Pledge Week: My Top 10 Reasons to Take the Pledge

Yesterday I promised to tell you why I think you should take this blog’s pledge – see the “Take The Pledge” link on my home page – to write letters to your kids in 2011.

Today I’ll be keeping my word. So let me right away give you my top 10 reasons.
1. It will make you feel good.

2. It will make your kids feel good.

3. It will make the world a better place.

Hard to beat those reasons, right?. But in case you need three more, here you go:
4. You’ll learn about yourself and your life.

5. You’ll realize just how very much you love your kids.

6. It will make the world a better place (by law I’m free to so claim twice)

Still skeptical of the benefits being offered here? In that event, let me take a crack at four more, bringing our total into the double digits:
7. The New York Times likes my letters-to-my-kids concept (

8. So does Woman’s Day (

9. Ditto President Barack Obama – hence, his new book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters.”

10. Same goes for Dr. Alan Schlecter, who’s a member of this blog’s board of advisors. And he’s a child psychiatrist. At NYU, no less.

Granted, New Year’s resolutions can be tricky, even for the few iron-willed among us. Stop worrying. I vow to deliver some surefire tips.

P.S. – I invite all of you to contribute a guest blog, “Why I Took The Pledge” – a short essay about what you plan to tell your kids in 2011, along with your bio and a family photo. To volunteer, just e-mail me at

P.S.S. – Part 3 will appear tomorrow.

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