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Excellent article you two or was sit created by all 4 of the Eckerts?

Great to see you 3 in New Zealand.

Bob Eckert

Welcome to all of the readers who arrived here by way of Scouts for Equality and other Scouting related groups. Together, we are making a tremendously positive difference for our kids via this program.

Bob & Sheila

This weekend, Luke and Bob will be facilitating the strategic planning session for the Adirondack District of BSA, using CPS. http://innovationblogsite.typepad.com/newandimprovedinnovation/2014/10/creative-problem-solving-how-to-do-it-how-it-works.html

Sheila and Hannah will be training Elves in preparation for the upcoming Joy of Giving party. https://www.facebook.com/JOYofgivingADK?ref=bookmarks

Perhaps, one outgrowth of all of the strategies we used in raising these two is that, while fiercely independent thinkers, they have become our friends and colleagues. As such, we get to spend some great time doing good things for the world with them. A bonus we had no reason to expect we would be gifted with.

Chuck Dymer

I'm going to email this article to my nieces and nephews who are in "next-generation generation mode." This article is a terrific, thought-provoking, thanksgiving gift. Thank you. My wife Katie and I don't have children, so our parenting was flawless. We could have used these tips with our nieces and nephews, however. Be assured we'll use them with our great nieces and nephews. And "we'll be great at that."

Bob & Sheila

Organizations that support their employees to do this will grow value through innovation and efficiency. It is impossible for a person to improve their child's creativity & resilience skills without working on their own creativity and emotional intelligence. Data shows that improving these dimensions in employees leads to new value creation. Therefore, it is in any organization's best interest to actively support its employees to parent in this way.

Bruce Fern

GREAT piece. I am waiting for the book!

Bruce Fern

Bob & Sheila

@JV: You ask for some depth on the question of "Teach them to be parents" I agree there is more to share for clarity.
To tease a more complete answer that I'll write up midweek, one aspect of this mental move is that it precipitates a different set of conversations. In age appropriate ways, you'll be more likely to talk about the internal challenges you're having about best parenting strategies. You might also have different conversations about the parenting of others that your kid is exposed to. You'll be more likely to describe how you are negotiating various parenting polarities: freedom/protection; sharing/privacy; empowerment/compliance etc. Sure, you might have these conversations with a kid you were raising to be an "adult" but you'll be more MORE likely to have these conversations with a kid you're raising to be apparent. And sooner. Thanks for asking this. We'll dig deeper late in he week.

Caroline Pakel

A beautiful article! Thank you. And I agree... I have been reflecting a lot myself recently about what I might have done right - and not so right - when it comes to my son. Arthur left a month ago to start a 4-year programme in engineering at Cambridge. His main reason for choosing the course is that it is the broadest in terms of the possibilities it gives him career-wise and it is all about creative problem solving. And apparently, that's what the top firms in this world are after: young people with creative thinking skills and creative problem solving abilities... And I ask myself whether I can really take any credit for the beautiful and wise young man my son is turning into. I myself did not grow up with enlightened parents and with opportunities to join or be part of enlightened communities such as the Scout Association. All I did was love him, the best I possibly could - and my best for me was probably not always the best for him at times - and most importantly, give him as many opportunities to experience life in new and different ways and share with him what I thought and how I felt. I have never wanted to be his teacher, but his shield, his nest, his jumping board, his friend and his guide. It's been real hard to see him fly away. He knows where I am but I am quite clear that the "job" as his mother is "done". And your list of tips is great. The one thing that it is missing for me is the importance of story telling, of understanding that we make our own story whilst needing to respect and honour our ancestors' legacy and history, that every moment in life is about creating and sharing a story, of creating our own legacy. As we know storytelling is where the imagination thrives and after all, without imagination, would there be any problem solving? Thank you again.


Wow! Great stuff, and thanks for sharing. One thing I've never understood is the "teach them to be great parents" thing. Say more about the distinction and the how...

Bob & Sheila

We also feel our kids involvement in scouting has been a big impact as well. So, we are fans of the global Scouting movement (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturing, etc.) as a powerful support for youth character development and leadership training. Human creativity flows strongly from those who feel an empowered sense of responsibility for the world around them. When run skillfully and as designed, scouting is perhaps the best youth empowerment program we have. Especially in the teen years. While our kid’s involvement in school sports and other extracurriculars was good for them, only Scouting had empowerment, character building and leadership training as its core reason-to-be. Yes, you can learn some leadership skills playing a sport, but this is only a “sometimes secondary” intention of a sport and the coaches who lead. In Scouting, it is the primary focus. While no system can ever be perfect, Scouting - which is a worldwide program - is pretty amazing and getting better all of the time. Both of our kids got great value from their involvement. Bob & Luke are Scoutmasters together now that Luke is an adult. A look at the Troop 8012 Website will give you a sense of the impact on leadership and creative problem solving skills that can be offered by the program.
Luke and Bob are also honorary Ugandan Scouts and wear their Ugandan Scout Association (USA) neckerchiefs proudly at formal scouting events in the other USA.

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