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What Kids Have Taught Me E-mail
Written by Dr Robert Kalle   
I am a proponent of the following philosophy. Children believe that it is my job to listen to them and not for them to listen to me. However, the opposite is true. It is their job to listen to me and not my job to listen to them.
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Family Philosophy E-mail
Written by Dr Robert Kalle   
One of the lessons most of us have to learn during our lives is teamwork. Some of us face that issue in school. Some of us face that at work. Some of us face that in playing sports or coaching. But it seems to be a concept that can play an important role in our lives.
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Pearls of Wisdom E-mail
Written by Dr Robert Kalle   
Years ago I was in one of those situations that I had no answer for (that seems impossible). One of my children was making decisions that I thought would affect her negatively, but she would not listen to reason (or daddy).
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Teenage Politicians E-mail
Written by Dr Robert Kalle   
I taught high school and worked with teenagers for 25 years. That is where I find many of my stories from. One in particular tends to stand out. I was once explaining rules of the school and one student asked me why there was a particular rule.
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Fact Or Fiction E-mail
Written by Dr Robert Kalle   
I teach classes to adults that are in an MBA program. Although they’re adults, you still see the same behaviors as you see in a high school class. One particular  behavior popped up, and it made me think about how adult behavior is similar to teen age behavior..
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Creative Thinking
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

Each of us has our own unique set of skills. Life is a constant struggle to understand these abilities and learning to play to our strengths and overcome our weaknesses.

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Behavior Principles
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

Psychologists and researchers have taken the idea of learning principles to the nth degree. But since you're not in school and need ideas quickly, let's be brief.

There are two major learning principles that you have to pay attention to.

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Trust
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

About 10 years ago, I was sitting in a psychiatric hospital and a young 14 year old girl asked me why her parents had placed her in a locked facility. I thought carefully and gave the best answer I could think of, either she had really made them angry or had really scared them. Her response was that she "didn't buy that."

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Personality Types
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

Florence Littauer wrote a book named Personality Plus, which discussed four  types of personalities. Many people have broken down personality types in order to better understand people, and all these ideas have merit and some similarity. But I chose this book because it is written in easy and understandable terms and is very useful in understanding the people in our families.

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Vision
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

I have taught high school, college and my own children and I think that there is more to education than what you get from school subjects. Like the idea of vision. Do you know how to dream? Do your children know how to dream? Can you see the big picture?

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Parents as Leaders
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

As I said before, I tend to see parallels in life all over in my experience. I don’t think things happen in a vacuum. I like to look in one direction, learn something, and apply it in another direction. I believe in consistency. Because of this, I see parents as leaders and apply ideas about leadership to parenting.

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Bloom's Taxonomy
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

One of the issues that you may want to focus on with your children is teaching them to be critical thinkers. Teachers try to teach this skill, especially in courses designed to teach critical thinking skills. English courses teach students to discuss reading material, to debate ideas, and to have creative thoughts. But how do they do that?

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Self-Esteem
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

I used to think that a child’s self esteem was fragile and we had to be careful about how we affected it. I used to think that self-esteem was how good someone felt about themselves. Now I have a few different ideas.

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Success Principles for Parents
Written by Dr. Robert Kalle   

Every once in a while it is time to talk about success principles. These are ideas that are universal and always hold a truth. These are not taught as often today as they were in my day, yet they hold the secrets to success and happiness. So hold on to your hats and here we go. Remember, success principles come from many years of working, they are not new ideas. These are principles that have been tried and true. You can not violate them and be successful. Follow them and you will be.

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