A country can only be as good as the citizens it develops, Calvin Coolidge alluded to that truth when he wrote On a Great Government: “If in a free republic a great government is the product of a great people, they will look to themselves rather than government for success. The destiny, the greatness of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there, and the example of self-sacrifice oft appears, if honor abide there, and high ideals, if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character, America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home in peace, respect, and confidence abroad. If these virtues are absent, there is no power that can supply these blessings. Look well to the hearthstone, therein all hope for America lies.”
Unfortunately, too many are handling over the character development of their children to peers, TV, smart phones, computers, game boys, and schools that are literally prohibited from affirming the values that made this country great. Developing our children’s attitudes, values, and life skills must be one of a parent’s most important jobs. In fact, that responsibility used to be taken very seriously by parents and grandparents alike.
What life lessons did your parents teach you that have served you well? If your parents are like mine, they repeated certain lectures often. They also took time for discussions around the dinner table. Are you doing that in your family?
To meet this critical need, I’ve recently published an eBook — Favorite Family Lectures: Secrets of Life Every Teen Wants to Know!
One reader called it a “Parent/Teen Survival Guide.” Whatever you call it, Favorite Family Lectures features life lessons that surfaced in surveying teens and parents on the life lessons that are most important for young adults to learn. There are short lessons/value statements, timely parent/teen cartoons, and questions to help families discuss the values that matter most on the road to adulthood. After all, sometimes the most important things in life are the hardest to talk about. Whether it’s the keys to the car or the keys to life, this reassuring and insightful book helps parents and teens talk to each other about the tough issues that matter most. Anchored in values, laced with humor, and filled with simple wisdom, this prerequisite for “Life 101″ helps families learn how to talk about:
–Getting high on life not drugs or alcohol.
–How to make and keep money, good friends, and parental trust.
–Choosing your attitude and earning a rock-solid self-confidence.
–Making responsible choices about dating and sex.
–Valuing honesty, a sense of humor, faith and patriotism.
–How studying and hard work helps secure a future you can be proud of.
Here’s what some readers have said:
“This book is an important reminder of the awesome responsibility we have as parents, and Dr. Paulson hits the mark with his timely messages for teens. As a mother of a teenager, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can’t wait to give it to my daughter.” —Jodi Walker, Speaker, Author, and Mother of a very special teenage daughter.
“What I realized in reading Favorite Family Lectures is how few conversations as a family we’ve really had about the principles and life lessons that matter most. It’s a fun and insightful read, but I think every parent ought to have this with them on a family vacation. When you have kids captive in the back seat with time to kill, I could see reading one of the lectures and have a great conversation before it really is a lecture you wish you had shared.” —Robert Tucker, Founder of The Innovation Resource, Author, Speaker, and Father.
“Wow…seldom to you read a book with the wonderful balance of wisdom AND humor! We take this tender/precious/amazing time in our kids lives so seriously, as well we should. Bravo, Dr. Paulson.” —Naomi Rhode, Co-founder of Smart Practice, Speaker, Mother and Grandmother.
If you have a Kindle Reader or the Kindle App on your iPhone. smart phone, or iPad, DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY of Dr. Paulson’s eBook – Favorite Family Lectures – TODAY!
Start initiating meaningful parent/teen conversations tomorrow..
Want more? Here are some KEEPERS this book will help you reinforce with your children or grandchildren:
Make each day a masterpiece * You miss 100% of the shots you never take * Choose optimism earned one obstacle at a time * Difficult challenges reveal your gifts * Get out of your rearview mirror and into today’s choices * Catch yourself being effective daily * Serve—helping others helps yourself * Collect joys by counting your blessings * Trade your complainers for encouragers * Bad things happen-play poor hands well * Claim the truth advantage * Sexual and drug responsibility is your job * Do an exercise you’ll do * Find yourself, know yourself, be yourself * Money-save some, share some, spend some * Live the Golden Rule * Driving drunk risks a date with death…or dad! * Trade watching negative news for making your own * Choose to be happy unless something warrants being unhappy * Use mistakes as course-correction feedback * Stop and smell the choices * Invest your worry time in constructive action * Manners-the lubricating oil of relationships * Disagree without being disagreeable * To have good friends be one * Study hard to secure your future * Build trust-curfews and chores * Cultivate your faith and patriotism * Easy doesn’t do it-practice * Take your life seriously and yourself lightly * Work your gifts
If any of these are worth getting across to the young adults in your hearthstone, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to download this kindle eBook and keep it with you for that next lecture and discussion you are sure to have.
So, if you have a Kindle Reader or Kindle App on your iPad or Smartphone, what are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY of Dr. Paulson’s eBook – Favorite Family Lectures – TODAY! AS A SPECIAL GIFT, you can download your Kindle version free on July 12, July 31, August 1, August 28, and September 26th.
Whatever resource you use, take the responsibility to develop a new generation of Americans we can be proud of.