There is an old saying “you are who you hang with.” If you hang out with positive-minded people, you are positive about your situations and can grow in a positive direction. If you hang out with negative people, you will generate negative outcomes. Your friends can be the most powerful influence on your attitude, opinions, and how you handle different … Read More
Everybody’s Different and it’s OK!
In today’s society we still put a strong emphasis on looking thin, being smart, and having more. By going along with these thoughts what are we teaching our kids? We need to be teaching our children that is is OK to be different. We want them to be healthy, not too thin not too chunky – but healthy. We need … Read More
Do you teach your kids about being Truthful?
In reading “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield, one of the success priciples is based on telling the truth. Most of us avoid telling the truth because it’s uncomfortable. We are afriad of the consequences like making others feel uncomfortable, hurting their feelings, or risking them being angry. And yet, when we don’t tell the truth, and others don’t tell … Read More
No Crying in Baseball?
Recently at my grandson’s little league baseball game (ages 6,7 & 8), I was reminded of all of the games I attended for my son. Have you ever watched parents at a little league game? The parents are much more competitive than the kids, not realizing that the kids are watching their every move. And, yes, I was one of … Read More
This morning i have read two separate articles on missing teens. Are these children runaways or something much worse? What leads a teen to runaway? No teen is immune to the pressures of growing up or dealing with issues at home. Some teens may become too overwhelmed with problems and may feel like running away is their only way to … Read More
Encourage Children to be Themselves
We should encourage our children (and each other) to be yourself. Don’t afraid to show your emotions – whether it’s perceived as being weak, strong, emotional, unacceptable, etc. Denying them is just denying who you are. While others may see revealing your emotions as an act of vulnerability, it’s only by embracing your emotions that you move a step forward toward … Read More
Slow Down and Enjoy Life!
Read this recently and wanted to share: “A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on … Read More
Know Your Teen
Teens are mysterious, sassy, hormonal, stubborn, and sometimes loving kids. They are faced with so many different temptations today. Are you aware of the dangers our teens face today? From drugs to alcohol to bullying, and let’s not forget – self-mutilation, bulimia, anorexia, and dating abuse. Would you know if your teen was suffering emotionally and/or physically? Do you have … Read More
What Do You Believe?
I recently took my grandson to see the movie ‘Rise of the Guardians.’ I enjoyed watching him as he cheered for the “good guys.” It is so important that we allow our children to “believe” in something. Most of all, we hope they will believe in us. Are we harming our children by allowing them to believe in Santa, the … Read More
Help Change the World – Part 3 of 3
I hope you have taken the time to read Parts 1 and 2 of this series. The last part of the series will cover Discipline. I also hope that you are sharing this with your friends and families. Discipline in Both Home and School I remember when I was young, discipline was strong and steady in our home. If my … Read More