“What would it be like if our children grew up understanding that they brought a unique gift to the world, even if they didn’t know what it was? What if they knew that their life was like a treasure hunt for that gift? That it was their responsibility to give it to the rest of the world, because the rest of the world needed it?” With these words Dawna Markova launches a movement to free parents from worrying about “fixing” their children’s differences, and instead help their youngsters recognize the enormous value they have in the world, just as they are. It’s a radical shift from our current standardized educational paradigm – and it’s a joyous one. When a parent can step into the wonder of a child’s mind, and help him/her discover the spot of grace that lies deep inside, a world of meaning and possibility is born. Dr. Markova’s passion for her work radiates in this conversation that spans from her wondrous moments with her own grandchild to a career-altering moment of inspiration for a client C.E.O. She shows us how a simple shift in perspective can liberate all of us – and our children – to step into a new legacy for our future.
Dawna Markova, Ph.D. is the CEO of Professional Thinking Partners and a co-founder of Smartwired.org, an organization devoted to maximizing individual and collective human potential in all areas of life. Internationally known for her groundbreaking research in the fields of learning and perception, she was influential in launching a national movement to help counter America’s crisis of violence as a co-creator and co-author of Random Acts of Kindness (Conari Press 200 revised) and the author of I Will Not Die an Unlived Life (Conari Press 2000), The Open Mind: Discovering the 6 Patterns of Natural Intelligence book and audio series (Conari Press 1996), No Enemies Within (Conari Press 1994), and Spot of Grace: Remarkable Stories of How You Do Make a Difference (New World Library 2008). To learn more about the work of Dawna Markova go to www.dawnamarkova.com.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you may be wearing a “girdle” that holds in your identity
- Why a sense of self-worth is more important to your child than self-esteem
- What you can do in just a few moments that will help your child thrive
- Why a child perceived as “different” may simply be a child who is free
- How you can give your child a sense that he matters, that the world needs him
- What unique gift a grandparent can give to a child
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/6/2005 Program Number: 3113