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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.




It is important to know that one in ten children are victimized by bullies.  Bullying is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly.  Start by determining the reasons why your child is bullying others.  Are your child’s needs being met at home?  Do you invest 30 minutes or more daily engaging in developing healthy communication skills with your child?  Do you have a family purpose statement posted in your home?

The most common type of bullying is physical; punching, pushing, kicking etc.  Other types of bullying include using the silent treatment to manipulate others to give in to their demands.

        However, a child may be teasing other children, calling them names or otherwise verbally assaulting them.  Once you have determined the type of bullying, make it completely clear to your child that this behavior is unacceptable. Always separate the behavior from the child.  Then, take a good look at your non-verbal communication with your child.  

      Often, children imitate the behaviors of their parents.  Do you bully your spouse, child or others?  Do you demand things go your way? Are you a know it all parent?

Talking with your child about his/her behavior may lead them to giving you an explanation.  However, in many cases, it is a good idea to involve a professional counselor, who is especially trained in working with children who are bullies.



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


Blind Spot #1: Overestimate Themselves

This often happens when your child set their goals too high.

Solution: Break family goals down into several steps and ask your child to assist you with the process of breaking a goal into several steps.

Blind Spot #2: Believe they do not need help

Allow your child room to make mistakes, and encourage them to get back up and try again.

Blind Spot #3: Underestimate Themselves

Children who set their goals too low are easily bored and usually struggle with this blind spot.


Review your family purpose, vision, mission and values statement with your child.  Begin a step by step plan for assisting your child with creating their personal purpose statement to be posted in their room.

Blind Spot #4: Negative Thoughts

Many children are unaware that they are not their thoughts.  Each action is connected to thoughts they gave permission to.  Encourage your child to capture each thought to align with their purpose statement, and refuse every thought that does not support it.

Blind Spot #5: Pride

Right before your child suffers a horrible setback, pride will show up.  Pride is associated with limited vision.  The inability to activate a personal vision statement can be very dangerous to your child’s well-being.


Create a 90-day plan with your child to activate their personal vision statement.


Visit the Brooks & Brooks Foundation Youtube Channel and watch the video “How to Create Your Family Vision Statement.”


Starting your day with a written plan for investing your greatest commodity is a wise decision.  Parenting effectively within the next twenty-four hours is a skill that must be mastered.  With a plan in hand for investing your next twenty-four hours strategically, the return on invested time will expand your capacity to receive the joy and peace associated with parenting.  Below is a sample breakdown for investing your next twenty-four hours wisely.

Sample Breakdown include:

-Sleep (7-8 hours)

-Productive-Generating Income (7-8 hrs)

-Family ( 3 hrs)

-Exercise (1 hr)

-Relaxation/Prayer (2 hrs)

-Social ( 2 hrs)