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From Elementary to Jr. High School

The first year in junior high or middle school is a big jump from elementary.   Now your teenager has to write their last name, in addition to their first name, on everything they turn in!  Wow, seems easy but for some kids, it’s a new habit they must form.

Getting some students to use a planner or organizer is a far-fetched dream.  If your child/teenager isn’t as self motivated or as organized as you would like, here some idea you can take to keep your child/teenager on task.

  • Look at the student progress report 3 times per week.  This way if they are missing an assignment, they knows to look in the ‘no name’ basket or talk to the teacher about the assignment before too much time passes.
  • If you know about a deadline, such as a reading assignment, mark it on your calendar and continuously check to see how far along your child/teenager is keep them on task.
  • No computer or television until homework is completed each night.
  • Use weekend downtime to catch up on reading, musical instrument practice, etc.
  • If you child’s grade is below the grade that is acceptable to you, talk to your child and/or the teacher about extra credit assignments.
  • Create a folder or a location where you keep each class syllabus.  Review each syllabus and calendar assignments with dates.  Question your child about other items on the syllabus that you are unsure about.  If you don’t have the syllabus, email the teacher to obtain one.
  • Email teachers with any questions or concerns.  They are usually quick to respond.  Build a relationship with your student’s teachers.

Incentivize your child for getting good grades.  Some super ideas are: 

Money for each A or B grade

Remove a few chores

Go on a short trip

Have a friends gathering

Have a special day out with you

Find something your child wants and give it when they receive the grades agreed upon

These ideas are working for me.  If you have some ideas you would like to share with other’s please leave a comment.    


Helping Your Teen Find Their Passion

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine what you want to do with your life.  When you are deciding for the first time, it is a big decision and it is important to find something you will enjoy doing for the rest of your life.

That is why I have come up with this short set of questions that will help you guide your teen in a good direction.

  • What makes me happy?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What comes naturally to me?
  • What am I good at?
  • What do I learn quickly?
  • What is my favorite subject in school?

Now look at any similarities in the answers and draw some ideas from them.  You can now take this information and research the field of possibilities in the areas you have compiled.

If your teen wonders “How do I know if this is my passion?” then have them ask this question:  “If I won the lottery today, would I keep pursuing this career?”   If the answer is “yes” then they are (or will be) doing what makes them happy.

“Pursuing your passion is fulfilling and leads to financial freedom.” — Robert G. Allen

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Promise Yourself – The Optimist Creed

Wonderful creed to live by and that is why I am sharing this.

Promise yourself to be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Christian D. Larson 1912 – The Optimist Creed

Choose to be an optimist; to be happy and spread joy!

Please share this with others.

Good Night…I Love You – Poem for Kids

I wrote this a few years ago for my children.  I love it and  I want to share it with you.

Some days are so busy my love doesn’t show.
That’s why tonight I’m telling you so.

I love your eyes.  I love your style.
Your bubbly laugh always makes me smile.

I love your ears.  I love your cheeks.
Wouldn’t it be funny if we both had beaks?

I love you all over; I want you to know.
From the top of your head, to the tip of your toe.

I’ll hold you close for a great big hug
Now climb under the covers, all cozy and snug.

It’s getting late and it’s time to sleep
Here’s a big kiss for you to keep

You are so precious and for you I do care
Now close your eyes and snore like a bear.

Good night…I love you.

One of my favorite posts is How to say “I love you” in sign language.

I hope you enjoyed this and if you did, please share it with others!

The Power Of Positive Thinking

Affirmations and belief in ourselves creates happiness within. I want to share a post called The Power of Positive Thinking written by Lorelei, a friend of mine who has a wonderful blog for parents.

Within the post she shares a You Tube video called Jessica’s Daily Affirmation, which is so adorable, you don’t want to miss it.

Here is the direct link to the article and video:

Share this video with others and pass along the joy!

Choose Your Reactions and Change Your Life

I want to share the 90/10 principle with you because discovering the 90/10 principle will change how you react to situations and it will positively change your life. The example provided is perfect for parenting.

This principle is written by Stephen Covey.

What is this principle?

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light. However, you can control your reaction; you can control how you react.

Let us use an example: You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react. You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over.

She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work.

You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone. After a 15-minute delay and throwing away $60 on a traffic fine, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye.

After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terribly. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home. When you arrive home, you find a small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.
Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?

    A. Did the coffee cause it?
    B. Did your daughter cause it?
    C. Did the policeman cause it?
    D. Did you cause it?
    The answer is “D”.

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, “Its ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time.” Grabbing a towel, you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early to work and cheerfully greet the staff.

Notice the difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended differently.

Why? Because of how you REACTED. You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% is determined by your reaction.

      90/10 Principle by Steven Covey

Understanding and applying the 90/10 principle WILL change your life!

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