Today’s teenagers don’t want lectures. They want valuable information in quick easy to understand and implement teaching moments. Parents want accurate information that they can read, absorb and teach their children quickly.
Accent On Success® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children succeed. Their first book, Goal Setting for Students®, received three national parenting book awards. John Bishop, the Executive Director, states: “After the awards we received numerous requests for additional life skills ideas that could positively impact children’s lives. The Teaching Moments parenting ideas are our response to those requests. "
Each Teaching Moment is specifically written to help busy parents teach their children how to take more responsibility for their homework, their education and their life. These life skills ideas take two to three minutes to read and includesuggestions for implementation and questions to help stimulate positive and meaningful family discussions.
Mr. Bishop states: “We want to help as many teenagers as we can. Therefore, we offer the Teaching Moments free. We want individuals and organizations to include to them in their blogs, egroups, newsletters, website, bulletin boards newspapers or emails. We are developing a large community of proactive parents willing to share valuable ideas they have used to raise their children. "
These life skills ideas are free and are emailed twice per month to subscribers, or they can be downloaded directly from the nonprofit’s website at www.TeachingMoments.com .
Do you have a parenting idea that can help other busy parents? If so, TeachingMoments.com wants to hear from you. If they use your idea, you will receive credit for it. A short list includes how to help your teenager deal with homework, motivation, bullying, decision making, taking responsibility, dealing with peer pressure, dating, building their self-esteem, and so on. What has worked for you and your children? Would you like to share that idea with other busy parents?
SAMPLE Teaching Moment
Life Lessons on a Unicycle
Ever try to ride a unicycle? Many people call it “terror on a stick, " and I agree. But it is also a great teacher of some valuable life lessons.
I chose a unicycle to teach my grandchildren a valuable life lesson. At sixty years old many of my friends thought I was out of my mind. In truth, I thought they might be right, particularly after my first fall. Older people do not heal as quickly as they did when they were twenty, and I’m certainly no exception.
But it was important to teach my grandchildren that they can do anything they want to if they are determined and willing to put in the extra effort. Riding a unicycle is not easy at any age, but at sixty it was a real eye-opener.
What I learn about life on a unicycle:
1. Some of life’s lessons are painful, but keep trying.
2. Determination helps you overcome your fears.
3. You won’t go very far without balance in your life.
4. Breathe naturally, even when you are afraid.
5. Practice, practice, practice.
6. Don’t be concerned about what others are thinking.
7. On a unicycle you will stand out in a crowd.
8. You’re as old as you think you are.
9. If you believe you can go for it.
10. You can do anything you make your mind up to do.
I’m not professing that everyone should start riding a unicycle. I am suggesting that it is important to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Some of life’s most important lessons do not come easy. Ideas for Implementation
- What have you always wanted to do? Take singing lessons, hike the Appalachian Trail or take a college course? If it’s realistic; go for it. If not, modify your dream to fit your current situation.
- Develop a plan with a goal, action steps, and a timetable for completion.
- Find a partner to help and share in your newfound excitement.
John Bishop is with Accent On Success® a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving parents and teachers the tools they need to help teenagers succeed in school and in life. His book, Goal Setting for Students®, has recently won three national parenting book awards.