My name is Graham. I am the author of The Apprenticeship of Being Human: Why Early Childhood Parenting Matters to Everyone, and co-founder of 2 Gen Cville, a local initiative in Charlottesville, Virginia to establish a residential program for low-income single mothers and their young children.
I’m a real person, just like you. I’m blessed with a loving wife and two delightful daughters. My wife is a developmental pediatrician who works in global health; that has given me the privilege of being a full-time father to my girls, and has enabled me to co-found a web business, write a book, conduct parenting seminars and workshops, and coach social entrepreneurs.
This is my personal blog, focused on human formation, particularly early childhood parenting. My mission is to help parents better understand their critical role in laying the foundations of civil society – and to help the rest of us celebrate and empower parents to fulfill that role . . . especially parents who face tremendous obstacles to great parenting.
One Amazon reviewer wrote of my book: “Everyone who knows a parent should read this.” While my writing is particularly aimed at parents of young children, it is germane to everyone who knows a parent. Here is the constellation of issues that are my core:
The threads interweave, and overlap; my work in writing, speaking, consulting and coaching is to show how they intersect.
You can expect to find:
- Analysis of early education research and its implications for real people
- Insight on the dynamics of crafting the home environment
- Statistics on the power of early childhood development
- Inspiring stories of parents, children, schools, churches, businesses, and non-profits
- Curated, best-of-the-web media on early childhood (that others created)
- Encouragement and resources on cultivating virtue
You can expect not to find:
- Trashing of one political program, party or another
- Advertisements for “make your child a genius” products or services
- “Guilting” parents into taking responsibility
I post intermittently. You can subscribe by RSS or email.
I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota; I attended Wheaton College, through which I lived for seven months in rural Uganda; I have lived, studied, and worked for the majority of my adult life in New York City; and I now live in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Those places have shaped me. The people in those places have molded me. Living and working in different communities – urban and rural, domestic and international, poor and wealthy – and interacting with common people and cultural elites has profoundly influenced the way that I live, speak, and write.
My post-college vocational journey began in New York City in a talented team consulting group in the financial services. After a few years I resigned to become a New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching in a failing public elementary school in my Brooklyn neighborhood while I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. I am now the Project Administrator for Moral Foundations of Education project at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.
I entered into the brokenness of my community, and discovered the powerful influence of parenting and of stories – for good and for ill. During my years of teaching my eldest daughter was born, and I experienced parenting first-hand – while living and working in a community of poverty.
When my daughter was eighteen months old, I took a child care leave to become a full-time father. That rich, challenging, delightful experience of parenting has been the fuel and context for starting Tumblon, producing an interview format podcast for parents of young children, writing The Apprenticeship, providing full-time care for the children of dear friends in our community [yes, working as a “manny” in Manhattan is on my résumé], serving on the vestry of All Angels’ Church, participating in a vibrant start-up community, as well as contributing to magazines and journals.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, running, Crossfit, racquet sports, hiking, camping, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends (often doing one or more of those things together). I am a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, and consider myself a life-long member of All Angels’ Episcopal Church in NYC, which has become a second family to us.
You can contact me via email, or follow me on Twitter. I consider speaking, writing, coaching and consulting contracts based on my availability. Regardless of my availability, I try to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.