Welcome Focus On The Family Listeners!

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

“Screens And Teens” Crunch Time And New Focus On The Family Broadcasts

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Did you know that Dr. Kathy is a super-duper writing rockstar! It is true! I might be the Online Content & Social Media Manager but I am a proud member of the Kathy Koch cheerleading squad!

Give me a “K”! Give me an “A”! Give me a “THY”! … or, you know …  WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

Kathy is in the midst of finishing up the initial manuscript for her new book “Screens And Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In A Wireless World.” It’s crunch time for her on this project so your prayers (and cheers) for her and this effort would be greatly appreciated.

That’s not all …

The Joy That Comes From Giving

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“That felt good, mommy! Let’s do it again!”

This young girl had experienced the joy that comes from giving. It feels good because it’s right. It’s a way we fulfill our purpose.

We were created to glorify God and we can do that by positively affecting people and their tomorrows. When we choose to leave the world a better place, others are blessed and so are we.

Putting others first is powerful. Impactful. Life-giving.

Last Monday, I recommended buying school supplies and even new clothes for children who may not have the financial resources to get what’s required or desired for the first day of school. Maybe, like the mom of this young girl, you followed through. Excellent!

There are times when parents and teachers must be bold and honest. In this important video, Dr. Kathy shares about one such time. If we don’t speak up as she explains, children will believe lies and this will result in unhealthy behaviors. This will take just a few minutes to watch, but the idea can pay great dividends.

Prepare Children For The School Year: Emphasize Their Smarts And Positive Character Qualities

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Are your children looking forward to the new school year beginning? Maybe some are and others aren’t.

We can encourage them in several ways in the remaining days or weeks before their first day and as the year gets underway.

Notice them being smart and talk with them about it. Provide the evidence so they know it’s more than your opinion. Then, when the school year begins and they come home talking about what’s going on, reinforce these smarts in your responses.

  • When they’re using words well, let them know they’re word smart.
  • When they’re asking questions to figure things out, let them know they’re logic smart.
  • When they’re using their eyes and pictures well, let them know they’re picture smart.
  • When they’re enjoying music and using rhythms and melodies, let them know they’re music smart.
  • When they’re moving well and thinking with large motor and/or small motor movements, let them know they’re body smart.
  • When they’re noticing patterns and enjoying being outside, let them know they’re nature smart.
  • When they’re thinking well with you and others, let them know they’re people smart.
  • When they’re thinking deeply by themselves, let them know they’re self smart.

Bless To Bless: Back To School Opportunity

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“Back to School” ads are beginning to appear here and there. Friends on Facebook are posting about sales they’re finding. It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of July.

What if we approach this season thinking of others rather than ourselves?

Could those of us who don’t have school-age kids buy things anyway? Sure. We could drop school supplies off at a homeless shelter. This way when kids living there go to school the first day, they’ll have what they’re supposed to have. They’ll be like the other kids. What a gift that will be!

Maybe friends would decide to do the same thing and you could collect for all the children at a shelter. Tremendous!

We could ask staff at our church if there are some families who could use this kind of support. In addition to crayons, pencils, pens, and the like, what if we bought children backpacks? We could collect good used ones, too. We could choose to give a gift card so children could choose their own style.