Education and Family

Wholehearted Parenting

Bonnie Compton APRN, BC, CPNP


We often complain about children and teens don’t have a good work ethic, they feel so entitled, or they want what they want now. We are left to wonder why at times…what has changed over the past 10 years? Is it the fast pace life that we lead? Is is due to the digital age where kids are granted information within seconds and can download music in an instant. Maybe they don’t have to work as hard as we did?

I believe we have all played a part. This generation of kids has so much going for them, yet they often describe feeling scared and lost…unable to make decisions on their own for fear of making a wrong decision or possibly failing. I thought it was time to have a conversation and begin to talk about how we as parents and mentors can make a difference, by teaching children about responsibility and leadership…ultimately, by doing this, we’ll be helping to raise confident young adults.

I’ve invited my guest, Eric Franklin to join my conversation. Eric is the author of “Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids”. Eric had his first taste of leadership during a summer job when at age 16, he was appointed supervisor to over 200 peer employees at his local amusement park. He has been on a mentoring roller coaster ride ever since. Although Eric has held a multitude of distinguished positions over the years and is currently CEO and owner of several successful businesses that operate across the U.S., his core values are as basic to the soul as a peanut butter sandwich is to a hungry appetite.

Eric is concerned that with the increased technical proficiency of our students, basic character and life principles are not being taught. He sought to develop resources that would be embraced by parents and other mentors and shared with the young people in their lives to ensure a firm foundation for the next generation of great leaders.

Hope you’ll join us!