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This article came into my inbox recently and I thought it a gem. It has real applications for all of us and a message for those of us who are responsible for children. You may already have seen this doing the email rounds but it's worth a second read. Enjoy.
Carrot, Egg and Coffee
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being
subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"
Think of this: Which am I?
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?
It's easier to build a child than repair an adult -
Answers from children on dating and other important matters.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?
"You've got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming!" Alan, age 10
"No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with." Kirsten, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
"You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
"Both don't want any more kids." Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
"Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." Lynnette, age 8
"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." Martin, age 10
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
"When they're rich." Pam, age 7
Taken from Rachel Green's newsletter, www.rachelgreen.com Thanks to Shahzadi Rukh.
The zippy tunes have my 4 year-old granddaughter dancing and singing with joy. She sings the songs with actions, even without the music. When she visits she asks," When can I put on that jumpy music? And you can dance too."
A great source of enjoyable bonding for us both.
Thanks Marlene for your creativity and enthusiasm. I recommend your programme to teachers, parents, grandparents and caregivers.
|About The Author
Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA
Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.