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7 Steps To School Success November 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Word Play.
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To help your child succeed in school (and life!), consider these 7 Steps:

1.  Praise your child’s efforts and their progress, not just accomplishments.  Reinforce the notion that HOW  they play the game is more important than winning by cheating.  Focus on improvement without insisting on perfection.  Some times “good enough” is good enough.

2.  Set up a quiet study area (no TV, video games, or stereo) that is free of distractions and stocked with necessary supplies (pens, paper, dictionary).

3.  Establish a consistent homework routine to reinforce that learning and education is  a priority.  Daily practice improves concentration, increases confidence, and promotes better study skills.

4.  Get acquainted with your child’s teachers (and coaches).  Keep lines of communication open.

5.  Encourage your children to set manageable goals.  “Janet, that’s great!  You’ve learned your alphabet from A-P.  What’s your next goal?  What about learning the rest of the alphabet from Q to Z?”

6.  Encourage their innate curiosity about life by taking their questions seriously.  If you don’t know an answer, look it up together. 

7.  Read to your children and let them read to YOU!   Play games to help them learn letters, sounds, and numbers.  Strong reading skills promote a lifelong love of learning which prompts children to excel on their own.

Zeal for Living & Zest for Life November 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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Mickey-DiverPassion is power.  Follow your dreams.

Living life without passion is like trying to go hot air ballooning with an deflated balloon.

The world stands aside to let pass those who know where they are going. ~ David Jordan

Nothing can stop a person who refuses to be stopped.

Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’t haves, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen child.  Anything can be.
~ Shel Silverstein

Those who can, do.  Those who can’t, try to tell us why we can’t do it either.

If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want; all that’s left is compromise. ~ Robert Fritz

Rather than allowing our thoughts, emotions, and past experiences to dictate our re-actions to new events, we can view life with alert curiosity. 

Cultivate optimism.

Become the most positive person you know.

Zeal for living and Zest for life are powerful possessions.