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Welcome to our blog! Here at the Foundations Blog we are seeking to be a conduit of information for parents about raising young children.

With over 50 years of combined teaching experience and having spent over 17 years teaching very young children, we have come to decided opinions and conclusions about the importance of starting off right and building upon that good foundation.

Married over 42 years, with six grown children, and 18 grand children later we have gained some wisdom about some things, usually by the mistakes we have made and by receiving and incorporating good counsel into our lives and habits. We hope you can learn from us.

The name of our blog reflects our conviction that laying good foundations in life and learning must begin early in a child’s life, but that is only the beginning. Good foundations are vital to all that follows, but much does follow. No part of the process of child training can be neglected. Start off well, during the early years before puberty, and fail to continue to build well after puberty and you will likely have a disaster. Disaster’s can be recovered from but, as Truett Cathy notes in the title of his short, but powerful book, “It’s Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men,” build well, build early, and build with a definite plan in mind. It’s better to avoid disaster, if possible, than have to recover from it, especially if the “disaster” involves the life of you child.

Written by: Perry Coghlan, Co-Founder/Co-Director of SHAP.