Teacher, trainer, and father.
Adults in all settings need skills that give all kids their very best shot in the real world. It's safe to say that when it comes to raising kids, we can all use more hope and courage to raise kids to meet the realities of the world we live in today. After teaching, training, and working with families for more than two decades Andy firmly believes that there is an abundance of hope to raise kids who show up for themselves wherever their lives lead them!
We have the chance to help raise kids who contribute, create fulfillment and thrive in the real world. All kids need limits because they're human beings. Healthy relationship is always about limits and boundaries, whether one is dealing with children or adults. Healthy adults give kids the greatest gift possible--the gift of example through loving limits. Our kids need us to be warriors, not worriers! To achieve this it is important to see what is really going on AND to find skillful ways to interact with the reality in front of us.
So simple. So profoundly challenging!
Andy graduated St. Olaf College with a highly marketable degree in East Asian History. After serving in the United States Peace Corps, Andy earned his teaching license and Masters in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota. For the past 22 years, he has taught in vibrant and diverse public middle school and high schools. Andy is a Master level trainer with Achieve, the Minnesota Center for Professional Development. Andy trains and speaks throughout the Midwest region with a broad range of audiences from early child, treatment centers, and school staffs.
Andy gets to share this life with a wife, The Beautiful Jessica, and their three gloriously human children, Henry, Penelope, and Olive. He is undeservedly blessed.
Our kids don't need us to be heroes--they need loving limits that are heroically consistent!