Making a Positive Difference One Song & One Story at a Time!

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Hi all you awesome Moms and Dads  who're busy designing the future of humanity one child at a time!


I really want to thank you for everything you do each day to provide for your kids, by loving them and inspiring them to grow into tomorrow’s leaders and care-takers of the earth.  To me, there is no more important job. Period.


Thank you!

As a symbol of my appreciation, this month I'm offering the gift of 12 of my original, family-friendly, guitar-harmonica based, John Denver style songs.  “Star Child” is my musical story about “the journey of an awakening spirit.” I hope you’ll give it a listen, share it with your family and let me know your favorites!

As a son, an uncle, a family friend, a spirit-minded musician, and now a children’s author, I’ve been able to observe how many parents, like you, are struggling with with things like:

  1. Overwhelm

  2. Competition with devices, and

  3. Concerns about kids staying positive and receptive in spite of these turbulent times...

I know you are doing the best you know how, but so much is changing so quickly that raising kids often requires both parents working just to keep up. Sometimes that even means missing your child’s “firsts...” and too often, not being home for bedtime stories or goodnight kisses.

So many parents, like you, are trying to ignore a disturbing "distance" developing between them and their kids because they don't know what to do. Understandably, there's a belief that  it’s due to a lack of quality time together, because of the work, the meetings, and obligations that fill their calendars.


But the truth is, there's a deeper problem developing.

I know you're already aware that how you use you time is as vital to the well-being of your family as it is to your own health.

Yet, you still get caught up in stress, get cranky, lost in thought, and generally unavailable to your kids…

and the distance grows.

Then, the guilt and shame about the time you’ve missed starts, and you're at a loss about how to make up for it while balancing all that needs to be done to provide.

To sum it up in the 3-word under-statement of the year... 

You are BUSY.


I know you want to make up for it… to feel closer to your child and make sure they feel like they can always talk to you about anything.

So you plan some special time together. Then, at the last minute, life happens. You have to respond to it, of course, so your date gets de-railed…again,  and the distance grows.

Then it’s Monday, and it starts all over again.

You tell yourself you just need to find more time...

But what parents don’t realize is that a lack of time is not the real problem.  


Forgive me, but it's worth repeating…


A lack of time is not the problem!

The real problem is that parents often don’t know how to make the most of the time they do have.


When we remember our own childhoods, wasn’t it some of the briefest moments that mattered most? Mom’s quirky little ritual we looked forward to, or that time Dad shared a secret that was “just between us...” Those moments mattered. And they didn't take long...

What’s missing today is a way for parents to preserve the tenderness of childhood by providing a fun, quick, and easy method to consistently model how to make the most of their moments together.

What’s missing is a real solution for parents' concerns about the distance they feel growing, and how to build a solid lasting bridge between them and their children.

For parents like you, developing the habit of getting present with your child - even if only for 5 minutes a day - can not only lower your own blood pressure, but help your child really feel the love that’s always there for them.

Brene Brown’s research has shown that what a child needs most is to feel a sense of belonging. They need and want to know they’re loved – even if they don’t fit in, even when they make a mistake, even if they’re not perfect.

Growing up, I still felt like an outsider at home even though I knew my parents loved me. I craved this sense of belonging. As a result, I struggled with low self-esteem for years. In the 4th grade, I was so desperate to belong that I became an easy target for bullying, which made much of my childhood even harder.

Brene Brown also found that children who don’t feel like they belong within their families, seek that belonging elsewhere. They are more likely to develop self-defeating, low self-esteem based habits of their own, such as getting into drugs, hanging out with the wrong crowds, and even harming themselves or others. These kids often become bullying victims or even bullies themselves.

These cries for belonging are increasing as more and more teen suicides and school shootings make headlines, break hearts, and devastate families. 


But it CAN be turned around!

Because the truth is that it isn’t about the amount of time at all, but how you use what you have.

You can give your children

the sense of belonging they really need

in just a few minutes a day.

When you know what to do and have the right support, there’s nothing missing. The distance doesn’t develop. You can easily, quickly, and consistently give your kids the gift of your love, presence, and support in a way that develops belonging… even when we’re not around.  Their confidence and resiliency grows allowing them to become the happy successful, adults you want them to become.

These high quality habits aren’t always easy to develop on your own, though. Sometimes wounds need healed, hurts need shared, and forgiveness given. Things we didn’t grow up with may need to be learned. It’s a journey that requires growth and patience, but...

the precious pay-off is priceless.

Imagine resting easy when your teenager is out at night knowing that she’ll call if she needs a ride because she knows she can talk to you about anything.

Imagine the joy of seeing your child step into adulthood with a clear purpose to pursue because you’ve helped him nurture the values and inner qualities he needs all along.

All that most parents need is a simple reminder to help them shift from a state of overwhelm to a state of presence, regardless of what’s going on.

Of course, there are apps and reminder functions on cell phones these days, but those only tie users even more tightly to their device, rather than truly helping build relationships.

 “The Adventures of The True Sunbeam” is a parent’s life boat with room enough for the whole family.

It’s a simple, portable, solution-based system disguised as a children's book that helps you reconnect with your kids.


With one book, you can:

  • make your moments together more memorable

  • train your child to focus on the best parts of the day

  • improve self image and self-esteem

  • develop your child's resiliency and self-confidence

  • provide a fun, regular activity to encourage regular bed times

  • improve your child's dreams  

  • "multiply your time" by coloring pages together "infusing them" with love from each family member, allowing the child to re-experience that love with each reading

  • create a life-long success habit of positive journaling

  • inspire kids to successfully navigate the ups and downs of childhood and always know their highest dreams are within reach.

Inside its pages you’ll find:

  • A delightful story of discovery and perseverance that has something wonderful for children of all ages.

  • A journey to the truth behind dreams and the secret to finding our best qualities and inner gifts…

  • Coloring pages for the whole family to join in, and sign and date, to create a "legacy of light"... pages that not only build inter-generational bridges but help develop hand-eye coordination and creativity as well!

  • The unique and powerful Shining Moments Pages that help both parents and kids identify and focus on the moments they most want to remember, and the habits to repeat.

  • The Shining Moments Prompting Questions that bring parents and kids together, reminding them of their best qualities and gifts, while developing the sense of belonging they crave.

The best part is that, in just a few minutes each day, you're creating a loving keepsake that will carry the legacy of your love for the rest of your child’s life.

I know you truly love your children and would do absolutely anything for them.


However, today's environment is so different from much of the world you grew up in. There are unfamiliar obstacles to your child really receiving your love and developing the one thing they need most:  a strong sense of belonging.

But, there’s a choice that needs to be made….

Time is passing. Two years from now, your children are going to be in a different phase of their lives.  

Will you continue to make promises that you half show up to, only to wake up one day and wonder where the time went?

Or, will you take action today to start developing the high quality habits you need to be more present, make the most out of the moments you have, and make certain that your children know how much they are loved every day?

If you're the type of parent who struggles with time, but truly wants your children to feel safe and loved every day, I want to be of support to you.

If "The Adventures of The True Sunbeam" resonates with you, and might be of value to your family, I want to make sure you're able to get a copy.


If not, no problem! It's not for everyone. You're still welcome to accept the free CD mentioned above by clicking here

For those who are interested in learning more, click here

You'll be given the free "Star Child" CD, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the Radiant River Online Confidence Course (RROCC). It's a 6 week, self-paced course in a simple, effective toolkit of support materials designed to help parents provide their children what they need most today that isn't found anywhere else.

"The Adventures of The True Sunbeam" is included as one of the main features of the course. It one the International Best Indie Book Award because of it's unique interactive, relationship building features, as well the the original, inspiring and delightful story.

You can learn more and continue your journey to becoming the close-knit family you dream of by clicking on the link below.

Til Then, Stay Tuned and

Shine On!

"Uncle Mark"

"The True Sunbeam captures the truth of how following

your heart can help make the world a brighter place."

~ Jason Muraira, Wilsonville, Oregon ~

True Sunbeam Book Cover

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(and to help you continue becoming your best!)

© 2019 by Mark Olmstead