Hi, I’m Win Heggem, chief educator and a founder of Foundations of Communication. Thousands of families have hired me for a single purpose: to help their children prepare for life by building their people skills and communication skills.
I know how stressful and time-consuming it can be to raise and educate a family. As a mother of nine children, who also chose to home school them in addition to teaching thousands of others over the years, the word “crazy” often described any given day. Parenting can feel daunting.
As parents, we don’t want to be the bottleneck that would shortchange our kids and keep them from being equipped for the life-challenges that lay before them.
Through the years, I have often taken comfort reading the customs of ancient peoples. People are still people after all. When I was pregnant with baby number eight (Victoria), I remember thinking about a passage I had read where the “older women” were encouraged to be “teachers of good” and “train the younger women” (me at the time). It wasn’t that we didn’t have dear friends and family involved in our lives, but I needed practical guidance and mentorship. Where were these “older women” in our modern society? For the most part, my husband and I found our own way by reading voraciously, observing others, asking for advice, and simply experimenting. We made lots of mistakes. LOTS. Could I turn back the clock, there are things I would do differently. The lessons learned, from success and failure, are forever etched in my memory and come out in the stories I tell today to parents and children alike.
Back then, I wished I had had a mentor, or “older woman” to guide me. I no longer hope to find that “older woman.” Rather, I strive now that I would BE the kind of woman who could be available to answer another parent’s plea – perhaps even yours.
Creating Foundations of Communication is my attempt to be that older woman and come alongside as many moms, dads, teachers and mentors as will have me. I am eager to serve every willing child and family. We know that children learn best when they are trained in their critical habit-forming years. I want to teach the skills that I know our youth need to be the amazing, authentic, world-changing people they were destined to be. I want them to learn how to be the very best versions of the people they were designed to be. Together let’s teach them how to win at the ultimate game – the game of life – by giving to them social skills for success.
“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” – President Jimmy Carter