Easing the Challenges Facing Military Kids (Guest: Trevor Romain)

TrevorRomainphotoFor our US military personnel and their dependents, the notion of “home” is temporary. It changes every few years as whole families pack up and move, again.

Deployment or change of duty station can be tough on everyone involved, but the challenges to military children can be substantial. Friendships made are “disconnected” when it’s time again to move, creating the need to adjust all over again. Contact with grandparents and extended family can be postponed, sometimes for years.

TrevorKidsBut the challenges for these kids doesn’t stop there. Reintegration of the active-duty parent back into the home can be difficult, as well as service-related injury (physical or psychological), or the loss of that parent. Issues for the children can, and do, run deep. Their struggles with confusion, depression, fear, anxiety and anger behavior are real.

Trevor Romain, our guest on this program, serves military kids; he knows them well. Trevor and Comfort Crew for Military Kids, a foundation he co-created, have partnered with the USO to create a special traveling program for military youngsters: With You All the Way. Within the past 18 months, Trevor has presented messages of undertanding, encouragement and hope to over 110,000 on US military bases all over the world. He will share with us how best to help and support these young people and their families.

DeployKitA best-selling author and illustrator, Trevor has written an award-winning series of self-help books for children on a number of relevant topics. In fact, his work has been translated into 16 different languages. As an inspirational humorist and motivational speaker, Trevor has captured the hearts of children and those who serve them, for the past 20 years. (Pictured here is a kit given to military children when a parent deploys.) [27:38]

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Handwriting: A Case for Cursive and HFT (Guest: Treyce Montoya)

TMontoyaphotoAt least 46 of the states in the U.S. have eliminated classes in cursive handwriting from the public school curriculum. Many folks, including our guest on this program, believe the removal of instruction in that skill is a mistake, and that we will be paying a price for it.

Our guest, Treyce Montoya, holistic psychologist and experienced handwriting expert, analyst and forensic specialist, strongly believes that cursive handwriting brings more benefit than communication value. For instance, the “connectedness” of cursive writing supports a youngster’s emotional and behavioral health.

TMontoyabookTreyce has developed a therapeutic intervention called HFT, Handwriting Formation Therapy, that helps youngsters control volatile emotions like anger and rage. A controlled study in Texas proved the Montoya Method to be successful with chronic juvenile offenders. The results speak for themselves: There has been zero recidivism with these youngsters. Subsequent work with this method continues to produce strong, evidence-based results.

Consistent with her extensive experience and expertise, Treyce has written many books on the subject of handwriting and what it means. Today we’re featuring her book, Teach it Write NOW! Understanding the “Handwriting and Brain Connection” while learning the Montoya Method. (27:17)

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Teaching Our Children to Be Resilient (Guest: Dr. “G,” Deborah Gilboa)

It comes as no surprise that many of us focus on solutions only when a problem occurs. A well-intended promise to “do better next time” might or might not result in being better prepared for life’s difficulties. Resilience is the key.

Nowhere does resilience matter more than with our children. Teaching them to handle inconveniences, frustrations and emergencies before they happen is, of course, a good thing. What’s more, it adds to a youngster’s confidence.

But how often do we consistently focus on teaching resilience? How often do we encourage our children to practice it? Our guest today, Dr. “G,” (Deborah Gilboa, MD) will emphasize the importance of imparting resilience to our children. She’lll also share how we can teach it effectively in a natural and fun manner, using existing parental instincts and everyday activities. As we will see, The benefits are well worth the effort.

Deborah Gilboa is a board certified family physician, a mother of four, and a popular speaker and writer on the subject of parenting. She strongly believes, follows and shared three basic principles when it comes to parenting children of all ages: Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. She is the founder of AskDoctorG.com, a valued resource for parents and educators, and she’s the author of the newly released e-book, Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch.

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Break Free of Parental Pressures (Guest: Debbie Pokornik)

DebbiePokornikphotoBeing a responsible parent is a tough enough job without wondering if you are doing the job “right.” But, if you’re a parent, chances are there have been times when you have questioned your decisions and actions regarding your children.

Well, guess what? That’s pretty normal. Even when we try to do the “right” thing as parents, it often doesn’t feel “right” to us. Shouldn’t that matter?

According to our guest on this program, Debbie Pokornik, it matters a lot. Pressures of parenting today cause many moms and dads to second-guess their parenting strategies and skills. As a parent educator and author, Debbie will help us tackle this issue of parental pressures and doubt, and she will share her insights as she offers ways parents can improve their role, and feel better about it.

Debbie Pokornik is the CEO (Chief Empowering Officer) of her company, Empowering NRG. She guides individuals to live empowered lives by helping them disconnect from negative energies like self-doubt, fear and guilt, as they learn to reconnect with their inner wisdom. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Break Free of Parenting Pressures.  (27:53)

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Teaching Our Kids to Win at Losing (Guest: Dr. Frank Sileo)

No one enjoys losing at anything, but the ability to manage loss well, and to grow from the experience, is as much a skill as any other.

The same holds true for winning. No one likes an arrogant, boastful winner who gloats over a victory.

The good news is that the skills of winning and losing can be encouraged and taught to our children. Our guest on this program, psychologist Dr. Frank Sileo, believes it is critical that our children learn early on how to share, follow instructions, handle feelings, try their best, and manage both winning and losing with grace, dignity and respect. He will share with us some excellent insights and ideas for helping youngsters with these skills.

Dr. Sileo, an accomplished speaker and active writer, is the Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has authored several books specifically for children. Two of them, Toilet Paper Flowers and Hold the Cheese, Please! have the distinction of being the only books written for children on Crohn’s Disease and lactose intolerance. Frank’s latest book, Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing, addresses the topic of this program. (27:17)

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A Better Way of Thinking (Guest: Richard Waldman)

RWaldmanphotoIt’s amazing, but true, that people can think themselves into a pile of trouble. What they say they want and desire can end up being sabotaged by behaviors that take them in precisely the WRONG direction. Whether it’s weight loss, a desire to live healthier, a plan to bring finances back under control, or whatever, too many folks start off right only to find themselves eventually back in the same circumstances.

Obviously, our young people are not immune to the self-sabotage that can destroy their own best interest. They seem bright and capable enough, so what’s happening here?

RichardphotoOur guest on this program, Richard Waldman, will address what he calls the “Chatter-in-the-Head” that works to hold us back. It’s powerful; it MUST be dealt with, and Rich will offer his expertise for accomplishing just that.

Richard Waldman is an experienced educator and life coach. The strategy he shares was born out of the realization that an individual’s personality has evolved in more than one direction using a brain that has the power to create on its own. This insight has tremendous application in our daily lives. Rich founded A Better Way of Thinking, a leadership foundation, and he’s the author of Your Guide to a Better Way of Thinking. (28:36)

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From Incorrigible to Incredible: What Toby Taught Us, Part 2 (Guest: Charmaine Hammond)

(This is the concluding part of a two-part radio program.)

When Charmaine Hammond and her husband, Chris, adopted a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever named Toby, little did they know what the next few years held in store. They were tempted to give up on the big dog, but they didn’t. In return, Toby became an award-winning pet-assisted therapy dog and, in his brief lifetime, achieved Chicken Soup fame and left an indelible paw print in the hearts of all those he touched.

This is a story of love, patience, perseverence and faithfulness. It shows us once again what can be accomplished when we accept others unconditionally.

Charmaine is a professional speaker and seminar leader from the Edmonton area of Alberta. She travels the US and Canada speaking on topics of communication and team building to corporate audiences. But Charmaine continues to promote the values of kindness and caring to Toby’s favorite audience: school children. (17:38)

For more information about A Million Acts of Kindness: Toby’s Global Mission, the movie currently being made on Toby’s life and story, Charmaine’s work as a speaker/trainer, or her heartwarming bestseller, On Toby’s Terms, go to this website:

www.OnTobysTerms.com

 

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From Incorrigible to Incredible: What Toby Taught Us, Part 1 (Guest: Charmaine Hammond)

When Charmaine Hammond and her husband, Chris, adopted a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever named Toby, little did they know what the next few years held in store. They were tempted to give up on the big dog, but they didn’t. In return, Toby became an award-winning pet-assisted therapy dog and, in his brief lifetime, achieved Chicken Soup fame and left an indelible paw print in the hearts of all those he touched.

This is a story of love, patience, perseverence and faithfulness. It shows us once again what can be accomplished when we accept others unconditionally.

Charmaine is a professional speaker and seminar leader from the Edmonton area of Alberta. She travels the US and Canada speaking on topics of communication and team building to corporate audiences. But Charmaine continues to promote the values of kindness and caring to Toby’s favorite audience: school children. (15:27)

For more information about A Million Acts of Kindness: Toby’s Global Mission, the movie currently being made on Toby’s life and story, Charmaine’s work as a speaker/trainer, or her heartwarming bestseller, On Toby’s Terms, go to this website:

www.OnTobysTerms.com

 

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Helping the Tragedy-affected Child (Guest: Christy Monson)

CMonsonphotoHow does one explain and process tragedy, trauma and loss to a child? Although youngsters have the ability to handle these circumstances as well as most adults, how we help and support a traumatized child certainly matters.

In this program, Christy Monson, will share her insights and interventions for recognizing the behaviors and reactions of the tragedy-affected youngster and how we can help the grieving, traumatized and hurting child heal with our love and support. As Christy will explain, our role in helping this child stabilize and recover is a very important one.

LHH Small2An experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Christy built a very successful counseling practice in Nevada and later in Utah. She is the author of Love, Hugs and Hope: When Scary Things Happen. This book for children is the focus of this program.

Christy has authored other books, also, including the soon-to-be released, The Family Council Guidebook: How to Solve Problems and Strengthen Relationships.

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My Brother is Different: The Sibling Side of Autism (Guest: Barbara Morvay)

Although we’re better at questions than answers, much has been observed, researched and written about autism. We know it is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, and we know that raising and teaching an autistic child present patience and skills-stretching challenges daily.

But what about the siblings of an autistic child? What do we know of their concerns, fears and feelings regarding their autistic brother or sister? Additionally, what specific things can we do with the “normal” siblings to help them adapt, adjust and become as resilient and emotionally fit as possible?

Parents have been asking these questions for some time, but there haven’t been many answers. Until now.

Our guest on this program, Barbara  Morvay, has written a ground-breaking book that squarely addresses the siblings of an autistic child, My Brother is Different: A Sibling’s Guide to Coping with Autism. In the book (enthusiastically endorsed by autism advocate, Temple Grandin) and in this interview, Barbara addresses the thoughts “normal” children are afraid to think and the questions they are afraid to ask. Barbara does this by empowering the best counselors a youngster will ever have: Mom and Dad.

Barbara is a retired educator of 37 years. As a Special Education teacher and later principal and superintendent of schools specializing in the education of special needs students, Barbara knows first-hand the challenges involved, but also the victories.

As testimony to her expertise, Barbara was appointed to The Richard Stockton School of New Jersey Board of Trustees, and she was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. (27:21)

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