You say: “Everything is new to a child!” #ThriversEd says: “First impressions are lasting.”

Everything is new to a child? You bet. Better still, first impressions are lasting. It’s daft to teach bad habits-of-mind to kids by negligent default, but it is very wise to teach them how to thrive instead.Photo by: Chad Hutto“Everything … Continue reading
June 27, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

Can’t wait to find out about The Marshmallow Challenge? Hang in there. It’s worth it.

What do you plan to do when you win The Marshmallow Challenge?Photo by: Jim, the PhotographerThe Marshmallow Challenge is a very simple ThriversEd game, the classic psychological experiment turned into a group self-improvement praxis: Two or more kids compete, head-to-head, … Continue reading
June 26, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Wanna make it big as a Hollywood screenwriter? Just take a weed-whacker to every testicle you see.

“Hey, hey hey! Who’s your daddy?”Photo by: Mike MozartHollywood hates fathers. Who knew? Just kidding. It’s an evergreen story, one that comes up every 18 months or so: ‘TV dads are dopes, dupes and dumb-asses.’ This trenchant essay is based … Continue reading
June 26, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Education can deliver Splendor for all kids, not just a prosperous misery for the “lucky” few.

Life’s a dance. Who knew?Photo by: PICS by MARTYOnly two percent of American children, at best, actually benefit from all the education we throw at them. The rest are flowerboxed, in one way or another, somewhere along the gauntlet we … Continue reading
June 25, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Why would anyone play volleyball without a net? How PEAK performance leads to peak humanity.

Q: What do you get when you play volleyball without a net?A: Better.Photo by: Hanna NorlinI wrote the other day about ThriversEd as a “a wide-open volleyball-without-a-net experience.” If you can imagine playing volleyball without a net, what would be … Continue reading
June 24, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

A big-picture picture of Thriver’sEd: A talk-show for toddlers, stone soup with marshmallows.

What is Thriver’sEd? It’s a new way to play. Toddlers who master it will play better at everything – for life.Photo by: yorkdI wrote this morning about the PEAK scoring matrix, which is a critical piece of the Thriver’sEd idea. … Continue reading
June 23, 2017, 1:22 a.m.

Habituating peak performance: A quick peek at the PEAK scoring matrix.

How do you learn how to thrive?Photo by: Anne Berit HeggemI’m juggling a whole bunch of ideas I call ThriversEd, a sort of pre-pre-school curriculum for very young children – say 18 through 72 months, with the sweet spot being … Continue reading
June 22, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Prufrock’s honor…

There is worthiness, which is difficult; it can never be supplied by another, and it can never be faked. And there is worship, which is demanding; you can fake the virtues the worshipper worships, but you dare not falter. And … Continue reading
June 21, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

Bidding farewell to Shale with a bid for her immortality.

By yearning so relentlessly, Shale showed us all of life.Shale, léminence grise you see to the right, is dying as I write this. She’s been with us for 19 years, and in that time she taught me more than I ever hoped to know about … Continue reading
June 18, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Lies all the way down: Ventilating Uncle Willie’s Father’s Day funk.

“Hey, dipshit, if you want to lose your house and lose your family, to see your kids a third of the time if you’re lucky, to watch them spin out of control as they learn to pit the two of … Continue reading
June 17, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Fathering fathertongue: “The purpose of civilization is to prevent rape, to make the world safe for women and children.”

“Can you read the inscriptions on the buildings outside? This is M.I.T.’s way of honoring all the great men of science. Galileo, Kepler, Fourier, LaPlace. Aristotle, toward whom every branch of science must bow. Hundreds of names, some larger, some … Continue reading
June 15, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

For Father’s Day, sympathy for the trans-aborted.

“How can you live your authentic reality as a stuffed animal if you can’t be laundered? Are the trans-furry to be forevermore mislabeled as ‘Dry Clean Only’?”A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story June 18, 2015 “So here’s a question for you,” … Continue reading
June 14, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Q: When will #Marxism TRULY work? A: When the proletariat exterminates itself.

A trapped rat will gnaw his way out of a wooden box. Trapped people gnaw their way into them.Photo by: rjp1. The Trump vote is a slave rebellion. 2. The Tea Party is a slave rebellion. 3. The surge in … Continue reading
June 12, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Telling long stories about other people’s nightmares — for Father’s Day.

“Every one of those guys knows that this could be his last Father’s Day at home, his last chance to see his kids before they get sideswiped for life by the family court system, his last chance to make believe … Continue reading
June 10, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

The DISC of staffing: Find the right shoe, first, then find the right foot for it.

If the new guy is a clown – so is the guy who hired him. Doing better – much better – is not just doable but simple.Photo by: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist BureauHere’s a sphincter-clincher for anyone who manages people: … Continue reading
May 19, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

I got mail! And the fun part is, I can’t answer it!

The book that matters most to me is the one I’m writing with my life. Everything else is just maps…I feel I am approaching a state of sonic perfection, a place where, out of Earth’s seven billion, zero people are … Continue reading
May 18, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

Righting Rand’s wrongs: Family endures. Everything else is temporary.

You say you want a better world? I want for your grandchildren to sail through the air on a tire swing hung from a tree you planted.Photo by: Jim PennucciAyn Rand only got three things seriously wrong. I know that’s … Continue reading
May 17, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

Building the perfect Greek: Since DISC is cultivated, we can raise ever-better kids.

The big news: The persuasive miracle you seek is not just possible – it’s simple! You’re just talking to the wrong people.Photo by: gemteck1I know how to build Hoplite Greeks – Testudo fathers and mothers, self-responsible parents raising self-responsible parents. … Continue reading
May 15, 2017, 2:50 p.m.

The DISC of birth order: Each new child fills what is then the biggest hole in your family.

That’s right. I am just who you were expecting!Photo by: JayThere’s an article on leadership and birth order at the Atlantic this morning, but I haven’t read it. It’s behind a paywall, and paying for Marxism is not just double-suicide, … Continue reading
May 12, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

You could win the first-ever Ayn Rand Mother’s Day Essay Contest!

“Harry Potter! I am your father…!”Nattering pointlessly at Robert Tracinski, I hammered on this notion: Meanwhile, self-responsible fatherhood is the sole source of human civilization, and on that score Rand = Rowling = Marx. To the extent that children are … Continue reading
May 11, 2017, 5:22 p.m.