Start the School Year by Taking “The Pledge”

My World PledgeI can’t believe the first day of school is only 2 days away! 48 hours, 2,880 minutes, 172,800 seconds… do you think I might be counting?!

I was lying in bed last night thinking about what my hopes are for each of my children this coming school year.  In addition to personal and emotional growth, and all things academic, my hopes include that they be good (good scholars, good friends, good citizens), kind, compassionate, respectful and celebratory of differences they might recognize in their classmates and peers.  And, hopefully, they’ll be the recipients of similar behaviors.

Earlier this year I introduced you to the “My World Friends Pledge”.  I think this is a great way for all of our kids to start off the school year.  You can find the Pledge at  Imagine how different our world would be if everyone lived by the Pledge!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about The Pledge and how these important topics can be woven into daily, light-hearted conversation with your children.

Until then… be kind to one another!

Not Such “Sterling” Behavior

iStock_000016502615_SmallI’m sure many of you have watched the unbelievable situation relating to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling, unfold.  After making awful, racist comments, lying to the media and others, bashing beloved NBA Legend, Businessman and Philanthropist, Magic Johnson, and a ridiculous interview with Anderson Cooper that was aired over the course of 3 days, it’s time for this man to go away!

Today Sterling announced that he will fight the NBA to remove his lifetime ban and said he will not pay the $2.5 million dollar fine imposed on him.  What a travesty!

As he bashed Magic Johnson, saying “he’s not a good role model for children” I thought to myself “and you are?!”  Something you always hear me talk about is learned behavior… what do you think our children are learning from this…? What types of thoughts do they have on this topic, if in fact they’re aware of it?

I personally believe that this is a parenting opportunity… a teachable moment.  While not easy, comfortable topics to talk about with our children, this is life!  I challenge all of you to use this situation for the positive.  Use this as a case study of what is wrong, and what not to do.  Talk about how many people this has hurt, not to the least of which are Sterling’s own family and brand.  Let’s use this opportunity to talk about bad choices and consequences, why lying and cheating are never the answer and why there is no place in our world today for racism.  I choose to teach truth and tolerance and encourage my kids to celebrate differences.  I hope you’ll join me!

Happy Friday!

Much love,

The Pledge – Part 1: Celebrating Differences

My World PledgeI introduced you to the “My World Friends Pledge” last month.  This is a great way for your kids to start off the New Year.  You can find the Pledge at  Imagine how different our world would be if everyone lived by the Pledge!  Over the coming weeks, we’ll be breaking down the pledge line-by-line and talking about ways to weave these topics into conversation with your children.

On that note, let’s start at the top with “I will Celebrate Differences”. That’s another way of saying “I will be tolerant and kind to those that are different than me”.  What a great thing to talk to your kids about!  Here are a few questions that you might ask your kids:

  • What does Celebrating Differences mean to you?
  • Do you have friends that are different than you?
  • In what ways are some of your friends different than you?
  • Do you think that it’s good when people are different?
  • What are the differences in your friends or classmates that you notice the most (ie. glasses, braces, skin color, eye color, etc.)?
  • What are some reasons you’re happy that we’re not all exactly the same?

It’s simple to weave this topic into conversation about everyday life, and when you have regular, on-going and open dialogue with your children they will know that the door is always open for a chat.  If something is bothering them, something is going on at school, peer-pressure or a dispute with a friend, or they recognize behavior in a friend that is not appropriate, they will feel like it’s natural to talk you about these things.  How important is that?!  As parents we all want our kids to know that we’re here for them and we will listen and help when help is required.  Sometimes just being a good listener is really all they need. When your children confide in you and trust that you will listen without judgment or reaction, it will change the level of your conversations with them.

So, talk-it-out! And then share how your conversation of Celebrating Differences went.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

In Gratitude,

Back to School Series, Part 5 – Let’s Talk About Happiness

iStock_000010954440XSmallMost kids are already back in school (thank goodness mine are!), and those that aren’t will be starting soon, so to wrap-up our “Back to School Series”, let’s talk briefly about Happiness. Continue reading

“Family Tree” Book Celebrates The Differences That Make Each of Us Unique

FamilyTreeIRVINE, California – Children’s author and entrepreneur Renee Carter today took the wraps off her new venture, My World Media, with the release of her first children’s book – “Is There Really Such Thing As A Family Tree?” – a fun, whimsical adventure for young readers aged 4 – 99. Continue reading