Enjoy Kids NOW. Oh so speedily, they grow up.

Dear SoSooper (and previously Home Is Fun) readers,

For eight years I (Denise) blogged on Home Is Fun and shared photos and life in a diversity-filled couple with four energetic boys, all born within seven years.

Time has flown. As Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, shares, “The days are long, but the years are short.”

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Boy-and-baby
“Fragile? What’s that mean?” Welcome home, tiny tot!
Terrible (and terribly funny) two's.
The terrible (and terribly funny) two’s.
Family-vacation-small-kids
Is this “vacation” or “extra work”?
Boy-guitar
When the guitar is bigger than they are…and nonetheless, the sound still rings out loud and strong! “Do you like my song, Mommy?” “I love you, darling. :-)”
Family-first-ties
First time wearing ties. Mixed responses…like to most novel experiences. Throughout Mom & Dad still put their best face forward.
Boy-electronics
When the generation gap stops being a concept but a daily reality.
"You can do it, darling."
“You can do it, darling.”
Kid_powder_skier
When finally all that practice pays off. After innumerable falls (and try-overs) they assert, “It was hard. And I did it!”
Family-pyramids
When the family encourages seeking adventure together…
Boy-extreme-sports
…and Mom & Dad worry when the children seek their next challenge to overcome.
Graduation
And in a few short years, they fly on their own. It’s what we hoped for them all along. Bye bye baby. HELLO NEW RELATIONSHIP!!!
Brothers hug
There was a time when I was in the energy-management business: expend theirs & conserve mine…
Boys grow up
…now the future’s so bright…they take the shades off for the photo 🙂

May YOU enjoy YOUR children NOW.  Before they grow up.

(And take pictures, no matter how bad a photographer you are. I did!)

Try spending 5 minutes this week simply observing one child without Ă  priori. Just watch him/her.

Better yet.  Admire him/her.  

(Choose to do this for your “problem” child.  It’s transforming 🙂 )

This works for teens as well as for tots. They might engage you and ask you to join in a game. For these five minutes let them know that you are admiring them and will join them in a few moments. You can even invite them to put on the timer!
Parents who have done this exercise marvel at their children. They are indeed beautifully and wonderfully made!

For more family news, we celebrate 25 years of marriage! (Read about the glue that keeps us together.)

Parenting Tips from Car Connectivity Coders

Last night I pitched my idea at the Car Connectivity Consortium Hackathon prep night.

– 1 minute for

– 1 great idea with

– 1 slide

The goal is to win people to your App development team, to code one awesome App, and to win the contest, get mentoring, enjoy limelight, and get some $$$.

Mirror Link, the CCC Hackathon partner, sponsored this launch evening to introduce its software. Marketers could try out their concept before the real pitch two weeks down the road (yes, pun intended).

You guessed it. The Apps to be developed relate to connected cars.

Yes, you also guessed it. The crowd assembled 200 male car geeks.  Oh, and 5 women…of which I was the eldest by twice the age.

Mirrorlink Hackathon Paris
Mirrorlink Hackathon presentation
Overwhelmed working mom

Up on the stage I trotted wearing my turquoise-polka-dotted dress and fashionable booties to present my car connectivity idea…

…on parenting! (What a marketer, Denise. Bull’s eye for the target group.)

Did you know that during a 16 minute car ride (like for picking up the kids) 21% of the time drivers’ eyes are off the road and on the kids! Mom, Pop, and Tykes, that’s a menace to fellow drivers.

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My App idea helps create smoooooth driving conditions when chauffeuring rambunctious kids in the back seat.

Mom with fighting kids in car

angry_driver

What happened after the pitch? Part of me expected mobs to rush up for an autograph. The more realistic side hoped at least one person remembered what I had said.

The response from a group of coders BOOSTED my confidence. These guys attend a non-conventional school aimed to provide quality computer training to code-passionate folk that did not fit into the rigid, traditional French school system (a.k.a. school was not their friend).

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Coding students

“Interesting idea,” a youth ventured while snuggling his beer. (In Paris most people take the Metro instead of driving.)

“Thanks. (I GRIN) So…does it have potential?”

And these youth who were pushed aside by the traditional society went on to share ways to improve the concept. Not with reference to technical coding tips. They gave me parenting advice!

Considerate. Insightful. Helpful. Solutions.

These took-time-to-find-their-way-in-life outsiders reached out to me, a turquoise-clad-mature-woman-amidst-a-sea-of-testosterone, a definite oddball in the Car Connectivity Coding Crowd. They gave me gifts of feedback to be an even better me.

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I felt so privileged to be with them.

And, we set a rendez-vous for the REAL Hackathon date. Until then, they gave me work to do!

Photos:  Second chance, Hackathon from BeMyApp and BeGeek, Ecole 42