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The Slacker's Guide To Success -- In Conclusion

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So you went from being a slacker with unrealized potential to a mover and shaker in the world in 13 steps. Or more likely, you just read all the blog versions of the whole book (without skipping over too much, I hope) and you are wondering a bunch of questions. I will answer the questions first and then get to the ones who have gone through the 13 steps.

Dispatches From Down East: Why I Don't Mind Being The Screamer

Lori Gard | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

With the kids, my husband is the sensitive one. While I am the screamer, he is the voice of reason. I almost felt inadequate when he told me his approach. But then I remembered: who I am is enough too. I don't have to change who I am, I just have to channel the qualities that make me who I am in the right direction.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step 13: Helping Others Helps You

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Most people feel something missing in their lives. So, how do we bring meaning into our lives? How do we begin to feel truly alive? Do something crazy! Help someone else. Choose to make one small positive change in the world. When we start thinking about helping others, we raise not only their hopes but our own heart vibrations. Our hearts rise up beyond the petty slights and missteps of daily life and begin to focus on a bigger picture.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Twelve: Living a Full Life

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

When you are mindful of your daily life, your life is one of being present. Of really living and not just killing time to go virtual. Learning to care and to matter may be one of the greatest commodities in the age of ideas because then your work, play, study and relationship times become chances to experience, feel, think and grow. Live each day like it was the only one you have. Care about people and learn from everything.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eleven: The Good Thing About Addictions

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The young clients I work with tend to be addicted to: video gaming, magic cards, junk food and/or cannabis. Many would say that their addictions seem to provide a level of comfort -- a buffer from an unsafe world. Having an addictive nature means that you have a passionate nature. So, how do you take these passions and make them become something generative?

Savvy Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.04.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

There may be a screen between your family and the online world, but that doesn't mean everyone is protected. When it comes to the web, there are online screen names, cell phone use and GPS to consider. Make sure the kids are safe and secure online with these Internet Safety Tips.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Ten: From Crud to Cred

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So here you are, taking another stab at "making it" in life. Your parents are cautiously optimistic.You are non-committal. Your dog still thinks you're amazing (but he likes Yanni). It should go well. You're older. You've had a few "challenges" under you belt and you've survived. You're not on the street or in a cult or both. Then why so nervous?

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Nine: Feeling Safe "Out There"

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

In a positive stage of your life, you're meeting with people who will accept you for following your purpose and sharing the qualities of passion and striving that you have in common. Each positive action builds upon itself. Each setback becomes merely a minor bump on the road you are travelling on and everything leads you towards your bliss. You may just find yourself unboxed and free for the very first time!

School Started! How to Not Lose Your Marbles...

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Jonathan Hewitt

As you and your children settle into the new school year with new schedules and new activities, it can all be quite overwhelming. Your role as family manager has just stepped into high gear -- planning, organizing, directing, monitoring, and motivating are in the forefront as you help your children adjust to everything this school year brings. So how can you get everything done and not lose your marbles?

Not So Savvy: What Not to Say to Another Mom

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Some moms on the playground just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Don't get caught saying the wrong thing in the schoolyard this year by adhering to these Things Not to Say to Another Mom.

Why This Mom Went on Strike

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

My boys were keeping score over everything and it drove me crazy. I was officially on strike. This meant I would be doing nothing. If they wanted food, they would have to prepare it, if they needed clean clothes, they would have to wash them. If they needed something at the store, they would have to walk to the store to get it. They would put themselves to bed. There would be no fun outings until the strike was over.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eight: Doing It In The Real World

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

You can study, you can practice, you can philosophize all you want, it means diddly until you test it out there in the "real world." Now comes the next step for a young adult searching to find their success in life: putting three toes in the water. If you get three straight failures, remember Edison took 10,000 wrong tries to find the right filament, creating the incandescent bulb.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Seven: Being Your Best

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

What would you do? How would you be? How would you go about it? Who would you seek out? What if it wasn't what you thought it would be? How would you know when you'd arrived? Be careful for what you wish for. I am going to give you the keys to make whatever you want happen as long as it is for the benefit of all who are touched by your choices.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Six: How to Beat Your Time Stealer

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Now meet your greatest challenger: the time-stealer. He (or she) is fun, charming, great to be with, someone you are happy to do things with, gets all your jokes, just all around great to kill time with. Yes, the time-stealer is a time-killer. You never get it back, and yet, you value the time spent with them.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Five: Hobbies and Volunteering

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If you were to ask a young person in their teens or 20s where they really love being, most would shout out in unison: "I really love my room!" The following exercise is to help create portable "boxes of safety" in the real world.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Four: Generativity

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

We need to own what we do. The truth is that it is the things we do just for ourselves, things that we do on a daily basis, things we do when we are inspired but also when we are sick of doing them that builds character and creates something I call Generativity -- the things that one does that improve the quality of life in any way, moment by moment.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Three: Breaking the Negative Thought Cycle

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

At some point in our childhood, we have had some negative incidents happen to us that have caused us to be self-limiting. These become tapes playing in our heads so often that we don't even notice what they say anymore but they effect every decision we make. Here is an example of changing the loops:

The Slacker's Guide to Success -- Step Two: Choosing a Mentor

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Impact
Ken Rabow

Historically, the act of apprenticeship began when a person reached somewhere between the ages of 10 and 15. However, that practice changed rapidly with the inclusion of child labor laws and free education for children -- both great movements but both came at the cost of the influence of experiencing a one-on-one mentor; someone to influence the success of a person in their adolescent years. The following is a guide to finding the proper mentor for an individual student.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step One: Strengths & Challenges

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Success starts with looking at the strengths and challenges in our daily life. Through these challenges, we can understand the patterns that we keep repeating and the self-limiting tapes running in our sub-conscious. Our strengths can inspire us to rise over these repeating patterns and tapes, leading us to a richer life. I invite you to try these exercises for a happier, fulfilling life.

Your Kid's First Day Of School: What New Parents Need To Know

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's August, so inevitably just about everything, at every turn, is back to school-related. But some of us aren't sending our kids back to school -- we're sending them off to school for the first time. My first-born -- my baby boy who's actually four-years-old and no longer resembles a baby in any way except in my mind -- starts junior kindergarten in less than a month. We are so not ready.

Transforming Children Who Self-Sabotage Towards Success

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

There is a group of roughly 20 per cent of our youth who are doing great in school, in relationships and in their lifestyles but for the majority of the young people today, self-sabotage is the daily practice. What are the stumbling blocks that have some many young people today choosing to derail everything that they are given instead of testing their mettle and what are the remedies?

Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It's easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer to? "How do I help my child unfold to be their very best in today's world?"

Inpiring Your Children to A Successful LIfe

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Just imagine... A happy, successful, life where playtime is as fulfilling as work-time. Relationships become opportunities for joy, sharing and lots of close, meaningful contact that is mutually satisfying. But seriously, we're talking about a full life for teens and young adults. Let's face it, the teenage years are not easy and they're not drama-free. Basically a lot about them suck.

Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.

Happy Father's Day, Mr. Mom

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

Don't let popular myths sway you. Your child doesn't care if you are male or female, so long as you are there to provide food and comfort and protection. Everything else is just learning and, believe me guys, women don't have some secret users-manual for children. Just like us, women start off in the dark and learn as they go, on their own and from family and friends.