Barbara Carlson is co-founder of the Putting Family First initiative in the Wayzata/Plymouth, MN area. With Dr. William Doherty, she co-authored the book on family balance titled "Putting Family First; Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-Up World".
Barbara received her degree in elementary education from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is the mother of four children who have provided her with over one hundred years of accumulated parenting experience! She has been a teacher, "professional room mother", service-learning coordinator and the Executive Director of a community wide initiative to build healthy communities and healthy youth. Barbara served as an Agency Resource Manager for a Fortune 500 company and was the co-producer of a video and curriculum on teen sexuality, Too Far Too Fast.
Barbara has done extensive work in the volunteer sector, always focusing on children and families. Consistent with her concern for families, she served on the board of TreeHouse, she is the past chair of the Park Nicollet Foundation Board, and past President of the Alumni Board at Gustavus College. Barbara gives frequent presentations on building assets for children, facilitating workshops on helping families find balance in their lives and challenging families and communities to build nurturing environments for all.
86,400...that is the number of seconds or moments that we are given each day. We are all given 86,400 moments, no one gets more and no one gets less. What REALLY matters is what we do with those moments!
We hear from children over and over that what they want, truly want, is TIME with Mom and Dad...not the latest toy or newest gadget, they want our TIME! In a University of Minnesota study of thousands of children, they told us clearly, I want to connect with you in the morning, after school, at dinner and at bedtime.
If we can't be there when our children leave in the morning, we can leave them a note. If we can't be with them when they get home from school, we can give them a call. (If we can't get to a phone, this check-in time would be a great connection for a grandparent, aunt or uncle or a neighbor.) If we can't connect at dinner, we can do it at breakfast or Sunday Brunch or during snack time. If we can't be with them at bedtime, we can leave a note under their pillow or connect on skype or facetime.
What REALLY matters is that we make the most of the moments that we DO have with our children!