle making these things up and having a ball (some beer may have been involved). So we’re offering you the chance to join in…

 

For starters, here are a couple others from the website:

 

 You might be a difficult person if….”

 

It’s not your deodorant that isn’t working.

 

You might be a difficult person if….”

 

Your funny bone hasn’t laughed in years.

 

You might be a difficult person if….”

 

You have to stand on your head to smile.

 

We’d love to add more to the mix, so if you are feeling creative and motivated, send us your thoughts and “You might be a difficult person if….” jokes. We’re even offering a prize (while they last) for original ones (see below).

 

Please, humor, no meanness. This is all for FUN.

 

Sometimes the best solution to a difficult situation is looking at the Lighter Side.

 

Best,

 

Joe Koob

 

*This is a saying that we put onto Tee-shirts some time ago and we still have a few left: “You might be a difficult person if….” (front); Ego isn’t just a word to you,

It’s a way of life* (back) White Tees, with Black Lettering. If you add to our mix of “You might be a difficult person if….” jokes, we’ll send you one FREE (however, you will have to send us $6.99 for postage and handling). We have sizes S-XXL.

 

Here’s what to do: add a comment to the blog with your “You might be a difficult person if….” joke/jokes and then send us an e-mail – click on the ‘Ask Dr. Koob’ button and fill out the e-mail). Tell us your post and your Tee-shirt size. We will give you further instructions from there. Please only one shirt per address.

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