Non-Profit Founder Offers Tips for Raising Kids to Succeed
Welfare may seem like a charitable measure for struggling families. But it’s a self-perpetuating trap when it becomes the only way of life parents know how to teach their children, who then know nothing else to teach their own children, says Virgil Brannon, founder of the non-profit I Am Vision Inc.
“Living on entitlements becomes a way of life for recipients when it’s handed down from one generation to the next because the family loses any tools it might have once had to forge a life based on self-discipline, achievement and challenging,” says Brannon, author of Democratic Coma (www.DemocraticComa.com). Read more →
Studies Track Improvements in Grade School Language Studies
It turns out dogs are not only good for our health; finding missing people; and helping disabled people live independent lives – they’re good for kids’ report cards, too!
Canines have been found to improve the immune system and reduce blood pressure, among other health benefits. They help rescuers and law officers, blind people and those with limited use of their hands and arms. Now we have another reason to celebrate man’s best friend.
“Dogs not only help children learn to read, they help children learn to love reading,” says Michael Amiri, coauthor with his wife, Linda, of the children’s book, Shellie, the Magical dog (www.shelliethemagicaldog.com). “And that’s true of for children with and without learning disabilities.” Read more →
Yesterday, the results of a Gallup, Inc. poll showed that just 27 percent of the world’s workers are employed full-time, with the figure in North America slightly higher (41 percent). According to the Wall Street Journal:
In unveiling the new metric, Gallup chairman Jim Clifton described the effort as a way to count the number of “good jobs” around the world. “In what is perhaps the world’s most pressing problem today, of the 5 billion people age 15 or older, 3 billion want a good job, but there are only 1.2 billion of them to go around,” he wrote. Existing data “lump the lousy jobs together with the good ones. … Do you think Guatemala’s unemployment rate is really 4%? Or that Iran’s is 15%? Our data suggest the real unemployment rates are much, much higher.” Read more →
Money Expert Offers Productive Alternatives
As we mature through our teenage years, one of our first major steps into adulthood is working that first job.
“A first-time job may be awkward and an all-around rude awakening for many, but the accompanying lessons of responsibility and perseverance are absolutely vital,” says financial expert Mark Hansen, author of Success 101 for Teens (www.7habitsandtraits.com). “Also, we get our first taste of earned money – how to spend it, and the value of budgeting it for larger purchases.” Read more →
‘These Kids Sometimes Suffer Lifelong Damage,’
Says Ex-Wife of College Football Coach
Every college football fan has asked, “What was the coach thinking?” at some point or other. That’s OK, says Kathy (Currey) Kronick, author of Mrs. Coach: Life in Major College Football (www.mrscoach14yrs.com), sometimes I wish they would bottle their “BOOs.”
As college teams and their fans prepare for the kickoff of another contentious season, Kronick offers insights from her unique perspective as a longtime “Mrs. Coach.” Read more →