Dear Parents of Young Kids: These ARE The Good Old Days

My twins recently turned three, and I had an epiphany: these ARE the good old days.

If you ever talk to people whose kids are grown now, you know what I mean. Parents whose kids have gone off to college and/or now have their own children will tell you how fast the time flies, and many of them long for the days when their kids snuggled up to them after kissing their boo-boo, or gave them a kiss just because.

Here’s a wonderful article that drives these thoughts home via The Huffington Post written by my blogger friend, Dawn Q Landau, titled, Dreaming Of The Days When My Grown Sons Adored Their “Mommy.”

I’ve also heard some parents describe the experience of having young kids as “long days and short years.” I agree with this, but think it’s not just the years that are short, but the months, too. (more…)

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The Birth of My Premature Twins Was Traumatic, Today They Turned Three

It was December, 2012 and my wife was 6 months pregnant with our twins when we went in for an ultrasound checkup; it was all normal.

Until it wasn’t.

The technician noticed a problem with my son’s placenta and blood flow, which caused him to be under-sized, as he wasn’t getting proper nourishment. If the blood started to flow backward, we would have to immediately deliver both babies, or else my son wouldn’t make it. (more…)

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Here’s What Happens When You Support a Small Business

A good friend of mine posted this article’s feature image on his Facebook page; he recently left a successful career in corporate marketing, and is now an entrepreneur. He posted the following quote along with the photo:

This is so true. I never saw it this way but it is a reality. – Roger G.

As someone who has been on the entrepreneurial grind for about four years now, who has made MANY sacrifices along the way, and is a dad of three year-old twins, this photo resonates deeply with me. There have been so many dark days especially as I’m far from competent when it comes to technology. If someone didn’t help me with Microsoft Dynamics Implementation I dread to think where my business would be right now.

For this post, in addition to the items listed in the feature image, I’m going to list a few other ways supporting small businesses is helpful, and if you own a small business yourself, push on, perhaps get yourself a small business advisor and never stop the entrepreneurial grind for your goals and dreams. There are so many resources out there for a small business to succeed these days. One of the best resources for business owners is to actually apply for a business loan from a reputable bank. A lot of business owners will spend a long time looking for the best bank for small business in florida, or wherever their business is located. This helps them to ensure they can open a business account and also take out a business loan, allowing them to grow successfully. Getting a business bank account is essential for businesses, it allows them to keep their transactions separate from their other expenses. That’s a good resource for new businesses to ensure they have. There are multiple other things that new businesses can also do to ensure they are successful.

And I’d like you to add to this list by leaving additional helpful items in the comments section. I will update this list with all of your input. It would be great to see this list grow to well over 100 items.

To be clear, I ain’t at all mad at the big company CEO for building her third holiday home-more power to her. But people need to know their support of small businesses MATTERS.

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If Your Kids Are Terrible 2, For Treacherous 3s, Better Up Your Liquor Game

I am a dad of two and a half year-old twins. My kids are great. They’re super kewt, smart, and well, they’re my kids, so I love them.

But this Terrible 2 thing is giving me gray hair. Every time I mention the Terrible 2s to a parent, without fail, their reply is something like, “Oh you ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait ’till they turn three; it gets worse!”

In my mind I’m like, seriously?! OMG! What the hell am I gonna do?!

I posted the following comment on Facebook and the hilarity that ensued in the comments inspired this post:

 

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Are Parent Entrepreneurs Superheroes?

I opened the mail the other day and found something that put a HUGE smile on my face. And if you’re a parent and an entrepreneur this story is gonna make you smile, too.

While surfing the internet a few months ago, trying to connect with other dad bloggers, I stumbled across a website owned by Allan Branch, a dad and entrepreneur. The site is Less Accounting, and Allan fancies it as “bookkeeping software for business owners that dislike bookkeeping.” With many people looking to create their own business, they might find that may need help with their bookkeeping. Within a new business, it is not uncommon to find that a business is using someone similar to this Paro part-time CFO to help their bookkeeping. Bookkeeping is associated with all types of businesses, from father corporations to even the smallest businesses such as entrepreneurs, with some looking for nonprofit bookkeeping to help with their accounting and taxes. There are so many different types of bookkeeping and accounting firms that are often used by new business owners, and entrepreneurs as a way to keep track of their finances. Some freelancers and entrepreneurs often prefer to use an online bookkeeping business to help with their accounting as it is often convenient for them. Becoming an entrepreneur can seem a little daunting at first, but thankfully there are resources that can help even the newest parent entrepreneur get on their feet. It can also make you wonder what your children think of you taking on this non-conventional role. Fortunately, parent entrepreneurs like Allan are very much aware of this.

Which made what happened next even more amazing. Allan promised to send me a brochure about being a parent entrepreneur, just for visiting his site. Flash forward a few weeks and I got…THIS. (more…)

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Parent Entrepreneurs: Are You Present During Family Time?

As a tech entrepreneur who is rabid about giving outstanding service to my customers, I struggle to disconnect from work, even when I’m supposed to be spending quality time with my family. So much so, my wife used to constantly be “on me” about putting my phone down to engage with the twins.

I am not proud of this.

I recently spoke with my wife, Ayana, and asked her what she thought about how “present” I am with her and the kids now compared to the last eighteen months.  (more…)

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Is There Life After Death (Of a Startup)?

I’m blessed to be able to wake up every day and chase my dream of making my startup, WeMontage, a household name. As is often the case, the path to realization of this dream has been circuitous, to say the least, and it has taken a toll on family relationships.

Birth and Death

After raising investment capital in 2013, the business ran out of cash last spring and my investors, after giving indications to the contrary, decided at the last-minute to not re-invest in the business. It was a financial disaster for my business. All I could think about was if I could’ve invested in a better business insurance policy to pull me through this, and what I could’ve done to reduce the companies huge loss in money. Because we ran out of cash, my partner quit, and I’ve been mostly alone, grinding, trying to turn things around. It was when I felt truly alone that I regret not being courageous enough to find coaching for small businesses. I let my pride get the better of me and my business failed as a result. (more…)

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