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Welcome mistakes, be friendly with error

Welcome mistakes, be friendly with error

“Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment,” read the sign in the gift shop.   The sign reminded me of what I’ve learned about errors:  since mistakes…

Do you know who your children are?

Do you know who your children are?

Summer nights right before the news there was a public service announcement: It’s 10 o’clock, do you know where your children are? What I’d like to hear today is this: …

Walk your talk

Walk your talk

Our children are inundated with demands from the adults in their lives. At times all those words may sound like a never-ending torrent. I’m reminded of a YouTube video that…

Think before you talk

Think before you talk

“You throw that ball and you’re grounded for a month.” “You talk back one more time and I’ll give your bicycle away.” “You don’t eat your peas, you won’t be…

An iron hand in a velvet glove

An iron hand in a velvet glove

Oh, what challenges we have as parents trying to find the right fit for our parenting style.  If we come down too strong on an issue, we think perhaps our…

As parents, do we lead or manage our children?

As parents, do we lead or manage our children?

Final installment in a 10-part series on Parents as leaders. As parents we lead and manage our children.  If we lead without adequate management skills, logistical problems arise. If we…

Leaders lead

Leaders lead

Part 9 of Maren Schmidt’s 10 part series on Parents as Leaders Effective leaders empower the whole person to do the whole job of self-leadership and management.  Epictetus said it…

Leaders are committed

Leaders are committed

Part 8 in a 10 part series on Parents as Leaders Peter Drucker, one of the greatest management minds of our time, wrote that with a few hundred years perspective,…

Leaders have imagination

Leaders have imagination

Part 7 in the 10-part series on Parents as Leaders Being an effective leader requires immense imagination.  As leaders we must envision the person who is not yet there; the…

Leaders have spirit

Leaders have spirit

Part 6 in a 10-part series on Parents as Leaders One definition of spirit is “a particular mood or emotional state characterized by vigor and animation.” As leaders we need…