Event leaders, from left, Leora Langs, Luisa Csathy, Tami Walsh and Susie Walton take a moment to relax after the Giving Tree Foundation’s July 18 event. Courtesy photo

Parents unite to restructure child-raising

RANCHO SANTA FE — July 18, Luisa Csathy, founder and chief inspiration officer of Giving Tree Movement, held the organization’s third major event in Rancho Santa Fe.The event was set up as a moderated, parent focus group that featured parenting and teen experts Susie Walton, founder of Indigo Village, and Tami Walsh, founder of Teen Wisdom, Inc. Csathy’s Giving Tree Movement is a non-profit organization that was started in 2011 as a direct result of the impact that the documentary “The Race to Nowhere” and the book the “Price of Privilege” introduced through the local school foundation.

Csathy proceeded to reach out to other families as well as various local and national youth organizations and has created a grassroots following. The aim of the Giving Tree Movement is to create a platform where parents and experts of various vocations come together to share ideas and gain new perspectives on thoughtfully raising children to live meaningful, fulfilling and authentic lives in an increasingly complex and fast paced world. GTM is currently putting together a “beta” pilot program in Rancho Santa Fe and North County San Diego to create a comprehensive solution platform that has the power to change the culture of our homes, schools and communities from the inside out.

A select group of parents from Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding communities took part in the latest Giving Tree Movement event. This followed Csathy’s earlier Giving Tree Movement event in April at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, titled “Finding Your Passion,” and which featured “The Passion Test” author Janet Atwood.

The plan is to build on the momentum and continue providing a support network that empowers parents, educators and youth organizations to come together as a united force in addressing the challenges facing our families, schools and communities so that we can build a strong foundation for our children and empower them to take on greater leadership roles.

Visit givingtreemovement.org for more information.