Home: Authors: Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke
Family Relationship Coach, Author & International Speaker

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Location: United States of America
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TRCB - Member Profile - Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke

Who is Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, the storytelling trainer? And What's with the Artichoke?

Judy is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including care giving.

Trained as a ready to learn consultant, she works with Head Start organizations and child care resource centers. She also volunteers time writing end-of-life stories for Hospice. She and Dwain, her husband of 40 years, have six grown children and seven grandchildren.  They consider their greatest success in life that their children like themselves and each other.                             

The symbol of the artichoke has great meaning for Judy in her teaching and writing.  As she works with families, she sees that frequently only the outer edges are exposed and can be prickly and sometimes bitter to the taste.  But, as you expose the artichoke and people to warmth, caring, and time, gradually the leaves begin to open and expose the real treasure-the heart.

The artichoke also became a teaching lesson when Judy, with her young family, moved into military housing in California to find Artichokes in their yard.  Given that it takes two years for the vegetable to flower, the original gardener never got to see the seeds of her labor.  Many times, our actions and reactions in life are felt by people we will never meet, but we plant the seeds of kindness anyway.

You will enjoy Judy's approachable manner, wonderful storytelling and common-sense solutions gleaned from working with hundreds of families and organizations just like yours. Your encounter with Judy will leave you feeling inspired, entertained and especially motivated. Visit Judy's website for excellent references and a full listing of books, workshop topics, tele-classes and testimonials.

To make arrangements for your group or organization to enjoy having Judy present a keynote address, workshop or training session, please visit my websites given below.

How do you typically define yourself? Do you tell yourself as well as others that you are disorganized, financially challenged or simply not good enough?
Everyone needs silence and privacy at times. Many parents have their children in so many structured programs to "enrich" their lives that there is no times to just think and be. We should never become full time recreation directors for our children.
Everybody has beliefs. No matter who you are or where you're from, you hold beliefs about life. They may not be religious or spiritual beliefs, but rather beliefs about life and what it holds. Beliefs about how you should live. The problem is, it's easy to let your beliefs control you, instead of you controlling your beliefs.
Too often, people criticize themselves and call themselves names. Sometimes we even take on the names other people have given us throughout our lives, even if we don't deserve them. We sometimes base our life on those negative traits, whether they're true or not. This is unhealthy, and an overall negative way to live your life.
Childhood is about growing into a respectful, contributing member of society. It is an opportunity to practice social and life skills that will be necessary out in the real world. We need to prepare them to be as independent as possible, because at some time there will not be a loving Mom to solve problems and they will have to assume personal responsibility
Why did my daddy leave? Was it because I was a bad girl or he didn’t love us anymore?”
Traditions and rituals within the family make everyone feel more united and a part of the group. Many participants in parenting classes say, “Oh, we don’t really have any traditions.” But when we start brainstorming, it is amazing how many simple acts and events have been repeated in the same way, and they are now anticipated by family members.
So often we do unconscious parenting, just getting through the day without really thinking or planning for what we want to teach our children. It is not that we don't love our family; it is just that the love sometimes gets lost in translation through poor communications or unskillful methods.
The very words exploit means to use unfairly for one’s own advantage. Sexual abuse can take the form of child exploitation for example, by photographing the child in a compromising situation, with the intent to either use the photos for their own sexual stimulation or to sell the photos as pornography. It can also mean kidnapping and selling children into prostitution, or even just forcing someone younger and weaker to do your will.
It is not enough for parents, step parents and extended family to feel a deep glow of love for the children in your circle of influence. You must convey that feeling into a message that is heard, felt and integrated by the child. Children need to be told both verbally and non-verbally how much they are valued for just being them.
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