As one door closes

Its hard to believe that after some 10 years Jack and I have decided to pass the Coaching Parent on to a younger, more dynamic individual #gieniusz – Adam Gieniusz in Poland. Perhaps it was meant to be following the translation of the book into Polish, that other possibilities for entrepreneurs might emerge. I met Adam while delivering an Executive & Corporate coaching workshop in Istanbul. From initial interest some 6 months later we have sold and transferred our interests. The work is in good hands though and the spirit of the idea will not only live on – it will thrive. We wish every success to the new owner. Bye for now. #davidmiskimin

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Budgetting with children

As the global recovery struggles to take shape, most of us continue to be careful with our spending. What to do as an activity when there are many competing items a child might enjoy? One of the simplest things is to simply let them be! One of my grandchildren, without any prompting from me, discovered certain sweets can usefully double as rings. What fun was had and lasting for about 20 minutes too. A bonus when that ended was they could also be eaten! David Miskimin

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Available Now – The Coaching Parent Companion!

It’s taken longer than we expected, and thankfully from feedback the wait seems to have been worthwhile in terms of content, quality and value. Our new book The Coaching Parent Companion sits alongside the original and is available now. Simply visit Amazon or your preferred supplier now. Amazon UK (paperback and Kindle edition for UK customers) Amazon USA (Kindle version for non-UK customers and paperback)

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Bizarre weather – not complaining!

Not sure whats happening with the weather – March 26th and 19 degrees C, or about 66 degrees F if you prefer. Either way, sun cream needed as its very unexpected. The ladybirds probably thought so too, coming out in swarms. It reminded me when I was a child that once a year a tree stump in a favourite park in Urmston (Manchester, UK), was covered in hundreds of yellow and black striped caterpillars. It always enthralled me and that’s exactly what these ladybirds have done too. David Miskimin

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Polish edition of the book is called Coaching Rodzicielski

As you will see, the book cover is our newly translated version of The Coaching Parent.  It has been carefully converted and published by Academica in Warszawa, what I as an Englishman know as Warsaw. Doesn’t it look great? The interesting part is that I was approached in Oxford UK, late last year about the willingness for us to allow a translated version, while I was delivering a corporate coaching programme for Noble Manhattan Coaching!  Were we keen – you bet! David Miskimin

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Spring has truly sprung!

This must be one of the best springtime experiences we have had in England for many many years. Extensive sunshine and the blossom on the trees, has been the fullest I can recall. And what a joy it was to take our four grandchildren to Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral (North West England). They had an amazing time frolicking in the blossom, and it was just as much fun for us watching! David Miskimin

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What are you looking forward to?

I was listening to a fascinating conversation on the radio. The DJ asked his nine-year-old caller, who was about to depart for school – “what are you looking forward to about school today?”. The response was immediate and effusive. “My two front teeth came out yesterday and nobody knows – I can’t wait to get to school and show everybody!”.  I thought ‘how wonderful’, and not a moments concern from the caller either. It also reminded me about the importance of looking forward rather than backwards. We can’t change the past, yet we can eagerly anticipate the future, especially if we believe we can influence it by what we do in the present. In The Coaching Parent book we refer to how easy it is to integrate this thinking into coaching. One of the great things with coaching is to create an atmosphere of future expectation. It’s done with the[…]

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Winter snow – Are you loving it or hating it?

In England, we have an ambivalent relationship with snow. We love to see it and it’s fascinating when you’re looking out of the window. As soon as it starts to disrupt our lives and our regular routines, the pushback starts! I wonder if this has something to do with our preoccupation with the weather in this country? To be fair, it does change frequently. It’s also very pocketed. Several parts of the country being completely cut off, others having bright sunshine. And yet, for many of us it brings out our inner child. Don’t you remember snowballing, making slides in the school playground and constructing the ‘best snowman ever’ and sledging? While I myself have hard several client meetings cancelled and in some cases suffered lost revenue, let’s not lose the wonder completely. Why not bring out those creative and adaptive parts of you and just for a moment, allow[…]

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The power of imagination

We gave Aiden, our 6 year old grandson, a Power Rangers book to read when he stayed over recently.  This is the same boy who is unbeatable at Wii ten-pin bowling – I don’t stand a chance.  He also enjoys playing with a cut-down laptop computer, that can’t access the Internet, yet looks as though it could pilot a spaceship to Mars!  Laura my wife and I were amazed at what happened.  The book never left his side, whether at the meal table, sitting on the floor, or when in bed.  He loved it – why though?  Well it had brilliant graphics and on every page asked the reader questions that stirred his imagination.  The clincher though was the cut-out Power Rangers mask.  He transformed when he wore it – which was almost all the time.  This even included trying to go to sleep wearing it! What a wonderful reminder.  As Jack will tell you, I say[…]

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The first post

Hi! I was just thinking about our original book The Coaching Parent. I don’t really know what I expected in terms of where the book might be bought. What has astounded me is that sales have occurred in Sweden, Turkey, Germany, Japan (why not?) and North America. Guess it’s sort of reassuring that the work invested can be discovered! It’s all more important given the imminence of our follow-up work – almost gave the title away then, but then our publisher might kill me… David Miskimin

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