Sometimes, with good intentions, parents will send their children off to school with a statement like, “Have Fun!” There’s a problem with that statement however and in today’s video, Dr. Kathy Koch explains why and what to prepare the children for as they head back to school.

Why Do Kids Make Mistakes? (Book Excerpt From “No More Perfect Kids”)

I sure hope you’ve had an opportunity to purchase, read, and learn from my new book, No More Perfect Kids, that I was privileged to write with the brilliant Jill Savage of Hearts At Home. Here’s another excerpt you’ll benefit from. (Last Monday, I posted an important section of ten ways to encourage children. Check it out, too!)

Let your child knowWhy Do Kids Make Mistakes?

An excerpt from No More Perfect Kids by Jill Savage and Dr. Kathy Koch

Does it ever feel like your child does more wrong than they do right? As a parent, we know our kids aren’t failures. They can fail a quiz here and there, not win a tournament, and not earn a raise during their first job review, but none of that makes them failures.

They will make mistakes, though, because they’re human! To best help our kids overcome their mistakes and not feel like failures, we need to understand why they make mistakes. When a parent understands, it increases their compassion and decreases their frustration. As you listen closely and observe intently for the “why” behind their mistakes, you can know how to best support them. Let’s explore eight reasons kids make mistakes.


World-renowned authors and international speakers, Jill Savage (No More Perfect Moms and founder of Hearts At Home) and Dr. Kathy Koch (How Am I Smart? A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences and founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc.) will share authentic, honest and God-inspiring methods using Christian values to help families and equip all who work with our young people.

Offered with humor, truth and practical advice, we parents and educators will learn to let go of “being perfect” and expecting perfection in our children. Instead we’ll hear how to embrace the process of “being perfected” by God!

  • What is the ‘Perfection Infection’ in our society and why is it dangerous?
  • How can we as parents meet the five core needs of our children in healthy ways?
  • What are the eight kinds of intelligences that exist and how do they relate to a child’s uniqueness?
  • What are the eight main reasons kids make mistakes?

This is a unique opportunity for parents, teachers and practitioners to hear Jill Savage and Dr. Kathy Koch in person, close to home. Because of Atonement’s intimate venue, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are available NOW at $30/person. Parties of 8 or more will be offered the $25 discounted price throughout our sale.

Date: September 27, 2014
Time: 09:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Event: No More Perfect Parents: A Special One-Day Parenting Seminar
Venue: Atonement Lutheran Church
(847) 381-0243
Location: 909 E Main Street
Barrington, Illinois 60010
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

If you would like to read Jill & Kathy's new book No More Perfect Kids beforehand, click here to learn more and order.

Ten Ways To Encourage Your Child

nmpkI’m so excited that No More Perfect Kids book has received such positive responses and initiating incredible conversations!

Jill Savage and I worked hard to bring you this powerful book because we believe in it’s message, in you, that much! The official release date was March 1, 2014 and the responses we have received have been phenomenal.

You may also want to pop over to where you can sign up to receive weekly antidotes to the perfection infection on the No More Perfect Blog.

Here’s an excerpt from the book. It will help you understand how very practical and helpful we think the book will be for you.

With good intentions we try to encourage our children with the saying, “these are the best years of your life!” But is that the actual truth? Was that true for you? Today’s video from Dr. Kathy confronts that common saying with practical encouragement parents and teachers can give to their children and students.

Welcome Focus On The Family Listeners!


At Celebrate Kids, we focus on children and we want you to, too. If you’re here for the first time because you heard me on Focus on the Family Radio, welcome!

We encourage and support parents because you are your children’s first and most important teachers. The ways you love them, mentor them, and teach them matter!

We inspire teachers to rise above any discouragement and face challenges head on because children deserve the best. We greatly value educators!

We equip church-based teachers, leaders, and volunteers to love, lead, and teach well during these days when Truth isn’t respected like it used to be, but it’s just as important as it’s always been.

We share with children of all ages in all types of schools, churches, and camps to convince them of truths like these:

  • I can be smart with my smarts.
  • I am created on purpose with purpose.
  • I have present value, not just future potential.
  • I am who I am supposed to be.
  • I am a human being, not a human doing.
  • I am a unique, one-of-a-kind, created-in-the-image-of-God miracle.
  • I will control my technology. It will not control me.

Radio is an efficient way to influence people and we’re grateful to Focus on the Family for the opportunity to be a guest on their show. Speaking at events sponsored by Christian schools, public schools, homeschool groups, churches, camps, corporations, and conventions is the most common way we meet needs. Providing hope and direction is a privilege! You can learn more here.

We can also serve you in these ways:

  • This blog. Check a list of recent and popular posts in the right sidebar. You can subscribe so you don’t miss any posts near the bottom of the sidebar.
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  • Kathyism videos hosted on Two-five minutes in length, they’re produced for you to watch alone or with your kids. Fun and influential!
  • We also use other social media sites to connect with you, help you, and learn from you.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope that through it, the radio broadcast, and our other resources, you’ll find solutions for today and hope for tomorrow. It’s why we do what we do!

What Legacy Do You Hope To Leave Behind?

Robin Williams AP

Will people notice when you pass from this life to the next? Why?

What do you want to be remembered for? What do you hope stays when you leave?

If you’re a parent, how do you hope your children will answer these questions in 30 years? How might they answer them now?

I had dinner last night with Randy Thomas, my staff member who manages this blog and our other online work. He interviewed me for the book he’s writing and one of his questions was, “What legacy do you hope you leave behind?”

An hour later, we both found out about the death of Robin Williams.

Randy’s question rang loudly in my ears:

“What legacy do you hope you leave behind?”

What Does Security Look Like? Here’s An Example from a Family in Flight

mother holding daughter

Today, I’m flying to Orlando to speak tomorrow and Wednesday to parents who have children enrolled in the International Community School in Winter Park. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll also get some work done face-to-face with Randy Thomas. Yea!

When flying to or from Orlando, there are always more children than on other flights. I remembered this blog, first published on February 6, 2012, and decided to republish it. I hope it’s encouraging and thought-provoking, too.

What does security look like? Here’s one example:

The dad took the seat across the aisle from his wife and young daughter. They settled in for the flight to Mobile, Alabama, and discussed an activity they’d do when spending time with her grandparents.

After we took off, the girl fell asleep. She awoke when the pilot began our descent from 35,000 feet and pressure in her ears caused pain.