Make Grand Plans With Your Grandkids This Holiday Season

The holidays mean plenty of time to spend with your family and make memories together. And if you’re a grandparent, you already know that spending time with your grandchildren is one of the most special and memorable ways to celebrate any occasion. The bonds between grandkids and their grandparents is a special one, and your grandkids will remember the time you spend together for a lifetime. So make the most of this holiday season by sharing these special moments with your grandkids.

Tell stories of your childhood during the holidays

Everyone loves a good story––especially when it teaches you a bit about your family tree and what it represents. So sit down with your grandkids this holiday season and tell them a little bit about what the holidays were like when you were growing up. Tell them about how your mom made the butteriest biscuits in the neighborhood on Christmas Day or about your dad always danced to Christmas carols in the kitchen. Your grandkids will cherish these stories for years and years to come.

Teach family traditions

Pass down your family traditions and share your holiday season rituals with your grandkids. Do whatever it is that brings everyone together and spreads a little holiday cheer. Decorate the tree together, bake Christmas cookies with the family cookie recipe, or go caroling through the neighborhood with some gloves and a mug of hot cocoa. Whatever you do, keep the family tradition and the holiday spirit alive and share the importance of what these traditions mean to you and the family tree.

Write Christmas cards to everyone in the family

If you gather the whole family together to celebrate the holidays, writing Christmas cards to everyone is one of the best ways to spread the holiday love and spend quality time with your grandkids. There is something special about giving and receiving a handwritten card, so spread the warm spirit of giving by writing Christmas cards with your grandkids to all of the family members this year. Who knows? You might just start a new holiday tradition.

The holidays bring along some of the most precious moments with your family, so make memories that will last a lifetime this year with these ways to spend quality time with your grandkids.

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5 American Destinations You Need to Visit

Everyone places emphasis on traveling abroad to experience the wonders of the world, but don’t forget about the power of learning about and experiencing the culture in your own country too. There is so much more to discover and explore in your native country that you may never realize until you embark on the journey yourself. The United States of America has some of the most gorgeous landscapes and iconic landmarks, so take advantage of everything in your own country to find an adventure in your homeland. Here are 9 American destinations you need to visit. 

The French Quarter

Make sure to get your taste of southern charm by visiting the French Quarter. This unique area of the U.S. is rich with history in music and southern culture, and it is a necessary destination for anyone looking to soak in some of the south’s most iconic destinations.

Times Square

Experience the electric energy and hustle and bustle of the Big Apple and launch yourself into the middle of the commotion. Visiting Time Square is an experience unlike any other, so become a part of the crowd and feel the heartbeat of the city that never sleeps.

Mount Rushmore

This international tourist attraction is perhaps the largest artistic representation of American ideals and is a must-see to check off your bucket list. Gaze in awe at the faces of four of the United States’ most prominent presidents against the backdrop of the western hills.

Big Sur

This rugged stretch of California’s coast is one of America’s most beautiful treasures. Explore the spectacular views and towering ancient forests along the western side of the country. The scene is pure magic.

Route 66

Also known as the Main Street of America, Route 66 passes through seven of the country’s middle states and was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System. Because of its influence on the United States’ culture, Route 66 should be a destination on every American traveler’s list.

America is filled with all kinds of history and jaw-dropping scenes, so make sure you get a taste of all that your homeland has to offer and learn about the culture of the United States. These 5 American destinations are just the start of the unending list of places to visit in the U.S. 

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Lessons Only a Grandma Can Teach

There is something amazing about the bond between parents and their children. But the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents is equally as special in its own right. Just as there are certain things only a grandpa can teach, there are also things that only a grandma knows as well. Perhaps it’s because grandmas have the unique capability of combining wisdom and experience with a mother’s love. Read on to discover the lessons only a grandma can teach.

Hugs are the best medicine

Sure, moms and dads undoubtedly give great hugs just when they’re children need them, but hugs from Grandma are always extra special. Maybe it’s because a grandma’s hugs aren’t as common, so the familiar squeeze is always coated in extra warmth and goodness. Whatever the reason is, there are few things in life better than a big, warm hug from Grandma. Whether it’s a “welcome back” hug, an “I hope you feel better” hug, or a “have a good day” hug, grandmas give the best ones every single time.

It’s the little things that count

Every grandma has her signature specialty whether it’s homemade cookies, refreshing iced tea, or a handwritten note. Grandmas have a special way of bringing great joys out of the littlest things. And sometimes an old-fashioned reminder of the simple things in life are just what everyone needs to keep themselves grounded in today’s society.

Always be your best self

Grandma’s have a way of always being their best self without showing off. Whether it’s looking your best, feeling your best, or acting your best, grandmas not only seem to have perfected this skill, but they also are more than willing to teach their ways to their grandkids. While parents do a great job at encouraging their children to reach their potential, there is something to be said for the way grandmas can teach their grandchildren to carry themselves through life with poise.

No role can ever replace the job of a parent, but grandmas have a special talent for teaching their grandchildren certain lessons with unconditional love and grace.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Business Coaching

Becoming and earning respect as a business coach and in life is a treacherous path. It may seem like a no-brainer at first, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind when coaching other employees to make sure you are providing the best insight you can. Since business coaching and mentoring is an ongoing process that takes place in day-to-day interactions within your company, there is nothing more important than establishing a helpful and effective coaching style that you can incorporate into your business culture. Take a look at the do’s and don’ts of business coaching to make sure your coaching style serves your business in the best way it can.

Do correct issues before they become significant problems

Remember that one of the main goals when it comes to business coaching, besides of course building a stronger and more effective business practice and culture, is to reduce small problems before they become big ones. Make sure you pay attention to the work your employees are producing, so they become aware when problems arise no matter how small. Take this opportunity to coach them to fix these issues before they become a serious problem, which can be detrimental to your business as a whole.

Don’t make your employees feel bad

When you are addressing these issues, remember that the goal in business coaching is not to make anyone feel bad about their work. If anything, it’s to make your employees more confident in their performance going forward. Productivity is a lot harder to come by when your employees are too consumed with what they didn’t do right. Instead, take this time to encourage your employees, build their confidence in the work they do, and remind them of their talents and what they bring to your business.

Do focus on building your employees’ knowledge and skills

Business coaching is not an opportunity to make your employees feel bad, it is a reason to offer sincere advice and insight on how to produce more substantial work and build the productivity of your business. Let your employees know the skills and practices you would like to reinforce and see more of.

Don’t just show off how much you know

More than anything, remember that business coaching interactions allow you the opportunity to build relationships with employees that will enrich your business and your life. Take a personal approach when addressing your employees, and remember that business coaching is not an opportunity to show off your talents. Instead, it’s more of an opportunity to relate to your employees and understand where they’re learning perspective is coming from, so you can offer the best and most effect insights moving forward.

If you follow these simple do’s and don’ts of business coaching, your techniques will not only improve the work your employees produce, but you will also improve the productivity, culture, and relationships within your business.

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How To Travel Journal Like A Pro

Keeping a travel journal will change the way you notice and experience your adventures for the rest of your life. No longer will you only be concerned with snapping the best picture of the Eiffel Tower your iPhone camera can take. Instead, you’ll be more interested in what you see and how you feel. The art of keeping a travel journal will make you more concerned with actually experiencing your adventures, so you will have details to document and write down later.

In doing so, you might not have a camera roll of evidence that confirms your adventures, but you will have the memories written down in a journal and the details and feelings permanently etched into your memory because physically writing things down forces your brain to process information on a significantly deeper level. Whether you are traveling to Poland or Washington D.C, these tips on how to travel journal will maximize the memories you bring home.   

Get your necessities

Make sure you have all your supplies before you sit down to journal. A sturdy journal is a must as it will accompany you on all kinds of adventures. The rest of your supplies are up to you and your personal preference. Consider purchasing different colored pens or pencils to write with to add some color and spunk to your entries. If you’re really fancy, a Polaroid camera is a great investment when it comes to travel journaling. Once you snap a picture, it prints right away so you can immediately add it to your collection of memories.

Get creative with journal entry styles

Be open minded and get creative with your journal entry styles. If you make sure to include a variety of different entry styles, each new entry is sure to be fresh and uniquely its own. Consider making lists, free writing, storytelling, creative writing, and of course, your typical “Dear Diary” description of the day.

Become a collector of anything and everything on your trip

Boarding passes, postcards, restaurant menus, pressed flowers, the list goes on. Include anything that will help you remember the details of your trip inside your journal. Tape them of staple them onto specific pages and write about the memories associated with each item. The options are limitless.

Be hyper aware

Notice the sights, sounds, and smells of your surroundings. Notice how they make you feel. Notice how people live and how they interact with each other. Notice everything so you can write about it later. You’ll find yourself paying closer attention to the culture of the city instead of just what you found interesting at first glimpse.

Document daily

Writing every day will not only leave you with a much more impressive and complete travel journal to bring home, but it will also improve your journal writing skills. Your entries will likely result in noticeable progress through the course of your trip. So before you start your first entry, make a plan to write every day of your trip – even if it’s just a sentence.

Once you master these travel journal writing tips, you’ll have a set of skills that will enhance your vacations for the rest of your life. Happy travels!

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Show Your Patriotism All Year Long

With the Fourth of July, there often comes a huge surge of patriotism. This holiday brings us a sense of pride and allegiance to Old Glory. But for some of us, the Fourth of July is just not enough. We are bursting with national pride every day, and we want everyone to know. These are just a few ways to show your patriotism all year long.

Fly the Flag

The flag is a symbol of history, natural pride, and freedom. So don’t be afraid to fly the flag all year long. Just don’t forget to follow proper flag etiquette and take care of your flag. You can also fly your flag in non-traditional ways. You can buy bumper stickers, emblems, pins, or even shirts with the flag printed on it.  

Become an Active Citizen

Become a part of your community. There are dozens of way to give to your country to make it a better place for everyone. You can volunteer at soup kitchens, charities, and events. Get to know the people in your community. You can become a public figure by serving on a local council or becoming a representative of a local movement. Be involved in your community and always vote. Voting is one of our major rights, so don’t waste it.

Stay Educated

You should also know what is going on in the country. Stay educated on what great things your country is doing and educate your friends and family. Too often people are weighed down by negative articles and stories, so it’s imperative to remind people what makes this country so great. Great passion for your country can a source of inspiration for others.

Your country has been good to you, now it’s time to be good to your country. What are some ways you stay patriotic all year long?


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Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home

As parents, we all want what is best for our children. We want them to be happy and successful. We want them to become a thriving member of their community doing whatever it is they want to do. We want them to be smart and learn lessons, but we don’t want to see them get hurt. And while we should want all of these things for our children, there are certain things we should teach them first in order for everything else to fall into place.

Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home

Teach them to be independent.

Teaching children to be independent is a bit of a slippery slope because it is the parental instinct to do everything and anything we can to help them along the way. Everything from submitting school paperwork and preparing lunches to filing their taxes for their first teenage job and reminding them about college application deadlines. It’s easy to take on far too much of what should be their responsibility. But teaching independence is the first step in leading them to achieve success later in life. So pack their lunches and submit their school paperwork for them, but when they’re old enough show them how to do it. Sit down with them and teach them to file their taxes for their high school job and take a backseat when it comes to college applications. The more responsibilities you give them early in life, the more they’ll be prepared for the road ahead.

Teach them to be opinionated.

Make sure your children understand the importance of discovering and standing behind their own beliefs and opinions. This world needs people who are passionate about what they believe because that is how progress is put into action. Make sure they understand that their opinion does not necessarily have to mirror yours, but it should be well-informed. In encouraging your children to be opinionated on specific issues, you will teach them to be comfortable in taking a stand for what they believe is right.

Teach them to be respectful.

Teaching your children to be respectful should come as no surprise. However, it’s important to make an extra effort to teach your children from a very young age to be respectful towards everyone they meet – not just their elders. This applies to people who are younger, different, and less advantaged than they are. By teaching your children to be respectful towards everyone, your children will likewise become respected by everyone as well.

Teaching these things to your children will help to shape them into the young adults that will make an impact on this world.

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3 Invariable Life Truths All Life Coaches Know

There are just some truths that pervade the human experience. For one, life isn’t fair. No matter where you are or what you do, you can acknowledge this fundamental reality. This isn’t the only truth that most people can identify with, though. There are dozens upon dozens of invariable life truths that all coaches know; here are three that are true across the board.

3 Invariable Life Truths All Life Coaches Know

Life Isn’t Fair, But You Can Be

It’s invariably true that life isn’t fair. That may have been one of the first life lessons you ever learned. When you fell on the playground or were passed up for the school basketball team, your parents probably comforted you about how life wasn’t fair. But the one component that was probably left out of that adage was that you can be fair—even when life isn’t.

You can be fair. You can be just. You can be kind. Even when the world passes you up for opportunities, even when the world is unkind and unjust. Don’t let it harden you against the beauty of life.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

As you get older, you start to realize how insignificant all of the little things are. When you’re younger, you tend to focus on the minute details of your everyday experience. You stress about the small stuff, and it precludes you from enjoying the larger joys in life.

Most life coaches will tell you not to sweat the small stuff. In the end, it’s not what really matters.

Invest in Relationships

What does matter most in life, though, is relationships. You can invest in the stock market and gain temporary riches, or you can choose to invest in relationships and be rewarded for a lifetime.

Any life coach worth his or her salt would tell you that relationships are what makes life beautiful, meaningful, and impactful. You may be able to balance a portfolio, but if you can’t communicate with your loved once in a deep and meaningful way, you’ll always be poor in a real sense. The people that you choose to be in your inner circle inform who you are as a person, so when you invest in positive associations, you become a better person thereafter.

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3 Reasons to Love Poland

Over the past century, Poland has been through an unimaginable amount of turmoil. Through it all, though, the people of Poland have managed to maintain an unparalleled level of dignity and optimism. To visit Poland, you might assume you’d come upon a country that’s been ravaged by two tremendous world wars and years of communist rule—which it has—but you’d never know it. The people are beyond warm and welcoming; the landscape is breathtaking, and the architecture is simply unreal.

Those reasons are just three among the dozens of reasons to love Poland.

Poland’s Gorgeous Landscapes

From Tatra National Park in the south of Poland to the majestic beauty of Gdańsk in the north, there are so many hidden—and not-so-hidden—treasures sprinkled across the land. If you crave asylum in the untouched mountains, Poland is home to vast stretches of completely pristine mountain ranges. If lakes are more your fancy, Poland offers an entire lake district, the Masurian Lake District, bountiful with crystalline waters and some of the most captivating rivers and tributaries in the world.

Rich Polish Art and Architecture

In the midst of World War II, Poland made it a priority to preserve its rich artistic contribution to the world by exporting the brunt of its precious paintings to more safe havens for the duration of the war.

To get a true sense of Poland, you have to visit some of their proudest exhibitions of brilliant art and architecture. If you get the chance, don’t miss out on the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is home to incredible statues, stables, and even an entire cathedral carved out of salt.

The Unforgettable People of Poland

The people, however, are the real treasure of Poland. Despite their storied history, or perhaps because of it, Polish people are some of the happiest, most endearing people in the world. They have a bright sense of humor that’s playfully exuberant and contagious. When you’re around Polish people, you can’t help but smile.

If for no other reason, you should absolutely visit Poland for the unforgettable people. You may just end up making a lifelong friend on your adventure through the streets of Krakow.

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Lessons Only a Grandpa Can Teach

Parenthood is an incredible gift—it can also be incredibly challenging and exhausting, though. That’s where grandparenthood comes in; it’s the perfect blend of all of the joys of parenthood with none of the strife of discipline. Even though parents are the ones imparting most of the lessons in their children’s lives, there are some lessons that only a grandpa can teach.

Lessons Only a Grandpa Can Teach

How to Fish Properly

Sure, fathers can absolutely teach their children how to fish. There’s no rule that states otherwise. But, there is an unspoken rule that says that grandfathers are the best fishing teachers. They’re substantially more patient than fathers, and more than that, they really enjoy that extended time together—just sitting on the boat out in the middle of the lake.

When grandpas cast their lines, they’re not just teaching their grandchildren how to catch fish; they’re teaching them invaluable lessons about life, about patience, about self-reliance, and about catching and releasing (literally and metaphorically).

How to Start a Fire

Again, mothers and fathers alike can impart all of these lessons. Even still, there’s just something about the way grandpas lay these particular life lessons out. Camping with grandpa is a very sacred and special tradition, and it’s made even more momentous by the introduction of fire.

Learning how to start a fire is about so much more than just keeping warm. It’s about learning how to respect nature and its awesome power to create and destroy. It’s about harnessing elements in a useful and productive way. When grandpas teach their grandchildren how to start fires, they’re really teaching them how to fend for themselves in a wild, unpredictable world. They’re lighting the path to happiness and warmth for the rest of their lives.

How to Fix a Car

Cars have changed quite a bit since grandpa was a young man, but there are some constants that never change. Teaching grandchildren how to take care of their cars doesn’t just serve up valuable life lessons; it can also potentially save their lives. When you know what to do the moment your car starts acting out of sorts, you’re better able to handle situations on your own.

That is a gift that grandpas love to give—the gift of independence and self-assurance. Even when cars start self-driving, you can bet that grandpas will still be passing down their lessons on how to change a flat tire. It’s what grandpas do.

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