Acting with Wisdom

While I was out at a shopping mall recently, I saw a young mother tell her four-year-old, “You’re acting like a child.” I wanted to say, “Excuse me, your child is a child,” As a father, I can understand her perspective. Parenting would be so much easier if children acted less like children.


Love People, Use Things

It’s that time of year. The season to give and get stuff. My mailbox overflows with catalogs on what to buy and how to be happy. When I was young, all I needed to be happy was a Hot Wheels set. Then all would be well. Then I would be satisfied. When I got the Hot Wheels deluxe set, I was satisfied – for about three hours.READ MORE


Happy Holidays from Youth Frontiers!

It’s been a great year at Youth Frontiers! We’ve reached tens of thousands of students and educators with our messages of kindness, courage, responsibility and respect. Thanks to all of our supporters who have championed Youth Frontiers’ mission of building positive school communities where students can thrive socially, emotionally and academically. We couldn’t do it without you.

Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!



Teaching Self-Discipline

Happy New Year! According to research, 40 percent of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions. This year with my family, we’ve each chosen a word that we want to define 2015. For me, that word is “focus.” I want to invest more in less – to go deeper, rather than wider. I do think that making resolutions is a great practice – at any time of the year – if there are things you want to do better or do differently. If you want to make a change in your life, it takes resolve and it takes discipline. Self-discipline does not come easy to everyone. Instead, it is a skill that can and should be taught and encouraged from an early age. READ MORE


Less is the New More

A parent recently told me a story about growing up in a big family in South Dakota in the 1970s. She was one of six kids and while she never lived in poverty, she also wasn’t rolling in toys and new clothes. Today she struggles with the abundance of stuff with raising her daughter. READ MORE