View Poll Results: when will we get to 4,000 posts?

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  1. #27145
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    They've got "trick" bikes. I forget which make, but they were EXPENSIVE.

    That is my current struggle, though. GAMES.

    The older one can take 'em or leave 'em. They make a good 'rainy day' option.

    The younger one.... he wouldn't leave the house if he wasn't forced to sometimes.
    Yup......I hear you.....my youngest was the same.......but the FIRST and MOST important thing I had to remember was that I am their FATHER and not their friend......and that requires tough and unpopular decisions... a lot! Besides, the 'passion' toys create PERFECT blackmail options for getting them to do the First Things First...just like life.
    We had a saying in the house "Work before Play, that's the Lockhart Way......they hated it BUT they all stand on their own two feet. That middle one has worked as an RN for 1 year.....she put $20,000 in the bank in that first year!!! She's a Lockhart uh huh!
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lockhart View Post

    Yup......I hear you.....my youngest was the same.......but the FIRST and MOST important thing I had to remember was that I am their FATHER and not their friend......and that requires tough and unpopular decisions... a lot! Besides, the 'passion' toys create PERFECT blackmail options for getting them to do the First Things First...just like life.
    We had a saying in the house "Work before Play, that's the Lockhart Way......they hated it BUT they all stand on their own two feet. That middle one has worked as an RN for 1 year.....she put $20,000 in the bank in that first year!!! She's a Lockhart uh huh!

    Momma and I figured the blackmail thing out REAL QUICK.

    Homework not done? Hand it over.
    Room not clean? Hand it over.

    I'm not always the favorite parent and sometimes I even hate myself for being so hard, but I also know that life sucks and it's far better to learn from a hard father that loves you than to learn from a boss that you're just a number to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Momma and I figured the blackmail thing out REAL QUICK.

    Homework not done? Hand it over.
    Room not clean? Hand it over.

    I'm not always the favorite parent and sometimes I even hate myself for being so hard, but I also know that life sucks and it's far better to learn from a hard father that loves you than to learn from a boss that you're just a number to.
    If they didn't have stuff we could take away I don't think they would ever get anything done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Momma and I figured the blackmail thing out REAL QUICK.

    Homework not done? Hand it over.
    Room not clean? Hand it over.

    I'm not always the favorite parent and sometimes I even hate myself for being so hard, but I also know that life sucks and it's far better to learn from a hard father that loves you than to learn from a boss that you're just a number to.
    Well you and Patty are doing a helluva job already JP and the few children that do learn the lessons from their parents rather than getting gold stars for 'breathing' ...... will not only be successful in their lives, but be an asset to the world in general. I always taught my girls when they closed down the day to reflect on the day...."did you put more back into this world today than you took out"? If not, then we will bankrupt the world eventually if you did not......

    We're in an epidemic these days that tells us to 'demand' all sorts of $hit but does not tell us to 'contribute'......you're already there JP......attraction by example rather than promotion.....good on ya.
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    'Morning Bret and everyone. Outdoor activities like camping, hiking, biking and hunting are a heck of a lot better for the kids than video games. Once they realize how much better it is to live a real life instead of being glued to the screen, they learn one of the most valuable life lessons.

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    Good morning, Bret and everyone!!
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

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  7. #27151
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    afternoon all
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    hey Doug put Karen on a plane at 4 headed your way
    she been meaning to call Brenda but hasn't had a chance she been doing 14 hour day M-F and 8 hour Sat and Sunday for the last 3 week.
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackertech View Post
    Howdy all.
    How you been craker
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcs View Post
    hey Doug put Karen on a plane at 4 headed your way
    she been meaning to call Brenda but hasn't had a chance she been doing 14 hour day M-F and 8 hour Sat and Sunday for the last 3 week.
    Hey Bret.....you're working that girl hard......
    Both Brenda and I are swamped this week but are in the office/field so we can say hi by phone or Skype.
    When we found out about Karen's/your trip we were trying to get some time to sneak over and visit Karen as well as get the he!! out from under this 7 day a week stuff. Problem is we've got some projects interdependent on the Provincial Budget due to be passed any day......and that'll trigger a lot of work contracts....so here we are stuck again.....
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    Good morning, Bret and everyone.
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

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    'Morning Bret and everyone

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    Bad day started out with falling, trouble swallowing and breathing.

    Good news is it been a long run of good and even GREAT days.
    If you help others then you are a Success

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