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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s something people share be aware of every day. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes.

Tomorrow, I will post my recent interview with Wanda Huff, a breast cancer survivor. Wanda walks us through her journey dealing with the disease, including multiple surgeries, radiation and immunotherapy. It’s a gut wrenching story, but she got through it and is cancer free!

Be sure to watch our interview tomorrow. Until then, here’s my friend Wanda ringing the bell!

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Take It Easy

If you have kids, you know they are going to do things that will get them in trouble. It could be as simple as being disruptive in school, or doing stuff that gets them sent to a detention center. Either way, they are in trouble.

How we handle it as parents sets the tone for their character development. If we try to get them out of it, then they learn nothing; that their poor decisions have no consequences. If we allow them to go through it, then hopefully our children learn something that will benefit them later in life.

Being too easy on our kids is as detrimental as being too hard on them. Find the balance to help in their development. Our kids are our future leaders. Help them to lead well…

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Have vs. Have Not

Are you grateful for all the good in your life? Family, friends, fresh air, clean water and sunshine are some of the things we can take for granted.

Comparing yourself and your life to others can take your focus off of what you have. Then you start concentrating on what you lack. This only leads to frustration and disappointment.

Keep a list of all the things you’re grateful for. Your focus will change, but it will change for the better…

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Stuff

So-called “influencers” on social media get revered for their cool toys, exotic travel and the appearance of a life everyone else wants. But is it real?

Real life doesn’t live on the internet. It exists in the homes of everyday families creating a life of routine. Families doing family stuff doesn’t seem as extravagant as a fast drive down the Autobahn in an Aston Martin.

But this is where life is lived, no matter the size of your home or what zip code it’s in. All the other is just stuff, and stuff doesn’t last. Life lasts…

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Teachers

Today is National Teacher Day in the United States. So first off, thank you to all of the dedicated, devoted teachers worldwide.

The best teaching moments are in the home. We, as parents, should model behavior for our children. Characteristics like kindness, forgiveness, compassion and honesty are best taught by example, not by forced behavior.

Our children are watching us all the time. Let’s make sure our words and actions align…

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My Interview With Melissa Fleming

There is no word to describe the loss of a child. I believe it’s too painful to describe.
In 2016, Melissa Fleming and her family were given the worst news imaginable. Their son, Brock, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Not quite 7 at the time, Brock couldn’t understand why he was the only kid in school with brain cancer. Yet, Brock wasn’t deterred. He wanted to “kick cancer in the nuts!”
Click on the link to watch how this brave family dealt with the loss of a child, and how they are continuing Brock’s desire to kick it in the nuts!

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My Interview with Christine Moore

Christine Moore is living her recovery “out loud.” For years, she hid her addiction to prescription meds from her family and friends. Then everything came apart, which led Christine into a rehab facility. Four days before she was set to leave rehab, she was served divorce papers and a restraining order, preventing her from seeing her two sons, ages 4 and 2 at the time.
Click on the link to experience this amazing story of recovery and redemption.

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Really?

We are living in a unique period in time. We have news shoved in our faces 24/7, immediate home delivery of everything from groceries to alcohol, and we can reach our friends on the phone anytime…anywhere.

With these luxuries comes great responsibility. We are still called to work, be respectful and courteous to our fellow man, and raise our children the right way in a world that’s new to us. We cannot let decency die out as technology dominates our lives. Be kind. Always…

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