Juliet is passionately committed to help audiences deepen connections at home. A few of her many teachings on family:
Stop Juggling, Start Savoring
The myth of Work/Life balance centers on an equation. This creates endless rearranging of schedules—seeking the perfect allocation of time. Perceived balance is often forgotten.
We pay attention at work. Work is heavy and potent in memory. At home we lack urgency, and are so tired, so we check out. We can be less present; experiencing time with loved ones like dinner while driving. We remember the burger but not really.
Create more WhiteSpace® at home and the gravitas of each moment with family increases. These rich experiences weigh down the balance scales and give us less crippling guilt and more residual joy as we head off each morning.
You are playing with your kids and your cell phone makes a noise. Every fiber of your being tingles. Fight Pavlov. Don’t move a muscle. Don’t even look over. Try to engage deeply in the activity before you and let the awareness of the pending info fade. Repeat 100,000 times or until habit.
That's Not App-etizing
Do you hear Barry White music when you’re alone with your smart phone? We're falling in love with our devices and need them near us every second. Let's make the family table one exception. As you smell that lasagna come out of the oven say to yourself: For just 30 minutes I will cut the umbilical cord to my lovely-sexy-sparkly-awesome-app-filled handheld device for three reasons.
1. My family craves my present attention as they report the minutia of their day.
2. If my kids don't have tech abstention modeled for them, they'll become teenagers with screens for faces.
3. I must memorize them before they disappear in a blur of beauty.
Child or Trophy?
How does academic excellence hijack our thoughts? Are we cheerleading and tiger-momming our children into a state of exhaustion? Keep in mind The Day After College. One afternoon they'll stand, surrounded by boxes and realize the 16-year ascension is over. What do you want them to care about then?
We often steal the thrill of discovery from younger children by flaunting our mental encyclopedia. Next time they’re figuring something out, abstain from slapping down the "right answer" - Just reply "I wonder...?" You will be running for a pen to capture the marvelous things they dream up.
Digital Run Away
Teens and tweens don't stay plugged in purely out of habit but also as a form of escape - sometimes from US! For one week make an effort to abstain from your most annoying parental behaviors and stay casual, present, and positive. See how many plugs get pulled in the process!