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Financial wellness is the art of managing family income, investments and expenditures for optimal living. The process of becoming aware and making conscious choices toward financial independence is foundational for financial wellness.

Learning new skills and innovative strategies for maximizing cash flow is a goal many families must commit to before advancing toward financial wellness.  The concept of financial wellness is non-existent in many households.  However, for families who choose to experience financial freedom, the following steps will empower and bring new insight to your family.

Step 1# Give

Giving is the first step toward financial wellness.  This is your financial insurance for creating opportunities to get wealth.  Giving is the same as a farmer who plants seeds seasonally so as to reap a harvest in another season.  A farmer who desires to reap a harvest of  apples in the next season must plant apple seeds.  Planting orange seeds and expecting apples is INSANE.

A family with a desire to increase their household income must give (WORK) the use of their talents and abilities to those who could benefit.  Planting  your talent into an organization or a company is the fastest way to bring increase to your family income. There is no hope for financial increase when a family refuses to work.

Volunteering is an excellent way of planting a seed for the perfect job opportunity. Many organizations would love to benefit from your skills and dedication in the empowerment of your family.  Visit http://www.volunteermatch.org to find an opportunity in your community, or contact us by email brooksfoundation@gmail to assist with our monthly feeding of families in need in downtown Los Angeles (SKID ROW).  Helping someone start their own business is another excellent idea for positioning your family for increase.

Without understanding this FIRST STEP in financial wellness, it’s safe to say that the following steps will not apply to you. For those looking for results that work, please continue reading.

Step #2 Prepare to Receive

Preparing to receive is the second step toward financial wellness.  Once your family has already planted their seeds by the giving of their talents, ideas, love and kindness to others, WATCH OUT. The harvest has no choice but to come.  Not being prepared for the harvest will produce family stress and anxiety for those who did not plant the correct seeds on good ground.  An excellent way to prepare for the harvest is to create a 12 month financial plan on how you will spend the increase before your financial harvest arrives.

Step# 3 Your Measurement

It is impossible to receive a financial increase without the planting of your talents and skills.  There is no job or business on this planet who will pay you to do nothing.  Therefore, your measurement of financial increase is connected to the amount of QUALITY work you give to others.  If your quality of work was good, your measurement will be good.  If your quality of work was mediocre, your financial return will equal the same. To maximize your measurement, always do excellent work at all times.

Step #4 Pay Back

Pay back is a category in financial wellness that has the potential bear fruit.  Based on your quality of work invested into helping someone else grow their business, there is an automatic release of promotion and pay increase that flows without any extra effort on your part.  To position your family for a larger pay back, invest time to develop your skill and talent to another level.

Step #5 Multiply

Multiplication is a form of financial increase that is shaken together and demands attention.  At this stage of financial wellness your family begin to enjoy their financial increase dimensionally. Developing your family’s skills and talents to another level raises the financial bar and positioned your family to experience greater financial success. Staying at this level demands enrolling in classes for improving your skills and connecting with a core group of associates that empowers your family at this level.

Step #6 Overflow

Living in the overflow is operating with more than just enough money to pay your bills.  This surplus and abundance allows your family through the ability of multiplying resources to build schools, fund research for cancer and sponsor programs that provide job training for unemployed families the community.  It is in the overflow that many families begin to establish themselves as a financial resource for others.  Operating at this level effectively will take coaching and the development of new skills that prepare your family for leading the community responsibly.

Step #7 Favor

Favor is the ability to experience exceptional kindness and generosity from others effortlessly.   Receiving preferential treatment in every area of your life is a strong indication that you and your family have advanced to highest level of financial wellness.  This level of financial wellness is where no eyes have seen and no ears have heard what is about to happen for family.

Operating at this level is an experience that surpasses all understanding. Do not try to figure it out!  Houses, cars, boats, planes, and special invitations to paid VIP luncheons/dinners are some of the benefits that follow a family that is drenched in the excess that come with operating in favor.

This level of financial wellness is not for sale.  Favor is a natural progression for families who start by giving through investing time and effort to help others succeed.  By helping others to succeed, your family will benefit several times over without having to sell your soul for it.  Enjoying and maintaining this level of financial success demands helping others achieve success and rejecting low-level thinking that encourages competition and greed.




Life without charity is useless and unfulfilled.  Charity is essential for experiencing a life filled with increase, overflow, abundance, good measured, pressed down, shaken together and running over.  Charity is the key to long-term financial success and must begin first in your home.

9 Charity Essentials to Practice First at Home:

1. Patience:  Passively apply patience with yourself in the financial planning process with each family member.  Use patience to create and operate your family budget.  Do not be in a hurry when making financial decisions.  Be calm, take your time and follow through with a realistic and peaceful action plan.  Believe for the best and hope for more stable financial resources and provisions that can position your family to financially support your community joyfully.

2. Kindness: Use kindness to move your family to another financial level of success.  Kindness is a financial weapon in action.  Never act rashly or insolently  toward money.  Using presumptuous and disrespectful behaviors to clarify the family’s financial situation to your children is inconsistent with charity.  Take time to discuss in an orderly manner your children’s budget, spending and investment goals at your weekly family meetings.  This level of kindness is mandatory for preparing your children to mirror back to the community excellent money management skills.

3. Generosity: Liberally investing and habitually maximizing your children’s financial portfolio before they graduate high school is an excellent form of demonstrating charity at home. Preparing your children to be financially responsible and accountability is an important and valuable aspect of family empowerment.  The level of generosity displayed in the home will match the level of generosity your family is capable of giving to others outside the home.

4. Humility: Conditioning your family to become skilled in humility is exhibiting charity without the parade.  Though often neglected, humility is foundational in positioning your family to lead successfully in the area of finance.  Pride destroys families unwilling to identify the many opportunities for activating humility. Unlimited wealth is attracted to humility.

5. Courtesy: Being polite in communicating the family’s 90 day spending plan without disagreement in spite of your family’s current economic situation is expressing charity in a manner your children can easily understand.

6. Unselfishness:  The true essence of charity is unselfishness.  Having the courage to control the habit of overspending so as to secure your family’s financial future is experiencing charity without limits.  The secret to changing your family’s financial situation for the better is hidden in unselfishness.   The fear of not having enough is a trap many families never recover from.  There are more than enough financial resources available on this planet for every family.  Take a stand today and demonstrate your bravery by facing every selfish thought and idea with the capability of sabotaging your children’s inheritance.

7. Good Temper: A well-balanced and mental disposition family has the potential to shift financial consciousness in their community, the school their children attend, and even the place they worship.  Families with good temperament are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.  The world cannot advance successfully without these families sharing this level of charity within the community.  The only way to stop hostility, hate and the poison generated by toxic emotions is to begin demonstrating good temperament in your home.  Once mastered visually in the home, children will begin to reflect back to the community a level of peace beyond human understanding.

8. Ethics:  Being in accordance with financial principles that governs your family’s conduct is a form of charity that must be cultivated.  Children are watching their parents for the correct response to spending, saving and investing.  What financial morals do you practice at home before shopping?  Can your children trust you to manage their financial destiny?  When will you begin that education fund?

9. Sincerity:  The truth in word and action is the meaning of sincerity to children.  Practice connecting a physical action to the financial promises you make to your children.  Words without the correct action sends a negative message to children.  Children who are disappointed usually reflect the same behavior to their classmates and eventually grow up to become adults that do the same to their spouse.  What can you do today to shift this dynamics in your home?  When will you begin teaching your family the essentials for adding value to their community?  What ideas do you have for preparing your children with an accountability plan for the cash you give them weekly for lunch, toys, entertainment or food?


A child’s anger is a quick and reflective response to a parent’s hypocrisy.  Pretending to have family values and purpose involves deception and is considered a lie.

Children dislike and become angry easily by a parent’s pretense of a virtuous and moral character.  Parents are at the mercy of understanding their children’s anger due to the deceptive and tragic methods used to communicate the family’s purpose.

Making excuses and being inconsistent with family goals is usually at the center stage why many children become furious with their parents.  Children need their parents to demonstrate behaviors reflecting truth, honesty and integrity in the home.  Half-truth is a form of trickery many children detest and do not respond to kindly.

Making plans with your child and changing them without an explanation provokes anger.  Anger in many children is often stimulated by a neglecting parent.  Neglecting to invest time in preparing children emotionally and physically to respond effectively to life’s daily challenges, encourages frustration.

Misleading children about their purpose in life is the highest form of deception many parents use underhanded that incites a child’s anger.  Suppressed truth about a child’s potential is no excuse for abuse and abandonment.

Children need parents to be more accountable with their future.  What are your written goals and purpose for your child’s first 18 years?  Why do you tolerate such low performance and deception in preparing your child with a financial portfolio before they begin high school?

Who is responsible for your family’s success? When will you develop the necessary skills and tools to move your child forward successfully?  Where can your child go for mentorship and support until you get help you need?  How can you strategically improve your relationship with your child within the next 12 months?

These questions can only be answered by a parent who honestly choose to understand the dangers associated with the child’s inability to process their own emotions correctly.  Implementing the answers to these questions has the potential to heal your family.  You are the answer to your child’s anger.  Share the family’s purpose with your child before it’s too late!








#1. FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY’S PURPOSE: Your family’s purpose is foundational in winning your children’s heart.  Every child has a deep desire for connecting with their family’s purpose.  Without a family purpose many children become victims to other people’s purpose in life.  To learn how to create a family purpose statement visit http://www.BrooksandBrooksFoundation.org.

#2. TAKE ACTION DAILY:  It is very important parents take daily action toward the fulfillment of their family’s purpose.  Small steps each day are guaranteed for helping your children to shape their personalities and skillfully crafting their life experiences.

#3. ENCOURAGE THEM:  Children love the encouragement of their parents.  Encouragement is a powerful tool for building your children’s self-esteem and confidence.

#4. EXPRESS GRATITUDE: Celebrate the good in your children.  There are no perfect children.  Express gratitude when they have worked hard to keep their room clean.  Express gratitude when your children does not complain about dinner.  The goal is to express gratitude for the behavior you would like your child to practice more often.  Resist the temptation in paying more attention to your children’s negative behaviors.

#5. SHARE FAMILY GOALS:  A great time to share family goals is during your weekly family meetings.  Share the big picture with your children and allow them to add value to the family.  Children who are allowed to add value to their family usually add value to their community.

#6. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION:  Children without a clear family purpose often develop a negative perception of who they are.  Do not give this option to your child.  Invest the necessary time to educate your children about the family’s purpose.

#7. BELIEVE IN YOUR PARENTING ABILITIES:  Children can only grow as far as their parent’s personal development.  Read the necessary books, attend the workshops, seek council from those who know more than you and never give up on personal development.  You are the best person for this parenting job.  I believe in your parenting abilities.  Now it’s your turn.



Parents have a tendency to react negatively to their children’s behavior, particularly when they run out of effective parenting tools to use.   The fastest and quickest way to improve your children’s behavior is to execute the 3 C’s of parenting, otherwise known as vitamins for a parent’s mind.   A parent’s ability to lead their children respectfully and authoritatively will always be at the mercy of their ability to manage themselves skillfully with proper vitamins for their mind.

The first C for parents is comprehension.  Comprehension is grasping the nature and importance of your children’s behavior at all time.  This vitamin is about parents intellectually responding to their children’s behavior from a position of strength and authority.  Parents must make it a rule to never react impulsively to their children’s behavior.

The second C for parenting is conscience.  Conscience is the awareness of a parent’s ethical conduct when responding to their children’s behavior.  Communicating with a clear conscience is an essential vitamin for correcting negative behavior demonstrated by your children.  There are not enough gifts or sacrifices a parent can give their children that will eliminate a guilty conscience.  Parents must respond to their children’s negative behaviors always with a clear conscience not a guilty conscience. Reacting to your children’s behavior without forgiving them of their past negative behaviors is the greatest and most detrimental blockage to your children’s self-development.

The third C for parenting is conceptualization.  Conceptualization are thoughts and ideas parents have about their children. Negative behaviors begin with a thought.   Positive behaviors are also conceived by a thought.  The road from conceptualization to understanding your children’s behavior can be tedious.  Keep in mind; children’s behaviors are first conceived from the ideas and thoughts they have about themselves.  Coaching children towards improving their personal identity will drastically change their behavior towards success and excellence.

Join Yvonne by registering  for the FREE Teleseminar “The Battlefield of a Parent’s Mind” at http://www.BrooksandBrooksFoundation.org or email brooksfoundation@gmail.com


New Book Helps Parents Build Their Children’s Self-Esteem.

Self-esteem is your sense of personal worth. It encompasses both self-confidence and self-acceptance. In part, healthy self-esteem comes from your awareness of the value you add to your family and the community. In Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem, author Yvonne Brooks provides a step-by-step guide for improving children’s self-esteem.

Practical and hands-on, with clear and concise instructions, Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem shows parents how to identify healthy and low self-esteem behaviors in their children. Parents will also learn how to overcome and correct unproductive habits that limit their child’s performance.

From developing a series of ideas for empowering children toward self-responsibility and awareness, parents will get the information needed to activate their child’s potential for maximum success. Parents will learn how self-esteem manifests in children, how children with healthy and low self-esteem communicate, and how healthy and low self-esteem characteristics affect parenting skills.

Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem provides guidance to help parents manifest and produce healthy, confident, courageous children.

Format:Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
COST: $16.95
Availability: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Iuniverse, http://www.BrooksandBrooksFoundation.org