Tag Archives: quality

Speaking Event Feb. 22nd, What It Means To Build A Relationship

13 Feb

Who:
Open to the Public, $12 registration fee

When:
February 22nd @ 7:00pm

Where:
New Renaissance Bookstore, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97210

What:
In the mid-1980s, Scott was a single father committed to raising his energetic young boys while managing a career as a building contractor and a spiritual practitioner, using meditation to stay grounded. To help process the often overwhelming crash course he was on as a parent, he began recording thoughts about his kids on a simple voice recorder kept in his truck. Those reflections ultimately evolved into his tale of fatherhood and developed into the book, The Dad Connection. Scott found that his parenting style often contradicted famed parenting experts. He believes that most relationships can deepen and grow more meaningful when approached with a specific intent to build something great. During this event Scott Hanley will be talking about what it means to “build” a relationship, especially with our children.

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Strive To Be The Best Dad

6 Feb

Continued from last week’s discussion on settling as a mediocre parent versus becoming a great parent.

I heard a TED talk by a man who was speaking about what he learned from his experience with a near fatal airplane crash. It was a relatively short talk for TED but impactful. In summary this very successful businessman said he learned, as his plane was minutes from crashing into the water, that he wanted to finish his bucket list; to be nicer to people, to love his family and friends more, and to fix his messes with loved ones. To his surprise in those brief moments another priority rose to the surface of what he believed to be his last thoughts. It was be a great dad, all else second. Why was taking care of his children all of a sudden the single most important thing? He didn’t give a reason he just said it had risen to the top of his life’s priorities.

How many times have we heard someone say “I wish I had spent more time with my kids” or “I hope I will be a better grandparent than I was a parent”? Perhaps you’ve even heard, “I wish I knew then what I know now, I would have been a better dad”. It goes on and on. The point is, we don’t have to wait until we are too old to have more kids, or after we have succeeded in accomplishing a successful material life, or after a near death experience.

It is in our genetic nature to care, we just have to let our natural instincts work and commit. Although this is not easy in our competitive culture, we must remove the layers of worry, fear, and apprehension, and connect to the basic and nature of our core life process- to care for our offspring. It is our first responsibility. So it is not enough to be the best dad you can be, it is simply to be the best dad period. Read, look, feel and commit. Life can be long or life can be short.

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Scott’s Speaking Event: New Renaissance Bookstore

5 Feb

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!