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

Status: Member since October 20, 2008
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.

Here is Part six of 101 Ways to Get Your Kids to Help at Home.
Here is 101 Ways to Get Your Kids to Help at Home Part Five.
Here is 101 Ways to Get Your Kids to Help at-Home Part Two.
Here is part one of 101 Ways to Get Your Kids to Help at Home.
A positive identity hinges on positive life experiences. An ideal place for positive experiences is in a safe and secure home. The more success a child experiences, the better he feels about himself and his place in the world. Focusing on assets and strengths builds a sense of worth. When we "en"courage our children to try new and different things, we give them the courage to make mistakes and take risks.
When you become a parent remember: To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. Our words, reactions and non-verbal language skills are very powerful tools, especially with impressionable children. When we pause and think before correcting and/or providing feedback on what our children are doing, we can choose positive reinforcement over negative putdowns.
Perfection Paralyzes. Some things need to be done really well, but most things just need to be done. When we focus on passing inspection or judgment of others, it is often easier for the inspected or judged one to just quit trying.
Encouraging words are a gift of courage. This gift is one of bravery, daring, and valor, giving you permission to take risks and to keep on trying. While it is important to give words of encouragement to others, it is vital to give them to yourself.
Building Respectful Relationships means better communications. There are five things that matter in a communication.
Communication is More Than Just Words, Same Words, Different Message. I would like to ask you to do an interactive experiment with me for a few minutes. The word we are all going to use is Oh. A very common word and one we use a number of times every day.