Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In 2014, This Is Really Refreshing

A friend of mine approached the dj booth and asked, "Have you seen Kevin Durant's MVP acceptance speech?"

I said, "No."

A co-worker was standing by and jokingly made a comment.

When my friend left, I asked my co-worker, "Who's Kevin Durant?"  (As you get older, you're not as afraid to admit what you don't know.)

I watched the speech, first the 12:00 minute version, then the 26:00 minute version, then the 5.  My eyes were glued.

As I hung onto every word, I thought, if this doesn't move you, nothing will.
Here is the complete version.  If you have the time to watch it all, I'd highly recommend it - truly refreshing in 2014.

Have a fantastic and productive day!

Your friend,

Sam Prindle

Monday, May 5, 2014

What To Do When Your Teenager Runs Away (Part Two)

Just in case you've missed part one, you'll find it here.

After you've completed step one, I'd highly recommend contacting your child's school, church, and parents of friends.

Most parents will do the right thing.  In our case, at least 2 out of 3 did.  Even our family counselor said that so many situations would have a better outcome if "well-intentioned" outsiders didn't become involved and harbored kids (from their family) to "keep them safe". 

Another important item on your action list is to (try your best to) stay calm.  If you've reached out to all the appropriate agencies and people, it's usually only a matter of time before the situation is resolved.

Check with your state to determine your parental rights and liabilities in your specific scenario.  It may be wise, helpful, and necessary to seek legal counsel.  Most states offer free or low-cost law advice if hiring an attorney is out-of-reach.

If you're facing or experienced a similar situation, I would enjoy your comments and questions.

For all good parents of runaways, our family feels your pain.  You've done nothing wrong and we wish you the best.  We hope that your situation is resolved as quickly as possible.