Everyone is born with natural strengths, talents, gifts, traits and abilities. For some these “gifts” are more pronounced and obvious, while for others their gifts seem so subtle, so imperceptible that many don’t even notice that they exist. These more stealthy strengths, which operate below consciousness at times, quietly direct our lives, determining our interests and activity selection. They impact our quality of performance and our ability to cut through the challenges of life.Read more
One bright fall afternoon, long ago, at a self-improvement seminar, the speaker presented an overhead slide (that’s how long ago this was) which read:
Catch someone in the act of doing something right.
This simple idea hit my heart. As a young father, it was a message I very much needed to hear – and I knew it. More importantly, it was something I very much needed to do.Read more
You are probably wondering what Financial Health is. Financial health is a process and a destination. It is a holistic concept that recognizes that finances are part of our life journey.Read more
A generation ago, many parents were facing the classic dilemma of what was best for their preschool children. On the one hand, they wanted to give them every advantage, to prepare them for kindergarten, and to be sure they were socially and emotionally well adjusted.Read more
When to worry about your child and how to help!
Self-esteem, a popular construct used to describe an individual’s inner experience, has two parts: how you define yourself, and how you evaluate yourself. It’s easier to evaluate your own experience than someone else’s subjective experience, even your own child. Here are some signs of healthy self-esteem, some examples of when you should be concerned about your child’s self-esteem, and how you can help them develop healthy self-esteem.Read more
- Watching pornography lays down new neoro-pathways in your brain.
- The more you use, the stronger the neoro-connections and the more difficult it is stop.
- That doesn’t mean you can’t stop. You can rebuild those pathways by avoiding pornography and seeking healthy alternatives.
How could I ever forget? My father would tell me stories of the greatness of Winston Churchill and he would end with Churchill’s call, “Never, never, never give up!” To this day, I have that saying on my wall. Churchill was one of my heroes.Read more
Our long term goal as parents is to raise independent, productive adults. We want our children to be able to grow up, move away and function well on their own. Giving children choices develops their internal voice and their decision making process. Kids who know how to make good decisions have fewer problems in life and more successful outcomes.Read more
The problem with “parenting experts” and parenting books is that every kid is different, and general advice often does not work with specific kids!Read more
Like sardines in a can, we crammed ourselves into a shuttle bus and journeyed from the ballpark back to our car. I was quietly grateful my husband and I and our four young children all managed to get a seat; I didn’t think the kids had the energy to stand up for the bus ride (or that I had the energy to hold them).Read more