Episode 86. Dying Child Teaches Hospital Clown an Important Lesson

Our guest today is Eddy Smits, a former professional clown, who hails from Belgium. He says authentic communication with children would heal society’s woes and enable children to grow into adults who could face any challenge and be effective world leaders. That statement reminded me of advice I received when my oldest child, Craig, was a toddler. A very wise person told me the qualities we admire in adults are not qualities we admire when children exhibit those same behaviors. That statement stopped me cold and helped shape my philosophy of raising children. Please join me as Eddy and I discuss how his volunteer work as a hospital clown shaped his philosophy of communicating with children.


Patch Adams, M.D. — Gesundheit! Institute Home – Gesundheit! Institute (patchadams.org)

Patch Adams – Wikipedia

Movie — Patch Adams (1998) – IMDb

Book — Amazon.com: Patch Adams: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle  

On Children by Kahlil Gibran – Poems | Academy of American Poets

I’ll lend you for a little while a child of mine God said (all-greatquotes.com)


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