Always Another Chance!  

 
                              - Top Tips For Parents



           Issue #7   December 20, 2005

Always Another Chance! is published by Frank McGinty for
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In This Edition

1. Editorial
2. Feature Article:  The Wooden Bowl
3. Think About It!
4. General & Unsubscribe Info



1. Editorial

Greetings,

Well, we're right into the holiday season - and if you're
anything like me you don't want to be reading lots of
'heavy' email messages right now!

So this edition will be short and sweet.

It gives me a chance to thank each of you for your support
in 2005, and to wish you the compliments of the season.

May 2006 bring you happiness and all the success (parenting
and otherwise) you could wish for!

I just said I wouldn't burden you with lots of reading  -
so here's a short article I know will stay with you for a
long time.  There seems to be some doubt about who wrote it,
but it's highly appropriate for the Season of Goodwill.

AND it teaches us that as parents we can often learn from
our kids!

Enjoy it, and have a great time with your families.

Frank
http://www.frank-mcginty.com/for-parents.html

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2. Feature Article

The Wooden Bowl

You'll remember this tale for a long, long time.
 
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law,
and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled,
his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

At first the family ate together at the table.
 
But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight
made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his fork onto the
floor. When he grasped a glass to drink, milk spilled all
over the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
"We must do something about Grandfather," he commented one
night to his wife. "I've had enough of his spilled milk,
noisy eating, and food all over the floor."
 
So the next night the wife set a small table in the corner.
There Grandfather sat alone, while the rest of the family
enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two,
she served his food in a wooden bowl.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence, and he alone
noticed the tears in the old man's eyes.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son
playing with wood scraps on the kitchen floor. He asked his
son, "What are you making?"
 
"Oh Daddy," the boy chirped, "I'm making a little bowl for
you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-
year-old smiled and went back to work.
 
The child's words struck the parents dumb. Though no word
was spoken, both knew what must be done.
 
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently
led him back to the family table.

For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the
family. And from that evening forward no one seemed to care
any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the
tablecloth soiled.

People will forget what you said ... people will forget what
you did ... but people will never forget how you made them
feel.




3. Think About It!

Be a good human being, a warm-hearted affectionate person.
Having a sense of caring, a feeling of compassion will bring
happiness and peace of mind to oneself and automatically
create a positive atmosphere.
--- Dalai Lama 1935


Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and
despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.
--- Kahlil Gibran 1883




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