Day eight of the 20/20 success story – the power of language

To communicate, verbally and non-verbally. To create partnerships, teams, successful missions, coordination, to protect, to guide, to teach, coach, and so much more. Sure, communication is not unique to the human species, but it seems that our communication skills have diversified and expanded to a very considerable degree, in comparison…

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Day seven of the 20/20 success story – embrace imperfection

Seeking perfection is a recipe for failure. We will always fail in our efforts to achieve perfection, as by definition, it is unattainable. Interestingly, in the media, sometimes in sports commentary, often with parents and in other effusive and hyperbolic contexts, the phenomenon of perfection is projected or pronounced. But…

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Day six of the 20/20 success story – develop autonomy

One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is their independence. Not all at once but gradually, incrementally, sensibly. Teaching personal responsibility, self-sufficiency, survival skills, life skills. Building resilience and self-regulation. Failing to do so creates dependency, entitlement, fragile egos, susceptibility to bullying, heightened risk of mental…

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Day five of the 20/20 success story – respect nature

The mighty and ancient Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It is estimated that our wonderful planet Earth has been in existence for in the order of 4+ billion years. Our planet’s oldest fossil record dates to some 3.7 billion years, being the stromatolites, the earliest form of life to photosynthesise…

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A wake-up call for a complacent country

My country, Australia. Currently experiencing unprecedented weather and bush-fires. With a federal government most ambivalent, often times in denial, and sometimes half-heartedly responding to efforts to mitigate anthropomorphic climate change. Hopefully our laggard government will finally do what its population most wants; respond to climate change in an authentic, dedicated…

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Day four of the 20/20 success story – community connectedness

Finding a partner, starting a family, building a home and establishing our community connections are all part of living a successful life. The human brain is designed with social connectivity in mind. To communicate, to collaborate and cooperate, to work together collectively so as to achieve more than we could…

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Day three of 20/20 success story – let the children play

Children learn through play. To balance, to problem solve, to coordinate the use of their limbs and fingers, to experience success and failure, pleasure and pain, develop confidence and resilience, to discover disappointment, and every day, much more. The more variety and novelty the better. Of course, children learn when…

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Day one of 20/20 success story – intentional parenting

A life starts with the parents. Primal forces and (sometimes) love in humans facilitates procreation. But then what? From conception to birth. Birth to maturity. Maturity to beyond. Creating children is the easy part, especially for men. However, the work starts for women soon after, as they nurture their un-born…

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