Who is Barack Obama?

I just came across Twitter profile of Barack Obama (if you don’t like him, it doesn’t matter – start reading this post from at least a neutral perspective). Have you seen it? Did you notice something? Do you know how the (former) most powerful man on this planet refers to himself in the first place? In his eyes, his most important role is not a political one, not related to his country, not related to his power. He is dad. Not even “father”, but exactly that – a dad! In second place he is a husband. President, and citizen come after family. We may be ashamed(?) to show our love and commitment for the family. We may consider it unprofessional(?). But think about it for a moment – does Obama seem “weaker” to you by referring to himself as dad first? Or the contrary? Does he convey the message of[…]

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Meet Sifaan Zavahir – our new blog contributor

This is an honour, a privilege, but first of all great joy to welcome Sifaan Zavahir from Sri Lanka as our new blog contributor  Sifaan is a father (since 2015) who found himself enjoying parenting much more than he expected: instead of a mix of joyful moments and frustrating moments he discovered a mix of joyful moments and challenging learning opportunities. His experiences in corporate development (in leadership and team building) have given him lenses through which to reflect* on his approach in parenting, and those reflections have, in return, led him to critically evaluate some of the paradigms he was using in his work, creating a fascinating, if somewhat roller-coastery, learning journey. As a strong proponent of restorative justice – rather than retributive/ punitive justice – Sifaan wants to not only raise his son without any physical punishments (neither Sifaan nor his wife had been spanked/hit, so this was[…]

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