I have yet to mention one of my passions...kids. I used to enjoy working with youth when I was a Police Officer and seemed to be able to connect with them. I took a course through the "Search Institute" in Minneapolis, MN, USA a few years ago. It was all about being positive "roll models" for kids. Basically it involves everyone! From parents to teachers to professionals. It is a mindset, but something many of us do naturally every day. I thought it would be important to share some of what I learned.
I have a list of 150 ways to show kids you care...the Search Institute did a study several years ago. It studied youth, from babies to young adults. They found very strong evidence that positive roll models in a child's life, make the difference in a person's life. They found that even the under privileged children benefited from positive influences in their childhood. Their socio-economic status does not completely influence and shape their future potential!
Think again about things that influenced you in a negative way in your childhood...lots to choose from, I know. We really need to be careful what we say to a child. We can dash their dreams in a matter of seconds!
What I am trying to demonstrate is that it matters what we say to children. Even just a smile to a child...make it known to a child that you notice them, acknowledge them. Its so amazing the difference you can make!
Together we can change things for the better...so...
I am going to list 5 of these "ways" on each posting, and eventually would like to share some
success stories with you from what I have learned and others have experienced.
#1 (seems easy) Notice them.
#2 Smile a lot.
#3 Acknowledge them.
#4 Learn their names.
#5 Seek them out.
Even if you pick one kid today and do one of these 5 things...you have made a difference in that child's life!
It's that simple! Easy!
The great thing about all of this...YOU feel good too!
Works in progress;
Here is one of the big oil paintings I'm working on...as it progresses.
|24" x 48" Oil on Hardboard|
|Spirit Horse - Watercolour |
|Grazing - Watercolour|
I am currently doing some research on one of my favorite Classic Artists, Michelangelo, and will be providing what I learn on my blog with links to my references, so keep an eye out for that if your interested in one of the greatest master painters of all time!