Have Internal Peace When External Challenges Arise

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Peace has been on my mind. Has it been on yours?

Last Friday’s headline in the USA Today was “World in Crisis.” The article was especially about the plane shot out of the sky over Ukraine., but there’s so much more. Israel. Iran. Afghanistan. Iraq. Russia. North Korea. Our border.

Things closer to home: Friends are watching as their parents slip away. Kids are grieving the breakup of parents’ marriages. Many are confused and have major decisions to make.

External peace is a definite challenge. Internal peace is possible. It’s found in a real relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Son, based on faith in Him and not in our works. Without my trust in Christ and love for God, I can’t imagine who I’d be or where I’d be. I hope you know Him, too. If not, please check out one of my favorite resources for explaining the free gift of eternal life.

Since mistakes are a fact of life, Dr. Kathy encourages us to talk with our children about responding appropriately when making some. She also shares a fun way to help children panic less and actually value mistakes as a part of learning. After watching this, you may want to watch it again with your kids to stimulate a helpful discussion. Start the next school year with a better attitude.

Four More Awakening Strategies for Multiple Intelligences

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As I wrote about last Wednesday and taught about in one of my  videos, all of us are born with the capacity to develop eight intelligences. Our Creator generously creates us with each, but relies on parents and others to awaken each part of the brain in children. The earlier they’re awakened, the better. It’s more likely that they’ll become strengths.

Creating “crystallizing experiences” to spark the birth of intelligences is a privilege. The first four ways of doing this that I explained were creating new experiences, attending cultural events, going exploring, and engaging in discussions.

Healthy Motivation Produces Empowering Priorities

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Last Monday, I encouraged readers to consider what they value for them and their children. I provided a list of words for you to consider.

I certainly don’t want you or your children to be unhappy. I’ll choose happiness over misery or just that “blah” feeling every time. Yet, motivation for the post and word list was birthed in my concern that happiness is often prioritized. When that’s the case, unwise decisions may be made more often just to keep kids happy.

Upon reflection and a great insight from Randy Thomas, our Online Content and Social Media Manager, we can do that with any of the words I listed. If you chose your ten words, consider my examples here and look at your list to see if anything may be skewed in unhealthy ways. If you haven’t chosen your ten words, you may want to do that now.

Dr. Kathy has an assignment for you. Observe people when you’re out and about and have your kids do the same. To improve their ability to read body language and facial expressions, talk later about who they noticed and what they thought their moods were. These discussions can improve children’s people-smart abilities and discernment. Both are essential for living well.

Four Awakening Strategies for Multiple Intelligences

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Multiple intelligences is a strength-based way of looking at children, teens, and even adults. That’s one reason I enjoy teaching the model.

All of us are born with a capacity to develop all eight smarts. Although it’s never too late to awaken them, the earlier they’re awakened, the better. It’s a greater likelihood they’ll develop as strengths.

A week ago, I posted a video about the value of awakening our children’s smarts. That reminded me of a version of this blog originally posted on February 22, 2012. Since the summer can be a great time to plan to acknowledge and awaken our children’s intelligences, I think you’ll appreciate these ideas.

I’ll suggest four awakening strategies that can cause “crystallizing experiences,” a term coined by Dr. Thomas Armstrong. These are turning points that spark the birth of an intelligence. Next Wednesday, I’ll share four more. As you’ll see, it doesn’t have to take a lot of work.

Create new experiences. New experiences awaken interest and ability and both are important for developing intelligences. Strategically plan to do new things. Model this and do new things as a family. Don’t just expect a child to do new things when no one else is.

Prioritizing Our Pursuit Of Happiness

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Happiness. The celebration of happiness is all around us. I flew last Tuesday and my glass of ice water was served with a napkin including the Coke® campaign slogan reminding me to “Open Happiness.”®

The pursuit of happiness may be one of our unalienable rights endowed by our Creator. But it’s not one of our needs.

I see way too many young people today prioritize happiness. I call it one of the Hollywood lies – that happiness is our right and should be our goal.

Is happiness something you pursue? How about your children? Is it an appropriate priority or their purpose? Too important or not important enough?

The summer may be the perfect time for you to strategize so your children’s eight smarts are awakened. The younger children are when this happens, the better. At the end of the video, I mention a series of videos to follow. They were first aired two years ago. You can find them on our Vimeo channel, #s31-42 (  vimeo.com/channels/Kathyisms/ ). Watch them with your children between now and when school starts. This will remind you to make good use of your summer and give them a great belief in themselves when the new year begins.

The Fourth, Freedom, And Family

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If you’ve been following me a while, you know my whole family is quite patriotic. In my Flag Day blog last month, I wrote, “I joke with people that I bleed red, white, and blue because I love America so much. I was raised in a flag waving, politically active family.”

During the past few days, I’ve been with my brother, Dave, and his wife, Debbie. Check out these pictures of her tablecloth and centerpiece on their kitchen table and how she decorated her kitchen windowsill. Especially my grandparents and parents would have been so pleased!

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If you subscribe to our email newsletter, you recently read about my mom’s green thumb and how important her small vases are to me. You guessed it. The vase on the windowsill was originally my mom’s. Deb and Dave appreciate them, too.

Celebrate Community

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I have been working for Celebrate Kids as their online content and social media manager since 2011. It is a lot of fun working with the Celebrate Kids team and an honor to be a part of the Celebrate Kids vision and mission.

I met Dr. Kathy in 1995. She was speaking at a conference I was attending and figuratively blew my mind with her talk titled Eaglelike excellence. The message she delivered that day confirmed many insights I had learned up to that point, but blew open the door for future possibilities.

Since then, Kathy’s teachings on Mind Styles™, eleven years ago, liberated a part of me that I had no idea should be affirmed and celebrated. It was a direct result of that teaching my artwork sprung forward, intentionally, for the first time in my life. It has been a life-affirming, life-giving, aspect of my daily existence ever since.