Nowadays it appears our children are under siege physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, and financially. What can we do about it? We need to sit our kids down and have a very long discussion with them – not just talk at them. We need to find out what things are weighing on their minds, what pressures are overtaking them, what are their hopes and dreams, and what can we do, as adults, to support, gird up, and change for them. What can we do as adults to change immediately the outcomes that might physically hurt our children? Our children’s physical safety appears to be a serious threat in this day and time. [Read more…]
Stress, busy lives, peer pressure, and not enough hours in a day plague children as well as adults. Adults have ways to relieve the stresses of life, but what stress relievers or little pleasures can children participate? This is something parents need to consider and talk with their children to see what can assist them in relieving some stresses their children are experiencing.
How do kids publish books? Get your child’s poems, stories, and essays published online and in ebooks. Does your child enjoy writing? Have you accumulated your child’s art, poetry, essays and stories? In my house as the years went by my parents accumulated these items for three children. I don’t know what they did with those materials as we got older, but have I got some great ideas for you. So pull out the tubs full of your child’s art, poetry, essays and stories and separate them into piles according to category. Once you’ve got that done ask yourself the question, “Should I publish my child’s stuff for love or for money?” [Read more…]
Who says adults are the only ones who want to accomplish things in life? Kids have things they would like to accomplish too, but they need some help mapping things out. Here’s my story. I had a Bucket List as a child and I didn’t even know it. I had a best friend, Pam, and she and I were like two peas in a pod, like peas and carrots, like peanut butter and jelly, you get the idea. We lived in the Projects in The South Bronx, NY, but wanted more out of life even as kids. [Read more…]
Have you ever hear the statement “Have something to show for yourself?” Yes, you have. Well, that can be said for children. Life skills include documentation which are items that can “show you off”. What documentation you might ask? This by no means is an exhaustive list of documents, but it’s a start. You choose which ones should be of importance to your child, and by all means sit down with your son and/or daughter and explain the importance of each document along with their uses. [Read more…]
Ok, this topic may not win an award, but what it will do is make parents think about their children’s future. Most parents want their children to be successful, but often don’t think about the success process. Parents think about the end result or destination, but not the journey. In todays society a resume is a large piece of a successful individual’s journey into the work world. How so? A resume is one of the first documents requested by employers, colleges, and volunteer organizations; if your child doesn’t have one he or she is already behind the eight ball. Mom and Dad start early preparing a resume ready child – here are some ideas: [Read more…]
Yes, you heard me right – working on the cheap. With today’s economy employers are laying off but still need work done that is crucial to their business. They are working “lean,” meaning employers are attempting to work smarter and not harder, they are cutting the “fat.” Layers of employees that are beneficial to the bottom line are being cut while some of the much-needed work still remains. What does this mean for a young person (teen) looking for experience?
Guest Post by Jennifer Landis
Weighing the pros and cons of big-ticket child-rearing decisions such as education, after-school care, sports involvement and social events isn’t easy. You seek the advice of friends and family, study-up on current development theory, which school is best to send them to (check website here), consider new alternatives, and — when all is said and done — check in with your heart.
Alright, these are the cutest and most creative acronyms. Some will make you laugh so hard, and some will give you food for thought. [Read more…]
“Mentally Wealthy” – have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, we all have mental wealth, some more than others. What is mental wealth?