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stage 300x300 Effective Networking:  6 Secrets Your Kids KnowWe’d spent the last 5 days reconnecting as a family, completely dark from any semblance of social networking.  Alright, I’ll be honest… all networking…each night my husband and I requested a table for 4 on this 5 night cruise to Mexico. It’s cool to meet other travelers… but not this time, we needed family and rest.

The final evening’s entertainment was a magic show.

My son, Sebastian, was lucky enough to be selected as the “assistant.”  I wasn’t shocked by his hammy performance (he comes by that naturally).  What happened next intrigued me.

As we exited the auditorium, people approached my son and began waving and congratulating him from across the room.   He had stories about everyone. “Oh those are the women who taught me Mexican dominos at the pool, they live in Bri-ain,” trying to work his Liverpudlian accent, “but are really from Daaaalllas,” adding a draw.  ”You remember Abe, he calls himself the sausage king, he’s half deaf but likes to play the drums.”

The pattern continued as we hopped on the elevator…. “She’s the mommy of the girl I played ping-pong with on Tuesday.” And then on the way to dinner… and then again in the customs line the next day…  This kid had connections.

The truth is most kids make friends more easily than grown-ups.  We start being open to new connections and grow ourselves out of it. Continue Reading…

How do we make the invisible, visible for our children?  The next in our Saturday Series in developing leadership in kids.  On Monday we return to our regular leadership fare.

A Guest Post from Sonia Di Maulo, Canada

appleinorchard1 224x300 Making the Invisible, Visible For Our ChildrenVision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.Jonathan Swift 

Samuel picks up the slightest change in his environment. He senses that his mom needs a hug.  And of course, mom is grateful. Later that afternoon, he deliberately annoys his little brother, and a mini-war ensues.

Samuel makes choices every day. At ten years old, sometimes he chooses well.  What is it about his environment that leads him towards his choices? Continue Reading…

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What Does Your Mommy Do?

I have never had one of those jobs they sing about on Sesame Street.

As with most of us, the roles I have assumed over the years are hard to explain.

But if you ask my kids what I do,  they have a short answer, “my mom is a leader.”

Probe further, and you’ll get more:

  • “She asks a lot of questions”
  • “She helps people figure things out”
  • “She teaches people stuff”
  • “She has a team”
  • “She tries to make work more fun”

They know because they live it.

Some would argue it’s because I have no work-life balance, and by some definitions, I suppose that’s true.

On the other hand… Continue Reading…