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Cinema Saturday-- The 41 Most Unexpected Cat Jumps of All Time

Why do jumping cats freak us out so much? And why do we laugh so hard at people who are freaking out?

I'm one of those awkward laughers--someone who laughs at inappropriate times, such as when my husband does the splits on an icy sidewalk or when my child runs smack-dab into a doorpost. Unfortunately, compassion is not my go-to emotion. I do eventually find it, but first, I have to rein in the chuckles.

But there is safety in YouTube. I can laugh all I want, and no one will judge.

Enjoy a guilt-free laugh on me.


Role Models for Developing Good Work Ethics in Children

As the years slip by and our time of intense, active parenting draws closer to its inevitable (dreadful!) end, Hubby and I have found ourselves heavily shifting our focus toward developing a good work ethic in our children. Our oldest still has over five years before he begins college, but is it ever too soon to start character-building lessons? Nope. In fact, it should begin as soon as they're old enough to pick up a toy and put it away.

There's a host of tools and methods to teach a child to be a good, honest worker, but what good are those without a goal to strive for?

Remember Daniel, the Hebrew captive made to serve in the Babylonian court? He gives us the perfect example to follow. Check out these verses...

Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithfuland no error or fault was found in him. (Daniel 6:3-4)

Aren't these verses inspiring? 

The roots of our actions are always embedded in our hearts, and Daniel was no exception. He had an "excellent spirit," and he was "faithful." These are deliberate choices he made and had nothing to do with skill or talent, making them qualities we can all strive for, regardless of our IQ.

Daniel's choices made him "distinguished above all." They earned him a place at the head of the kingdom. They obliterated any fault or complaint his enemies might have found in him.

He was faithful, trustworthy, responsible. Three beautiful, perfectly attainable targets.

In addition to biblical examples, flesh-and-blood role models are also helpful. My own parents are tireless workers who strive for excellence in all they do. They instilled the desire to work (and to work efficiently) in all three of their children. I didn't appreciate it as a child, but I do now!

Every time I pray my children will become workers who honor and please God with their labor, I think of my parents and pray that one day my kids will do the same. 

In the meantime, we'll continue to create chore charts, reward jobs well done, and wring our brains to come up with creative consequences for bad attitudes and shirking responsibility. The burden is heavy, but it becomes a bit lighter when we have a goal to strive for and successful models to follow.

Your parents might not be good role models, but surely there is someone in your life you can emulate--a friend, a coworker, another t-ball mom whose child displays good behavior and attitude when asked to work. Watch her, question her, takes notes on how she handles situations as they crop up. You don't have to be her, but you might learn a few things you can use to train your children (and yourself!) to be productive members of society.

Set your goals, aim high, and don't waver. I'm convinced it'll be worth it in the end!


Cinema Saturday, Salsa-Dancing Kids

Holy cow! These kids are amazing! They can't be older than five, and they're dancing so fast it almost looks like they've sped up the film. Too cool.


Cinema Saturday, 5 Awesome Uses for Shaving Cream

Shaving cream on the mirror to keep it from steaming up? This I've gotta try.


Cinema Saturday, 7 Simple Photography Hacks

My photography loving friends will appreciate this one.
I might try some, although you won't catch me smearing Vaseline on the lens!


Cinema Saturday, Americans Try McDonald's for the First Time

How is this even possible? Did they grow up in a bunker?


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