Andy's been teaching and working with kids, families, and schools for over 30 years. One thing he's learned is that there’s great hope for adults AND kids when we set firm, loving limits and give our kids as much freedom as possible. It is my greatest honor to share classes, talks, ongoing workshops, and trainings with anyone and everyone who works with kids.
Beyond any skills or ideas, Andy emphasizes that your child is exactly the person s/he is meant to be. Our culture tricks us into thinking we can or should parent or teach our kids into the people they have to be to find success. Every class session and presentation starts from the basic truth that adults have only to love our kids unconditionally—which includes reasonable limits—and the rest is up to them to figure out. Yes, that can be scary!
These practical skills were developed and now shared out of sheer necessity. This is the gift of desperation! Stepping into a public school classroom as a young teacher in the 1990s, it became very clear that the examples and techniques used by adults in his own childhood of the 70s & 80s were no longer state-of-the-art nor culturally relevant to students.
From this necessity has grown a unique, practical, and humorous perspective that equips adults with the skills and understanding they need to give all kids their very best shot at success in the real world.
Teacher, Trainer, Speaker