Beat The Monday Blues and Make Monday’s Awesome

Ways to make Monday’s AWESOME If you have the Monday Blues most weeks, then this is not something you should laugh off or just live with. It’s a significant sign that you are unhappy at work and you need to fix it or move on and find another job. Take time to identify the problem and clarifying what is bothering you then try to be active in finding solutions.

  • Prepare for Monday on Friday. Leave yourself as few dreadful tasks as possible on Friday afternoon. If you do have any unpleasant tasks awaiting your attention Monday morning, get them done as early as possible so that you don’t spend the rest of the day procrastinating or “feeling as if there’s a black cloud hanging over your
  • Make a list of the things you’re excited about. Sunday evening, list of three things you look forward to at work that week. If you can’t think of three things you look forward to, that might be an indication that you need to make some changes.”
  • Get enough sleep and wake up early. Go to bed a little early on Sunday night waking up an extra 15 to 30 minutes early on Monday morning. Have a little “me” time.
  • Dress for success. Dress up use Monday as the day to wear your favorite new outfit.
  • Be positive. Take time to recognize and appreciate the things that you enjoy about work.
  • Make someone else happy. Vow to do something nice for someone as soon as you get to work
  • Keep your Monday schedule light. Keep your Monday schedule as clear as possible. This will help you to come into Monday with more ease
  • Have a post-work plan.  Your day shouldn’t just be about trudging through to get it over with, but about looking forward to something. Make Monday a special day where you get to do something you enjoy at the end.

How to Talk to Children About 9/11

How to Talk to Children About 9/11
The anniversary of 9/11 is always a painful one but there is also the desire to honor the dead, the families who bore the burden of the attack, and the things we stand for as a nation.  We celebrate resilience and renewal even as we vow not to forget.  For many younger children, 9/11 isn’t something they lived through, but a piece of history, something they learn about in school.

Here are some guidelines for talking to kids about 9/11.

  1. Take your cues from your child—each child, individually, if you have more than one. For those old enough to remember the events of 9/11, let them tell you what the anniversary means to them, what they remember, and how they feel about it.
  2. Be age appropriate. If a child is too young to remember 9/11, consider their age in deciding whether this is a good time for her to learn about it, or learn more about it.
  3. Don’t answer questions that aren’t asked. Children as young as first grade are learning about 9/11 in school, as an important part of our history. But there’s no reason to volunteer disturbing or frightening details unless a child has heard them and needs a reality check from you.
  4. Try to avoid exposing children to the intrusive, repetitive TV news coverage, especially the pictures of 9/11.
  5. Help them feel safe. They want to know “are we safe today?”
  6. Focus on resilience. If you go to a memorial, talk to kids in advance about why you’re going, focusing on honoring those who died, and celebrating the resilience of both the nation and the individual families who lost loved ones.
  7. Don’t focus on hatred.
  8. Don’t feel you have only one chance to talk about this. It’s better to think of tough issues as an ongoing conversation, which develops as kids grow and change. If you feel you haven’t gotten it right the first time, give yourself a break and try again later.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says Prayer, Not Gun Control, Key to Ending Violence

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says Prayer, Not Gun Control, Key to Ending Violenceprayer hands

In response to President Barack Obama’s unveiling of new gun legislation, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has recommended prayer instead of a change in gun laws to combat violence in the U.S.

“There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds,” Perry said in a statement issued shortly after President Obama concluded his Wednesday press conference regarding gun legislation, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children,” the governor and former GOP presidential candidate added.


“Gimme, Gimme” v. Doing Good: Teaching Children to Give

Does Your family do something together for Christmas to help someone else? Do you adopt a family or are you passing along the Christmas Blessing card?

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Giving is not about toys, things, or possessions. Giving, or at least, the kind of giving I want to teach my children to do, is about grace.

“Grace”, in Christian terms, is the ultimate gift. It is something given freely, not earned. It has no ulterior motive. It is selfless. Grace is a force more powerful and more loving than any feeble human emotion, need or want.

Grace lies at the heart of every true gift. But you can’t give with grace if you’re thinking of yourself first! Or if your gift comes with strings attached, or sends a mixed message to the recipient.

When we ask our children to give, do we teach them to give with grace? Or is it merely, as it seems to be for this family, a learning experience purchased with old toys–without the slightest thought for the comfort, the embarrassment, the feelings of the other child to the transaction?

We need to bring giving into our lives all year long. During the holiday season, it is easy to share our good fortune. Food drives, bell ringers, charity functions help us remember the needs of others.

People are hungry the other 364 days of the year! Do our children see us model charity and giving from January through November? If not, what message are we sending them: that hunger and pain and misery only exist at Christmas? That we should only respond to this need only at Christmas time?

We need to make giving real to our children. Best strategy: get them involved.

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