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This is a guest post by John Anderson. He is a freelance writer for Executive Street, a daily resource blog for leadership, marketing, business finance, technology and communication. Follow him on Twitter or connect with on Facebook.
As the father of four girls, I have an expectation for any suitor who will one day desire to marry my girls. So when I heard Magic’s song “Rude,” I couldn’t resist writing a response. If for nothing else, the song drives me crazy. But simply, the song is a gross display of disrespect and disregard by a young man who supposedly is too blinded by love to take “no” for an answer!
This is a guest post by Kimberly Grimms. She is a futurist who spends most of her time monitoring social behavior in search for new consumer trends. She uses the information to create viral and useful content as part of the new media strategy. She’s interested in technology, market behavior, new media, environment, sustainability, futuristic scenarios and businesses. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
This past weekend was Father’s Day weekend. To say that it was a good one would be a huge understatement. In my opinion it was the best yet. I was blessed to be with friends and family the entire weekend. But the best part? Taking an entire weekend to be with the most important people in the world- my wife and children!
Many of you have read posts by my wife, or me, describing the difficult year we have had as a family. “Difficult” would be an understatement. Traumatic or gut-wrenching might be more accurate. We have faced some things with a few of our children that have brought us to our knees. We are learning every single day what it means to trust God for everything. And I mean everything!
They’ve been in my office more times than I can count- distraught parents of unruly teenagers who suddenly need discipline. They’re frustrated, confused, at a loss, and desperate for any ounce of help they can get. After listening to their stories of how their kid won’t listen to a thing they say, is defiant and out of control, or laughs in their face when they give an ultimatum, my conclusion is the same: you’re about a decade or more past due in making this shift!
My wife and I have been in the parenting business for nearly 12 years now. To say that it’s been an adventure would be quite the understatement. It’s been more than an adventure. It’s been an adventure, doctorate study, Mount Everest climb, parachute jump, and journey to Middle Earth all wrapped into one! (I’m not really sure how Middle Earth made it into that list :-)).
I used to be against blogging, if you can believe that!? I’m serious. Back in 2005 I heard about blogging for the first time from a friend and I shook my head. “Why would anyone want to read someone’s open thoughts?” I said to myself. “Seems like a silly means to get attention!” Those were really my thoughts. I’m not kidding.