Always Another Chance!  


                              - Top Tips For Parents

               Issue #1       August 10, 2005

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In This Edition

1. Editorial: Welcome
2. Laugh It Off!
3. Think About It!
4. General & Unsubscribe Info

1. Editorial


And welcome to the very first edition of Always Another

Where on earth did that name come from? you may ask.

The fact is, over the years I've heard many parents - as
well as other people who should know better - claim that the
trouble with parenting is that kids don't come with a
handbook - and you don't get a second chance.

When I was asking some friends to help me choose a name for
this e-zine, someone actually suggested 'No Second Chance' -
and others enthusiastically agreed!

Well, the way I see it:

 - I agree, kids don't come with a handbook; they are
individuals and need individual relationships and treatment

- but no second chance? I couldn't DISAGREE more!

Nevertheless, the suggestion was useful. It led me to think
about a principle I've been aware of for years in my
dealings with kids and their parents:

"If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is
ALWAYS ANOTHER CHANCE for you."  Mary Pickford, 1893

* No matter what might go wrong
* No matter how neglectful or hurtful someone may be
* No matter how wide the gulf between parent and child
* No matter how hopeless it may seem
* No matter how much despair and misery pervade the family
  circle . . .

. . . Reconciliation is always possible, hurt can be healed,
relationships can be rebuilt.

I've seen this SO MANY times that I could keep you here 'til
next week giving you examples to prove it! Plus, there's
barrowloads of evidence from others in the family
reconciliation business . . .

But let's not get too heavy!  There are many families who
have great experiences, or at least enjoy lots of ups along
with the downs.

'Always Another Chance!' is a new ezine I hope you'll enjoy,
and one that will encourage and reassure you in the biggest
challenge of your lives - raising your kids!

So what can you expect to find?

Each edition will take the same shape or format.

* There  will be  an introduction from me
* There will be one or two articles on parenting to help,
   inspire, reassure or amuse you
* There will be comments that you may wish to send in
* There will be one or two recommendations for parenting or
   self-help resources. (But fear not! This is no pressure
   sales e-zine! Anything I recommend will have to be best in
   its class, something I've used personally and benefited
   from, or have seen others benefit from.)

And we'll have an inspirational quotation and maybe a joke
or two.  As I said, we don't want the business of parenting
to seem too heavy!

Are you up for it?


Then let me tell you a bit more about myself.

As you know, my name is Frank and I'm  writer and teacher.
You can find more details here:

On my travels I love to hear folks tell me about their
lifestyles, locality and culture, and they always ask me
about life here in Scotland.

So I'll make a point of giving my personal news and views,
which I hope you'll find interesting.

Right now, for example, the Edinburgh International Festival
is just getting under way.

Artistes and performers are converging from all corners of
the globe and for the next few weeks Edinburgh will be even
more of a hub of activity, fun and culture than it usually

Yesterday I saw a group of Sri Lankan children, all victims
of the tsunami that rocked South East Asia in January,
perform a dance routine based on a play by Shakespeare.

Their smiling faces and youthful exuberance left no one in
any doubt that these kids had not only survived, but had
been helped to grieve, move on, and live life to the full

Yes, it can be done.  And I think they even brought the
sunshine with them. Right now we're basking in glorious

Some people I meet are often disappointed by that. They have
hot sunshine almost the whole year round and look forward to
the coolness and 'gloomy' outlook of Scotland.

Yes, we have our moments, but it's not always dull or even

Well, on that note we'll wrap up this first edition.

Starting next time, you'll have a regular supply of articles
to help you, reassure you, motivate you, or give you
something to think on - and, I trust, help you enjoy your
role as a parent.

If you enjoy 'Always Another Chance!' please help me spread
the word by passing the news to your friends.  A new edition
will be sent direct to your mailbox every two weeks (or
maybe weekly if I can get up to speed!)

(Important: remember to keep me on your 'white list' so that
you don't inadvertantly miss a copy.)

And if you'd like to read more on a conversational or
'chatty' level, why not visit my Weblog, where you can even
chip in with your own views or comments? See you there.

Happy parenting!


2. Laugh It Off!


My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION ...
"Just wait 'til your father gets back."

My Mother taught me about RECEIVING ...
"You're going to get it when we get home!"

My Mother taught me LOGIC ...
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're
not going to the store with me."

My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE ...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to
freeze that way."

My Mother taught me ESP ...
"Put your sweater on; do you think I don't know when you're

My Mother taught me HUMOR ...
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running
to me."

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

My Mother taught me about the WISDOM OF AGE ...
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

And my all time favorite... JUSTICE...
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just
like you. Then you'll see what it's like."

3. Think About It!

"I am an old man and have had many troubles, but most of
them never happened."   Anon.

4. General & Unsubscribe Info

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