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If you are a parent of multiple children, your children tell on each other….all…the…time. It goes something like this:
One child comes and tells you that another of your children broke a rule. Then our immediate response is to play detective, figure out which rules were broken, and try and enforce the rule that was broken with the child that broke the rule ….when we have the energy.
I’m starting to believe that the majority of parenting should be directed towards molding the hearts of our children. I have also come to believe that the majority of our energy is spent modifying behavior and surviving situations.
We are teaching our children that the state of their actions takes precedent over the state of their heart. To take the story of the prodigal son we are rewarding our children for being the rule following older son who respects the rules instead of the rule-breaking younger son. It’s not to say that rules are not important or should not be taught but there is a much more difficult and valuable lesson that underlies it all. The far greater lesson of this story and each instance with our children is the opportunity to present them with the love of the Father God and the impact that this has in giving us compassion and a desire to pass this love on. How do we do this?
I’ve recently come to the conclusion that dealing the VERY common instance of tattle tailing is the quickest way to undersand and implement change. And instead of facilitating and even encouraging children to come and turn other children in on the basis of rules we should start to look at the hearts of both children; the one doing the reporting and the reported.
Here’s a loose framework of the process with some notes in yellow but it all begins with the question of trying to understand the heart of the reporting sibling by asking “Are you trying to help or just get someone in trouble?”
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Over the last 5 years I’ve had many conversations with aspiring entrepreneurs and people looking to break out of the 9 to 5. Here is a list of resources that seem to come up again and again that I think are worth sharing. (All of the titles link to the resource)
If you can get past the cheezy title and simplistic writing style this book is a good primer to break out of the “think like an employee” mindset. His most valuable concept is in defining “wealth” and explaining how to achieve it in the broadest terms. Wealthy people keep their income higher than their expenses and use the excess to accumulate assets. “Poor” people have increased expenses and accumulate liabilities feeling like it is outside of their control.
Time: 3 hours
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This last weekend our neighborhood hosted a garage sale and somehow our kids got the idea of doing a lemonade stand. I wasn’t too excited about it but as the saying goes, “when life give you lemons…make a lemonade stand.” At least that’s how the saying goes for entrepreneurs. So, off we went. We started by having them watch their cousin Kelsy’s video.
Here is a snippet from the day:
Here are some of the lessons that our kids learned about business and finances from this, (mostly) fun and simple, experience
Many of you have heard this story, but about 2 weeks ago I went into my old 5th grade teachers (who I found on facebook) classroom and talked to her kids about casinos, gambling, and card counting. I actually put quite a bit of work into preparing for the little presentation and decided to record a little voice over of the keynote multimedia presentation that I used. I only included about 75% of it. The original presentation was an hour long and there were a lot of questions. Continue reading
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I recently stumbled across this video on my friend Mike’s blog. I pushed play and then said “oh crap” when I realized it was like 9 hours long. But I was just surfing the web and doing some email while it was playing on in the background. Before I knew it I was pretty engrossed and by the end I would say that it was probably the most interesting speech/dialogue/presentation that I have seen or heard in years.
I would label the content as Why people can not deny exclusive claims to truth and why Christians are to blame. I think the most interesting is the part of why Christians are to blame.
I don’t want to take the time to post my thoughts here but I do want to share it with you here. The talk itself is about 40 minutes long and then it goes to Q & A. I have not listened to the Q & A. I would suggest playing it in the background and then going about your business.
If you absolutely do not have the time, here are my highlights. (With youtube now you can drag the playbar to wherever you want even before it loads!!)
4:15 - Beginning
8:10 – 9:38 “Now that we all agree that religion is a big problem”
30:55 – 33:24 “What you need, is people with an exclusive truth claim that humbles them”
37:46 - 40:40 The Moral Performance Narrative vs. The Grace Narrative
40:40 - 43:00 You know what the problem with the world is?…..Fundamentalists!
43:40 – END
This is a business idea that I’ve been partnering with Jeremy Pryor, Jon Collins, and Stephen Mowry on. I’m pretty excited about it even though none of us know which way it’s heading. The business is built around creating and organizing a collection of “epipheos”. To learn what an epipheo is…just watch the video.
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I made a keynote presentation for a group of 5th graders that I spoke to about casinos, gambling and card counting last Friday. This is the vid after I added some music and sound fx.
I took my kids to see a screening of the new Disney movie “Earth.”
It was miserable. These are the top 3 things that I hated about it.
- It was boring. This movie is based upon a 5 disc dvd series that we own called “Planet Earth”. Somehow the producers managed to make the 90 minute movie more boring AND less informative than any one of the 40 minute DVD or even all of them COMBINED!! It’s literally unbelievable. I can’t figure out how they did it. You would think that they could just go through the entire DVD series and make the movie a “best of” compilation. Some how BBC managed to make watching the desert for 40 minutes on DVD entertaining AND informative and somehow Disney managed to make even a 5000 lb great white shark flying out of the water and catching a flying seal seem more drab than soduku. Which is what you’re going to need if you go and see this in the theater.
- The soundtrack was insulting. It was like listening to the Anne of Green Gables soundtrack over Terminator 2. Seriously, how many times do you want me to laugh and cry in 90 minutes while watching seagulls and fish all because you raise the volume of your cellos? And having James Earl Jones narrate? Is that really necessary? As if the visual of watching our entire world change through 4 seasons, over 12,000 miles, with 2 ton species battling it out for survival isn’t enough; nope we need Darth Vader to dramatize it. Thanks disney, until this movie, I had never even noticed a soundtrack in a movie.
- It was confusing. Polar bears in the snow, elephants walking through the desert, whales swimming, polar bears in the ice water, elephants walking through the desert, whales swimming, polar bears dying, elephants swimming, whales….still swimming for twwoooooooo hoooouuuuuurrrrss. It wasn’t until I re-watched the preview after I watched the movie that I realized that there was supposed to be a point to all of that. The “story ” (and subtitle) is “The Remarkable Story of Three Families and their Journey across our Planet. “ I hate to keep on doing this, because I don’t consider myself some foreign film snob, but when the BBC told the same story of each of these “families” it took 5 minutes. Somehow, Disney managed to stretch it out to 90! It was the characters of Lion King, with the plot line from Magnolia, with the intensity and length of Chariots of Fire. Maybe they thought watching animals mating, ripping each other to shreds, and going to the most exotic places on our planet wasn’t enough. It’s like a reality version of the incredible Journey except that the Incredible journey was actually an Incredible movie.
Here is a trailer I made on what the movie “earth” is really like.
To verify that the soundtrack used is the actual soundtrack from the original trailer click here.
So why all the ranting on a Disney Movie?
Here’s the deal. The reason why this movie was such a tradgedy is because the actual BBC series called “Planet Earth” was so mind-blowing incredible. It’s the only DVD that I have ever purchased in my entire life. Sooooo…instead of going to the theatre and blowing $8 a ticket, go to blockbuster and rent the first disc and watch the episode”From Pole to Pole”, or better yet, borrow it from me. The footage is insane and the narration is really captivating. The have a whole episode on caves and another one on the desert and they are super informative and entertaining.
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The Crawford Christmas Card is available for viewing at our family’s website: crawfordlife.com. We now have wordpress software operating on that site which means it’s a lot easier to use for updates. This is the main place that we are going to use to update general family news in the future.
Here are some details about the card that some people have asked about:
- Yes, it was mailed on 3/9/09. We shot the picture in December but I didn’t receive the finished copy until March and then it took 10 days to print and design the back image.
- We had 250 postcards printed for about $65 bucks. We mailed about 150 out. That means we’re sitting on a surplus of about 100 of them. You want one?
- The picture was shot by Jonathan Willis who claims that the camera he used was worth $30,000!! It was a rental that he was using for some deluxe corporate shoot. We have had all of our family portraits taken by him and at this point would not use anyone else. He is a family friend of ours and lives in KY.
- The picture was taken on a basement of a property that is owned by our friend Eric. Behind the post there were a washer and dryer that we had to move for the picture. The rope was taken from Mark’s neighbors tree.
- Seven’s costume is a Robin costume that we paid $30 for and we had to pay 10 bucks for fog juice for the fog machine. Those were are only expenses.
- I am wearing my mother-in-law’s jacket. I think it might be her favorite one.
- The fire is real
- It is water that is on the ground but most of it is photoshopped I think. The other two elements that are photoshopped are my face and the lighting.
- The back of the card took me 4+ hours to design because I am a photoshop idiot. I imagine it would take someone who knew what they were doing about 20 minutes.
- I am the most proud about the modification I made to Mount Rainier. I had to increase it’s size by about 400% to make it looks as comic booky as I wanted it to.
- I’m still not really sure if I like this one better than 2 years go. Some people say I do but that one was so simple and natural looking. hmmmmmm….
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