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There are two things parents hope to give their children: roots and wings. But it’s often hard to know if the decisions we’re making are the right ones, especially when the world is changing so quickly. Good Life Family is a resource for parents with kids tweens to twenties. Good Life Family will help navigate the challenges of raising good kids — kids who will find their own paths to happiness. Extensive and insightful content will address the daily joys and struggles of finding a balance between kids and parents while keeping ourselves sane in the process.

Good Life Family also celebrates parents who are making a difference in their families, their communities, and to those in need. You’ll meet inspiring women and men who have stared down life’s challenges, survived, and now are willing to share their journey with you.

Good Life Family is committed to making a difference in the lives of our families, friends and communities as the go-to source.

We’re living, we’re learning, and most important, we’re laughing. We hope you will too.

 

Sheryl PidgeonFrom the Publisher

 

I’m Running 10 Minutes Behind…

People who are organized never cease to amaze me. They never double book a meeting, always write a thank you note, plan their spring break trip at Thanksgiving, and they KNOW where their car keys are. Organized people are never late. They have mastered time management. How do they do it? Is it a genetic gift or a learned behavior?

My brain simply does not operate with that type of efficiency.  Don’t get me wrong. I get more done than the average bear, but it’s not a neatly contained operation. It’s more of an “it’s on fire” mentality, getting to that only after I’ve finished this and not a minute sooner. I’ve tried to change. I really have! I set alarms. I make a list. (Where did I leave that list?) I make files and even mark them “Scalding”, “Hot” and “Warm”, but I have found that once I file something, my brain thinks it’s done. This is not new.  It’s been a lifelong issue. I have always been on the creative, high-energy side of things.  I say yes.  A lot.  I overschedule.  A lot.  And I always (ok, almost always) deliver on my word.

Fortunately, I surround myself with left-brained people and pay homage to their efficiency. I especially appreciate those left-brainers who don’t judge the chronically tardy. We are good people!  We just try to do too much. Squeeze. One. More. Thing. In. In spite of all my commitments, I am unwilling to give up family time. It’s just going too fast to miss out on. Sure I am making dinner at 8:00 p.m. (ok, 8:30), but we are together.

One of the reasons I am excited about this issue of GLF is because I want to be better at planning ahead and being more organized. So, as you read this issue packed with ideas and advice for how to welcome whatever comes next, please don’t feel stressed if you fall short of your goals.  Sometimes the best laid plans are those paved with love and not a Franklin organizer.

In an upcoming issue, we will focus on sleep deprivation. Now that’s something I can really sink my teeth into.

LIVE.LEARN.LAUGH. (HURRY!). REPEAT.      

Sheryl