The Importance of Intentionality

If I’ve learned anything over the years it is that I must be purposeful if I am to be productive. Leaving things to good intentions just isn’t enough. We all know the road that gets paved with those kinds of intentions. Back in the day when we were homeschooling, I learned to tie important activities  [read more] …

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] …