When Was the Last Time You Held a Baby?

HeldaBaby Have you ever noticed that pessimistic and depressed people avoid babies? I’m sure there are exceptions to this statement, but on the whole, I think it’s accurate. Dark, gloomy minds shy away from babies. I think there’s something to learn from this. Here’s another thought: There is a psychological need to be around small children. In The Breaking Dawn, I included a short passage about this: What the lords of …

14 Words to Teach Your Children… If You’re Honest

TeachYourChildren Imagine a pretty spring day, you’re standing on your front porch or some other pleasant vantage point and looking out at a sunlit landscape: trees, grass, and singing birds. Then your five-year-old child or grandchild walks up to you and tugs on your hand to get your attention. You turn and the child asks, “What kind of world is this?” What do you reply? This innocent child deserves the truth. …

Toddlers Know the Truth… Until They’re Talked out of It

toddlers I’m hardly the first person to recognize that basic truths are more easily grasped by the young and the uneducated. For example, here’s a passage from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to Peter Carr in 1787: State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules. …

Embracing Adventure and Danger

children One of the worst things that has been done to children over the past generation or two has been insulating them from anything that could possibly have any danger attached. Parents keeping their children under permanent watch has become “what people do.” And it’s a BIG mistake. I know why the parents have done this, of course – we live in a fear-based culture, and it has rubbed off on …