I must say that I am a bit surprised by the comments I received from folks who read my article this past week (Homeless vs. Immigrant . . . It Shouldn’t Be This Way). The sentiment seems to be similar to mine in that many people are not anti-anything but rather pro taking care of our own before we extend our Canadian values and support to others. A few said that if this is who we are and what we do then who will care for those of us (meaning homeless Canadians) who need help as well?
Thanks to those who took the time to read my article and many thanks to those who took the time to let me know what and how they were thinking and feeling as well–Jim.
” A Man’s Work Is Never Done . . . ” in a new format
I am in the midst of creating a new program based on my latest book called “A Man’s Work Is Never Done . . . A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons”. I’ll use this Newsletter, Facebook, Linked-in and Twitter to let people know when it is ready to go. People will be able to purchase it through my web site–jimcloughley.com . It is based on 6 individual 50 minute podcasts which I did with Dr. Anne Marie Evers over the last month. We discussed an introduction to the program, topics such as dealing with the challenges of a young man as he transitions from boyhood to manhood, solutions for single moms and dads who struggle with their relationships with their children and will finish with a summary of the over all program and how to utilize the learning points contained within the story line.
Rumor has it that Santa is coming–got shopping to do?
Books are a great gift to give because they aren’t seasonal, they continue to give long after the holiday is passed and the are re-usable. You can even re-gift them to your friends. I still have a few copies of ‘A Man’s Work Is Never Done: A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons’ OR ‘Managing Me . . . 8 Keys To More Passion & Inner Peace’ available. You can purchase them through my web site at jimcloughley.com or by connecting with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weeks parenting tip: Be a father not a dictator
One of the toughest thing for parents-fathers in this case–to do is to recognize the difference between being a parent-a father-and being a dictator. Kids don’t want to be told what to do and how to do it all the time. They don’t want to have their ability to think for themselves constantly disregarded either. Our way is not always the right way for our children but if we are too busy trying to protect them by making their every choice for them and ordering them around to keep them safe or mistake free they are sure to rebel. They want a chance to show us what they know. Give it to them.
My music video for this week
This is by Chris Rea who is, in my mind anyway, one of the best musical artists of the last twenty years. He combines story telling with jazz and a great latino beat and uses photography like few others I have seen. I have chosen this video which combines the lyrics so that after you have played it a few times you can sing along–its fun-trust me–Enjoy–JIm
Anyways, that’s all I got for this week. Connect with me by e-mail if you like or have any comments. You can get me at jimcloughley.com (contact page) OR email@example.com