Educating Children In America: Who’s To Blame

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nunsHey baby boomers. That’s right, I am talking to you. What do these two pictures on the left mean to you?

Captain obvious might tell you it is a nun and an eraser. However, it should bring up some other memories for some of us. Does this picture below help you remember?

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As a 28 year old, I can only answer this question based on the stories I have heard from my parents and grandparents. Back in the old days, what would a teacher or nun do to a child that is misbehaving? They would throw an eraser at them or use a ruler to knock some sense into the child. If a teacher tried that in 2011, they would be sued or even be put in jail. Is the education system too soft on children today?

The Blame Game & The Education System

I have lived in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan my entire life. We have one of the worst education systems in the United States. Far too many students are dropping out from high school due to poor grades, poor attitudes and pregnancies’. This is from the inability to apply the proper discipline to students. This is because of various lawsuits against teachers who are merely doing their job.

Teachers are there to educate and motivate their students. Letting a student disrespect or misbehave in class continuously doesn’t help them become successful adults. Let’s face it, a verbal warning will not always get the attention of a student to get their head on straight. Sometimes a good (not forceful) knock on the head will help a child or teenager see the light.

When a student continuously misbehaves and no improvement is made, most schools suspend or even expel the student. What good does this do? It just sets up the individual for failure. Society basically pushes the child aside and it becomes someone else’s problem.

disicipline-teenagersFar too many students are being pushed through the education system without any guidance from their parents. For instance, Toledo Public Schools have spent millions of dollars on building new schools. However, it does not mean a thing if the students are showing up to class with pants that are down to their knees. Have they heard of a belt?(Seriously). Adolescents have no chance at finding success unless they have someone at home that shows them the right way to dress and behave.

Everyone loves to be a rebel. We like to follow or start trends. It could be a tattoo or a new design of clothing. One of the greatest gifts that God gave us is the fact that all of us are different. We like to express ourselves in different ways. There is nothing wrong with being different, but teenagers need to understand that in the professional adult world a line must be drawn. A line that demands professionalism and respect for others.

Teachers can only do so much. Many parents put so much blame on everyone else and never seem to realize that it is their child that is misbehaving, not the schools. It is the parents job to help their child find the right pathway to find success. Not the school.

teachers hitting studentsUnfortunately, some of the best teachers in America can not take matters in the own hands. Today, a teacher might be sued for giving constructive feedback! Grow up America. Adulthood can be hard at times. Teenagers need to be ready for life as a mature adult. Parents, just because you are busy with your career does not mean you can expect teachers to raise your child. America has one of the worst education systems in the world. America, it is time for you to understand that it is not the governments fault. It is not the teachers fault. It is solely resting on the shoulders of parents. Teachers can not follow all their students home to help them study or finish homework. As parents, it is our job to follow up with our child to make sure they are doing all the right things!

teenagers in schoolPlease remember your life as a child and a teenager. It can be a rough time. So many changes are going on at once. We begin to be attracted to the opposite sex, struggle through awkward puberty stages and try to find a common ground. It is very easy to be tempted into doing drugs, having sex and forgetting about school.

I know from experience, if my parents were not there to help me get through the rough times, I would not be the person I am today. It might seem like 90 percent of the time your child is not listening to you. However, that 10% could help them make the right decision.

Parents are not obligated to be like a friend to their child. They are a person that is suppose to show the right way to live. I had my troubles as a teenager. If my parents did not give me a harsh sense of reality from time to time, I would have been blind sided by what we call “Life”.

America, stop blaming others for not being able to help your child! Every child has the potential to be a doctor or engineer. If you cannot show your child how to succeed in life, your child will survive off of welfare for the rest of their life. With the current state of our economy, social security and welfare benefits are nothing I would ever think of relying on!

Teachers share information about history, math, science and English. They do their best to help children understand the information. As parents, it is our job to make sure our children are taking their life seriously. No one else will take them seriously, if they do not take success seriously. No matter what background you have, every child has the potential to be a doctor or engineer. It just takes a little discipline. However, it does not mean you can rely on teachers and the education system to raise your child. Americans, stop being chicken and show your kids the pathway to success.

Let teachers do their job and give them the ability to discipline their students when it is necessary. This doesn’t mean teachers should be able to punch a student. It means teachers should be allowed to apply some discipline. If parents never discipline their child for bad behavior, who will? The longer we allow parents to control the education system, the longer tax payers are going to be forced to pay for negligent parents who put their life as the number one priority. As parents, your child should always be the number one priority in life.

I want to hear some success stories. Parents, if you have an inspiring story to share based on the experience you had as a parent, feel free to comment about it. It might change someones life!

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Ohio Woman Going To Jail For Protecting Her Kids

Gov. John Kasich: Pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar — she shouldn’t go to jail for protecting her kids

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“An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately. The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar’s father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township. Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition. – Dr. Boyce Watkins

As punishment for doing everything in her power to keep her children safe, Ms. Williams-Bolar, a single mother with no previous criminal record, has been made a felon by Ohio judge Patricia Cosgrove. In addition to jail time, a large fine and probation, Ms. Williams-Bolar’s felony conviction has also robbed her of her future.

“‘Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today. The court’s taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.” – Judge Patricia Cosgrove

Although Ms. Williams-Bolar had nearly completed her education to become a teacher, under Ohio law felons are not permitted to teach. She has been robbed of the opportunity to elevate her life and the lives of her family through her own hard work. She has been handed what equates to a life sentence for attempting to protect her children. In a time of overwhelming economic disadvantage for so many US citizens, are loving single mothers like Williams-Bolar truly the enemy our court system should be making examples of in this way?

Ms. Williams-Bolar’s attorneys are currently preparing for an appeal. Please sign this petition to let Gov. Kasich know that you do not feel that Kelley Williams-Bolar’s punishment appropriately fits her crime, and that you both support and demand a full pardon.

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Black Eyed Peas At The Superbowl: Warning Obama

black eyed peas halftime videoBlack Eyed Peas Send A Message To Obama At Superbowl Halftime Show

The super bowl has become a national holiday in America. It is a time for football fans to unite together to drink beer and eat endlessly. It is a time when men feel comfortable to loosen up their belts and enjoy a NFL championship game on T.V with all their friends. Even if you are not a football fan, you can look forward to the commercials. After all, each commercial aired during the super bowl can cost around 2.6 million dollars.

The feelings of excitement and tension is in the air. Men are expected to claim their manhood on this “Super Day”. Bets are won and lost on this day and unfortunately, one team has to go home facing defeat. With this in mind, who would have expected a hip-hop band to nonchalantly spread a message to Barack Obama to educate our children? Huh?

That is exactly what happened last night during the 2011 Super Bowl XLV halftime show.  It is said that if you perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, you have reached super stardom. As every halftime show has proven, the super stars are dedicated to producing a “shock and awe” performance. Just ask Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson in the famous “wardrobe malfunction” performance. This begs us to ask- Is the Super Bowl halftime show the right forum to ask our President to help children across America?

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As Will. i. am and the Black Eyed Peas performed their hit song “Where is the love”, they changed the lyrics to say “In America we need to get things straight. Obama, let’s get these kids educated. Create jobs so the country stays stimulated.” If they really wanted to spread the message of our current education system, why not perform their song “Let’s get it started” and change it to “Let’s get kids educated”?

2011 Super Bowl Halftime Show- Featuring Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash

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Barack Obama

While I applaud the Black Eyed Peas for showing that they care about children, I do not think that the Super Bowl halftime show is the right forum to spread the message about the education system is America. Will Obama even listen to this message and fix the problem? It was a good idea to spread a meaningful message about our current education system, but I do not think we will see any reaction from Obama or the government. Let’s just agree that we shouldn’t start a party just yet!

More information on fixing America’s educational system.

Oh by the way, the Green Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

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Black Eyed Peas-Where is the Love lyrics:

What’s wrong with the world mama?
People living like aint got no mamas
I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And if you hatin you’re bound to get irate
Yeah madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
You gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y’all

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(where is the lovex3)(the love2x)

It just ain’t the same all ways have changed
New days are strange is the world the insane?
If love and peace so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
Nations dropping bombs
Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones
With ongoing suffering
As the youth die young
So ask yourself is the loving really strong?
So I can ask myself really what is going wrong
With this world that we living in
People keep on giving in
Makin wrong decisions
Only visions of them livin and
Not respecting each other
Deny thy brother
The wars’ going on but the reasons’ undercover
The truth is kept secret
Swept under the rug
If you never know truth
Then you never know love
Where’s the love y’all?(I don’t know)
Where’s the truth y’all?(I don’t know)
Where’s the love y’all?

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father father father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(where is the lovex3)(the lovex2)

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m getting older y’all people get colder
Most of us only care about money makin
Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what the see in the cinema
Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love, we’re spreading anomosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling down
It’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feeling under
I gotta keep my faith alive, until love is found

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(fade)

 

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Children With Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD)

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As I work with children of many different ages, I am seeing a common trend of children being diagnosed with either Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD). Regardless of what a child is labeled as, it can drastically affect the academic and social life for a child.

Children with ADD have a hard time focusing on one task at a time. One moment the child could be focusing on a math problem and the next minute they could be running in circles for no reason at all. It is especially apparent when children are trying to complete tasks that they do not enjoy doing. Some claim it is a matter of discipline and some suggest it is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Other experts suggest that ADD may be caused by poor diets that are full of processed chemicals. The truth is that it is a combination of all the above.

Is Ritalin Or Other Medications The Answer To Cure ADD?

The direct answer is no. I did not form this opinion from reading books or observing other kids who were diagnosed with ADD. I know what it is like to have ADD because I was diagnosed with ADD in high school. I will get more into the subject of ADD medications later.

The Pathway To Being Labeled With ADD

I grew up in a normal middle class family with a loving mother and father. I struggled tremendously in school, especially in the grades 2-5. Getting a D was an achievement for me. My parents helped me study and complete homework assignments. However, I had a very hard time focusing on my schoolwork on my own. It would take me two to three hours to complete an assignment that should of only took a half hour. Shamefully, I was addicted to daydreaming. This allowed me to succeed in the creative aspects of life, but it did not help me learn the basics of important matters that were discussed in school.

In third grade, my parents made me see a counselor to help me find a way to improve my study habits. I even had a CAT scan of my brain to see if I my brain was growing properly. The results showed that I was completely normal. I even followed an organic diet to determine if I was highly allergic to a certain chemical. After one or two months, my parents took me off the diet as I showed no progress and it became too expensive.

Around that age, I remember feeling like I did not fit in with anyone. Simply put, I was a skinny dork. I had no self confidence and I feel that only made matters worse. In 4th grade, I got involved in an earth group that helped me grow socially and develop an interest.

I began to feel more confident in myself. Even though I was constantly being teased for being an uncoordinated athlete, I joined the basketball and baseball team. I was horrible to say the least. However, I finally found something that interested me. By the end of the basketball season, I scored a total of two points. I will not even mention the results of my baseball season. I began to feel an emotion that I never felt before. The determination to prove everyone wrong.

That summer I dedicated myself to improving my athletic ability by practicing and exercising.  I would wake up at 8 a.m. and practice basketball until it was too dark for me to see the basketball hoop. I also joined a basketball camp that was ran by a local high school coach. All the players were two to three years older than me and were 50-100 lbs heavier than me. I wanted to quit at first just like I did when my homework was too difficult.

However, I completed the three week camp and I even received praise from the coach for ignoring the size disadvantage and showing potential. This might seem strange to some, but this embarrassing experience had a huge impact on my life. I finally realized that life is never going to be easy and that a little determination and discipline can help me reach my goals. Simply put, my self confidence and attitude completely changed.

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Yeah that was me. Just kidding

After I completed the basketball tryouts in 6th grade, I was the starting point guard. I went from a worthless bench warmer to starting and playing one of the most important positions in basketball. While I still was an average player at my school, I had so much pride in improving myself. I went from being a pathetic follower to being an active leader on my team.

Most importantly, my grades improved dramatically. I was a solid B student and I actually started to enjoy school. I felt more comfortable with myself and finally felt like I fit in. Instead of being the kid that everyone wanted to bully, I was the one picking football teams at recess.

Just when my family and I thought I had beat my academic problems, it was time for me to go to high school. I decided on attending the best high school in our local town. This school was a college prep high school (*will go unnamed). The sports teams were just as tough as the teachers. After only one quarter, I was struggling to get C’s. To focus on my studies, I decided to not tryout for the basketball team. At the end of the first semester, I had a GPA of 1.45.

One afternoon, my counselor scheduled an appointment to see me to discuss my poor grades. After I told him that I had a hard time focusing on my schoolwork, he suggested I see my family doctor about treating me for Attention Deficit Disorder.  After only five minutes with my doctor, I was officially diagnosed with ADD and was given a prescription for Ritalin.

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I immediately felt the effects of Ritalin. It kind of feels like there is something inside my brain forcing me to be more attentive. It allowed me to be more productive and actually finish things on time. However, I still found myself being preoccupied with other things while I studied. For example, I remember sitting at my desk trying to study for a history test. As I was reading, I realized that my desk was dusty and unorganized. Usually this would never bother me. Before I realized it, I spent one hour cleaning my desk. It helped me pay closer attention to details, but it still did not fix my discipline problem. I never liked to study and it seems I always got distracted into doing something else. Something that was irrelevant to the task at hand; studying.

My grades improved slightly and my GPA went up to 1.9. However, it was clear that my problem could not be solved completely by Ritalin. I improved my grades slightly each year of high school and I graduated with a 2.5. The important thing to note is that I stopped taking Ritalin after my sophomore year.

I believe the reason I was able to improve my grades was because I learned how to play the electric bass and I became an amateur race car driver. I think it is extremely important for someone to have a hobby of some type that grabs their interest. It is in our human nature to be adventurous. Hobbies help us to grow socially and mentally.

To end this personal story, I continued to learn more about music, racing and life in general throughout college. I am proud to say that I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.35 in 2009. Not too bad for a struggling student.

As I approach my 28th birthday, I still struggle with my attention span. However, I try to use my discipline to reach my goals.  That is why I feel Ritalin or any other ADD medication is not the answer to dealing with ADD in children and even adults. It only masks the problem.

What Can Parents Do To Help Their Child With ADD

As I mentioned earlier, the debate of the cause of ADD is continuing. If your child is having a hard time concentrating in school, here are some steps to take to combat ADD symptoms.

add diets for children1. Watch their diet.
Diets that are high in carbs, sugar, fats, caffeine, fructose and processed foods are almost like poison to a child with ADD. In fact, everyone should avoid these items. Try to eat natural or organic foods. It has been proven that eating foods high in sugar can cause adverse reactions in your body, including your brain. Establish a balanced diet that is focused on vegetables, fruits, wheat and food high in protein.

ADD in children2. Exercise.
Have your child get some exercise. It reduces stress and keeps your mind and body healthy. Encourage your child to be involved in sports.

attention deficit disorder 3. Sleep.
Make sure that your child gets 8-9 hours of sleep every night. Letting your child stay up to watch a game is a sure way to make ADD symptoms worse. Just think, how do you feel after you only get five hours of sleep? How difficult is it to concentrate?

cause of ADD4. The mental game.
As parents, make sure you believe in your child. Confidence is a major part of the growth process in a child’s life. Make some compromises with your child. Hold them to standards that they can reach. If you set certain standards too high, your child will feel defeated and it may make things even worse. Give your child one chore at time. If they are able to consistently complete the chores as requested, add more chores after time. Use positive reinforcement when it is appropriate!

5. Organization.
Children with ADD need STRUCTURE. I capitalized structure because I cannot emphasize it enough. ADD often causes children to be very unorganized. That is why parents need to help their child develop good organization habits. Follow routines for all your child’s daily activities.

help my child who has ADD/ADHD6. Keep Your Child Busy:
Children with ADD/ADHD need to be kept busy. I can attest that having a hobby or some type of interest is important to combating ADD. People with ADD get bored very easily. Encouraging your child to be involved in sports, crafts or music will keep their brain juices flowing. After all, your mind needs some exercise too! The one positive aspect is that people with ADD are often great at multitasking!

medications for ADD treatment7. ADD Medications:
Ritalin and Adderall: While it is important to never ignore the symptoms of ADD, use medications only as a last resort to helping your child deal with ADD. It is important to note that ADD medications such as Ritalin is a form of speed. It can cause an increase in heart rate and it also can be addictive for some people. From my experience, Ritalin did increase my heart rate slightly and it did decrease my appetite. I did take Adderall for a short period of time, but I did not like the way it made my body feel. Lastly, if you feel you must put your child on an ADD medication, use a sustained released type. Most sustained released versions last up to eight hours and do not seem to affect the heart rate as much. Once again, that is from my experience. Everyone’s body is different so your child may react differently.

Lastly, I will make this rant short. Remember that doctor’s are persuaded to proscribe their patients. They may even get financial gains from it. Most doctors will proscribe medication before trying to actually solve the problem. It is a major problem in America. Please think for yourself before you follow your doctors advice.

For a more detailed guide to dealing with ADD/ADHD, read this article.

Guide for Parents: Children With ADD/ADHD

To conclude this blog about ADD, I recommend to all the parents out there to help your child build good organizational habits. Make sure your child has a balanced diet and make sure they get 8-9 hours of sleep. Let them dream. However, make them actually put their dreams into action. If someone has no aspirations in life, chances are they will have no drive to succeed at anything. Encourage your child to go out and play. We only have one chance at childhood! Make your child understand that failure is nothing to be afraid of. In our life, we may have to try things multiple times to get it right. However, we will eventually find a pathway to success. Often along that journey we will discover new things about ourself. Things that help us build confidence and discover interests that might even turn into rewarding careers. Good luck!

 

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Car Donation For Kids

There are 1.5 million homeless children in America. However, with your help, they do not have to be hopeless. Please consider to donate your car to help the less fortunate children of America. All car donations are 100% tax deductible.

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Being Charitable Is More Than Car Donations

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Date: December 21, 2010

After reading the article on “How to be charitable regardless of the economy” on the Eaupening blog, I was inspired to write even more on the subject of charity.

Let’s define the word charity. Commonly, charity is defined as the practice of giving help to those in need who are not related to the giver. Charitable giving could be financial donations, car donations, food donations, clothing and furniture donations. However, even a struggling family could help someone in need. Being charitable does not always have be a donation that has monetary value.

It could also mean helping your local homeless shelters provide support to the homeless. It could be helping your favorite church help others in need. In fact, I encourage some families to help organizations instead of going to church. Many families go to church as a routine and are not getting much out of it. In cases like this, I suggest families to help soup kitchens or volunteer at children’s hospitals. This will teach your children much more about the meaning of life. Why waste a hour of your child’s time and have them help others in need instead. This is not meant to reduce the value of religion and spirituality. God should always have a place in our heart, however God wants us to do good for others.

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Everyone has a Facebook page these days. Most Facebook users do not use it for its true potential. Users can create community and group pages for specific local charities to raise awareness of the cause. It can even help you start a fund raiser for your chosen charity. Remember, it is free to create a Facebook account! It also takes no more than 10 minutes.

How to create a Facebook account for charity

Links for websites for nonprofit fund raising:

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Turn A Party Into A Fund Raiser

fundraising ideasEveryone loves to party. Why not turn your Christmas party into a fund raiser or food drive? Bake some cookies and ask for donations. Please make sure you tell your guests that the donations will help the specific charity you choose. It can raise money very fast, especially if you have a large family or if it is a party for work. Have your kids set up a lemonade stand and give the proceeds to a charity. Remember that even small amounts of money mean a lot to people that have nothing. If planned correctly, a family of 3 can survive on $10 for food for an entire week! It’s true!

Be A Nonprofit Psychologist

nonprofit fundraisingWell, not exactly. Many people that find hardship in their life just need someone to talk to. Perhaps the individual lost a loved one or received some other tragic news. Emotions can sometimes overpower all other senses or feelings. If you know someone that is going through some difficult times, talk to them. Listen to what they have to say. Treat them as a friend. (Even if you do not like them personally). I know from experience that venting my emotions is my best medicine to recover from difficult situations. Keeping all your thoughts of anger, hatred, confusion and depression inside will only elevate your situation.  As I work with many of the homeless people in our homeless shelter, I realize that many of them never had anyone to talk to about their life. Perhaps if they had someone to talk to for advice their current predicament could have been avoided!

As an example to prove my point, I will share my story.  I recently I became a home owner. Even though I had years of painting and repairing work to do, I took the time to meet my neighbors. I learned that my neighbors were struggling to keep their home. The wife was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and the husband was laid off from work. At the age of 60, their insurance funds were running out and their unemployment was about to expire. Their two kids lived in Arizona and California. Due to work conflicts, their children were not able to visit them much. I discovered that they were lonely. I did not have money to give to them, but I did offer my God given ability to listen to them. I speak with them for at least 2-3 minutes every day just to see how they are doing. I am not sure of the impact I am making on them, but it helps others to know that someone cares! I will bring their garbage cans out to the street and grab their mail for them. This is what life is all about. Even though it is easy to get caught up with our own ambitions, there are people out there that are lost. Help them find a way! Never underestimate the gift of a smile, holding a door open, or helping someone carry some packages.

Adopt The Elderly and Volunteer at Nursing Homes

charity for homeless kidsThat’s right. Adoptions are not just for pets and children anymore. Visit your local nursing home and help put a smile on the face of older men and women. Many elderly people die from loneliness. What if you had poor memory, vision and hearing? You could not have normal relationships and you would not be able to enjoy T.V. The elderly love meeting new people. You might even save their life!

Be a Mentor or Coach

cyo helping childrenOne organization that I support is the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). It is a community for young athletes that allows them to show off their athletic abilities. It is for the grades 5-12. Many schools are always looking for help to coach their teams. Coaching kids can help them develop into strong men and women.

The organization- Big Brothers Big Sisters is another great way to give back to children that may not have a role model to look up to. Good role models can help children learn how to make good decisions later on in life.

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Car Donations Are Great

If you are able to donate your car to a kids charity, that is fantastic. The charitable car donation is tax deductible which means you will get something back for your efforts. However, volunteering your time can be nearly as valuable to children in need. Share your life with others by showing them that you care! Sometimes the less fortunate just need to see a smiling face!

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How to Help Homeless Children Feel The Christmas Spirit in 2010

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What Christmas means to Kidshomeless children

Source: Car Donations for Kids Date: December 4th, 2010

If you could, would you relive your childhood? Do you remember what Christmas meant to you? To most children, Christmas is the most important day of their lives. Millions of children across the world imagine what Santa is going to give them for Christmas. They strain their minds to determine the logistics of Santa visiting every house across the world in one night. This process taught children to just have faith. Sometimes life asks us to have faith in God and others. Without faith, society would be full of paranoia. The concept of Christmas and Santa is brilliant. It teaches our youth that life will reward you for being a responsible person. Children need to follow the rules of life correctly and the rewards will come. This ideal helps children grow into adults that understand that hard work gets you pay increases and a rewarding life.

What is Faith?

Faith can be defined as trusting others and realizing that life will turn out to be ok. Many aspects of our daily life are out of our control and we must believe that everything will work itself out. Our faith is tested everyday. We have faith that the drivers on the road drive responsibly and that our child’s teachers help them learn to be outstanding citizens. At times, life can disappoint us, but that is where faith comes in. It gives us hope to continue to strive to reach our daily goals. Faith makes us believe that our peers will help us reach happiness. That is the true message of God. Help others and they will help you!

cars for kidsHomeless Children: The True Testament of Faith

According to the Coalition of the Homeless, 1.5 million children are homeless in America. Nothing will test your faith more than being homeless. Thousands of children die each year from being homeless. Children are forced to sleep in temperatures of -10 degrees. Children have died from the flu that could have been easily treated. Unfortunately, their parents can not always help their children. Shelters are sometimes full and they have no where else to go. Some shelters have been forced to close due to a lack of funding from donations.

Far too many children are never given the chance to experience the true joys that Christmas can bring. They never are able to feel the nervous excitement of waiting for Santa to drop off presents. How can homeless children have faith when they have nothing but sadness surround them?

How You Can Help Children In Need This Christmas

You can help kids of all ages experience the true joy of Christmas by donating your car. Many Americans have cars that are just sitting in their driveway and are being wasted. Why not give your car to someone who could actually use it? Even though you may not value your car anymore, someone else will. All car donations are tax deductible and the proceeds go directly to charities that will help put a smile on the face of many children this Christmas. With the hectic schedule of the Christmas season, donating your car will save you time so you can spend more time with your own family. Give children that are less fortunate a sign of hope this Christmas. It doesn’t take much of your time to change the life of children across the country.

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