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The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Help Your Child

TONYO MELENDEZ  Writes: When we have children, most of us should know, our time is no longer ours. Before marriage and children, one can come and go as one pleases. If we have had a few years living as an adult, at least we have enjoyed our freedom long enough that giving it up for [...]

The Charles Schulz Philosophy

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read this post straight through, and you’ll get the point. 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. [...]

Are We Waiting for Superman?

TONYO MELENDEZ WRITES: I saw a great movie today. Actually, it’s more than a movie; it’s a document. And more than a document, it is an indictment; a condemnation of the American educational system. This documentary shows us why we have gone from being the best educational system in the world down to the 27th [...]

In Praise of Jacarandas

Tonyo Melendez Writes: This time of the year in Southern California, the Jacarandas are in flower. Streets become purple tunnels formed by these beautiful beings that, silently, give us so much and ask nothing in return. I find them inspiring. They are beautiful all year round in their green uniforms as they watch us drive [...]

Where Do We Learn to Be Parents?

TONYO MELENDEZ WRITES: Where Do We Learn to Be Parents? This is the greatest paradox: The most important job anyone can do; to be a parent, is the one most of us are completely unprepared to do. We don’t do that with any job. We don’t entrust our car to someone who does not know [...]

Generosity of Spirit

Tonyo Melendez writes: Is it within the heart of humankind to be naturally generous? I would like to think so but, I feel the natural process of life works against it. We may be born with generosity, it may be our natural inclination, but because of the natural order, little by little generosity of spirit [...]

The 24-Minute Miracle

Ruben Padilla writes: Whenever Tonyo Melendez and I are about to begin a new relationship with a school, we work very hard to deliver all that we’ve promised.  When a school is interested in our popular parental involvement program, Parenting is MAGIC, we often begin with a free, half-hour presentation to parents that outlines what [...]

How To Build A Strong Family Foundation One Small Nail At A Time

Ruben Padilla writes… It’s always a treat whenever we see a Dad at one of our parent workshops because, sadly, it’s all too rare. Understandably, dads are often at work and unable to attend. Or worse, they’re not active in their childrens’ lives. So when we see a male figure in the classroom, we always [...]

100 Ways to Praise a Child

Ruben Padilla writes: In our Learning is M.A.G.I.C. academic program, we’re amazed at how many times we encounter a child who has gone an entire day without being acknowledged by an adult. For some reason, the teacher may neglect to address them directly. After school, once the child is at home, they can easily get [...]

What Happened to Romantic Heroism?

Tonyo Melendez writes: Once upon a time, parents expected their children to grow up to do great things. But that was once upon a time. Now, it seems to me, as I meet children in schools and classrooms, parents seem to be asking their kids to just get by; stay out of trouble and graduate. [...]