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This Will Break Your Teen's Screen Addiction... And YOURS Too!

parenting raising teens May 08, 2019
 

Is your teen addicted to their phone?

As a youth mentor, whenever I ask teens, "What's the one thing that's consuming your time and keeping you from reaching your potential?" -- they usually tell me, "My phone." or "Video games."

Teenagers recognize it is a problem in their life.

But it's a tough balance.

I love technology. It helps me to connect, to influence others, to reach more people, to build my business, to teach online classes to amazing youth around the world. There are amazing resources, online classes, and so much more.

Technology is a great tool. But we can also become a slave to it if we're not careful. 

Technology gives us the ability to connect with people all over the world. But the danger is that it makes it easier for us to DISconnect with people in our own home.

It also can prevent you from connecting with your purpose, passion, and life mission. Getting lost in your virtual life keeps you from fully living your real life!

We can't just go through life...

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The BEST Resource EVER for Wise Parents Who Want to Raise Responsible Teens -- Especially If They Won't Listen!

parenting raising teens May 01, 2019
 

We all want the best for our teens, right?

Maybe your youth is living up to their full potential. 

But more likely, even though they're good kids, they're falling short in some areas.

Wouldn't you love for your teen to take charge of their life and consistently make good decisions?

Is it even possible, especially when they won't listen to your guidance or advice?

Absolutely!

IF you have the right resources at your disposal.

The teenage years are such a fun and important time of life. There's so much excitement, and emotion -- sometimes TOO much emotion ;) with lots of highs and lows.

Teens are filled with so much energy and have so many opportunities in front of them.

The whole world is literally at their doorstep, waiting to be explored.

But it can also be a scary time -- trying to figure out who they are, what they believe, and who to follow.

It's a critical time in the development of mindsets and paradigms that can influence decisions that...

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Ungrateful? Entitled? Clueless? Your teen NEEDS Worldschooling…

Worldschooling is not optional. It’s NECESSARY.

In today’s global, divided, fast-changing, and sometimes confusing world, our children need it more than ever. They need experiences that:

help them think beyond their own little problems and their own little corner of the world
  open their mind and expand their awareness
  help them develop empathy and compassion
  teach them about culture, people, places, religions, and beliefs that are not their own
  teach them to value life and especially, the ‘goodness’ and ‘easiness’ of their life—aka REALITY CHECK!
  help them become leaders and to want to positively impact their community and the world
  challenge them on a level that’s not possible from the comfort of home

My husband and I have traveled to 35+ countries with our seven children for the past 12 years. It’s worth ANY COST for us to create experiences that mold our children’s views on life....

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The Inconveniences and Disruptions of Travel is Good Fo' Ya

travel Apr 10, 2019

I feel like vomiting.

The turbulence of our landing makes my empty stomach feel uneasy. Combined with too little sleep last night, my body is not happy right now.

It never fails. Every time I take a plane ride somewhere I’m amazed at how inconvenient it can be, even in small ways. I’m amazed at how much it interrupts ‘normal’ routines.

I’m amazed at how interrupting my life and being inconvenienced is good for me.

My routine lately is to sleep until I wake up naturally, no alarm. Usually, that’s around 8:00 am. Unless one of my seven kids wake me up at night, then I sleep longer to make up for it.

Last night, I went to bed at 11:30 pm after packing for my trip and talking to my husband. My two year old woke me up at 1:00 am and kept me up until after 2:00 am. Then she came into bed around 5:00 am. I finally gave up and got up at 5:20 to get ready. No sleeping in when you’ve got a flight to catch. Less than five hours of sleep will have to...

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Why You're Sabotaging Yourself (And What to Do About It)

I have to let you in on a little secret...

I know it sounds cheesy or cliche to say that I have a secret which will change your life. But it is true. It changed mine.

The secret is this: Most people are taking action on a daily basis that is sabotaging their life. Not only is it PREVENTING them from living the life they really WANT to live (the life of their dreams). But it's also creating PROBLEMS in their life that they don't HAVE to have.

The other crazy thing? Most people don't even KNOW they are doing it. They're self-sabotaging everyday AUTOMATICALLY! Without even thinking about it!

That's why this is a 'secret' -- it's something most people don't know about.

So what are these actions that are sabotaging you? Well, they're your HABITS -- negative habits that have been formed without you being aware of them.

They're not BIG things... instead it's the small, seemingly inconsequential things you do on a daily basis that are causing the...

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Marriage Sucks. Get a Dog Instead... And Other Lies That Hurt The World

marriage Mar 18, 2019

Last October we spent five weeks in Mexico with our seven kids.

While there, we did a series of videos on marriage.

One man left this comment:

"Interpersonal relationships aren't worth the effort. I got a dog instead."

Today, I read a viral article which republished a suffragette pamphlet from 1918 providing "sage marriage advice" for young ladies.

This "sage advice" included:

  1. Do not marry at all.
  2. If you must marry, avoid the Beauty Men, Flirts, Bounders, Tailor's Dummies and Football Enthusiasts.
  3. Look for a Strong, Tame man, a Fire-lighter, Coal-getter, Window Cleaner, and Yard Swiller.
  4. Don't expect too much, most men are lazy, selfish, thoughtless, lying, drunken, clumsy, heavy-footed, rough, unmanly brutes and need taming.
  5. If you want him to be happy, feed the brute.
  6. The same remark applies to dogs.
  7. You will be wiser not to chance it, it isn't worth the risk.

 

Comments on this viral article included:

I get it. Men have been (and some still are) brutes...

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If You Think This Doesn't Apply To You, It Does... You Are Sleep Walking Through Life And You Don't Even Know It

the awakening Feb 25, 2019

 

There's something called 'The Awakening'. You NEED to experience it.

No matter how great or awful you think your life is, no matter how successful or unsuccessful, how rich or poor you think you are -- we've seen that across the board there's one thing that all people lack.

It's The Awakening.

No, I'm not referring to strange movies or 19th-century novels, or to anything spiritual or religious.

'The Awakening' as we define it is something that happens in your mind and soul. It has to do with the way you think about and interpret life.

It's an experience or realization that makes you feel that until now you were living in a walking coma. You were asleep but didn't know it.

C.S. Lewis put it this way:

You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly; while you are making them...

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Family Travel Interrupts Life and is Inconvenient, Which is WHY It's So Good For Your Family

family travel Feb 18, 2019

Travel interrupts your life.

But that's WHY it's powerful. That's WHY it changes you. It's a pattern interrupt.

We NEED pattern interrupts in our life. Our lives are built on patterns and routines -- and that's a good thing. Routines and habits help us to live, build, create, have stability, get through the day.

But pattern interrupts help us CHANGE. They help us LEVEL UP. They help us see things in a NEW way, to conceive new possibilities, to imagine, dream, and envision a different future.

According to the Huffington Post, 

"A Pattern interrupt is a technique to change a particular thought, behavior or situation. Behavioral psychology and neuro-linguistic programming use this technique to interrupt and change thought patterns and behaviors. It can be as simple as initiating a handshake or as definitive as seizing the moment to travel or fulfill your bucket list."

Without pattern interrupts, we stay stuck in the same routines -- FOREVER. This is insanity...

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4 Questions That Led us to Live an Extraordinary Life with 7 Children

It’s been over 11 years and 33 countries since we first asked these questions.

In those 11 years, we’ve grown our family from four kids to seven and traveled with them to 33 countries on 5 continents.

We’ve climbed ancient pyramids, volcanoes, and mountains; ridden dromedaries in the Sahara, horses in Germany and wild ponies on the moor; waded, surfed, swam, snorkeled, or sandboarded on 4 continents; explored castles in Europe, beaches in the Caribbean, jungles in Central America, and glaciers in Iceland and Nepal; learned vocab in Spanish, German, French, Italian and Arabic; and eaten breakfast in France, lunch in Monaco and dinner in Italy -- all in the same day.

We live an extraordinary life.

It started out normal enough — a small house in a farming town with a white picket fence, 2 dogs, 2.5 kids, and a career my husband was committed to until he was 65. Maybe if we worked hard we could retire early at 60, then travel. That was our...

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It’s less expensive for this family of 9 to travel year-round than stay home—here’s how

family travel Nov 16, 2018
 

Isn't this awesome guys! We made it in the news. Originally published on CNBC:

The Dennings are leading the life of their dreams, one that at first they worried was out of reach.

The family of nine travels full-time without a home base, GOBankingRates originally reported. Over the past ten years, they’ve visited 39 countries.

“I literally remember thinking, ‘Is this even possible? Is it just a dream? Can it actually happen?’” Greg Denning, the husband, and father, tells CNBC Make It.

By “interrogating” countless travelers, “voracious study” and a lot of “trial and error,” Denning and his wife Rachel found that the answer was yes.

What’s more, he says, they found that “it’s actually significantly less expensive for our entire family to be traveling around the world than it is to be set up at home, with the mortgage and the cars and the insurance, etc.”

Here’s how they...

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