Manipulation & the art of raising kids who love what you do
Values: The best tool for navigating a joyful life
“Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity.”
As a teacher I learned that while manipulation is a maligned tactic it is useful. I might go so far as to say it is an essential tool.
Adventure & Holding a Space for Our Children Pt3
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
Sinek makes his claim in the classic and popular TEDx talk based on the book Start with Why. While he was focusing on advertising, the Golden Circle, is a pretty universal truth. Not only is it a useful concept when selling something, it is a real gem when encouraging or persuading anyone to give something a try.
Adventure & Holding a Space for our Children Part 2
Cai is a little different from his classmates. It is very evident when we are skiing. Skiing is something a lot of people do in Colorado, but the only young kids we see in the backcountry tend to be ones who come with us. Why is this a distinction? When you ski in the backcountry you are much less able to predict the conditions.
Adventure & Holding a Space for our Children: Part 1
After last weeks article, we know that adventure is the feeling you gain from an uncertain outcome. We also know why adventure is important. The question becomes how do we incorporate it into raising our children. The fantastic part is that in most instances it will happen naturally when we get out of our own way. Here are seven tactics we used.
Cognitive Dissonance: The Best Teaching Tool?
Picture this, your once young child is leaving for college. You swell with pride as you watch them go. This transition towards independence was both satisfying and easy. When you look at your offspring you see an accomplished and beautiful being.
Thoughts inspired by a hut trip: 10 ideas to steer us in the right direction
Cognitive dissonance. You know that feeling when a deeply seated belief you hold is shattered by new evidence?
Foundations & children who love what you do.
This was originally posted in www.wilrickards.wordpress.com 3.14.2012
Last week I went on a hut trip, something I love and used to do fairly often, yet I easily find excuses not to now that I am a husband and father. Do you know what I am talking about all you parents out there? So here is what I was reminded while nestled in a cabin in the mountains.
Teaching Balance and Rhythm
Strong foundations are an important strategy in developing anything worthwhile.
Standing on the top of Mt Audubon I was struck by the boys’ smiles. I had dreamed of and prepared for this moment for years.
Gratitude and ritual: A panacea for our time
My bicycle meditations brought me to the realization that there is a pulse beating through most of our existence. The sun comes up and goes down. Our blood courses through our body. There is birth and there is decay. It is all one big complex rhythm.
Science now shows us this airy concept is founded in neural connections and chemical reactions in neurotransmitters. The fields of brain based teaching and positive psychology were eye openers for me. Due to a predisposition towards melancholy I was excited to come across a positive psychology intervention called the three blessings.