Redefining Success: What I Witnessed at the “Meet Bella Thorne from Disney’s ‘Shake It Up’” Event at the Mall

There’s my daughter talking with Bella Thorne, her mom seated next to her, looking out at the crowd of hundreds.

How much do I love my daughter?  A lot! I waited in line with her for four and a half hours to get autographed photos in person from Bella Thorne, young dancer, singer, actress on Disney Channel. Continue reading “Redefining Success: What I Witnessed at the “Meet Bella Thorne from Disney’s ‘Shake It Up’” Event at the Mall”

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Redefining Success: The Value of Please and Thank You, Setting Limits, and Non-negotiables.

My husband and I made an appointment at the bank recently to discuss options for refinancing our mortgage.  Our children are 6, 8, and 11; do we get a babysitter for an hour-long meeting? Instead of arranging for a sitter, we had each child bring a couple of activities of their choice that they could do quietly and individually while we met with a bank officer.  My two older kids brought a chapter book and summer math packet, and the youngest brought “The Peg Game”, a classic wooden peg and board solitaire game.  They sat in comfy couch chairs in the center of the bank while we met with a bank officer in a cubicle space to the side.

After a half an hour, my husband checked in on them.  They were happily occupied.  We ended up being there for over an hour and received compliments about how polite and well-behaved our children were in the waiting area for so long, especially occupied with activities that do not involve an electronic screen.  While I appreciated the kind words, it got me thinking:  Continue reading “Redefining Success: The Value of Please and Thank You, Setting Limits, and Non-negotiables.”