Starting a blog is not as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, it has taken me over two years to write this, my first post. By my math that is less then one word per day. Hopefully I can improve on that pace. I hope it wont be two years until the next post.

Why did it take so long?

Hey, it’s hard to put yourself out there for ridicule and judgment. Things like admitting that I can’t buy extra virgin olive oil at the grocery store because it reminds me too much about high school, and other potentially embarrassing things are hard to say in a public forum. I think that many people struggle with the same issues on a daily basis, at work, at home or in some social situations. I want to try and overcome these obstacles, and try to set an example for my children to follow their passions. After all, I am frequently telling my children to not be afraid of trying something new, perhaps I should follow my own advice.

With this blog, I want people to think about their own status quo and evaluate their own beliefs, thoughts, and goals about parenting and the education of our children. I plan to dive into topics that a lot of us may have questions on. What can I do if my child talks back to me? Homework vs. no homework? Are schools able to meet the needs of a changing society? I will try to pass on some the tremendous amounts of resource material that I have encountered for raising and educating children.

6 years ago, my life changed so significantly, that it forced me to evaluate ideas that I had previously believed, and also to change my goals in life. 6 Years ago I became a father of a wonderful boy.

As it turns out, parenting is hard. Who would have thought that? My parents had it so easy it seemed. Could there have been any better kids than my two brothers and I? And then, to make matters tougher, 2 years later, we went ahead and had a wonderful little girl. That was enough punishment for us.

I say “punishment” half in jest, half not. Most parents can relate to this on a substantial level. It is both the most rewarding and frustrating job I have entertained in my entire adult life. And for some of you kind enough to read this, I’m sure those feelings are ones that happen fairly frequently. Now that my kids are entering the school system, I want to ensure that they are receiving adequate knowledge, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and creativity to be happy productive members of our society. Are the adults of our future going to be creative and resilient enough to tackle new problems in the future, problems that do not even exist in our existing realm of knowledge?

I am not writing this as a recipe for “good” kids or to criticize parenting skills. We are all doing our absolute best as parents to raise our kids and help them toward a quality education and to help them become quality people. Nor do I believe there is a one size fits all approach to parenting. There can be many ways to get our children to a successful adulthood. My goal is to put forth some ideas on parenting, education and politics that may be different than what is happening in the “mainstream”. You may choose to disagree with me or with the content, and I am ok with that. I hope to generate discussion and healthy debate amongst us, so that we may learn from each other. I ask that you keep an open mind and open yourself up to new ideas and thoughts. I will do the same. I am reminded of a quote from Malcolm Gladwell,

“I sort of feel that’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

Look at what your beliefs are and challenge them with alternative views, and see if they hold up to your own scrutiny.

Coming next – Parenting – How to control your kid

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