Archive | June 2011

NINE GREAT EDUCATIONAL AND LEARNING RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

1.     The Public Library:

Public Libraries offer free resources year-round.  Every child should have a library card before starting pre-school.

Membership is free and Librarians are some of the wisest and most knowledgeable resource persons on the planet!

Need to find your nearest library? Check the Yellow Pages or online search engines for a location close to your home.

2.   School Libraries:

School libraries are often an underutilized resource for assistance with class projects and assignments.  Encourage your children to challenge the librarians with creative questions! As children expand their intellects, they also increase their productivity in the classroom.

3.   Online Dictionaries:

Add the following online dictionaries to your children’s educational resource database:

4.   Software Programs:

Visit the following websites for ideas; www.softwareforkids.com and www.superkids.com

 5.   After School Programs:

Check out programs available at your children’s school(s) and nearby community centers.  For home study/online after school programs visit www.BrooksandBrooksFoundation.org .

6.   Mentors:

All children need wise and trusted counselors and supporters. Why not consider arranging for your children to meet with family members or close friends every month? Brainstorming sessions with a mentor can help children develop innovative ideas for achieving success with home and school.

7.   School Counselors:

School counselors are valuable resources children can approach with their questions about preparing for middle school, high school and college. The ideas they gain from these conversations can be put into visuals and added to your child’s vision book for each school year.

8.   KidsOLR:

Kids Online Resources (http://www.kidsolr.com/) is an amazing online site for children from Kindergarten to College. The assembled resources on this one site may be the best single collection on the Web. You have to see it to believe it.

9.   Government Programs:

Research the following websites for ideas:  www.kids.gov and www.bensguide.gpo.gov.

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THE NINE P’S OF PARENTING

The 1st P of Parenting is Prayer.  The power of a parent who prays for their children is considerable. Your prayers have the potential to protect, to bless, and to guide your children toward the loving arms of their heavenly Father.

The 2nd P of Parenting is Purpose.  The purpose of parenting is to add value to your children. In turn, your children will add value to the community and to the world.

The 3rd P of Parenting is Passion.  A parent’s passion is like a fuel that provides energy. In this case, that energy encourages children enthusiastically toward their destiny.

The 4th P of Parenting is Patience. By modeling a behavior that can at times be personally challenging, parents teach their children how to manage themselves more successfully.

The 5th P in Parenting is Peace. Peace is a state of mind parents choose at the beginning of each day (and throughout the day!). Peace brings power to parents as they strive to successfully manage daily family goals and activities.

The 6th P in Parenting is Preparation.  Being prepared mentally, emotionally and physically are foundational tools parents can use to cultivate a culture of self-discipline in the home.

The 7th P in Parenting is Persistence.  Persistent parents maintain a steady course of action and purpose in spite of obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.

The 8th P in Parenting is Prioritization. Putting first things first is critical. When family priorities are strategically arranged, the results are higher productivity and higher returns on time invested.

The 9th P in Parenting is Positive Attitude.  Having a positive mindset in parenting is a key secret for producing healthy and emotionally strong children.  Positive parenting is the most effective style of parenting.

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This entry was posted on June 16, 2011. 1 Comment

DAY 5: FAMILY EMPOWERMENT QUOTE

“By any objective criterion, the 5 percent of the world’s people who live in the United States are an incredibly rich aristocracy living in the midst of impoverished masses. Surely one of the most astounding things, therefore, about this affluent minority is that we honestly think we barely have enough to survive in modest comfort.” From: Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving From Affluence to Generosity by Ronald J. Sider

ASK YOUR CHILD THE CORRECT QUESTIONS!

Parents are not privileged to receive the answer to a question they did not ask. Asking questions is fundamental and a natural resource necessary for the development of the parent/child relationship.  Questions excite both the parent and child’s imagination. children are naturally conditioned to ask questions.

There are no stupid questions; only limited questions due to the child or parent’s present vocabulary.  Limited questions access limited answers.  Powerful questions are essential for children’s growth and development.  Questions give the child’s mind a target to move toward.

Parents should begin each day by asking themselves uplifting questions such as; what do I want my child to learn from the day?  Asking uplifting questions position children to gain knowledge from each day effortlessly.

Children stop learning when they stop asking questions.  Parents need to protect their children’s curiosity by providing unlimited resources for questions giving birth deep within their child’s heart. Children gain independence through the courage of the questions they ask.

Children can control their own behavior simply by asking themselves productive and empowering questions.  Children use their behavior as an indirect way to get what they want.  Negative behaviors can be unlearned by asking questions that demand excellence in productivity.  Asking productive and empowering questions eliminate answers that support procrastination and laziness.

Many parents are unaware that their children’s behavior is tied to a question.  Questions do not need to be spoken or written down to produce results.  Most questions are generated by our thoughts.  Parents should encourage their children to ask themselves questions that increase productivity in all areas of their life.  To learn more,  download the most powerful resource on the planet by visiting http://www.TheParentalToolkit.com

Examples of productive and empowering questions parents can use to encourage their children to manage and control their behavior include:

A. Who do I know that has benefited from not listening to their parents?

B. How have I benefited from this behavior so far?

C. Why do I accept the behavior of being disrespectful?

D. Am I choosing to expand or limit myself in school?

E. What can I do today to improve my behavior?

F. What is my payoff for not following through with assignments and chores?

Sample questions parents can ask for gaining access to powerful answers from their children:

1. Incisive Question:

Can you identify three ways you are going to turn your video game time into specific results for growth and development?

2. Creative Question:

How can you become more creative with your homework time?

3. Open-Mnded Question:

Are you ready to experience a different result with your grades?

4. Uplifting Question:

What will it take for you to become self-motivated with keeping your room clean?

5. Confident Question:

What are the benefits of being bold with the use of your time?

6. Positive Question:

What positive ideas can you come up with for correcting your behavior?

7. Specific Question:

What are your definite plans within the next thirty days for improving your grades?

8. Simple Question:

What items do you need for completing your assignment?

9. Courageous Question:

What fearless opportunities come to mind for improving your relationship with your teacher?

10: Resourceful Question:

What ingenious ideas do you have for raising your grades?

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This entry was posted on June 1, 2011. 2 Comments