Monday, December 16, 2013

Why All Kids need YOU!

As an educator or a parent or a grandparent or even a friend you can have a special impact in the life of a child.  We many times take it for granted the fact that we have the opportunity to make a difference. Each and every kid deserves the chance to SHINE!  Each kid deserves a chance to be their best and have someone believe in them.  BE THAT PERSON.  

Many people spend their day complaining about things that are out of their control many times.  They complain about other things such as politics, money, and what they don't have.  Is this you?  If it is then STOP.  Be the best for your kids.  If you are an educator you have to leave your problems at the door and be the best teacher, coach or leader you can be. 

All of us have our problems.  All of us have issues that we deal with each and every day of our life.  We have to rise above them if we want our kids to become great people.  They need our best each and every day.

As a parent how do you want your kids to act?  How hard do you want them to work in school?  Don't you want them to not make the same mistakes that you made? Do you want them to appreciate what they have and not be mad because they don't have?  I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old and it is so hard to get them to be thankful for what they have.  It is so important to me for them to understand that they are so blessed to have what they have-a bed to sleep in, warm clothes to wear, etc.  

The easiest way to show kids how to act, how to be a better person is to Be There for them.  Model how you want them to act.  As a baby all kids learn from their surroundings-mimicking what others are doing-Surprise, It doesn't change as they get older!  

All kids need you.  They need me.  They need a friend, someone who cares for them.  As we get closer to the end of the first semester and move towards the Christmas season, Remember that all kids need you.  They need you to be their rock, support and role model.  Are you up to the challenge?

Here are 10 great ways to be THE Role Model for your child..

You are your children's most important example. They learn by observing you, even when you don't know it. Here are 10 ways to be a great role model.
(1) Share your values with your children.
Don't assume your children know your family's values about drug use and other subjects. Talk about these topics often. Offer guidance to teach your children other important values such as being honest, reliable, and responsible.
(2) Demonstrate your own sense of self-respect and self-esteem.Take good care of yourself by following a healthful diet, exercising regularly, and making time for relaxation. You'll provide valuable behaviors for your children to imitate.
(3) Show that you value your independence.
Let your children know by your words and your actions that you don't have to "follow the crowd" but prefer to make your own decisions.
(4) Set a good example when using medications.Be cautious about how you use prescription drugs and even over-the-counter medicines. Show that you can deal with mild pain or tension without turning to medications. Instruct your child never to take any medication without your permission.
(5). If you drink alcohol, demonstrate responsibility.Use alcohol in moderation and avoid using excuses for drinking, like having a rough day. How you use alcohol will influence your children. They will tend to have the same drinking habits you do when they become adults. Never allow children to mix drinks or serve them to guests, and never serve alcohol to children, not even beer or wine.
(6) Model the traits you wish to cultivate in your child. 
Show respect, friendliness, honesty, kindness, and tolerance. Do things for other people without expecting a reward. Express thanks and offer compliments. Above all, treat your children the way you expect other people to treat you.
(7) Share your successes and failures with your children.Perhaps you're trying to lose weight, quit smoking or adopt a healthier lifestyle. When you're making an effort to change your own behavior, talk about it openly with your children. It's OK to let them know when you've failed or fallen short of a goal and it may make it easier for them to tell you when they've made a mistake. You're also conveying an important message: Change isn't easy and mistakes are opportunities for learning.
(8) Show that you love and value each member of your family.Let your children know that spending time together is something you look forward to. Make plans ahead of time to do special things such as going to a movie or museum. Also enjoy spur-of-the-moment activities -- going out for ice cream or taking a walk after a rainstorm.
(9) Discuss how the media portray alcohol, tobacco and drugs.Talk with your children about images and messages conveyed by television, music, movies, billboards, and other media that glamorize alcohol and other drugs. Let them know what you think and guide them in recognizing the other side of what appears to be glamorous.
(10) Take a genuine interest in your children's school and your community.Support school and community programs that benefit children. Give your time as a volunteer. Attend functions to show your children you're interested in their activities. When your time is limited, make an effort to keep in touch with other parents to share ideas about how adults can set good examples for our children.

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Have a Safe and Blessed Holidays

Happy Finals Week!

- Jarred 


                         BLHS News

Wednesday--Green 1, 2, 3 Finals

Thursday--Gold 1, 2, 3, Finals

Friday--Green 4, Gold 4
  School is out at 11:15.  All Bus Riders will have to ride the bus at the normal time.  They will be in the library until 2:45 if they need to ride the bus.  

January 3rd is Teacher workday

First day back of 2nd Semester-January 6th, 2014

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