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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 [...]

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. [...]


Tonyo Melendez writes: I have no idea what it is. Do you? Everybody uses the word as if they know what it is. Everybody senses that the word has positive connotations. “He’s got potential!” and “She’s got a lot of potential!” people say. But the truth is that potential is nothing. It’s like talent. “He’s [...]


TONYO MELENDEZ WRITES: Life is a quest to find oneself, It is a quest to find the answer to this question: Why am I in this world? Some, the lucky ones, find this answer early in their lives. Some find the answer much later. And others never find it. This is sad, if not tragic. [...]

The World’s Last Blog about Michael Jackson

RUBEN PADILLA WRITES: A quick check on Google shows that there are currently over two hundred and forty million entries for Michael Jackson on the internet. But before the numbers dwindle to less than two hundred million, I want to add just one more in the form of this blog entry. During the media frenzy [...]