Parenting takeaways from Mark Shriver's father

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I don’t think there’s really one thing I learned in writing this book about my dad that I’ve tried to incorporate in my life. There are a couple of things. One is the act of forgiveness. Because we all make mistakes. I made multiple mistakes as a kid. I think my folks, both my mom and my dad, both forgave me and showed unconditional love, which is hard to do. To tell the kids that you love them. To tell them to take responsibility for their screw up, but to tell them that you love them unconditionally. That forgiveness and that love is something I’m trying to incorporate more in my life, which is hard, because sometimes you want to yell at your kid. Sometimes you really want to give him a good lashing. But I think what my father taught me was the importance of forgiveness and unconditional love.

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Mark K. Shriver

Sr. VP, Save the Children

Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

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