Encourage Children to 'Have a Great Day'
Teaching optimism and responsibility
September 01, 2011The attitude your children have when they leave for school is key to how they perform. Make certain that your children are organized for the next day before they go to bed. Being prepared and dressed early gives you time for a sit-down breakfast and the nurturing parents can do with a positive start for the new day. A hectic start often affects your children all day. Your children should feel your enthusiasm for what they are learning. Try to be positive with them and encourage them to have a great day!
This summer I was blessed to have five out of eight children from one family enrolled in my tennis program. I asked 8-year-old Levi Wojtalik what he did in the morning before his 9 a.m. tennis class. He replied that he emptied the dishwasher, cleaned off the kitchen cabinets and cleaned his room. I was amazed, but with 10 people in one family, and with three children younger than Levi, cooperation and chores are part of each day. Having chores and expectations helps children be organized.
I am concerned that our election year is too full of doom and gloom. Whereas a healthy discourse of how our country can continue to be great is good, children can begin to wonder what their future is going to be. It is our responsibility to let them know that we want our country to serve them and generations of Americans to follow. I do believe that is really what we all want so let us help to teach our children that differences can build strengths.
We should all be very proud of the new look at many of our Local public parks. The Park Department has joined with the Indianapolis Park Foundation, Lilly Endowment and the USTA and together they have restored recreational facilities at 12 parks. Also, over 58 tennis courts were rebuilt or resurfaced this summer, with some courts have even blending QuickStart lines. Congratulations to all who networked to make this happen.
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Barbara Wynne is the founding publisher of Indy's Child Magazine.