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My List of Take Away's

Each is linked to the blog it was written in:

  1. Work will always fill the time you give to it, stop and smell the roses (or take a nap)
  2. Trust and follow your instincts and gut feel.
  3. Teach my kids to think about what they think about and ask why, and/or why not.
  4. The parenting gig is a marathon, not a sprint. So settle in for the long haul.
  5. My Take Away: It does not matter how young or old your are, Parenting is a skill that anyone can learn. You just have to have a plan!
  6. Never underestimate the power of a reasonable idea!

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