Take house cleaning as an opportunity to teach your child about organization and charity. As you clean, pack up things you no longer want or need to donate to charity. Have your child do the same. Instead of them constantly pushing old toys to the side, teach the value of donating them to others. Another alternative is to teach your child about organization and business by organizing a yard sale.
Constantly focus on giving your child/teen the confidence, self-esteem and social skills required to resist peer pressure without destroying friendships. Remember teaching your kids to “just say no” is not enough. The self-esteem plays a critical role in your child’s decision making ability. Self-esteem creates confidence – confidence creates power – and power creates a leader not a follower.
Yes goodbyes are difficult. Hopefully, we learn something from each one of these losses (or changes in our lives). As with my dad, he was the one who truly taught me the meaning of love. I lost him when i was only 22 years old. That left an enormous void in my life. He never got to see, know and impart his wisdom to my children. These losses have helped me grow stronger in my life.
He felt her press something firmly into his open palm, while his arm still hung limply at his side. It was a small plastic condom secured neatly in a protective case. Suddenly his binders slipped from his other hand, scattering on the ground at his feet as he gasped amazed at her suggestion. This was more than he figured he would ever have happen, no matter how much he longed for it to occur.
Because of my goodbyes I look at the new people that come into my life in a whole new light. I wonder why I have met them, what I can learn from them, and how can I make a difference in their lives? I always ask, “Why has God brought this person to me?” when I meet someone new. Nothing happens by accident. I look forward to where this new relationship will take me. I want to add value to the time spent with people in my life. I want to leave a loving legacy behind me. I do not want to live my life thinking about what I could have, would have or should have done!
“I would know.” He responded quickly, and moved to prevent her once more. Within seconds of removing her hands from his clothing the door suddenly swung open, admitting a gale of giggling girls into the already cramped and cluttered storage room. Startled, Joshua moved further back against the shelves, attempting to avoid the crowd. The girls surrounded their friend, and he struggled with shame as Keisha shared the antics of their assumed rendezvous as if it had actually already occurred. He felt trapped as she degraded him once more, teasing about size and ability and anything else she could think of to make him feel less worthy of her attentions.
You may feel there are no easy answers and in truth, there are many variables working against you. What should be the consequences in elementary school for bad behavior? First, ask yourself who you think should be deciding those consequences for your child. It is easy to give away your power as a parent; give it away to the school, to after school activities, to any system that promises to “help” you raise your child while you must be elsewhere. To let someone else determine the consequences for your child’s behavior.
For example: Dane Westergaard wanted to become a Dentist and was leaning on focusing his high school education towards moving on into that field of study. He would have had to take 4 years of college couses and then take on a Master’s degree and Internship before ever dealing with a “live” patient.