Every parent wants to give their child as many advantages in life as possible. Our priority for our children is education. Having worked for many educationally-focused companies, I've had access to some of the best resources around. However, I began to realize that educational toys and classes taught by others weren't necessarily the panacea they were billed to be. I also discovered that many of the best opportunities for broadening my children's interests were free. And with active participation I was able to get to know my children better, which helped fine-tune my approach. I created this website for parents who set high educational standards for their children, to share ideas that will help motivate intellectual curiosity, independence and well-rounded interests.
When my children were babies we engaged in a lot of meaningful play, planting seeds of wonder and nurturing their curiosity. (Read the Early Years blog, "Child's First Teacher"). As they grew older, we became facilitators of experiences that complemented their academic pursuits (Read the School Years blog, "Parents as Coaches"). But what was most important to us wasn't achievement -- it was creating a foundation for the confidence and creativity that would lead them to independently discover their interests, passions and strengths. The world needs more individuals who are prepared to become leaders, innovators and creative problem solvers, and it is my hope that parents like you will be the catalysts for inspiring learning and creativity in your own children.
My children know they need to write the script for their own lives. As parents, we're just here to give them the tools they need to get started. As a family, we love exploring new places and gaining new experiences as we go. Is everything as we planned it? Usually not, and in the spirit of adventure, we always make the best of every moment. Our kids have taught us that, and it keeps us young.