Character…It’s Who You Are

Character Building Through Choices and Challenges is a new eBook for kids 8-12. smashwordsCharacter

This eBook helps kids

  • learn to be tolerant of others
  • how to solve problems and put the best solution into action
  • how a handicap can be a blessing in disguise
  • not to judge others by their skin color, religious beliefs, or political outlook.

Kids can see how having a positive attitude, open communication, and good listening skills help them live in balance with themselves and others.

Have these positive choice-making, character-building books available for school or home – enhances reading and listening skills. Order today.
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It’s inspiring to hear how books still change lives. Here are uplifting stories from student’s viewpoints http://bit.ly/L0aydU Reading does make a difference in people’s lives.

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Are you Listening? Really Listening?

I have to admit I don’t always listen very well. Sometimes others are telling me their story and I’m thinking of what I will say in response and not always tuning in completely. I remember when the children were little, one of their comments was “Mommy, you’re not listening with your eyes”.

Listening is a skill that can be developed. In order to hear what the other person is really saying take time to listenĀ  – to be willing to give of your time and attention. You can show you are listening by nodding, smiling, making eye contact, or showing other ways of paying attention. Asking questions helps to clarify points. The art of communication has not died. It is a two-way street though- someone needs to talk and someone to listen intently.

The ability to listen does influence quality of life as well as the lives of those around us. When listening to your children, make it absolutely clear that the only thing that really matters at that time is what is being said. Ask questions if you don’t understand. Listen not only with your eyes but with your heart as well.

One of our authors, Robert Bohlken, is a listening expert and has written a book for children that enhances reading and listening skills. The stories in the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their character Building Adventures are set in a primitive society, but their problems and conflicts are much like our own. The stories are intended to be read aloud between adult and child. This encourages much sharing of thoughts, ideas and feelings about issues that concern children. There is room for discussion, such as, “if you were in this situation, what would you do?” “Do you think this is the only solution?” “Can you think of other ways to solve this?”

To learn more about this book, go to Listening Stories and Lessons.

Lee Jackson
Snaptail Books for children, families,
and parenting professionals

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