Cherish your inner child

June 1st is celebrated in many countries as International Children’s Day*. When you are a kid, this means… presents (yay!). When you are a parent, this means… giving presents (yay as well of course!). But don’t stop at being best mom, dad, uncle, aunty, grandparent or a kind neighbour. As an adult also make sure your inner child is cherished. And do it always – June 1st, November 20th, and every single day of the year. Just follow a piece of advice by Special Agent Dale Cooper from the Twin Peaks TV show: […] Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black, coffee. So, what was (or still will be) your present for yourself today? For[…]

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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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Bullying

Bullying is one of the topics we hear about most often in parenting. Recently a wonderful short film has been made called ‘Once Upon A Life’ which tackles the issue from both the bullied and the bully’s perspective. If you want to find out more, see the trailer below: Jack Stewart

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Taking Children Away?

There has been a lot of publicity in the UK about supposed poor or inadequate parents. Unfortunately some of the ‘remedies’ have been draconian and have involved taking children away. One of our book’s great strengths is that David and I don’t agree on everything, and I suspect he wouldn’t agree with me using the term ‘child stealing by the state!’… We concur 100% on the importance of loving, informed and wise parenting, hence our partnership. Taking children from their parents must always be the last, the very last option. And I personally am not now, despite again our having run workshops on coaching, a fan of taking parents out and ‘training’ them. Parental coaching can be learned from reading our book. Coaching your children is a joint project. We never imply what you are doing is flawed. Our starting point is that you are doing it right. You, and[…]

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Getting Hotter in Athens

Anne and I have just come back from 10 days in Athens, where it reached 100 degrees [F] on a couple of days. To say the wonderful Greeks are being challenged is the year’s understatement. What really sticks in my throat is the 50% youth unemployment. If this is a ‘price worth paying’ then those advocating this position need certifying. Given the despair many young people are feeling, who can blame those who are leaving. However, I and many others have a knowing that the Greek people will turn this situation around, so we need all those with talent to stay and re-build the country despite the efforts of those wanting servitude and control. And self-evidently this is a critical time for good parenting… Jack Stewart

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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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