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Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,
Children, especially young ones, are good at finding happiness, mostly because they live in the present moment. They wake up happy for a new day, ready to play, explore new activities, and eat and nap at will. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

As adults, we often need vacation time to re-live childhood schedules, where the day is our own and responsibilities are few. But we don’t have to wait for a break in our daily work-life routines to take on the child-like mentality of living in the present. Dr. Robert Holden, founder of the Happiness Project, a scientific study on happiness, suggests that we choose happiness, rather than chase happiness, and right now is as good a time as any.

Ela and I find a tremendous amount of happiness and peace in knowing that we are teaching our own children about a healthy lifestyle, and to the best of our abilities, demonstrating the skills they’ll need to be happy in life. In the article “The Fatherhood Factor”, we are reminded that while pride in our children’s accomplishments becomes a strong parenting motivator, it is patience and re-ordering of priorities that are essential for happy, loving relationships.

Time alone with our children is important, too, and this month we give dads ideas on how to create cherished memories with their daughters in, “Dad and Daughter Dates” (page 26.) We love spending time alone with one of our kids without the other three around. It gives us a peek into a rarely seen kid without the influences of sibling pressure or judgment. During these times, we connect with who this young person is becoming and pass on little life lessons or display good habits and behavior that sets the example they need to grow.

We often think about the pride we feel for our children and wonder about the source of this emotion or why it makes us feel such a way. The best we can explain is that it completes a sense of larger purpose for us. When our children or others close to us demonstrate success, talent or desired behaviors that we feel we have contributed to, either through direct teaching, by example or simply by genetic inheritance, it gives a sense of purpose to our short lives beyond just working and playing. It becomes a small part of our legacy that we know will survive and be passed on to the next generation once we are gone.

So, take this time, sit back and make sure that what you do aligns with the vision you have for your legacy. And most importantly, make sure you spend time with your children teaching them about the good in life and in you.

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers in the world. Here are our wishes for happy, healthy children around the world.

Naturally Yours,

Shawn and Ela
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