Careful Cultivation

Autumn is the fallow season for wheat farmers in our part of the country. It is common this time of year to see tractors slowly plowing back and forth across vast fields. Rather than planting something, they are removing something. By killing weeds and volunteer vegetation, this practice conserves moisture for the important planting to  [read more] …

Watching for the Spark

It is a tough thing being a parent. Those of us who take our responsibility seriously are ever alert, always researching, constantly thinking about the future to figure out what we need to do today. We can unwittingly use our own experiences in extracurricular activities as a model of what would be best for our  [read more] …

The Bedrock of Self-Concept

Every person has an image of himself or herself that has been forged by experience and how they see themselves in the eyes of others. Over years, we add layer upon layer of words we use to describe ourselves and grow comfortable with our place in the scheme of things. This persona is vitally important  [read more] …

The Quality All Parents Need

Mom with her pre teen daughter hugging, positive feelings, good relations.

After working with kids for over three decades and observing good parents for even longer, I’ve come to the decision that raw intelligence of the parent is not the key factor in raising great kids. Neither is it location, opportunity, or money. They can certainly be nice additions if other important aspects are in place,  [read more] …

Letting Go

Indian mother and three children enjoying family picnic in park on sunny day

As a young mother, I often wished I could see into the future. It would have been so much easier to know ahead of time who my children would become, what path I should encourage them to take, what things would go bad. I longed for someone with experience show me a clear route to  [read more] …