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New Interview: Passport to Parenting

9 Apr

ScottHanley

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Kim DeMarchi and Ann DeWitt of Passport To Parenting and tape a live show on my book, The Dad Connection. Not only did I have a wonderful time meeting with both of them, but it’s always special when you find that someones parenting values align with your own.

Please listen as the ladies at Passport to Parenting and I discuss:

  • Three rules I used when raising my boys
  • The most important thing you can do as a parent
  • The building the bridge metaphor from The Dad Connection
  • Advice for single parents
  • Our personal parenting inspirations
  • How to stay connected to your child, even in the tween years

CLICK HERE to hear our conversation and the full Passport to Parenting show on The Dad Connection.

The Parenting Generational Gap – Part 2

16 Jan

This is part two of the Parenting Generational Gap, in part one I explain how we need to change our mindset from that of child self teaching to that of proper parenting.

This will undoubtedly require a shift in perspective by the parent. He or she will have to accept the fact that they have the where-with-all to get informed and it is their parental responsibility to do it. I’ve been hanging out with some grandparents lately and when we begin discussing their grandchildren this same type of closed and opinionated mindset is expressed. I understand that a significant number of older parents are not as well informed and certainly many of them did not have the unique advantage contemporary parents have with regard to information.

Today you can literally be in a conversation with your child and if you are unsure how to advise him/her then you can google it. Rarely is an intelligent and relevant answer not there. Amazing, simply amazing. Therefore it is no longer excusable to tell our children “You’ll have to figure it out.” or “Nobody told me when I was your age.” It is our responsibility to provide our kids with relevant information, now what they do with it is a different discussion entirely.

The Parenting Generational Gap – Part 1

9 Jan

“Nobody told me how to get friends when I was your age, I just did it”.

“My teacher didn’t tell me how to study for a test, I learned from my mistakes”.

“My parents didn’t tell me how to have a good marriage, I learned it the hard way”.


This is such an closed minded reaction by a parent to their kids. In the past I have heard this many times when talking to parents about their children and what they think their kids deserve. Some older parents actually believe that not knowing because they weren’t taught is okay. This philosophy and the branding of their own parenting style around it is lazy at best and borders on irresponsible at the worst.

We have the wonderful opportunity today to know much more than our parents and our offspring will know much more than us. This is the cycle that should advance, not the tired and overused “I didn’t have it and I turned out okay, so you will be fine too” mentality.  It takes a wish to learn more, to understand better and to provide a different intelligence as the parent. This is a different paradigm than that of many of our previous generations and it should be embraced.

Read more on this topic next Wednesday, January 16th.

The Parenting Generational Gap

9 Jan


A Taste:
We have the wonderful opportunity today to know much more than our parents and our offspring will know much more than us. This is the cycle that should advance, not the tired and overused “I didn’t have it and I turned out okay, so you will be fine too” mentality.  It takes a wish to learn more, to understand better and to provide a different intelligence as the parent. This is a different paradigm than that of many of our previous generations and it should be embraced.

Links:
The Parenting Generational Gap – Part 1 –http://wp.me/pXO5l-k9
The Parenting Generational Gap – Part 2 –http://wp.me/pXO5l-kc

Download “The Dad Connection” for FREE December 6th

4 Dec

I would love to share with you a free copy of my book for a limited time. This week I will be releasing the Kindle version of my book for free on Amazon for 24 hours. Starting Thursday, December 6th at 12:00 AM PST you will be able to download “The Dad Connection” for free.

Below are steps on how to download:

  1. Create an Amazon account (if you already have an Amazon account simply login)
  2. Search for “The Dad Connection” in the Kindle Store on Amazon.
  3. Download “The Dad Connection” and enjoy!


Remember, this will only be available for a limited time on December 6th starting at 12 AM PST for 24-hours. Don’t miss out on this great offer!