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There is no job more important than parenting.

Last year at this time I was listening to the 50 best "This I Believe" segments. Albert Einstein did one. So did a lot of different people from all walks of life. One of the most moving to me as a parent was this one by Ben Carson, who was running for president last year. (Who is now wishing he had made it further for this election?) His personal story brought tears to my eyes, and should bolster the self-confidence of all caretakers–those of us who do the unpaid work that keeps families, fed, healthy and nurtured.

Audio: There is no job more important than parenting.
Transcript: "There is no job more important than parenting."
-Dr. Ben Carson, past candidate for President of the United States of America

You could check them out at the library on disc. That’s what I did.

Perfect listening in the car with kids
I had my kids listen to "Be Cool to the Pizza Delivery Dude." I hope to share more of them as they grow up.

They were all recorded by the person who wrote his or her personal essay. (Einstein’s was lost, so it was re-read by an NPR personality.)

You can also get them on a zip drive from NPR.

Failure is an option

Hey, guys, after you watch this Video (1.5 minute), are you going to high-five your kid on his next failure? ¬†How about yourself–what can we high five ourselves on today, that we are failing at RIGHT NOW??
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Develop Wisdom for Parenting Teens

I will tell you what’s in this article, because it prints out into 9 pages of solid text. Yes, it’s a good read if you need a parenting tune-up.



  • not just what parents think but how they think through their solutions to parenting dilemmas
  • wise parenting involves a constellation of skills, mindsets, and habits that can be practiced.
  • Insight into three parenting scenarios answered by three different mothers who scored highest “wisdom scores” in the study.

“More specifically, the study found that wise parenting involves 9 dimensions that make up the process of how parents think through, deliberate about, and solve parenting dilemmas. They are defined below and ideas for practice within each dimension are offered. Even though there may be no particular order in which these dimensions arise in real time, in practice it may make sense to begin with reflection and conclude with integrative thinking. Parents may benefit most from practicing practical wisdom with some type of parenting community of reflective practice, which could consist of just a significant other or other parents.”