Actively Caring Dad

Tim, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation on Wed. morning at the 2011BSN Conference in Reno, NV.  It was my first time attending the conference and look forward to attending it again in the future.

I have a very timely story I’d like to pass on to you.  On Friday afternoon, after the conference when I was at home, my daughter, age 8, asked if she could play outside.  I gave her the OK and she said that she’d like to use her skateboard.  I then went to work in the garage and, when I reappeared to check on her, she was about to start skating merrily down the street when I noticed she had put on her helmet, elbow pads, but just one knee pad.  The story of your son’s skateboarding adventures immediately flashed in front of me. 

What did I do?  I applied my new learning I received from you.  Instead of focusing on the missing one knee pad and instructing her that she needed to stop immediately, I simply located the missing pad and gave it to her.  I said, “This will help protect all of you.”  She stopped, put it on, and I thanked her for protecting herself from injury.

Keep up the good work.  Take care. 

Chris Hamilton - MS, REA

Senior Consultant

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Liberty Mutual - San Ramon, CA 

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