What has happened to communication these days…..we go from this
Landlines at home and you have a answering machine…to beepers to cell phones on the go that have to stay charged and near you at all times…
Simplified word and game processing to worrying about viruses on your operating system from the internet…..
Listening to the same great song over and over every time you start the car….to cleaning a shiny piece of plastic that gets scratched when you play the same song over and over…
Parent teacher conferences in person to email me and I will get back to you…….
Listening to a radio program to watching the first color program to breaking the bank on buying expensive screens to watch TV as a luxury…..
to to this
Big Speaker radios to dance in the club or your house with records playing on the record player to I don’t want to be bothered with your music, so I am putting my headphones on….
Family dinners at 6pm every night where the family talks about their day to people eating alone with their cell phone in hand and distancing themselves from everyone….
to having sex without dating what happened to courting someone and getting to know them…really?
I am talking about communication because I am an old-school soul. I loved living the simple life where kids played outside with their imagination until the street light came on. Now it seems, since technology has taken over every kid growing up now has to have a phone, big television or the latest gaming system to preoccupy their mind from being creative with their time. There are way too many conveniences and it causes alot of anxiety and depression not only for those who are baby-boomers but the teens who are pressured by what they see on you-tube and television programs these days that provide a false sense of reality for them. Being rich doesn’t come from living in Beverly Hills, you have to work for it, having designer clothes are not supposed to make you feel more important than everyone else..you are paying for the name on a plain shirt. Teens and most adults don’t realize these things because of the songs that get sang and the shows that create a false message about how the world really works. People since technology, have decided to communicate through towers instead of face to face. Families are not the same anymore with dinners and conversation, teens are eating in their rooms or worse skipping meals. Communication is a must-have in any relationship from parent to child, husband to wife, sister to brother and friend to friend…we have to get back to the old days when we all knew each other better by sitting our techs down and speaking from the heart.
This clip is from my favorite Christmas movie…when times were simpler.
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We left off last month with starting an Employee of the month winner…which was me, by popular vote, and I was exempt from chores for a whole month. So this month, I got to pick who was Employee of the month based on their performance last month. Last month, we split up into 2 teams, Briana and her dad then Devon and Jr. And the winner was Devon and Brian Jr. for great teamwork when it came to dishes and towels!! On the other side, Briana and her dad…I have no ideal what was going on but, yeah with taking care of our dog Sage and cleaning bathrooms…I’m sure you can figure it out..lol.
So in doing this team experiment, we realized that while having two people in charge of multiple chores and working together..doesn’t always get things done unless you do follow-ups with each other and actually setting schedules. This month, since Jr and Devon won the challenge last month, they are exempt from chores and everyone else has there own individual chores.
Mom-Dishes 🍽/ cleaning bathrooms🚽
Dad-Towels💦 and sweep/mop floors💧
Briana– Taking care of our dog Sage🐶 and vaccuming🏡
Stayed tuned next month to see who wins this challenge voted by Devon and Jr.
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Are Women Really Empowered?
“Women empowerment has indeed done a marvelous job on increasing women’s economic and political capacity.
The 21st Century has seen more women contributing more to a country’s GDP than any other century in the life span of the human race.
Behind the glamour of the empowered 21st Century woman is a lady struggling to define ‘self-worth and dignity’.
I was having a conversation with a friend who is a counselor and it was so devastating to hear that despite being well educated, women are not emotionally empowered. Her clientele’s age-group target is women in their 20’s. In this era where we are told that women need to have their own careers, very few are telling the young women that they need to love themselves first.
The young women are still allowing men to define their dignity. When it gets to a point that a woman can permit anal penetration just to keep a man… There is a problem!
I was seated in a restaurant next to a group of women whose conversations were irresistible since they were loud so I was guilty of eavesdropping. They were discussing a lady whose husband isn’t only violent towards her but also towards the house help. The lady in discussion, has a business but the man controls when she runs it. If he is home after a night-shift and wakes up in the afternoon, she’ll have to close her business to go and attend to him. The domestic violence has affected her ability to run the business hence cannot increase the family’s income because her husband controls her every movement. How low can her esteem be????
Whatever happened to male protection of the female species? It has now become male violation of the female species.
That is just a tip of the ice berg of the question on ‘What was the point of women empowerment if women polished their outside and forgot to take care of what is inside?’
Output is a result of Input. When a woman doesn’t love, respect and invest in her personal growth, everybody around her will experience the anguish.
Let’s face it, a woman’s emotions cause a ripple effect.
Whatever is in a woman’s heart affects her immediate environment.
The very first commandment of women empowerment should have been:
WOMAN…… LOVE THY SELF!”
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So we left off last month with the Smith Family learning a new way to communicate in their family meetings called Zoom. We rejoin the Smiths in their March meeting with topics such as chores, employee of the month, cleaning and helpful tips to save their lives.
Yesterday on Zoom….
We discussed the chore redistribution by having everyone pick a number from 1-5. After this, we had everyone split up into two teams.
We all had to write down prior to the meeting who they thought should be Employee of the Month and why….fold it up into little pieces and put into a box. Sr. was in-charge of revealing the votes. When I announced what the prize would be for the Employee of the Month…there was outrage from the crowd!! Needless to say, a couple people were not happy with the results of the Employee of the Month.
And the winner was…..MOM with 3 votes
*I won the Employee of the Month and I am exempt from chores for a whole month!!*
To end the meeting we have two teams: Briana and her dad will be taking care of Sage and the bathrooms while Devon and Jr. will be doing dishes, towels/sheets, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. We also as the parents did a 15 minute demonstration for the teens.
Brian Sr. showed them what to look for in an oven fire and where to turn off breakers, and second, in case of flooding where the main shut-off is in the front yard and how to properly turn it off.
I showed them how to clean the bathroom properly in 15 minutes.
Until next month….which team will win Employees of the Month?
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Married almost 20 years and have realized that everything needs constant attention!!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the relationships that exist in this world from married, to just dating, great friendships or parents who are so in love with their children as I am. We have to treat every relationship with care and make sure we keep our attention to those we love and cherish for they are who we have when life gets rough and who helps us celebrate our accomplishments.
*Marriage and relationships are like a business and I am not talking about the rich and famous who get together for the benefit of their finances but I am talking about maintaining ( 6 ) good practices day in-day out.*
#1 The Interview– When you go on a job interview, the employer ask questions about you and qualifications, just like when you go on a date. This first date will determine whether there is a second or not…so make a good impression always.
#2 Customer Satisfaction- When you are in business, your customers are the most important for sustaining your business, in a relationship, couples need to know when their needs aren’t being met and what they need to improve on.
#3 Communication- When you are in business, make sure that you are knowledgeable about the products and services you are are selling and where they are coming from, in a relationship, it is important to keep all lines of conversation open to let the partner know where you are in your thoughts and feelings about certain topics. If something bothers you or is offensive and hurts you let them know. This allows for each person to get to know where each other’s placement and views come from.
#4 Quotas- With any successful business, there are deadlines, schedules and maintenance needed to keep the business fresh and new, meanwhile, in a relationship, whether you are abstinent or having intercourse regularly, it is very important to have time set aside for Maintenance needed on both ends. Making plans for date night every week incorporating family events or just some self-reflection time makes for a healthier relationship. It also gives an opportunity for excitement and adrenaline rush like when you know you are about to go on vacation from work. Time is precious-use it wisely.
#5 On-boarding of New Recruits- When in business, employees specialties come into play when it comes to a successful operation. Now, when it comes to relationships-I am not talking about three-somes and freaky stuff-O.M.L. I am talking about friendships with couples alike. Making connections with others like yourself and spending time exchanging stories while having a good time, it helps relationships grow. It is okay to be each other’s best friend at times because being able to laugh with one another is a plus for a healthy union.
#6 The Bottom-line- When you are running a business, there are going to be times of success and failures. Mistakes made in business can be costly, so you have to get together as a team and figure out what is needed to get back on track. In relationships, we are all human and make mistakes and as a team we must communicate, apologize and forgive mistakes. Find out from each other what is needed to do better next time. Open lines of communication keep the relationship and individual changing for the better. Closing the door, leads to heartache and shutdown.
Happy Valentines Day from a wife of almost 20 years married to my best friend who has made mistakes and has learned alot through these practices. May the relationships you share be as fulfilling as mine. Love, LaFrieda and Brian 2019