Apr 28 2010

"Bullying" - Child Expert Michele Borba

There seems to be an alarming amount of stories in the news lately about "bullying". If you're a parent of a child in school, you know it's a big concern.  So how do you help your child and what are the signs to look for that your child might be the victim of a bully?  Child and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba joined us this morning for some helpful and timely advice.

To listen to our conversation with Michele, check out the links at the bottom of this post.

One quick way to help your kids deal with a bully is to remember the word "CALM"

C - be calm

A - be assertive

L - look the bully in the eye

M - make some noise

Signs to look for ...

Repeated change in your child's behavior and regular routines

Clingy ... they don't want to go outside or don't want to go to school

Afraid of incoming texts or emails (cyber-bullying)

Changes in their sleep, lack of focus, changes in their grades

When they come home, they run to the bathroom - 43% of bullying happens in unsupervised school bathrooms

Expensive items leaving your home - your child could be the victim of extortion

They run to the fridge when they get home - especially girls - they are being excluded in the lunchroom and don't feel safe

Hear what Michele had to say (click links below to listen) ...

Dr. Michele Borba - Key Questions to ask your child

Dr. Michele Borba - How to help your child when confronted by a bully

Dr. Michele Borba - Signs to look for ...

 

 

 

Apr 27 2010

Teach Your Kids to Save Money

 

1. Talk openly about money with your kids. Communicate your values and experiences with money. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them – even the tough ones.
2. Explain the difference between needs and wants, the value in saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so.
3. Set up a chore chart and give your children an allowance for completing their tasks.  Require them to save at least a small portion each week.  The three jars method, one for spending, one for saving and one for charitable contributions is a good way to impart a sense of responsibility.
4. Open up a savings account at your local bank for your children and take them with you to make deposits, so children can learn how to be hands-on in their money management
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Be an example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents' personal finance habits.

Crown Financial Ministries has some additional advice on how to teach your kid's about money - including tithing and giving money - click here to read  more.

  

 


Today is "Teach Your Children to Save Day" ... Here are a few tips from American Bankers Association Education Foundation ...

Feb 22 2010

Love Language - Quality Time

What's your "love language"?  Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, joins us each day this week to give insight into one of the 5 love languages (quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, physical touch).  Today Gary shared what it means to have "quality time" as your love language:

In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.

Make sure you listen each morning this week to learn a new "language".  

Plus, we'll be giving away copies of the 5 Love Languages and get you qualified to win an all expense paid trip to "The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted" marriage conference led Dr. Gary Chapman!

Feb 22 2010

Parenting Tips - Dr. Michele Borba

You may have seen Dr. Michele Borba on the Today Show, Fox News or countless other TV shows.  She's an award-winning author and international speaker on character education and social development of children.  Michele joined us this morning and had some great insight into helping raise children.  We look forward to having Michele join us on a regular basis - if you would like to know more about Michele and her books, click here.  Or feel free to leave a question for Michele in the comments area below.