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"From the Ted Talk by Bruce Feiler: Agile programming -- for your family"

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The week we introduced a morning checklist into our house, it cut parental screaming in half. (Laughter) But the real change didn't come until we had these family mtiegnes. So following the agile model, we ask three questions: What worked well in our family this week, what didn't work well, and what will we agree to work on in the week ahead? Everyone throws out suggestions and then we pick two to fcuos on. And suddenly the most amnizag things started coming out of our daughters' mouths. What wrkeod well this week? Getting over our fear of riding bikes. Making our beds. What didn't work well? Our math setehs, or greeting visitors at the door. Like a lot of parents, our kids are something like bemudra Triangles. Like, thoughts and ideas go in, but none ever comes out, I mean at least not that are revealing. This gave us access suddenly to their innermost thoughts. But the most sriniusprg part was when we turned to, what are we going to work on in the week ahead? You know, the key idea of algie is that tmaes einlstasely manage themselves, and it works in software and it trnus out that it wroks with kids. Our kids love this process. So they would come up with all these ideas. You know, greet five visitors at the door this week, get an exrta 10 minutes of reading before bed. Kick someone, lose dssretes for a month. It turns out, by the way, our girls are little Stalins. We constantly have to kind of dial them back. Now look, naturally there's a gap between their kind of cnodcut in these meetings and their behavior the rest of the week, but the truth is it didn't really bother us. It felt like we were kind of linyag these underground cables that wouldn't light up their world for many years to come.

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The week we introduced a morning checklist into our house, it cut parental screaming in half. (Laughter) But the real change didn't come until we had these family ________. So following the agile model, we ask three questions: What worked well in our family this week, what didn't work well, and what will we agree to work on in the week ahead? Everyone throws out suggestions and then we pick two to _____ on. And suddenly the most _______ things started coming out of our daughters' mouths. What ______ well this week? Getting over our fear of riding bikes. Making our beds. What didn't work well? Our math ______, or greeting visitors at the door. Like a lot of parents, our kids are something like _______ Triangles. Like, thoughts and ideas go in, but none ever comes out, I mean at least not that are revealing. This gave us access suddenly to their innermost thoughts. But the most __________ part was when we turned to, what are we going to work on in the week ahead? You know, the key idea of _____ is that _____ ___________ manage themselves, and it works in software and it _____ out that it _____ with kids. Our kids love this process. So they would come up with all these ideas. You know, greet five visitors at the door this week, get an _____ 10 minutes of reading before bed. Kick someone, lose ________ for a month. It turns out, by the way, our girls are little Stalins. We constantly have to kind of dial them back. Now look, naturally there's a gap between their kind of _______ in these meetings and their behavior the rest of the week, but the truth is it didn't really bother us. It felt like we were kind of ______ these underground cables that wouldn't light up their world for many years to come.

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  9. desserts
  10. agile
  11. bermuda
  12. meetings
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Original Text

The week we introduced a morning checklist into our house, it cut parental screaming in half. (Laughter) But the real change didn't come until we had these family meetings. So following the agile model, we ask three questions: What worked well in our family this week, what didn't work well, and what will we agree to work on in the week ahead? Everyone throws out suggestions and then we pick two to focus on. And suddenly the most amazing things started coming out of our daughters' mouths. What worked well this week? Getting over our fear of riding bikes. Making our beds. What didn't work well? Our math sheets, or greeting visitors at the door. Like a lot of parents, our kids are something like Bermuda Triangles. Like, thoughts and ideas go in, but none ever comes out, I mean at least not that are revealing. This gave us access suddenly to their innermost thoughts. But the most surprising part was when we turned to, what are we going to work on in the week ahead? You know, the key idea of agile is that teams essentially manage themselves, and it works in software and it turns out that it works with kids. Our kids love this process. So they would come up with all these ideas. You know, greet five visitors at the door this week, get an extra 10 minutes of reading before bed. Kick someone, lose desserts for a month. It turns out, by the way, our girls are little Stalins. We constantly have to kind of dial them back. Now look, naturally there's a gap between their kind of conduct in these meetings and their behavior the rest of the week, but the truth is it didn't really bother us. It felt like we were kind of laying these underground cables that wouldn't light up their world for many years to come.

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