May 3, 2018

This year has been a year of exploration and learning as my mission to help children learn the power of positive self-talk, mindset and life tools from my book has expanded.

I’ve learned a ton and look forward to continuing my journey.  One consistent sentiment from parents and educators is the desire for reso...

January 13, 2016


Today I’m writing about Confidence which was the 1st C of “The 12 Cs” I created. I believe confidence is the foundation to a happy and fulfilled life and it is a critical life lesson to teach our children and live ourselves.  Most of us struggle with confidence and I certainly have struggled with it.  Howeve...

January 13, 2016

To care about the feelings of another and help them feel better.  To treat others as you would like to be treated.  To build and sustain healthy friendships.  To include others.  To have tolerance and accept others as they are.

Hand out “Compassion” notes to deserving...

January 7, 2016

Start the new year off by re-stocking your life skills toolbox for you and your children with ‘The 12 Cs’. For 12 days I will post definitions and activities of these 12 life tools.


I believe that everyone can benefit from strengthening their life skills so they can lead the most fulfilled life possible. As t...

September 30, 2015


Cherish is one of The 12 Cs: 12 essential life tools helping children thrive.  In my book, The Adventures of Ooga and Zeeta, and my Life Tools Workshop I define Cherish as…To feel thankful and grateful.  To focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have.  Being mindful.  To focus on “can do it” vs. “h...

June 11, 2015


I have a great example of pushing through fears and being courageous.  Courageous is one of The Cs and was perfectly executed by my 8 year old daughter this weekend. We were at the pool and she wanted to jump off the low diving board. She is a very fearful child and had wanted to jump for a couple of years a...

May 22, 2015


My name is Gretchen Burman, wife, mother of two children and super excited to start my blog.  My mission is to help boys and girls learn The 12 Cs: 12 essential life tools that boys and girls will benefit from being exposed to, learning, and living during the influential childhood years before social pressur...

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