1. Having a mentor – A Mentor for a child is not a hard thing to accomplish. There are so many organizations out there that offer mentors for kids. Here are a few:
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- National Mentoring Summit
- NBA (National Basketball Association) Cares
- Mentoring and Single Parents
2. Not being a teen Mom or Dad – Education is key along with building good character, and knowing that it’s OK not to have sex before marriage. Let a child know what happens spirit, soul, and body when there is sex outside of marriage, and if parents don’t know themselves because they didn’t wait, then get someone or information that can explain the “joy of waiting.” The child needs to know the consequences of having a child out of wedlock which include, financial strain, time constraints, and other resources, just to name a few. Children are expensive to raise, if you don’t believe me, read this article which will tell you that it costs approximately $240,000 to raise a child from crib to at least 18 years of age – this doesn’t include college expenses.
3. Going to college – Do you know that individuals that hold at least a bachelor’s degree are more likely to earn approximately $18,000 to $20,000 dollars more a year than an individual who has a high school diploma? Also, individuals with just a high school diploma are much more likely to live in poverty. Read: Earnings of College Grads vs. Earnings of High School Grads.
4. A family leaving a not-so-great neighborhood – Why is living in a good neighborhood a key to a child not living in poverty? A good neighborhood affects a child’s emotional, physical, and social well being. Living in a bad neighborhood is stressful for a child. High crime, usually a bad school district where the education is quite lacking, and limited resources to improve the neighborhood all affect a child. Good neighborhoods generally offer a chance for a child to see people who are prosperous, work everyday, have nice homes, drive decent vehicles, keep the neighborhood clean, and look out for one another.
5. Homeschooling – Homeschooling is not for everyone, because most parents can’t afford to stay home, but if this is an option, take it. There are ideals, morals, values, career options, to name a few, that aren’t taught in school. Statistically, homeschoolers do just as well or better than kids who attend private schools. Homeschoolers are exposed to more than just four classroom walls; actually, the world is their classroom, and their parents make sure their children have real world experiences. Homeschoolers are usually not couch potatoes, and are avid readers which exposes them to successful authors, and to individuals who have done very well for themselves. To gain more information on Homeschooling, this book is a must read: Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Home Education on the Internet and Beyond. Check out this great homeschooling website as well.
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