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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Mrs. Good Choice asks, “Are YOU Teaching Your Children the CCC’s?”

 

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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My husband and I just returned from a trip to Los Angeles, CA. to visit our son and daughter in law. Saw so many wonderful young families in our travels. We spent a whole day at Knott’s Berry Farm.  It pleases me to watch and observe the interaction between parents and children in today’s world.  It doesn’t matter what ethnic or economic background families come from, the important issue is teaching your children the meaning of good character.

I just read a great article entitled What’s More Important? The ABC’s or the CCC’s?   Building Character – Making Memories.  I agree that our children need to learn to read well, write clearly, and understand numbers and have the ability to balance a budget.  However, the three CCC’s consist of Character, Commitment, and Courage.

Are you teaching your children the meaning of respect, responsibility, compassion, kindness?  Do they know how to make commitments and stand by them?  Does your child have the courage to stand up for what they believe and be different than the crowd?

Our job as teachers and parents is to number one, be a role model.  Practice great character in all that we do.  Number two teach the meaning of our expectations.  And third, allow your children to make mistakes.  But be there to help them to learn from their mistakes.

Thank you for all that you do!  With your help, our world can become a better place.

Blessings until next time!

 

 

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Mrs. Good Choice says RESPECT Matters!

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices.

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Parents and teachers, you have the biggest impact of changing our world.  You are preparing the next generation of our workforce, educators, doctors, lawyers, religious figures, leaders, moms, and dads.  Think of a world full of people who RESPECT one another. You can help make that happen.

The key is to teach children from the time they are toddlers the meaning of RESPECT. Teach children the meaning of the word itself. Let them know that respect is being aware of others, who they are, and that they are admired. Ask your children who or what they respect and make them give you the reasons why.  Discuss it on a daily basis.  Praise your children when you see them showing respect.

 Our job is to model, model, and model.  Children are very perceptive.  They watch and learn at such a quick rate.  When they see you being respectful to everyone you have inner action with, they will try to do the same. Being a parent and teacher in today’s world is the hardest job you will ever work!  But it also is the most rewarding. 

Thank you for all that you do!  With your help, our world can become a more RESPECTFUL place.

Blessings until next time!

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Mrs. Good Choice Wants Children to Form a Habit of Showing Respect to Others.

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I have heard time and time again that a habit can be formed in 21 straight days.  If the action is repeated time and time again.  I am challenging all parents and teachers to teach your children the importance of showing respect to others. Early intervention is the key to success.

But before you can teach children to show respect, you need to teach them what the word RESPECT means.  It sounds difficult but is really very simple.  Teach your child that having respect is how they feel about someone else and how they treat them.

Respect is shown when someone is having good thoughts about who a person is or how they act.  Children need to know that they can have respect for others, but also for themselves.

Give children examples of ways of showing respect to others; teach them to say respectful words to others.  Encourage them to say please and thank you when asking for help or items. Teach them that we are quiet in certain locations. In church and at the library, we show respect to others trying to worship or read. Discuss the importance of respecting our elders.  Talk about ways to be respectful.

Children need to learn that they can respect themselves by eating properly and using their table manners.  Another example to teach is that they should respect their own bodies by taking baths and brushing their teeth.

Your children will surprise you by their conversations.  The biggest thing to remember is that it is our job, as adults, to teach the meaning of respect first, discuss examples, and enforce the process on a daily basis.With your help, our world can become a more RESPECTFUL place.

Blessings until next time!

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Mrs. Good Choice is on the Road to Help Children of all Ages

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

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Grandparents, parents, principals, teachers, librarians, youth pastors, day care directors, and others, are you searching for fun, interactive, moral based programs and books for your children?  Then you came to the right place.  The Mrs. Good Choice Series and The ABC’s of Making Good Choices can be found at amazon.com.  Contact author, Dawn Young, at http://www.mrsgoodchoice.com if you would like to set up a Children’s Program and visit from Mrs. Good Choice, herself.

My ultimate goal is to help the youth of today, learn how to make good choices that can last them a life time. Our world  is jam packed with outside influences that can change a child’s values in the blink of an eye. It is our job as adults, to teach children the meaning of moral character traits and coping skills to help them grow into productive adults.

If you Need Free HELP or advice of any kind dealing with your children, please contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.  I am here to serve!  No Question is a Dumb Question!

If your child needs help with moral advice or how to handle certain situations, allow them to write to Mrs. Good Choice.  Many times children will talk or write their thoughts to someone other then their guardian.  They may write to me at the same email.   I love hearing from children!  Expect a response in a timely manner.

Here to Serve & Blessings until next time!

Dawn Young

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Home School Parents are Respected by Mrs. Good Choice

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This past weekend I attended a fabulous conference, Educating for Success, in Huntsville, AL..  I am so impressed with the numerous Home School parents and children I met.  It was apparent to feel a true sense of love for; God, family, and learning, from all of the wonderful people I was fortunate to meet.

When parents are involved in what their children are interested in learning, the outcome is AMAZING!  I met nine and ten year old children with business cards of their own. Every child I talked with, from pre school age to late teens, showed the up most respect. They all had phenomenal communication skills and were eager to talk to me.

I met families from all over the United States.  My heart is full of RESPECT for the thousands of Home School Families that have their priorities straight.  Thank you for all that you do!  You deserve a big pat on the back!

Blessings until next time.

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Mrs. Good Choice teaches that CHOICES MATTER!

 

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CHOICES MATTER!

Saw this quote and loved it!   It says it all in some very powerful words;

Everything you do is based on the CHOICES you make.  It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame.      YOU and only YOU are responsible for every decision and CHOICE YOU make. PERIOD

As parents, guardians, and educators, we need to teach young children the meaning of  Making Good Choices.  It is our responsibility to expect good behavior from today’s children.  However, we have to teach them the process of making choices.

When your young child makes a mistake or bad choice, take the time to stop and discuss the situation with them.  Ask things like; What if? or  How could things have been done differently?  What would have been a better choice?  Your child will surprise you with their answers.  Children are smarter than we give them credit.

Our biggest challenge in teaching the process of Making Good Choices is to set an example and model the process ourselves in all that we do.  Actions speak louder than words.  Little eyes are watching!

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Mrs. Good Choice says, “Expose your young children to as much vocabulary as possible.”

 

 

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Research shows that many school age children enter school today without the early learning skills they need.  According to Children’s Defense Fund, children from low income households enter school with one -fourth the vocabulary of  students from  middle class households.  By the time a child of middle class enters first grade they are exposed to about a 20,000 word vocabulary.  Low income students about 5,000 vocabulary word exposure.  Quite a difference.

As parents and educators it is our job to teach vocabulary in every lesson we teach children.  That is how children learn.  How many times have you heard simple question like: (What’s that?  Why? How? When? Where?)  Little minds are very curious.  If they are not taught or exposed to vocabulary how can we expect them to succeed.

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Engaging young children in as much conversation as possible helps in vocabulary exposure.  Make or buy picture flash cards of different objects to play vocabulary games with your children.  When you are driving in a car with your young children, talk about what everyone sees along the ride. Simple word games like,  I spy with my eye, keeps young children talking and examining their environment.  Make learning “Words” fun!

Blessings until next time!