Children

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation. -Ray L. Wilbur

My children are living poetry. They inspire me. They are a source of constant pleasure and reward. I can hardly say enough good things about parenting.

I have three children, Lionel, Angela and Alexander. Lionel is twenty-four years old, and an absolute joy to be with. His conversation is stimulating, thoughtful, curious. He is full of enthusiasm and inquiry, and our dialog is deep and far-reaching.

Angela is nineteen. She is in college now and has been working at EFT Universe for over a year! She is amazingly sweet, pouring out an endless stream of loving actions all around her. She is also observant and intelligent.

Alexander is ten years old. He is full of energy and curiousity. He loves to play baseball and video games.

We have an incredibly strong family bond. The time when we are together is precious. On the occasional evening, I make a gourmet meal, usually with the kids’ help. We put on soothing classical music, set our gorgeous black marble dining table with elegant black plates, light candles, and sit at the table and share. One of their favorites is Awesome Dawson’s Gumbo; check out the recipe!

Dad and Kids

Dad and Kids, Christmas, 2007

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We Three Kids around June, 2003

Close observation of my children, and reading child rearing books, have taught me many nuggets of wisdom about children. Among them are:1. Rigorously model EXACTLY the behavior you’d like to see from your children. Be consistent in your words and actions with how you’d like them to act.

2. Listen. Drop your body to their level, look them in the eye, and pay close attention to what they say.

3. Be absolutely clear in your communication, using words and concepts appropriate to their age level.

4. Be firm with your boundaries, rules and agreements. Set them, tell them to your kids, and stick with them.

5. Apologize when you’ve said or done something unkind or stupid.

6. Speak courteously and respectfully to all your family members at all times. Show them the respect you’d show your priest or minsiter, your doctor, or your teacher. Expect the same behavior from all family members toward each other.

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Example is not the main thing in life-it is the only thing. -Albert Schweitzer

PumpkinKids

Hilarious Pumpkin Picking with Lionel and Angela, Halloween 2000

Baby-Driving

Alexander Loves Driving. July 2003