What is it Worth

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My son, 4-years-old, loves to watch some videos with us before bed. We allow it. We open up the YouTube app and we put in a keyword for him to start his search. He totally judges videos by their cover. He mostly loves videos of tractors and monster trucks; he also likes unboxing videos of […]

Deming’s Third Point

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One of the most profound things I’ve heard W.E. Deming say was, “You cannot inspect quality into a product.” I’m using Deming’s 14 points, originally used as a framework for addressing the crisis in American manufacturing in the 70s and 80s, to understand some of the systemic behaviors parents can end up using as the leaders […]

I Have Tried Everything

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My many thanks to Teacher Tom, Tom Hobson, for the inspiration of this post. “You can serve children healthy food, but you can’t make them eat. So quit trying. You can put children into their bed, but you can’t make them sleep. So quit trying.” I’ve halfway joked with people who’ve said, “I’ve tried everything […]

Deming’s Second Point

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What is your philosophy about what children need to flourish and prepare for adulthood? Whether this is the first time you’ve considered the question or you’ve been considering it for years, there’s no doubt in my mind you have a philosophy of child-rearing. You may not be aware of it. Your philosophy is the framework […]

Deming’s First Point

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What is your purpose as a parent? I’m not here to tell you what your purpose is, but, according to W.E. Deming, creating a quality service or product comes down to first determine your purpose and making it constant. Let’s take a look at Deming’s first point. Create constancy of purpose for improvement of product […]

Rarely a Harsh Word

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When people listen to me communicate with my children they generally comment, if at all, that I’m very patient. I’ve come to understand this actually means, “You should probably be meaner” because that’s the way they interact with their kids. They don’t think of themselves as mean though; They’re mean because they “have to be.” […]