• Four Foundations

    Giving “the Right Stuff”

    Have you ever met a parent who did not what to do the best they possibly could for their children?  Unfortunately, sometimes that beautiful wish gets translated into massive piles of consumer goods.  Stuff.  And it might not be the right stuff.  Our intentions may be good, but over-spending, “over-gifting” behavior can teach our children a number of things we might not want them to learn.  I don’t think, for example, that any parent wants our children to define our love for them by the gifts…

  • Four Foundations

    Lineage on the Path: RIP & Thank You Mr. Seabolt

    In What Kids Need to Succeed:Four Foundations of Adult Achievement we wrote a great deal about the importance of example and discipline in helping children to prepare to successfully navigate adult life. Lots of parents use youth sports to supplement their own efforts to teach discipline.  (Yes…. I think that discipline is a skill set as opposed to ‘punishment.’) I like this post  Lineage on the Path: RIP & Thank You Mr. Seabolt for several reasons: 1) I’ve seen this Sensei share aikido with little kids.…