Proudtree Empowered Learning was founded with one essential goal in mind: to help children learn to embrace and love who they are as they develop respect for others. As a parent, that is also my goal. But sometimes I need help with how to teach my children those things. To me, it is a bit scary to think that it is my job to teach my children how to be upstanding citizens in this world, to have confidence in themselves and just be who they are and not who others think they should be. That is some pretty heavy knowledge and skill that I am responsible for!
Have no fear! We are going to learn all of this together within the Proudtree blog, a resource for enriching the lives of children, as well as your own!
On this blog, I will guide you through Proudtree’s 10 character-building themes:
2. Making Choices
4. Recognizing Emotions
7. Kindness and Compassion
8. Cultivating Respect
Why these themes? Because they are the foundations in which we all need to grow strong and succeed in school, work and beyond. The themes help to create the well-rounded child. And believe me when I say that it takes a village to raise a child. Other family members, parents, teachers, community groups, doctors, and so on! The list could be really long because so many people influence the daily lives of our children. Proudtree is here to influence them too!
Together with Proudtree’s Founders, Kristan Kostur and Susan Lurz, we will explore each theme so we can have a better understanding of the foundation and how it can be used on a day-to-day basis with your children. We will offer you fun and inspiring ways to begin to lay down these empowering foundations and enable children to have a better understanding of the skills.
As a parent, I will offer real-world examples from my perspective and experiences. I will openly share my take on how I would use the theme with my children and how they respond to the models. We also have assembled a diverse team of accomplished professionals who have lead the way in creating highly engaging learning materials that we will reference. With expertise from educators, child psychologists, authors, editors, illustrators, designers, musicians, and choreographers, we ensure that each child's style of learning and unique developmental ability is met as well as challenged. Remember that every child is different. It is important to use this blog as a resource and a guide, and use what we share to build upon your own lessons. Work with each child individually when character building and find out what resonates with them best.
For now I leave you with this thought: As a mom, I feel like I have touched on these themes with my oldest child, but just verbally. How would you feel is best to teach your child about them? Talking points? Pictures? Stories? Share your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
About the Author: Christine Cox is a mom to two children, Capri and Cam. When she is not writing for Proudtree, you can find her over at www.thechoosymommy.com or www.choosykids.com. As a family, the Cox’s love to be outdoors, play and watch sports (Go Steelers, Penguins and Pirates!) and swim. In her free time, (haha, I know, what is free time?) Christine loves to do yoga and relax!