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Dr. Gerald Brown
Apr 26, 2017

Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Hiddenite Family Adventure

So in previous posts I have discussed the importance of one on one quality time with your child.  Quality time meaning no interruptions via TV, Ipads, Iphones, video games, and other technological distractions.  In this post I will discuss our family’s decision to take a day during spring break to head an hour north from our home into Hiddenite, NC to mine for precious stones and gems.  The Hiddenite town is world famous for its surrounding creeks and mines where the public can take advantage of mining the land and strike up an emerald or two!  In continuing the theme of quality time my wife, two daughters, and I put our focused energy on digging for precious rocks at the nearby creek.  We rented a sifter, shovels and pails for us to place our various gems, stones, and minerals.  As we traversed the narrow creeks we each took turns helping each other cross slippery and unstable boulders.  My youngest was hesitant at first but as the day grew older she observed her older sister digging with precision and determination.  She then decided that she could be just like her big sister and began taking more risks on the rocks and dirt trails alongside the creek.

Although we found no emeralds or hiddenite, (I later learned that Hiddenite itself is a gem believed to have calming and healing properties as well as inspire love and success in business) the experience of being together as a family without any outside distractions apart from the robins singing overhead and the whistling creek underneath our feet was invigorating.  The experience is a family memory that can never be taken away.  What activities do you think you can begin integrating in your daily and weekly time with your kids?  If you are into cars, hiking, playing basketball, theater, singing, dancing, writing, reading, whatever the activity is make sure to push your child to take risks within that activity as you do it together. 

And always remember to tell your child the following each day:

  1. Believe in yourself
  2. You were born for special reasons
  3. Look for ways to help others today
  4. Your primary purpose is to discover what your unique talents are (that no one else in the world has)


Doc Brown 

If you would like to learn more about me or my practice Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, PLLC and have questions feel free to visit my website as well as read my Inner Compass Blog.

Dr. Gerald Brown (Doc Brown) is owner of Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting PLLC in Cornelius, NC and Statesville, NC.  He is passionate about fatherhood issues, immigrant concerns, and specializes in trauma work.  Doc Brown has presented at various conferences and has a multitude of experience training organizations and corporations in diversity and multicultural resilience.  He believes in helping individuals, couples, and families find meaning and integrate that meaning with various resiliencies in order to live purposefully and vibrantly.  He is married with two daughters ages 14 and 5. 


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