Putting H20 to Go! in Perspective, too!
I thought it might be a good idea to take a moment,
you know how H20 to Go! moves along.
I suddenly realized
that this is not like an actual book
where you can flip through the content
page and see future chapters.
I have been entering them as we go along.Content Page/Links
So, how would you know how it all connects?
We move from Heart in Chapter One to Humor in Chapter
Two to Perspective in Chapter Three on the road to Optimism.
There is lot to cover in Perspective, especially in relationship
to specific school issues:
Bullies, Popularity, Teachers and Grades
In each of these specific categories, I try to offer practical applications.
I also talk about coaches/extra-curricular-When Not To Quit
which continues my emphasis on how to redirect focus
more positively, so that kids do not
get stuck in a moment in time by any one person or in any one circumstance.
After I talk about
Coaches and Extra-Curricular, I move onto other particulars -Having
a Passion (for something, not someone)
and why having a passion might conflict with the here and now, but can also be a Godsend for middle
and high schoolers.
The negative side of Having a Passion is Being Advanced but Not
Mature and I show how talent can mislead us into thinking
can handle a lot more than they can actually support emotionally.
There is also Homework for the Road--for us and for our children.
For us, it is establishing moral grounding so that our children can travel with empathy, ethics, and emotional
as well as presenting a philosophy about two very significant issues-
Manners and Money
important is our Second Parent Moment of Truth--being there for our children.
For our children, homework is learning How to Take Responsibility
for actions and decisions
and how to act towards others in the outside world.
I discuss the Philosophy of Money and Manners.
Again, these are long-term life lessons.
Whatever I talk
about can be applied to life,
and so it is, in effect, emotional skill building
for our children's adulthood.
there are the Trips and Stumbles,
and Crashes that will inevitably occur
in some form with
When things really get out of whack or off course,
Heart, Humor, Perspective and Optimism join together
to play a powerful group role in guiding our children
harm's way and back on a safe path.
I move from Middle School to High School when we need a fresh and honest assessment of our child as a 9th grade student;
when future thinking becomes important and Optimism comes to fore.
High School becomes a look forward.
All the groundwork
laid by Heart, Humor, Perspective and Optimism
come into play
with peer issues and moral dilemmas, academic pressures and pursuits.
will fuel motivation and motivation will set goals.
setbacks and redirection are all part of this scenario just as they are a part of Life.
Our high schoolers are re-examining who they are, and face a host of Moral dilemmas and Tough Choices
that I like to
call the graduate course of talking responsibility. Here
is where their future character really starts to developand be tested.
also must absorb a great deal of Optimism, and understand that their present is only one moment in time,
and as long as they continue to grow, and move forward,
will reach a very positive future destination.
Everything in H20
Heart offers trust, security. warmth and the joy of
Humor, a balance, an outlet, and future perspective.
Perspective a focus and an escape route.
They are all steps to growing emotional resilience
protecting our children from the dangerous elements as they journey to adulthood.
The bottom line is this:
I want with all
my heart for children to grow enough emotional resilience
to face whatever
life throws at them.
I want with all my heart for the suicide rate
to go down, amongst teens and young adults
I want with all my heart for children
to believe in a tomorrow,
and in their power to direct their future.
It is crucial that kids learn how to overcome and move forward
they graduate from high school, leave home and enter the next phase of their lives.
while I might be knee deep in talking Perspective,
there is always space to just look
at our child and hug him/her and say-
I love you so-o-o-o much/I believe
Tomorrow is another day/Good Times always follow bad. And just as
there should always be time to laugh about a predicament,
to find the silly in someone, or the whimsy in something.
And God Bless our children, twice.