Instilling Positivity

Instilling Positivity

by Dana S. Bader
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I’m a glass-half-full kind of person.  I like to see the brighter side of life, and I consciously work on trying to see the positives in every person and every situation rather than focus on the negatives.  Of course, there are some days that I have to work harder to do that than others, but, generally, I look for the positives and believe that having a positive attitude is essential to my overall well-being.

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Together Time Takes Time

by Dana S. Bader
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Hamley’s, Toys R Us, and Borders, all offer quick, BandAid solutions for our children’s tantrums, fussiness, whining, and boredom.  If I need some peace and quiet, I can buy about 30 to 60 minutes of it in the form of the newest gizmo or gadget offered up at these toy stores’ not-so-bargain prices, or I can buy some Persil, green food coloring, and a whole lot of white school glue, click on the latest YouTube DIY, and get my kids busy making yet another batch of slime.  I can even offer up the remote control and flip on the Disney channel to occupy them for another hour or so.  With lunch, clean up time, homework, the new toy, some slime if I’m really desperate, and a whole lot of Disney, I can manage to occupy my kids for a whole afternoon and not have a single conversation or meaningful moment with them.

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, Staying Inside Is Boring

by Dana S. Bader
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In the UAE, a country known for hot weather, sandstorms, and only two recognizable seasons – Finter (the coolish, hopefully rainy season) and Spummer (beautiful, sunny beach weather) – and then the onset of almost unbearable heat, beggars can’t be choosers.  If you can stay outside more than 5 seconds without frying like an egg on a hot griddle, you need to be outside.  Rain or shine, it’s outdoor time!

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