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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

One of the most Loving Words you can Say to a Child

RUBEN PADILLA writes… A few weeks ago my six-year old son was hitting a baseball in the front yard with his grandfather and out of nowhere asked the following question. “Grandpa, do you care about me?” My dad was stunned, and replied, “Of course! I love you very much!” “I know you love me,” my [...]

“Where To Start?”

The following is a letter posted on the Huffington Post in response to a powerful article written by Kamala Lopez.  (Click on her name to read the original article.) TONYO MELENDEZ WRITES: “Dear Kamala, Where to start? The problem you describe so well is extremely complex. I have been involved in it for twelve years. [...]