IDEAS TO HELP OUR CHILDREN THRIVE

Dear reader,

Much of my life's work, both in writing books and creating this family web site, has been directed toward helping strengthen families and giving children more power in expressing themselves. This is important to me because I grew up in a family that began to break apart when I was just a boy, and as a child I felt an overwhelming sense of powerlessness to stop my family's disintegration. But even back then, I knew that one day I would build my own family and do my best to make things good for a child of my own. I deeply wanted to form a strong family.

The parenting essays that follow reflect some of what I have learned in helping raise my daughter and the knowledge I acquired growing up amid family strife. Why do I offer them here as part of MakeBeliefsComix.com, a comic-making site? Because ours is a place which many parents visit and use with their children to have fun and learn. My goal, in creating this web resource, has always been to provide constructive, imaginative activities for parents and children to enjoy together and, in so doing, to draw closer and strengthen their family bonds.

I hope that these essays will be useful to you in your own efforts to raise children who feel loved and who greet life confidently and positively. I don't have all the answers and I am sure neither do you, but the writings and activities offered in this section are a start to help us think about how we can build stronger families and happier kids. As always, your own thoughts and feedback are very much welcome. Please join in the conversation.

Sincerely,
Bill Zimmerman
Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com Email: billz@makebeliefscomix.com

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LEARNING TO QUESTION

HOMESCHOOL FAMILY FUN

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WRITING TO CHILDREN

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

ENCOURAGING READING

FATHERS AND SONS

BEING A LOVING PARENT

LEGACY LETTERS