PARENTING WITH DIGNITY
The Parenting With Dignity® program is a parent- education organization. Our
existence is built around teaching the concepts presented in our video
course, "Parenting with Dignity" - as outlined in this web-site.
We have experienced a number of changes since our inception in 1996. Yet, the mission and the unshaken commitment to the children of America have not changed. My wife Barbara and I have spent much of our adult life sharing our vision of parenthood with countless groups of people across the United States.
Parenting With Dignity®, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was established in 1996 as a parent education organization that disseminates information on all aspects of raising children capable of making responsible decisions. Our mission is to improve the lives of children by promoting and teaching effective parenting skills.
Mac Bledsoe, President and Founder
Teacher - Coach - Husband - Parent - Grandfather - Educator
Born 1946 in Carmel, California, the second of four children of Stu and Betsy Bledsoe, Mac has an older brother Michael, and two sisters Janet and Dede. Stu was a pilot during World War II and after returning from duty he moved his family to Ellensburg, Washington , where he began a cattle ranching career, and later serving in the Washington state legislature and and the Director of Agriculture.
Mac attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship and was captain of the Husky Football team while earning a degree in Speech and Psychology. In their junior year of college Mac married Barbara, his sweetheart since the eighth grade. That was the beginning of a 37-year marriage and a partnership as best friends and schoolteachers.
After college Mac served his country as a First Lieutenant and commander of the Enlisted Personnel Division at the Army Transportation School at Ft. Eustis, VA. Upon completion of active duty Mac and Barbara returned to their hometown of Ellensburg, Washington. Mac and Barbara raised two wonderful sons, Drew and Adam. Both have distinguished themselves as leaders and happy, self-directed young men. Both are married and Drew and his wife have four children.
Throughout a distinguished 29-year teaching career Mac and Barbara taught in five different Public Schools Districts. Mac also coached football as well as track, basketball, baseball, and debate. Along the way, Mac was presented Crystal Apples for excellence in teaching in both the Walla Walla and Yakima school districts. He was a recipient of two golden acorns from PTAs in two of the communities where he was one of the few teachers actively involved in local PTAs.
Over time, the Bledsoes found themselves disillusioned by the culture in
their classrooms, and the increasing numbers of students who seemed to be
morally and ethically rudderless. They were saddened to watch students
making terrible decisions with life-altering or life-ruining consequences.
Born out of this frustration they questioned what would happen if they were
to try teaching parents some of the simple techniques they used in their
classrooms. Could they teach parents how to teach their values, morals, and
ethics to their own children? They believed that if parents knew how to
instruct their children in effective decision-making and how to set
guidelines for making decisions, it could make a difference in their
Parenting with Dignity evolved into a nine-week course over the years as
the program became more comprehensive and fine-tuned to today’s problems.
Mac and Barbara were teaching PWD at community colleges, hospitals and in
PTAs of Northwestern States when their oldest son Drew approached them with
an idea. Drew, a quarterback in the NFL at this time, explained that he
wanted to build a foundation to support and promote their Parenting with
Dignity program. After considerable deliberation, Mac accepted the challenge
and founded the Drew Bledsoe Foundation as a support mechanism to bring
Parenting with Dignity to the entire nation. The rest is history. Parenting
with Dignity is now one of America’s most effective and highly acclaimed
parent education curriculums.