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Judy is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including care giving. Trained as a ready to learn consultant, she works with Head Start organizations and child care resource centers. She also volunteers time writing end-of-life stories for Hospice.
She and Dwain, her husband of 40 years, have six grown children and seven grandchildren. They consider their greatest success in life that their children like themselves and each other. The honorary title of "Auntie" is given in many cultures to the wise women who guide and mentor others in life.
The artichoke also became a teaching lesson when Judy, with her young family, moved into military housing in California to find Artichokes in their yard. Given that it takes two years for the vegetable to flower, the original gardener never got to see the seeds of her labor. Many times, our actions and reactions in life are felt by people we will never meet, but we plant the seeds of kindness anyway.
The symbol of the artichoke has great meaning in her teaching and writing. As she works with families, she sees frequently only the outer edges are exposed and can be prickly, hard to open and sometimes bitter to the taste. They are closed to new ideas or methods. Many families prefer the known over the unknown, even when the old patterns and skills are not serving them well.
But as you expose the artichoke and people to warmth, caring, and time, gradually the leaves begin to open and expose the real treasure-the heart.
You will enjoy Judy's approachable manner, wonderful storytelling and common-sense solutions gleaned from working with hundreds of families and organizations just like yours. Your encounter with Judy will leave you feeling inspired, entertained and especially motivated. Visit Judy's website for excellent references and a full listing of books, workshop topics, tele-classes and testimonials.
www.ArtichokePress.com "Finding the heart of the story in the journey of life."
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"Visiting with Judy is like having a cup of tea with a loving auntie."
"We are all grateful for the incredible work you do to birth these stories."
Raising Smart & Kind Kids: The Baby Years
Judy Helm Wright
Raising Smart & Kind Kids:
The Baby Years are the most productive time to connect, communicate and create a smart and kind kid.
Infant development experts (and I am one) believe that the first years of a child's life are prime for learning and grasping concepts that will enhance the rest of their lives.
You don't need classical music, fancy flash card or expensive toys. You and your child need YOU.
Talk, sing, read together daily. Laugh, giggle and cuddle daily. It is this interaction with the important loving adults in the life of a child that matters most.
Sometimes it is hard to think of fun things to talk, sing and read about when you are exhausted from being up all night with a fussy baby.
That is one of the reasons, I have created these small booklets to remind you of simple and effective methods to connect with your baby.
Early childhood education is a foundation for a love of learning. Most of the activities are common sense and easy to do. However, in my career as a parent educator, I have found that common sense in not that common. Most of us need reminders.
Many parents were not well parented and so lack the confidence and don't trust their intuition on working with their baby. You will find many tips and techniques that will enhance your connection and will soon seem second nature to you.
Sometimes just a tweak to the way you express yourself when correcting a misbehavior, can turn a punishment or shame into a step of acceptance and learning experience. It isn't changing everything, it is simply adding a new dimension of modeling a more loving way.
As you think of new ways to "Raise a Smart & Kind Kid" you will feel inspired and confident in your parenting skills. Your child will feel secure and grounded in your love and acceptance.
I want you to know that as "Auntie Artichoke" (which means a wise woman who loves unconditionally) that I have full confidence in you and your baby.
These children being born now were exposed to technology in the womb. They are born with a knowing and a different view of the world. Many have been called "Indigo Children"," Stars", "Heros" or "Crystal Kids."
The most important title or label they have is "mine." They are yours to love, honor, cherish, teach and learn from. They are precious to you and other caring adults in their circle of security and support. And they are precious to me, as are you.
I have confidence in your ability and desire to "Raise a Smart & Kind Kid." You will do a wonderful job, and as your child has children, they will stand on your shoulders and reach even higher.
You do the most important work in the world and I love you for that.
Blessings on you and your baby, Judy Helm Wright aka "Auntie Artichoke."
- Publication Date:
- Jul 14 2012
- 1478246707 / 9781478246701
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Family & Relationships / Parenting / Child Rearing