April 26, 2017

A Super Power or Evil Baddie? The Digital Identity of our Youth

Children (and even adults) are searching for their own identities and the identity of the world they find themselves in. They want to know who they are, why they are and where they should be going in life. Due to the technological advances, they can now search at record speeds. “Facts” (non-fictional and fictional) are flying at them everywhere they turn.

We are utilizing this technology to help us answer the age old questions that we, as humans, have sought to answer for a millennium – Who? What? When? and Why are we? The problem is every single step and act me make in this direction is being recorded and can be used by the unscrupulous to their own ends.

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“Research Reasoning” Super Power — Brought to you by the letter “R”

No matter our personal education, religion, beliefs or creeds, we can probably all agree on this point:

With hordes of data and advertisements aimed at our children on a daily basis, CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO REASON (*to use logic to spot actual truth)

If they are to succeed in life, they have to know how to filter information – including yours. Steps to help teach them:

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Educator Tool Review – The Way to Happiness Kit

About 8 months ago, I requested an Educator Kit from The Way to Happiness Foundation International for use at school.

You can’t help but support a group with this sort of Mission Statement:

The mission of The Way to Happiness Foundation International is to reverse the moral decay of society by restoring trust and honesty the world over through the publication and widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness, a common sense guide to better living.

That mission is accomplished on a grass-roots level, worldwide, by individuals who share The Way to Happiness book with others and so bring about an increase in tolerance and understanding between families, friends, groups, communities, nations and Mankind—making a safer, less violent world for all.

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Guest Blog: Raising Boys to Become Super Heroes

This is our final installment of blogs on the subject: Raising Boys! Join the converstation with our earlier blogs.

How do you expect them to go out into the world and get good paying jobs when they “faked” their way through the days of their childhood “job” as a student? Start now, make them do the homework, help them understand, and let them take PRIDE in doing it THEMSELVES.

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Guest Blog: Raising Boys Supers With Imagination and Common Sense

There is no such thing as an “allowance” in real life. Why should there be one as a kid? They do the dishes and they get a $1. They ask for something, I ask them how much money they have? They do not ask me for money anymore, they ask me what they can do to earn money for something they want. Isn’t that what we want our kids to do – EARN MONEY, not ask or beg for it?

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Guest Blog: Parent Super Power of Raising Boys!

April is “Raising Boys” Month. BEWARE! Some of this may cause you to pause. Join the converstation and speak up!

The problem with sympathy is that sympathy begets more sympathy. Next time they walk up and say “I can’t go to school cause I have a headache” respond with, “I am sorry you have a headache. But you already took your sick day – now, head to the car.” As soon as they realize that you are not playing the sympathy game, they quit playing it too.

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The Super Power of Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline: The ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.

My attempt to explain self-discipline to my 6-year-old son was both humorous and enlightening.

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4 Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Becoming a Teacher or a Parent

I am going to give you the 4 Things I wish to God I’d known BEFORE becoming a teacher or a parent. Have mercy on your fellow teachers and parents and pass this along.

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Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

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