You Can Be An Influence For Good In The Lives Of The Children You Know...
Anyone who interacts with children on a regular basis, whether as a parent, a grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, neighbor, or friend, can benefit from the foundational principles underlying these interactions. You can be an influence for good in the lives of children simply by understanding why you might want to be more mindful, and why your own history is so important in framing your interactions with children.
Mindful parenting is something we think about and plan for, something we give energy and effort to, and something we value enough to be thoughtful and diligent in.
Authentic parenting is uniquely molded to you in your unique circumstance -- your family situation, your personality, your history, your view of the world around you, and your goals for yourself and your children.
Using my system, you will create you own MAPS for parenting that are unique and useful to you. You can get started today by reading my book "Clams" and starting to document your own stories. As you read "Stacking The Deck", you will ceate your own simple MAPS - Mindful Authentic Parenting Systems.
Although parenting is perhaps the most important thing we do in life, most of us have no training for it. We make hundreds of decisions every day with little or no overall structure to work from. Considering the consequences of the parenting patterns we create, it is astonishing really that we rely solely on our experience as children coupled with what we observe from those around us. Few of us have ever thought about the world we are creating for the children in our lives in any systematic or mindful way.
These patterns that we create in our associations with children live on in their lives and even in the lives of those they eventually parent themselves. Generation after generation, we pay tribute to the things that were done by those before us by doing them ourselves, and those who come after us will do the same.
I invite you to come along with me on a journey that will take you back to your own childhood and the stories you remember from those formative years. From those stories you will create your own mindful, authentic way of interacting with the children in your life now, whether they be young, teens, or adult children.
Amber Franklin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Teacher Education. She has taught science in public school, written science curriculum, and currently trains and mentors science teachers for a national online education company. Additionally, she is a consultant for mothers with infants and toddlers who have difficulty sleeping. She and her husband have four children.
Courtney Porter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with a Math Emphasis. She has taught in high school, and currently mentors and supervises Special Education teachers for a national online academy. She is acutely aware of the support systems that enable students with special needs to be successful. She and her husband are expecting their fourth child this spring. Her expertise helps to guide this work.
Chris is a Senior Loan Officer for a large national mortgage company, and is a bilingual Spanish speaker. He and his wife enjoy being the parents of four rowdy boys and Chris loves all athletics. He is the business advisor for GGW, LLC.
Adam Wilkes is a managing director with The Miles Group, as well as an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Adam's advisory capacity includes corporate structure and mgmt. He and his wife are the parents of four children.
Jim has both practiced law and been married to Glenda for 50 years. That certainly qualifies him as her best and first consultant in all things.
Garrett Wilkes is a practicing attorney in Arizona and is a bilingual Spanish speaker. He serves as General Counsel for GGW, LLC. He and his wife have three young children.
Kendall holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry with a teaching certification. She currently works as a physicist in the defense industry, along with mothering three school age children. She loves to run marathons and is hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim this Fall.
Shyam of Tailor Trends left the corporate world and his training as an accountant to follow his passion, which is artful and appealing web design. He heads the web design and development teams for GGW, LLC.