Author Archives: Marion Witte

About Marion Witte

Marion Witte was born and raised on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota. It was there that she acquired her Midwestern work ethic and her philosophy of helping others. Marion enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur, and upon selling her various business interests she began pursuing a life of philanthropy. She is passionate and outspoken about the need for radical changes in the way we view children and parenting. Her memoir “Little Madhouse on the Prairie” relays the story of her life, and it is the basis of her commitment to this work. She founded and manages the Angel Heart Foundation and its sister organizations "Next Generation Parenting" and "Brave New Leaders."

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Tips for Getting a Child to Listen

Being a successful parent begins with one of the hardest aspects of being a parent, which is getting a child to listen to the person that is caring for them. A few simple tips will increase the communication levels without causing any excess amounts of stress or uncomfortableness for either the parent or the child. Continue reading

Teaching Children to Respect Others

Teaching Children to Respect Others

In today’s society, respect is often seen as optional and not required. “If they don’t respect me, I’m not going to respect them” is often the prevalent attitude. How can you raise your children to be different in such a society? While it may be difficult, it’s not impossible to raise children to be kind and respectful and considerate of others. Continue reading

Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.
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Four Important Questions to Ask Your Teen

Four Important Questions to Ask Your Teen

Staying involved as a parent is important, especially with teenagers. When you ask questions to obtain a better understanding of your teen’s social life, you show how much you care. If you aren’t always successful in getting your teen to open up, don’t give up on asking questions!
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Teaching Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits

Teaching Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits

If parents can change their views and practices to insure that the food their children eat is healthier, then they will have taken a very important first step in raising healthy children. Toddlers especially learn by watching their parents and other adults and copying what they see. The trends towards obesity in children can change if we start early establishing healthy eating habits.
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Ken Robinson Wants A Radical Rethink of Our School Systems

Ken Robinson Wants A Radical Rethink of Our School Systems

Ken Robinson is fond of saying “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, then you’ll never come up with anything original.” As an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity expert Ken Robinson, PhD, challenges the way we are educating out children. Continue reading

Ann Cooper Cares A Lot About What Kids Eat for Lunch

Ann Cooper Cares A Lot About What Kids Eat for Lunch

As the head of nutrition for Berkeley, California schools, Ann Cooper serves organic, regionally sourced and sustainable meals to lots of lucky children. She has a front line view of the daily battle to keep kids healthy, and also of the enemy, the processed-foods industries that sometimes seems to want to wrap every single thing that children eat in a fried coating and then a plastic bag. Continue reading

Jaime Oliver Wants to Improve Our Children’s Eating Habits

Jaime Oliver Wants to Improve Our Children’s Eating Habits

Jamie Oliver is outspoken and passionate about his wish to teach every child about nutritional food and fighting obesity. The Jamie Oliver Foundation is a registered charity whose mission is to empower, educate and engage as many people as possible to love and enjoy good food. Continue reading

The Current Gang Culture – This is Not “West Side Story”

The Current Gang Culture – This is Not “West Side Story”

Evil prevails when good men and women do nothing, and nothing changes unless we accept that there is a problem. We are long overdue to engage in an honest, open and frank national dialogue about what we can do to address the threat that gangs pose to the societal, emotional and spiritual health of our country. Continue reading