Begin Thoughtful Tuesdays with Help from 💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

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I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Thoughtful Tuesday to your week. It is important that we are raising selfless children in today’s world. What better way to remind them to put others first than by reminding them on a weekly basis.

Begin by teaching children the meaning of being thoughtful. The word thoughtful is an adjective that means showing consideration for others. Talk with your children, get their ideas about whom would benefit by having something nice done for them. Their ideas will amaze you!

As adults, it is our job to be role models. When you are completing thoughtful deeds for others, talk to your children about it. Show them in a concrete way what you are trying to teach them. If thoughtfulness is part of your routine, then children are more likely to pick up the habit.
Here are 10 easy ideas to help kick start Thoughtful Tuesday:
1. Do a chore for someone without their knowledge
2. Bake something with your child and share with a neighbor
3. Write a nice note and leave it in a library book for someone to find
4. Send a homemade card to a relative
5. Pick up litter at school or in your community
6. Volunteer together at an animal shelter
7. Make and deliver pictures or cards to a senior center
8. Donate to a charity of your choice
9. Hide nice notes around the house for family members to find
10. Make a fun craft and give it to someone you care about

Have fun and good luck!
Witty Wednesday ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S

Author

Begin Mannerly Mondays with Help from💛 Mrs. Good Choice 💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

💛2016 is finished and 2017 is underway! It is a great time to begin new routines and projects with your children. A fun way to begin is to label each day of the week with a particular title. In the coming months, I will be sharing ideas on how to make this happen.💛

Let’s begin with Mannerly Monday.
We, as adults, know it is important to remind our children to use their manners every day. Older children need to see us model good manners and they depend on us to teach them to do the same. Younger children enjoy playing games and having special things happen in their lives. A great way to begin is by introducing Mannerly Monday in your home or classroom. It is a wonderful way to teach some of the most important manners needed for a lifetime and children will consider it a new, fun game.

Teach children to say:
Please; thank you; you’re welcome; yes, Ma’am; no, Ma’am; yes, Sir;  no, Sir; excuse me.

Mannerly Monday would be a good day to teach children about important table manners:
To place their napkin on their lap before they eat, to keep their elbows off the table, to chew food with their mouth closed, and to wait for everyone at the table to have their food before eating.

It is a great way to teach boys the manners they will need to help them become kind gentlemen:
To show them how to hold open doors for ladies (and anyone, really) to teach them when they are riding in an elevator and the door opens … that it is polite to let ladies and their obvious elders leave the elevator first. Model for them how to help a woman with her coat. Can you imagine the expression on the face of an older woman when a seven- or eight-year-old boy asks them if they would like help with their coat?

My dad taught my husband something I found interesting. When a man is walking on a sidewalk or side of a road with a woman, the man should be on the outside of the sidewalk closest to the road. This is a very old tradition that shows that the man is protecting the woman from traffic or other danger. Neither Steve nor I had ever heard of this tradition. I found it very sweet and something to pass on to our youth!
I hope you make Mannerly Monday one of your 2017 resolutions. The possibilities for teaching opportunities are endless! My best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, (and mannerly) New Year!
If I can help you in any way, please contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.
Would love to hear about your own Mannerly Monday experiences

Thoughtful Tuesday ideas coming soon💛

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S
Author

Teach your Children to Count their BLESSINGS with Help from💜Mrs. Good Choice💜

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices.  She now wants to help YOU!

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As we enter into the holiday season, it is so important to Count our BLESSINGS and to teach our children to do the same! I have so much to be thankful for each and every day. First of all I am thankful for my wonderful parents, who have taught me to work hard and never give up on my dreams. Although we will not get to celebrate Thanksgiving together this year, I will be visiting them in the near future.

My life is totally complete because of my husband, Steve. He is the most caring, thoughtful, and supportive husband a wife could only dream of marrying. Along with my sweet husband I gained a smart, funny, hard working son named Fred. In 2014 our family was blessed with our sweet daughter in law, Shu. I am also blessed with many wonderful friends and relatives and a great church family.

It is not the material things in life that matter, but the relationships we build. I learned this at a very young age. It is my life dream, to help children in today’s world learn to build positive relationships.  I encourage you to teach your children to appreciate what is most important in their lives.

“Where do I start?” you may ask. You are your child’s first role model. It begins with your own actions. Examine how you, yourself treat others. Children learn from what they see and hear. Teach children manners. It is important to say thank you and show others that they are appreciated.

I realize we live in a digital world, but sending thank you notes and letters of appreciation is still a great way to show thankfulness. Adults don’t care if the note has misspelled words or incorrect grammar. Young children can draw a picture to show their thanks. It is the thought that matters.

Volunteer in your community and take your children along with you. Many food pantries, animal shelters, and other organizations need help this time of year. It is important to teach children that many people are not as fortunate as they may be.

Begin a daily or weekly way of discussing things you are most thankful for in your life. For example, at dinner time each person needs to share something they are thankful for about their day.   Create a Family Grateful Jar. When someone has something special they are thankful for, they write it down or draw a picture and place it in the jar. Start a family tradition and share the jar contents on the same day each week.

We do live in a fast pace world. However, I encourage you to slow down and teach your children the important things in life.

Count your BLESSINGS one by one.
At the end of the day …
When it has all been done.
Life will be easier …wait and see.
Being THANKFUL is the KEY!

Until next time,

💜Blessings💜

Dawn Young Ed.S
Author

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Great Summer Activities toTeach Children to Help Others … by Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU!

The first day of summer has arrived. Most children’s school year is complete; but what now, you may ask? It is so important to help your child develop into a Life- Long Learner. Keep your children learning by keeping them active.

page4readyReading is such a key to a child’s success. Read daily with or to your children. Allow them to read to you. Many communities have free summer library programs for children. Take advantage of these great free resources.

Make arrangements for older students to go into nursing homes or assisted living facilities with the elderly and read, play board games, dominoes, or card games. Not only will this be a blessing for the youth, but also the adults involved. We all can learn many great lessons from the older generation.

If your child plays a musical instrument, arrange with the activities director, for a small presentation for the residents. Most facilities have pianos. The residents will love it!

If you attend a church, ask the pastor for the names of shut-in men and women who don’t get out often. Arrange a game time or reading hour with them and your children. Many times the elderly just need someone to listen to their stories. It also helps stimulate the memories of the elderly to enhance their quality of living.

Volunteer to work on a community service project together. Food pantries, beautification projects, and animal shelters are just a few great places that can always use extra hands. Children need to learn the importance of learning to serve others. Teaching children the meaning of respect and responsibility is so crucial.

The most important gifts you can give your children are your love, attention, and time. When you are modeling these key elements, it teaches your children to do the same. Remember … little ears and eyes are always listening and watching!

Enjoy your summer with your children!  Please know that I am here to help YOU!

Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Blessings until next time,

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Mrs. Good Choice is Following her DREAMS

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make good choices.  She now wants to HELP YOU!

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It has been quite awhile since I have blogged.  Although you have not heard from me in writing … I have been out trying to make the world a better place.

I have always been a believer in following my dreams and not giving up due to any circumstances that may come my way.  That is what I have been doing, following my dreams.  In April 2015 my own memoir was published, “My World of Light and Love … by Dawn”.

Since then, I have been traveling and sharing my own journey of being born with a visual disability.  I have been visiting clubs, organizations, women’s groups, churches, schools, and residential homes encouraging others to never give up on their own dream … no matter their own circumstances.

However, I continue on my Mrs. Good Choice journey with children as well.  Overwhelmed at times, I feel like a chicken with my head cut off!  In the midst of all of it, I have committed to help teach reading to kindergarten through fourth-grade students two days a week.

So with all of this said, I am praying that I am led in the direction in which I need to go in order to influence and encourage others to follow their dreams.  Please never allow someone else’s words discourage you from doing something you have always dreamed of accomplishing.

I am committing myself, right here and now, to keep Mrs. Good Choice sending positive words of encouragement through this blog.  Please watch for new messages at lease once a month.

Please know that I am here to HELP YOU!  If you have a problem or question that you need help answering,  contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

I am available for public speaking events.

Blessings until next time,

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Fun Summer Activities for Children … by Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice, a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!

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The first day of summer has arrived. Most children’s school year is complete; but what now, you may ask? It is so important to help your child develop into a Life- Long Learner. Keep your children learning by keeping them active.

Reading is such a key to a child’s success. Read daily with or to your children. Allow them to read to you. Many communities have free summer library programs for children. Take advantage of these great resources.

Make arrangements for older students to go into nursing homes or assisted living facilities with the elderly and read, play board games, dominoes, or card games. Not only will this be a blessing for the youth, but also the adults involved. We all can learn many great lessons from the older generation. If your child plays a musical instrument, arrange with the activities director, for a small presentation for the residents. Most facilities have pianos. The residents will love it!

If you attend a church, ask the pastor for the names of shut-in men and women who don’t get out often. Arrange a game time or reading hour with them and your children. Many times the elderly just need someone to listen to their stories. It also helps stimulate the memories of the elderly to enhance their quality of living.

Volunteer to work on a community service project together. Food pantries, beautification projects, and animal shelters are just a few great places that can always use extra hands. Children need to learn the importance of learning to serve others. Teaching children the meaning of respect and responsibility is so crucial.

The most important gifts you can give your children are your love, attention, and time. When you are modeling these key elements, it teaches your children to do the same. Remember … little ears and eyes are always listening and watching!

Enjoy your summer with your children!  Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Blessings until next time,

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Dawn Young, Ed.S

Author

“Manners Matter” says Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!

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As adults, it is so important to think before we speak. Have you ever felt as though you just put your foot in your mouth? I know I have, more times than I have fingers to count. In this fast-paced world we live in, it is easy to just open your mouth without thinking first. We are all guilty of this, at one time or another.

I love the following acronym reminder to help THINK before you SPEAK …

T ~Is it true?

H ~Is it helpful?

I ~ Is it inspiring?

N ~Is it necessary?

K ~Is it kind?

Not only is it a wonderful reminder for adults, it is a very good tool to teach children. As a teacher and elementary principal, I shared this little reminder with many children over the years. I would have copies for the older children to copy down in their own writing and keep in their pocket or in a safe place.

Parents, I advise you to teach your children the meaning of the words true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind. Practice as a family listening for positive words being spoken.

I can’t stress it enough, the importance of being a role model for your children and the youth of today. Remember, little eyes and ears are watching and listening to every word that comes out of our mouths.

I encourage you to give it a try! It might be one of the best things you ever tried.  Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

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Blessings until next time,

Dawn Young, Ed.S                                                                                                                                                              Children’s Author

Teach Patience with Help from Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!

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We live in such a fast paced world, how is it possible to teach our children patience when we don’t have them ourselves? Have you found yourself feeling at the end of your rope when dealing with young children? Parents and teachers alike are the key role models in all children’s’ lives. It is our job to Remain Calm and Carry On.

Children are like small magnets that pick up everything they see and hear. It is our job as adults to be the best role models possible. Model the best way to stay calm in various situations. Try not to over react. Keep an even tone voice.

When you raise your voice it teaches children to do the same. And if you do it frequently, children learn quickly how to tune you out. When you are feeling frustrated, tell your child and explain that you may need a time out. And remember to take deep breaths.

Young children need to be taught the difference between having good and bad patients. That being said, research shows that a child’s ability to control impulses and delay gratifications is highly predictive of a child’s future academic success.

Without the skills and ability to be patient, children may have a difficult time listening, attending to instruction, and learning.

Some ways to teach patience and self control are to play games that reinforce expectations; stop and go, loud and soft, whisper and shout. Use music and songs like the Hokey Pokey to help with these skills. It is possible to make waiting concrete by using a kitchen timer.

I have learned over the years that what children need most is a predictable environment where they know the rules and expectations along with consequences. Children want structure along with being loved.

Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Dawn Young

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Blessings until next time,

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                       Author & Motivational Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Good Choice says, “Never give up on your dreams!”

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!

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Happy 2015! Wow another year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. When I think back about my life in 2014, I am blessed to say that I have accomplished one of my life goals. It has always been a dream of mine to write a children’s book with a great message.

My life passion has been spent trying to teach children the importance of Making Good Choices for a Lifetime. When I retired from education in 2013, my heart told me that I was not finished teaching or leading children and adults in the right direction. God granted me the opportunity to write and have published my first children’s book, The ABC’s of Making Good Choices.

Because of God’s loving hand in the whole process, I didn’t have to send my book off to numerous editors and companies and wait for months for a response. Everything happens in his time. Currently, I have six more books published in the Mrs. Good Choice Series.

This past year I have spent time visiting numerous community events and elementary schools sharing the importance of making good choices to children. If my message helps change one child’s life, than it has all been worth it. I am excited about my new journey.

Currently, I am in the process of writing my own autobiography. God has confirmed to me that it is time for me to share my own story about being born legally blind. I am so blessed to have been born to parents that raised me to believe in myself and never give up on my dreams.

So one of my goals for 2015 is to encourage parents to believe in themselves and raise their own children to do the same. No matter, what your own story is you are not alone. You may have been born with a disability, born into an economically disadvantaged family, developed a rare disease or illness, have overcome a drug or alcohol addiction, know that God is available to help you. And so am I!

I am here to tell you that you can be anything YOU want to be and do anything YOU want to do! All it takes is hard work, perseverance, and prayer.

Please feel free to contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com

Blessings until next time,

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Dawn Young Ed.S

Children’s Author & Motivational Speaker