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Teach Your Children Well

The lessons you share with your kids will have a dramatic impact on the lives they live, so teach your children well. Here are a handful or so of ways your teachings prepare your kids for the "real world."

  • Teach them to change a tire. This valuable lesson will not only help your child work well under pressure (nobody expects to get a flat) but it teaches them to rely upon themselves in emergency situations.
  • Teach them to catch a fish. Give your child fish, they have fish sticks, teach them to fish and they will have a lifetime of meals. Your kids need to understand the importance of making a living and providing for themselves. Through fly fishing my father taught me a world of lessons about myself, business and people.
  • Teach them to write a handwritten note. Your child will gravitate towards technology (and that's not a bad thing), however, nothing can replace the personal, unique and genuine feel of a handwritten note. Personal communication will set them apart from the rest of the world and help them build a healthy network of amazing personal connections.
  • Teach them to make their own bed. As they get older your child will understand the importance of having a neat and tidy work area. If taught early in life, your kids will want to stay organized and clean. Productivity and efficiency boom when clutter is eliminated and organization shines.
  • Teach them to brush their teeth daily. While they may not see the benefits of brushing immediately, they will have a beautiful smile while they learn the positive benefits of preventative maintenance. Also, this will teach your child about healthy habits and good hygiene. Positive childhood habits will serve them well in their adult years.
  • Teach them to save pennies now. A glass mason jar is all you need to collect pennies, and they can learn the lesson of accumulating savings. Once the jar gets filled, some of the money can be enjoyed, donated or used to buy a reward. Some should be saved for a better future. Empty the jar and start again. Your child will learn a great lesson about saving, goal setting and sharing.

What life lessons did you teach your children? Please share one with our Nice Guy community in the comments section below.

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Know Your Nicettiquette

Challenge yourself to make this world a nicer place. Print out the flyer below (in landscape mode) and add it to your fridge. Don't put it on your desk, it will get lost in all the work you are doing. Don't make this work, make it a something you do personally, from your heart. Imagine how wonderful the world would be if we all just did these 5 simple things. If you have children, help them understand the importance of being NICE. Never underestimate the power of NICE. 



Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Relationships can be challenging. Actually they can be downright difficult, challenging, amazing, intense, frustrating, beautiful, exhilarating, painful, wonderful and disappointing.  And that’s just in the first week. There is so much to remember, so much to do, and so much not to do. How can we ever really expect to learn it all?  At 51 I thought I would have it figured out by now, and on the days that I thought I knew all the answers, apparently they changed all of the questions.  There is not an official manual on building relationships or any authority on falling in love.  There is however, a variety of rock and roll song titles that can be used to describe the mysteries locked within the subject of love.

Whatever words I say, I will always love you.
— Adele


Let’s take a look at some of aspects of True Love and try to explain exactly What’s Love Got To Do With It.  When we first witness the Power of Love, we realize the intense amount of emotion is overwhelming, much more than one person can possibly handle. Our entire world revolves around when we can be with our partner and how long we can be with them. It doesn’t matter where, when or how, we just want them with us, all the time. Just the smell of their hair gets us excited.  As our relationship intensifies we may not even be aware that we are Crazy In Love. Without a second thought we will stay up all night talking on the phone or go out of our way 40 miles just to catch a glimpse of our partner. We will snuggle with them until sunrise, regardless of our work schedule. Our priorities get totally whacked out and all we want is more, more, more of our lover.

In the beginning of our relationship, as love is just being born, we want to wait for just the right opportunity to spring the L-O-V-E word on our partner. Too soon and they might not reciprocate, ouch. Too late and maybe the relationship will go stale or our partner will think we don’t care enough, soon enough.  In today’s Modern Love, gents, don’t hold back, if you feel it,  and you think the timing is right, drop the “L” word on her. It’s ok to be romantic, sensitive and caring. If words like amazing, passionate and nurturing are used when your lover is talking to their best friend, describing you, you’re in the right zone.

However far away, I will always love you.
— The Cure

As your relationship matures, understand that your partner has feelings, fears and emotions too. Allow your partner room to have opinions and to be their own person. If you feel as though you are a Victim of Love, change your perspective. It’s not always about you. Your partner comes into the relationship (as you do) with baggage, we all have baggage. This baggage was created years ago from childhood or possibly from an abusive relationship, having nothing to do with you. True love is about being supportive, loving and empathetic. When you witness something uncharacteristic surfacing in your lover’s personality, be there for your partner, get rid of the Love Stinks attitude and understand your partner is not trying to hurt you. Nurture your relationship and watch your love Soar. You may think you are on a Love Roller Coaster, but instead you are on a beautiful journey to Unconditional Love.

Love is great, love is kind, Love is Tender. The best kind of love is a True Love. When you finally find your Love of a Lifetime, you will know Love is the Answer.