Learning begins the moment a child is born. They learn to cry when they're hungry, need to be changed, need a hug and want your attention. As parents, we listen to their cries and do the best we can to provide for them. As they grow, we continue to do the same, hear their cries, listen to their concerns, embrace their worries and see their actions and watch who they are becoming. As parents it's up to us to provide life skills, to provide tools to cope, to provide a foundation that their voices will be heard, and it all begins at home. While the world unfolds in chaos before us, we still need to provide for our children, and as a parent, this will never change. In my opinion of course. There are some who feel when a child turns eighteen they are on their own. Either way, it is up to us, the adult to provide a firm foundation for a child to establish strong civic values. And again, it all begins at home. You can learn more about Respectful Rabbit here.
Shelby Hill of Roy Utah actually used Respectful Rabbit as her platform. Respect comes in all areas of life, and it begins in your home and is carried on into the community and into your child's adult life. Here she wears her crown as she won the title of Miss Roy Utah. Today, she's a mom and wife.
The world is full of people. All shapes, all sizes, all colors, all ages, all different nationalities. Each person deserves to be respected. Yes, respect is earned. Let's teach our children to be respectful of who they are and to be respectful of others. Here are some tips from Respectful Rabbit:
1. Be respectful of yourself
2. Be respectful of others
3. Be respectful of your sisters and brothers
4. Be respectful to the earth
5. Be respectful in your home
6. Be respectful to your parents and follow the rules
7. Be respectful in your community and follow the rules
8. Be respectful in the classroom and follow the rules
9. Be respectful when visiting family and friends
10. Know the rules, listening is a good place to start
We are the world, we are the children, we are the examples that they live by, make good choices, behave, be kind, be respectful, persevere, be a friend, be responsible, make healthy choices, have good manners, be proud of who you are. Our youth are watching and listening...be of good character, always, make it who you are, even when nobody else is watching.
For those of you who know me, you know this to be true. If I could take in every child to bring them peace and understanding, it's really what I'd do. As I watch the television, listen to the news, feel the divide in our world today, much like you, it sickens me. We need to become more aware of our words and actions for they say a lot of who we are and they are what our children learn from.
Last year we did fundraising to be able to donate to children in the hospital our Superhero Activity Boxes to keep them occupied with positive messages while they were healing. They brought so much joy to the girls and the boys and the staff were overwhelmed with appreciation for these resources to share with their patients. This information is still on our website and we continue to fundraise and collect donations to continue to donate to the children in the hospitals. They need us and we're happy to provide encouragement.
However, with all that is going on in the world today, there is no way to just sit back and watch this, and so, we are again asking for donations and sponsorships so we can donate character building activities to libraries where families go in their own community. I myself am working with a few and will continue to do so providing free resources ahead of time to introduce the character and build excitement of the upcoming activity boxes. This helps families learn about the characters, brings out conversations about the character traits and helps to reinforce these vital core values in our children.
We've been making videos and put them on our youtube channel, they are also on our website under Character Corner. with hopes to share with you to engage your own children in character building activities and we're continuing to make more. Simple activities and ideas to reinforce these values in your home. These are made because we believe in you, your children, our children and the future.
I'm reaching out to each of you this day to share our information, to donate if you would and together we will make a difference in the life of a child and in the world. Did you know that each character building box is sturdy, colorful and includes an activity box, a canvas with a message to paint, an easel to display the canvas, crayons, watercolor paints, paintbrush, stickers, color poster, character lanyard and a hand written letter from one of the Characters of Character. The larger quantity, the less the cost to us, however on average each box runs $20.00. If another organization, another business or group sponsors these we can get more and more out into the communities. With the uncertainty of schools in the fall and with summer activities limited, I can not emphasize enough how important it is to provide healthy activities for children to engage in. You may say, "I don't have children, or my children are grown, or my child won't get one of these"..........the truth of the matter is, these children are our future, we need to support them, teach them, encourage them, guide them, provide for them so that THE FUTURE is a place for all.
As of now Rust-Oleum has donated $500.00 . Below is a breakdown to give you an idea:
If you would like to participate in this year’s event as a sponsor, please contact me. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Last week on social media I shared my very first book published years ago, the words are more needed today than ever, You can find them on our blog.
Be safe, stay well, and let's make a difference in the life of a child, together.
How can you become a part of what our organization:There are a number of ways to become involved:
"OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR KIDS NEED CHARACTER"
When a child can relate to a topic, their interest sparks and they internalize what the lesson is which becomes a part of their life lessons, too. Each of our characters provides resources to easily teach at home, in the classroom and even in the community to empower a child, to engage their minds and to enhance their own character through better decision making, literacy, writing and social skills. Lessons with our published books, lessons through art with our videos which opens up discussion with your children and helps enhance what they are already learning at home.
This has been a year of challenges to say the least, and uncertainty with the schools, many children will be visiting their local libraries in search of lessons and activities. We need donations and sponsors in order to donate to them. Each box is colorful, sturdy and comes with an activity book, a canvas to paint with a message, an easel to display the canvas, watercolor paints, paint brush, stickers, crayons, color poster, a character lanyard to wear and a hand written letter from one of the Characters of Character. Pretty impactful and fun for kids to do encouraging their literacy, building their imaginations and empowering vital core values and good character traits, too.
While our hospital donations are very appreciated, we're now reaching out to a larger audience and donating to libraries. So many families visit their community library and this is a perfect opportunity to share the character activity boxes. We work closely with the libraries and provide resources for them to share with their patrons ahead of time so that when the boxes are received, the community is familiar with the characters!
With your support, Characters of Character is able to donate our character lessons to children in the hospital and also to local libraries. Perhaps you know of a leader, a business, a group or other organizations who would like to be a part of building character and good citizenship in our children or youth? All you need to do is let them know about this organization and together we will make the world better. Thank you!
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.