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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“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

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Teach 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. I am 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 how to be thankful. 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!

Blessings until next time,

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                                        Chuildren’s Author

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Mrs. Good Choice Encourages You to Talk with Your Children

 

page4readyMrs. 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!

My husband has told me time and time again, I am a kid magnet. He is so right! I can’t name the number of times children have come up to me and started pouring out their heart to me. It has happened in stores, restaurants, and even on vacations. God knew I was best suited as an elementary principal for thirteen years. Children felt comfortable talking to me about all kinds of things. I have learned over the years that children need to learn that you care and value what they have to say.

Giving children your time and uninterrupted attention builds relationships of trust. Children need to be able to discuss whatever it is on their minds. Parents and teachers, it is so important to talk with your children. The easiest way to know what a child is thinking is to ask him or her. Little minds are working all the time.

Sometimes the words we hear from children may not be what we want to hear but important enough that we need to hear them. Problems can’t be solved if we do not know that they are happening.

Encourage your children to talk about what is happening in their lives each day. Ask them what they learned or what they would change if they could change anything. Find out who their friends are and what they think about different topics. They may surprise you with the answers you hear.

Make sure to thank your children for confiding in you. Let them know you enjoy their openness and ability to talk to you about any topic. Children often need help figuring out the right thing to do in different circumstances. Try your best to not be judgmental while the child is talking. Allow them to express themselves and then help them solve the problem if need be.

If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children. You and your children may want to email me together. Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.

“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it is not open.”   ~Frank Zappa~

Blessings until next time,

Dawn Young Ed.S

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Teach KINDNESS 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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Parents and teachers have the most important job in the world. Teaching our young children how to develop their own values and belief system is the largest legacy we can leave them. When I think of all of the important character traits; honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, generosity and so many others, KINDNESS is one of the easiest to teach.

Kindness is a behavior of treating others in a pleasant nice way. Before we can teach the meaning of being kind to children, we need to all examine our own actions and behavior. Are you treating everyone you meet and come in contact with kind? I don’t mean once in a while, I mean every person to person interaction you have on a daily basis. Our examples are what little eyes and ears witness.

Children need to hear the word kind and understand the meaning. Teach children that we treat others the way we want to be treated ourselves, with kindness. Practice random acts of kindness as a family. Need help? Go to Pinterest-Teach Kindness with the help of Mrs. Good Choice. You will find many great ideas to help you. The article 10 Creative Ways to Teach Children to be Kind has wonderful hands on help for you. http://mothersniche.com/creating-kindness-in-our-world/#_a5y_p=1626894.

If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children. You and your children may want to email me together. Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.

With our help, the next generation may strive to be kinder than we have been.

Blessings until next time,

Children’s Author

Dawn Young

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SAY What YOU Mean and MEAN What YOU Say to Children says Mrs. Good Choice

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Teaching children in today’s world is a tough job. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent, guardian, home school parent, or educator, the task is the most important job you will ever do.  My belief is before you can begin teaching children anything you need to have your own value system in place.

Children are smart!  Their actions often model what they witness first hand. So it is our job to model expectations that we want our children or students to exhibit. Honesty and integrity are two of the most important character traits a child can learn.  If they can learn the importance of being honest at an early age, it will help them to become responsible adults who are able to form their own value system.

As a parent or educator, it is important to have a discipline plan in place.  Children need routines and consistency in order to learn their boundaries.  If you tell a child you are going to do something; make sure you follow through. SAY what YOU Mean and MEAN what YOU Say!  Children learn quickly who to believe and who not to believe.

Examine your own actions on a daily basis.  Are you treating others the way you want your children to do?  Do you always tell the truth, no matter what the circumstances in tell?  Have you heard the old saying Apples don’t fall far from the trees?  Don’t forget that little eyes and ears are watching and listening.  It is our job to model our expectations at all times.

If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children. You and your children may want to email me together.  Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.

Blessings until next time,

Children’s Author                                                                                                                                                   Dawn Young Ed.S

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Teach Children to Tell the TRUTH 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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Teach your children to tell the TRUTH.  How can I do that you may ask yourself? There are many great articles and books available to parents and educators about teaching honesty.  In today’s world, the help of social media is just a finger tip away.

Pinterest is full of wonderful ideas and activities for parents and educators.  I am including in this blog; How to Teach Children to Tell the Truth, a list of seven tips by Dr. Robyn Silverman.  I agree with this list one hundred percent.

  1. Keep your cool
  2. Don’t set traps
  3. Avoid labels
  4. Give children a chance for a do-over
  5. Praise truth telling
  6. Figure out why they are lying
  7. Set a good example

You can find more on the Teach HONESTY says Mrs. Good Choice Pinterest Board.

If you are having problems with a child not being honest, encourage them to write to Mrs. Good Choice. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children.

If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com. You and your children may email me together.  Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.

I will be discussing teaching children about HONESTY all month.

Blessings until next time,

Children’s Author

Dawn Young

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Teach Children to be HONEST with the Help of 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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How many of us have heard the old saying Honesty is always the best policy?  My parents reminded me of this statement time and time again when I was a young child.  I can still hear my mom’s voice in my mind.

My wish for our younger generation is to always tell the truth.  When this happens, children turn in to honest adults that teach their children to do the same thing.  Our world becomes a better place.

The key question is how can we teach such a valuable character trait?  Research shows that children ages 3 -5 years often tell untruths.  They are still at an age of development.  It takes time for them to distinguish between real world and fantasy at this stage of development.

One reason young children may not be honest is because they may want to try to please their adult role model.  Another reason is that they may fear getting in to trouble.  Often they may be engaging in wishful thinking or they could be just plain confused.

It is our jobs as adults, to teach children the meaning of honesty before we can set expectations. Teach children that honesty is in how they act.  Stress the important of only stating facts about other people that they see with their own eyes or hear with their own ears.

Give them examples of what this means.  Make up games to play together about honesty.  Ask questions that they can answer yes or no (true or false).  Example:  Grandma lives in our house?  A dog has two legs?

Teach children that it is important to always admit to their own actions, even if they may get in to trouble.  As a principal, when children came to my office because of a discipline issue, I always told them they needed to be honest and tell me the truth.   I explained to them that their consequences would be less harsh if they were honest.

Children need to understand that honesty means explaining what really happened in particular situations.  We have to teach children the importance of doing the right thing the first time.

Read books to your children about honesty.  Benjamin’s Belligerent Bandit is the second book in my Mrs. Good Choice Series.  Benjamin blames someone for doing something without proof.  You can find it at www.amazon.com.

If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com. You and your children may email me together.  Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.

Blessings until next time,

Children’s Author

Dawn Young

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