Getting Our Kids and Teens to Open Up

Let me explain to you that I’m a mother as well as an Educator. Working with kids and teenagers can be very stressful and encouraging at the same time. I can honestly admit that there is never a dull moment when an adult is around kids. I work at an Alternative School and see these kids who come in here could really break your heart.

Please don’t be fool because some of these kid and teens have felony charges and other charges that are unbelievable I’ve tried to search the why’s and how’s about these kids and the element that they all have in common is that they are young. Most have had negative experiences and hung around the wrong people. Sometimes the wrong people are their flesh and blood and that’s scary. What I find most that helps is when caring adults share some of their experiences and informs the kid that it is OK to make mistakes just don’t allow the mistake to cause you to have some criminal consequences behind it.

As an educator and parent there are some kids that you can help but from my own personal experiences there are some you just can’t. Those are the ones who want to learn the lesson the hard way. We can’t give up on our youth but we can’t be afraid of them either. We must still try to empower and engage them in order for them to do and be better. In my own household of 5 kids some will listen and others didn’t and because of that removal was imparted upon them due to disrespect.

Yes, we must show love but we must always show that there will be consequences for your behavior if its out of compliance.. Kids and teens will open up when we will open up to them and be honest about what we did or have done. Most parents act like they have forgotten when they were young. I truly understand because some of us where some horrible teenagers and we don’t want to be reminded of that. Some of us where good and we probably can’t identify with out kids who may be experiencing some difficulty. Let’s start having open dialogue without judging just discussing with our kids and teens.

Arnetta Murray is at Teacher, Educator, and Children’s Choir Director at Windsor Village UMC. Currently she’s working on a couple of projects. What she enjoys mostly is spending time with her 5 kids and watching them play football and basketball at their perspective schools. Secondly, I love writing music and working out when I have the change.

Character Building Books For Kids And Teens

Growing up in modern times is hard, especially for today’s generation. They are so much more socially and morally aware than our generation, and most certainly the generation before us. Kids are under so much more social pressure than parents today ever experienced during their lifetimes, and their enquiring minds ask difficult questions and face extraordinary challenges, and very often, with no access to any answers.

Modern social challenges

Technology and social media has changed the way young people interact and it has opened doors to worlds we, as parents and teachers, are all only still learning about. But just because fast paced environments are taking kids through a whirlwind of mature scenarios, doesn’t necessarily mean they have had evolved to a level of emotional maturity that will assist them in dealing with tricky emotional and moral decisions.

Life skill and character building resources

Parents, kids and teachers need to have access to resources, such as kid’s books, that will provide an avenue for kids of all ages, to be able to have some support and guidance through characters in books that role-play situations that kids themselves could find themselves in. Issues like bullies and peer pressure are as old as the hills, but with the added environmental changes, the load for kids and teens is huge. Kids are building their own characters, their own values and gaining a sense of personal accountability, and parents and teachers need to take an active role guiding them.

The benefits of Character Education

Character education resources such as those found in kids books, will help kids and teens relate to real-life scenarios and have the ability to safely navigate potential situations with the guidance and assistance from parents and the characters found in the kids’ books. These books have been written by experienced professionals who have worked with kids and teens and have a unique understanding of the challenges our youth experience today.

Motivation exercises for kids and teens

Character education has the exclusive way of tapping into the minds of pre-teens and teens and is able to inspire and create confidence as they work through the resource material at home or in the classroom. This may even further encourage readers to take part in kids writing contest or two, where they will be able to put their real life experiences to paper, and have an opportunity to share their life and the choices they made with other kids their age, and gain some recognition, which in turn, builds confidence.

Common hurdles for kids and teens

Who am I? What do I believe in? Where am I going in my life? Questions like these and others can seem insurmountable for kids, as being in the biggest transition phases of their lives, kids and teens are going to need large doses of compassion, love, patience and guidance to get them safely through to the other side, and help them to practice the values and guidelines caregivers use, and learn how to use them effectively on the way.

Getting kids to open up

Kids and teens may find it difficult to sit down and discuss situations, especially with their own parents, who know nothing, of course, so that is why using resources such as kids books are a superb way to encourage important conversations and get young people to think, feel and start building their characters, before they find themselves in a scenario where they will need to use these skills. Giving kids the courage to overcome obstacles and believe in themselves, are powerful life skills for everyone.

Choosing Kids and Teen Bedding

Decorating a kid’s or teen’s bedroom can be a tricky task. You need to find a balance between colors, bedding and accents. It is often hard to decide what colors to choose and what kind of bedding that you will choose to go with the color. The best way to start decorating a kids or teenager’s room is to start by choosing your kids and teen bedding that you will put in the room and then choose the colors from there.

There are a number of different options when it comes to choosing the perfect bedding for your child’s room. If you are looking for something that won’t break your bank account you should start by looking at bedding that comes with everything that you need in the one set. This is referred to as a bed in a bag. What that means is that everything, even the sheets and pillow shams will be included with the bedding set. For children there is a wide selection of bedding options that you could choose from in this category. In most cases these sets will come decorated with some cartoon character or super hero. If you are looking for something older for your teen then you might want to try looking outside of the kid’s section for the bedding.

There are also a number of websites that offer designer bedding for children’s rooms at reduced prices. There is a wide selection of bedding available on these sites. Looking at these sites can give you a good idea of what type of bedding you would like and then you can even get ideas for a total room idea. Getting bedding from these sites can be tricky as sometimes you might not get exactly what you ordered and you might not be able to return it. Make sure before you order that any products can be returned if they are not suitable.

Millionaire Kids? New Ways Kids and Teens Are Earning Sizeable Income

The sluggish economy is affecting just about everyone, especially kids. These days kids want and need everything from fashionable clothes to iPods to evenings at the movies.

As any parent will tell you, none of this stuff is cheap. And with adult paychecks having to stretch further and further, any income kids and teens can bring in is much appreciated.

But the days of lemonade stands and mowing the occasional lawn may be in the past. Today kids of all ages are pulling in sizeable incomes working in the small businesses they own.

Thirteen year-old business owners? You bet. Kids, teens, and “tweens” are running everything from service businesses, to ingenious product retail operations, to online mail order extravaganzas.

Most of these businesses are cheap to start. Kids and/or their parents don’t have to shuck out a small bank account to get the new business started.

Keller was just a fourth grader, but he quickly found a way to earn $50 or more per week. His mother took him to a store where he could purchased candy wholesale. Then Keller resold the candy to other kids after school.

School administrators were fine with the little guy’s entrepreneurial spirit and the kids absolutely loved the opportunity to purchase their favorite sweets, often at a discount over local stores. After expenses, the 4th grader cleared $15 to $20 per day.

Nelda, a high school junior, knew she had a smart business idea when she overheard a restaurant owner complaining about all the customers who wanted home delivery. “The owner didn’t have the time to deliver orders to people, so I offered to do it for her. Now I deliver meals to people all over town. My delivery business takes just two hours each afternoon and earns me several hundred dollars each week,” she said.

Meanwhile, Markus, a 13 year-old 7th grader, is earning an impressive income offering closeout items on eBay. Markus gets the items from his uncle’s store, then sells them on eBay and keeps a large percentage of the profit for himself. The store owner is happy to see items move and Markus is able to save about $700 per month for college.

These are just a few examples of the many solid, doable business ideas for kids. There are literally dozens of proven ideas that are being used by kids of all ages to earn anywhere from pocket change to an adult-sized income.

And this is perhaps the most important time in decades for kids to learn how to run their own businesses. Even a very small part-time venture can teach a child the vitally important aspects of being an entrepreneur.

In this day and age when jobs are getting harder and harder to come by, knowing how to start and operate your own business that makes good money is a skill to last a lifetime.

Of course, kid-approved businesses can be run part-time, leaving youth plenty of time to be kids. When a young person’s idle time is filled with an interesting business that gives them the money they need, tasks like homework and household chores are easier to schedule in a disciplined way.

Also, most families simply need more income. If a child can bring home the cash they need to pay for items they want, then everyone in the family benefits from the additional cash flow.

Getting Help For Anorexia in Kids and Teens

Anorexia in kids and teens is a serious problem, however, there is something that can be done about it, and with the right treatment, it can be managed. The following is a look at getting help for anorexia in kids and teens:

First and foremost, you want to get professional help as soon as possible. The fact is that it is possible to help kids and teens return to a healthy weight, and hopefully not endure any long term affects of self starvation, however, treatment plans are for more effective if you catch the problem early.

No matter what treatment option you choose for helping kids and teens with anorexia, it is going to have the following three components as a part of it:

· Restoring the patient to an appropriate healthy weight. 
· Addressing emotional/psychological conditions that may have caused or exacerbated the eating disorder. 
· Rehabilitating the patient and preparing for long-term recovery

The idea is not to just get them back to a healthy weight, but also to a healthy mind frame so that they do not fall back into the problem as soon as treatment ends.

Since eating disorders are usually a medical and psychological problem, treatment usually includes working with more than one person in order to get back to full health. Usually treatment plans are customized to fit the child or teen’s needs, but typically involve a team of specialists: a therapist, a nutritionist, and a doctor or nurse practitioner. Treatment or help can be found several ways: through a hospital or residential facility, through therapy session and diet consultation, or a combination of some or all of the previously mentioned options. Let’s take a look at how treatment usually happens.

If the child or teen with anorexia shows signs of severe weight loss, extreme bingeing and purging, dramatic metabolic disturbances, psychosis, and high risk of suicide then their treatment would take place in a hospital or residential facility. In this case the diet and behavior of the person is structured and closely monitored. In the beginning the biggest focus would be on returning the patient to a healthy weight. The doctors and nurses would closely monitor the vitals of the patient, and would likely get them on an IV, and help them to get back to a good weight by ensuring they are eating enough, and that their body is given the nutrients, etc. it needs to return to health.

Once the weight starts to improve, treatment then would start to address other areas that are apart of anorexia, such as the psychological issues like poor self image, low or lacking self esteem, warped body image, and distorted thought patterns that lead to anorexia in the first place. This stage of treatment is most often called psychotherapy, and it can be done through individual or group therapy, and usually involves the family. This is a good time for the patient to learn to appreciate who they are, and what they have to offer, and not focus on weight or health, but personal development.

Once this stage of help or treatment is complete, most doctors recommend that the teen or child is educated on nutrition, and on psychosocial intervention. This is done in order to help them maintain the results reached during their therapy and treatment. They will take classes on how nutrition works, and what they need to do to keep their body healthy. They will also learn how to ignore the images and messages society and the media encourage, and focus on being healthy, not ultra-thin, etc. In addition to this education they will learn how to use medications they might be prescribed to help their body regain full health.