In A World Where You Can Choose Anything, Choose KIND!
It's Cool To Be Kind
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Just as Miss Joni talks about in the video above, it's so important to be kind and to teach our children to be kind. Remember to make eye contact when someone is speaking, be sure you're listening and be sure to keep your hands to yourself. Come back again soon as we are always adding new lessons, activities and videos to help teach and reinforce good character in our children. Together we can make the world better! Feel free to contact me. Feel free to check out Warm-Hearted Walrus's page on our website. Feel free to learn more about the Characters of Character and feel free to donate to our organization. It's with people like who who help us continue to make a difference in the life of a child. Please share us with others to help bring awareness of our organization and if you're interested in becoming a Sponsor for our Children's Hospitals in Tennessee, click here. If you're interested in becoming a Sponsor for our Children's Hospitals in Texas, click here. If you're interested in becoming a Sponsor for our Hendersonville Has Confidence Project, please click here. Thank you for your interest and support with all the Characters of Character! If you would like to donate from our Amazon Wish List, please click here. Thank you!!
Once upon a time I taught preschool in an actual classroom! One morning one of my students came into the classroom in a disruptive mood, put himself under a table in the back of the classroom. I went back to him and said, "Giovanni, how can Ms. Joni help you to behave better in our classroom?" His response was the simplest explanation and took me back. He said, "teach me"
I had a conference with his parents and we came up with a behavior chart, a reward chart and discussed what it means to have good behavior. So many times we become engrossed in something and take for granted that a child knows how to behave, what it means or what is expected of them.
As parents, it's vital to be on the same page. Discuss with your partner your expectations for your children, try not to play 'Good Cop v s. Bad Cop' because this divides the child. A child looks up to you, trusts you and most likely wants to be like you. When you show your children team work and have open communications in your family unit, this builds respect and trust which builds a strong foundation. For an example, when our boys were little, my husband thought it would be fine for the boys to use the outdoors as a bathroom. I disagreed! Call me a prude, not that they didn't get to experience that freedom as a little boy, but, I didn't think it was a healthy habit for all times. So, we discussed when they could, like when we were camping, but, once we were back into 'civilization' they were to use the indoor facilities!!
Once you've agreed on what it looks like to have good behavior, go ahead and discuss it with your children. Perhaps make a visual chart of what good behavior looks like using old magazines or newspapers let your children tear out pictures of children with good behavior. Find pictures of children having good behavior at a restaurant, at school, playing a team sport, talking with siblings, etc. This will help your children understand the words you use. This worked well in our classroom, too!
Below are some simple activities you can do with your children to help reinforce good behaviors with Behavior Bear. I always learned better through an activity, I'm not much of a reader, I'd rather do an activity, get my hands dirty and wrap them around the physical word in order for me to internalize the meaning. Your children may be the same or different. Read to them, allow them to read books on a topic, make it a habit to discuss the topic with your children, let them write about it or draw about it or talk about it and this will build their knowledge of the topic, trust in your co-operation and help form better communication skills, too. Now, I'm not pretending to be an expert on any topic, but, I do know that these characters make a difference, they are relatable and they even earned an award! Go ahead and make a puppet, a headband, a poster and more, let Behavior Bear come through your door!
Another tip I'd like to share is to print out Behavior Bear, write your child's name on the pencil. I like to print it out on card stock. There is a black and white one on Behavior Bear's page online for your child to color, personalize it! I actually have a small laminator and have laminated the characters, not necessary. Now, put this character on a key chain, a zipper, a Popsicle stick, etc. Take Behavior Bear with you wherever you may roam to reinforce this good behavior in and out of your home!
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Your GRATITUDE creates a better ATTITUDE making a difference in you and others!
In a world that is constantly changing, how are my making a difference? Makes you stop and thing, doesn't it? Are you making a difference in yourself, your mindset, your habits, your character? Today, more than ever before, the world needs you, your gifts, your talents, your passion to make a difference in the way you live, and how you can impact others. While there are days that may be difficult there is no doubt, you still need to show up and give it your best. This is something as parents we instill in our children, too. So, be a good example, won't you? Here are a few ideas how you can make a difference:
1. Volunteer your time at a local school, charity, place of worship and community
2. Volunteer your gifts to do so. If you are good at organizing, if you're good at sewing, if you're good at painting, etc. Use your gifts to benefit others in your community and make a difference.
3. Volunteer to shop for a neighbor or a friend who may not be able to get out
4. Volunteer your listening ear, many times that's what another person may need
5. Volunteer your resources, if you know a business who can benefit your community, share them, help them to make a difference as well.
6. Volunteer your finances if you're able to spare your resources, research and reach out to help a local pantry, shelter, nonprofit, family, etc. in your community.
7. Volunteer your knowledge, if you've learned from your own mistakes, help others go down a better path, reach out to your local youth center if you have one and become a mentor
Volunteering is not only benefiting your community, it provides you a passion to do more as there is no greater feeling than being appreciated for your kindness in your own circle or in your community. We're all in this journey together, might as well make the most of it!
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