My Job

Parenting is One of The Most important Job in The World What do you do? People would ask me. I knew they meant, what was my career or job.  Somehow I had picked up from family or society that unless I was making money I was of little value. Or maybe I was lazy.  Until…

Children Are People

Treating Children and People Alike…With Dignity and Respect Parents, grandparents and educators are delighted, but not surprised, at how well their children respond to the 10 Greatest Gifts tools and concepts. Why aren’t they surprised? Because they know that almost everyone responds well to being treated with dignity, respect and directness. Literally everyone responds well…

Embodying Compassion and Understanding

On Their Level (This piece of information comes from one of the most successful and sought-after child care professionals… ‘Nanny’, in the San Diego Area.) We’ve all been there, whether as a parent or grandparent.  The child is dissatisfied with something and starts to pout…or whine…or scream.  You undoubtedly don’t remember, but you did the…

Integrity Can Grow Out of Tragedy

My perspective has drastically changed since the original Columbine tragedy On this 20th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, I find myself more reflective this year than in past years. I was a junior in high school on April 20, 1999 and on the school newspaper. In the fall of my senior year, we went to…

No Words Required: The Listening Puzzle

I admit it. This seems crazy and a bit of an exaggeration: Researchers say that the average parent spends less than 30 seconds per day deeply listening to their children. Grandparents are somewhat better, but that statistic has got to send a shock wave of disbelief through all of us. Deep listening, the type of…

You Are a Living Text Book: Write it Well

We all have a special distaste for text books, until we find out we are one; our kids read the text book of our lives every day. I just recently became familiar with The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children, and while the example my parents demonstrated when I was growing up probably included…

Press the Record Button: They Are Watching

We all want to give our children and grandchildren great gifts, and I don’t mean the kind we can buy in stores. The gifts I’m talking about can’t be bought for any price in any store. But these gifts are vital to giving our children a joyful and healthy future. Of course, I’m talking about…