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Working From Home Without (Quite) Going Crazy

Working From Home Without (Quite) Going Crazy

I tend to brag about my commute. I walk downstairs to my computer — it takes me all of a minute to actually get to work. Living where I do, in the suburbs about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, a short commute is something my friends can be quite jealous of. But there is a tradeoff for that commute. Since I work from home, I expect myself to have...

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10 Things I Learned From Marrying My Business Partner

Okay, technically I businessed my marriage partner, but it all works out the same in the end. (: Anyway, here’s what I’ve learned from three years of co-owning, co-operating, and co-leading the Connection Revolution with my lovely wife Kyeli. 1. Communicate. A lot. Communication is key in any relationship, romantic or business. Ask for what you need....

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How to be Productive at Home — Without Neglecting Your Kids

How to be Productive at Home — Without Neglecting Your Kids

In addition to being a writer, a small business owner, and the logistical manager for our household, I’m also an unschooling mom. My son, Dru, is 12 years old, and we’ve unschooled him his entire life. Unschooling is one of the most natural and easiest ways to school your kid at home, but it’s often hard to juggle giving him the attention and...

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How to Nurture Your Child’s Curiosity

How to Nurture Your Child’s Curiosity

In Wayne Dyer’s book What Do You Really Want For Your Children, he describes some of the hopes parents harbor for their children: self-reliance, risk-taking, creativity, and a sense of emotional well-being.  But with two adult scientists in our house, we had to add one more to the list: curiosity. Remember when you were little, and everything around...

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Why Your Family Shouldn’t Be An Item On Your To-Do List

Why Your Family Shouldn’t Be An Item On Your To-Do List

Everyone is busy. Some parents are busier than others. Slide in a “break time” so that you and your children can spend 15 minutes or a half hour together. Set a timer if you need to so that everyone knows when “break time” starts and finishes. (Erin Kurt, 4 Ways to Spend Time With Your Kids When You Have No Time, Lifehack) That chills me. It even makes...

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Work-Life Balance: Lessons I Learned From my Dad

Work-Life Balance: Lessons I Learned From my Dad

We all have at least one family member whose example inspires our view of work. Whether it be our busy mom, hard grafting grandfather, or workaholic uncle, witnessing first-hand how they handle work shapes our attitude more than any words we could ever read in a productivity manual. My dad was a hard worker. Amazingly so. An ordinary guy, who never stopped putting...

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Not-doing: how redefining productivity strengthens family ties

At 38 years old, part of me is incredulous that I’m only just now learning to be independently productive.  Somehow, somewhere along the line, I’ve learnt to be productive only with someone leaning over my shoulder or by allowing someone else to dictate my priorities.  And until just recently, I have placed family at the bottom of the heap because the things...

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Freelancing, Family and Flexibility

Freelancing, Family and Flexibility

Family comes very near the top of my list of values. I was close to them growing up (despite the occasional teenage tantrum) and when I left for college, I used to phone my mum every night. I’m 25 now, so the last seven years have meant a gradual shift of my relationships with my parents and siblings. Instead of being my parents’ kid, I’m now...

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