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Making the Grade – A+ Parents

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

-By Karen Deerwester, Ed.S.

Did you ever wonder how well you’re
 doing at this thing called parenting? Do you have adequate knowledge to make 
important decisions? Have you done enough research to support your positions?
 Will the choices you make today bring about the results you expect tomorrow?
Parenting requires a giant leap of faith but it isn’t a great mystery what
 children really need.

Parents Take Time

Children need parents who are “there”, listening and available in
 kid-time. You never know when a child will really need you – to share their 
fears, ask meaning-of-life questions, or to just feel their hand in yours.
Parents need to be flexible and on-call just in case – every day. Traveling
 parents and 10-hour-work-day parents can create daily check-in routines that
 communicate “I’m here for you” too.

A+ parents must also make time to 
take care of themselves. A family doesn’t work if the children’s needs are met
 but the adults in the family are left wanting. Yes, it’s a constant balancing 
act – but a necessary one.

Parents Teach

Children need guidance to grow well. Your child is forming lifelong attitudes
 about learning from you above all the other teachers in his life. A+ parents
 honor a child’s sense of wonder. The world is a fun and exciting place waiting
 to be discovered by your child.

A+ parents also teach children the
 value and responsibility of social interactions. Your child is learning how to
 get along with others. She needs to be taught social courtesies and how her
behavior affects others.

A+ parents also teach children about
 a sense of self through feelings and experiences. Home is where you expose your 
full emotional life. Children need help understanding that difficult emotions
 are part of humanity. They need to feel safe and loved through all of life’s
 ups and downs.

Parents Learn

Parents are always learning from their children and with their children. A+
 parents know that as soon as you figure out one stage of development, your 
child moves into a new more complicated stage. Uncertainty and resilience are
 your friends. Successful parents are those who are growing in the process.

Parents Forgive

Parenting is about the relationship with each of your children far more than it 
is about getting “it” right. Relationships, like The Velveteen 
Rabbit, aren’t always perfect and new. All successful parents need to embrace
 imperfection in themselves and in their children. Mistakes will always be a 
part of day-to-day parenting.

 your grade?

The only grade you get for days and years of parenting is the smile on your 
child’s face, that small glow in your heart that says this is worth it, and
 that content feeling in your gut that says you did the best you know. And 
there’s always extra credit given for effort!

Meet Karen here on Thursday Oct. 20, 2011 at 6pm PST for our ESCAPE program module regarding Entitlement – Raising confident and responsible kids in a “me, mine, now!” culture.

Karen Deerwester is the owner of Family Time Coaching & Consulting, writing and
 lecturing on parenting and early childhood topics since 1984. Karen is also the 
Mommy & Me director at The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center
at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton.

Help Us Make a Difference in a Young Girls Life

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Do you or someone you know have a young daughter? Perhaps they as parents are facing some troubles trying to figure out what is going on in her world. You are worried she may not be listening to the right messages. It’s so easy to lose track of time. One day she is 4 and concerned about Barney, the next moment she is concerned about who she will go to homecoming with. Not to mention her dress!


Well, Legacy 4 Kids wants to help. We are a group of experts that have come together to make a difference. We want to help parents and guardians create a solid foundation for our young girls to count on. We want them to be safe and live in peace in this world to create a new generation that do not have to live in fear or chaos.


Face it. It is different today. Some ways better, some worse, but very scary if you are a parent anticipating your little girl growing up. All you want is to give her a safe world to grow up in, but everywhere you turn there is turmoil. Kids are facing bullying, depression, unplanned pregnancy, abduction, date rape, drugs and so many issues and mixed messages thrown at them at such a young age.


Do you watch TV and wonder what ever happened to our nations innocence? Do you wonder why the young girls at your daughter’s school all seem to look 5 years older than they are? Do you dread school clothes shopping because all the stuff looks like it should of been thrown out in the eighties?


Legacy 4 Kids Foundation is determined to help. We are a nonprofit group dedicated to helping families with young children navigate the pitfalls of our society. Not everyone can afford healthcare, counseling or coaching. We are here to help.


Please help us help families before it is too late.



Legacy 4 Kids Foundation Pre- Holiday Season Fundraising Campaign

$15,000 in 15 days


Please Donate!


Let’s raise $15,000 in 15 days to prevent teen crises, launch new programs, and support ongoing programs in 2012. And when you participate, we’ll show our gratitude with…


  • The Largest Donation over $1,000 will spend the entire day in the Beautiful Napa Valley, enjoy a private winery tour and tasting, enjoy a lovely Balloon Ride over the valley, receive two tickets to attend the ESCAPE LIVE in February at the Historic Uptown Theatre (showcasing speakers all dedicated to our cause) and a follow up wine dinner with the ESCAPE participants. (value $10,000).


  • The Largest Donation over $500 will join us at our exclusive Luxury Liquid Assets Wine Tasting and Dinner event in Napa, California and receive a copy of the ESCAPE Teleseminar Series – Digital Edition. (value $1,000.00).


  • The first 20 donations over $250 or more will take a personal full day tour of Napa Valley with Napa Valley Adventure Tours. (value $500.00).


  • The first 20 donations over $100 or more will receive 2 bottles of Napa’s Fine Select wines shipped to you to enjoy for the holiday season.


  • Donations from $50 to $99 will receive our warmest gratitude and a Legacy 4 Kids Foundation ECHO Bracelet honoring Grandparents, Parents and Children we here at the Foundation are so pleased to serve.


  • Donations $10.00 to $49.00 will receive a listing on our new Contributors page on our new website at


For clarification 88 cents of each dollar contributed goes to growing and sustaining the Legacy 4 Kids Foundation. Based on this contribution percentage formula the Legacy 4 kids Foundation is about to begin its 2nd year of operation. Your contribution will enable us to help more families and prevent teen crises.


We’re raising $15,000 in 15 days. (October 1st – October 15th)


Donate Now


In closing, no contribution is too small, and we’d be grateful if you will share this with your friends TODAY.


Please join with us to enable Legacy 4 Kids Foundation to assist more parents and their daughters to live a happy and successful lives without fear, and make 2012 something our girls can celebrate.


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us meet our 15 day goal and proving we can all make a difference by doing a small part.


Click on the DONATE NOW button on this page and give whatever you can, no amount is too small and share the link to this page with all people you know.



Enough is Enough

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
We are so excited here at the Foundation – We just added Donna Rice Hughes to our panel of Teen Crises Prevention Team Members:
Meet her here:

Enough Is EnoughSM
(EIE) has been a leader on the frontlines of efforts to protect children from online dangers since 1994, working with the Internet industry, the public, and law enforcement to effectively prevent Internet-initiated crime against children.  EIE’s President, Donna Rice Hughes
is an internationally known Internet safety expert and advocate.  As a respected leader of national efforts to protect children from online dangers, Donna has championed EIE’s mission to make the Internet safer for children and families.  She has given over 4,000 media interviews, and has been featured on CNN, Fox news, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal among many

Under Donna’s leadership and Vision, EIE created the state-of-the-art, multi-media Internet Safety 101SM Program to educate, equip and empower parents, educators and other caring adults with the knowledge and resources needed to protect children online.  Firsthand accounts from law enforcement officers, clinicians, victims, parents, kids, industry leaders and a convicted sex offender are woven into this compelling four-part DVD teaching series, accompanying workbook, website and other resources.

The cornerstone element of the Internet Safety 101SM Program is the chapter-segmented DVD teaching series (full running time: 2 hours, 17 minutes), which covers the dangers of Internet pornography, predators, cyberbullies and new threats relating to social networking, online gaming and mobile devices.  Thefour-part DVD series, hosted and led by EIE President Donna Rice Hughes, was shot in high-definition film in front of a live studio audience, and captures the power of a live Internet safety
seminar.  Poignant true stories and essential strategies to counter online dangers are woven throughout the Internet
Safety 101SM teaching series (click here to view some of the video vignettes, which run 60 seconds to 6 minutes in length),
giving parents, educators and other adults the information, skills and confidence to effectively protect children on all Internet-enabled devices.  The plug-and-play Internet Safety 101SM resource is perfect for individual or group use.  You can get your copy of this award-winning resource here.

Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice, industry leaders such as AOL, AT&T, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Verizon and non-profits such as The Salvation Army and the Virginia and Maryland PTAs, this comprehensive program features top experts from the world of law enforcement, psychology and technology. (Some of EIE’s endorsements can be seen here).

To Learn more about Enough is Enough and internet Safety 101 Simply Click Here:

Powerful Girl Program, the free recording

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Our Crises Prevention expert Jill Hope created this program. Though the call has passed, you can still sign up for the free recording. It is packed with helpful content. Here is the direct link to sign up for the call: Powerful Girl Program.

Learn more by reading the post below!


Have you been wishing your daughter was more comfortable in her own skin? Have you been wishing she would stop trying
to suppress who she really is just to fit in with other girls? Have you been wishing she would stop clinging to just one or two girls who may be friends with her one day, and exclude her the next, leaving her out on her own?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, it’s time you do something about it!

Let me share with you what I know about strengthening a girl’s sense of knowing that she is good and worthy just as she is, building a foundation for increased confidence, and helping her create loving and supportive friendships with girls who appreciate her just as she is.

Every time I hear parents struggling with the issues their daughters are dealing with, it breaks my heart because there are some very simple steps you can take right away to help your daughter begin to change her experience. Every time I recommend these steps and my clients follow through, they are amazed by how simple and effective these techniques really are! That’s why I’m sharing this with you now — because I want you to know what I know to be possible for you and your daughter, and how easy it
really can be (when you know what to do).

Here’s the reality: The situation isn’t going to change by itself.

Isn’t it about time you stopped wishing for change, and instead took responsibility right now for creating the change you desire to see for your daughter? Then, I invite you to join me on a special complimentary teleseminar…


“Secrets of the Powerful Girl
Within:  Building Confidence,
Self-Acceptance, and Inner Strength in Girls”

with Jill Hope

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central / 6pm Pacific

Lines are
filling up quickly….reserve yours now
Click Here.


On this complimentary 30-minute call you’ll learn…

The  qualities that confident girls have in common (and that many girls today  lack)

  • A  powerful yet simple exercise to help your daughter build  self-appreciation and confidence
  • The  one secret weapon every girl possesses to change her situation, but few  are aware of
  • What  every parent MUST do to support and cultivate strong self-esteem in her daughter
  • The role self-responsibility plays in helping girls feel confident and empowered, even during challenges.
  • Exciting  details on my brand new “Powerful Girl Within Program” which will lay out for you, step-by-step,
    how to build a foundation that will help your daughter cultivate the confidence, self-acceptance, and inner strength that will to allow her to  fully express herself and be accepted by her peers
  • This truly is a call for anyone responsible for raising, influencing, or  supporting girls. There really is no better time than NOW, at the start of the school year, to use my simple secrets that will help your daughter gain the confidence and self-assuredness she needs to create authentic friendships and express the fullness of who she is.

    Take the first step toward improving this situation today. Reserve your spot here

    The Profile of a Predator

    Thursday, September 1st, 2011

    It isn’t what you would expect is it?

    6 Tips to ESCAPE the Cycle of Teen Pregnancy

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    Listen to internet radio with Legacy 4 Kids Foundation on Blog Talk Radio

    Listen here to find out about our new program ESCAPE! 6 tips to escape the cycle of teen pregnancy and how to prevent it!

    The Sex Talk, At What Age Do We Bring It Up?

    Saturday, May 28th, 2011

    How fast would it be before parents started talking to their children about sex and how babies are made if it was a law that they as parents would be the responsible party to the newborn infants until their child completed their education?

    How many  parents would deny their kids sex ed in school due to religious beliefs if this became law?

    What if? Just a thought…

    At what age do you think it is appropriate to explain where babies come from? Let us know your thoughts.

    FREE Teleclass on June 8, 2011 – Parenting Your Pregnant Teen

    Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

    A 5 Step approach to creating Powerful Partnerships: Parents and Pregnant teens working together to create a lasting legacy.This class is perfect for parents of pregnant teens or parents concerned their teen might be at risk for an unplanned pregnancy.

    There are many resources available to pregnant teens, but very few available to help the parents who are living through this very trying time. On this call you will have the opportunity to learn about the resources available to you as concerned parent  and where to find them.

    In addition, what you can do as a  parent to open up the lines of communication with your teen. What the steps are to moving forward once you have accepted the fact that there is a new leaf about to unfold in your household.

    And answers to some of your big questions, like how you fit in and what your options are as a  parent and possible grandparent.

    To sign up for the FREE teleclass, click here to register. The teleclass is scheduled for June 8, 2011 at 11:00am PST.

    "Inspire to Re-wire"

    Thursday, March 24th, 2011

    More kids than ever are suffering from depression, anger, ADD, ADHD, eating disorders and a number of other social and emotional issues. Why?

    Why are  kids bringing guns to school? Why is violence so acceptable today. Where has the empathy gone?

    Have you ever wondered what our world would be like if our kids were not so stressed out.   They are learning each day to function at warp speed. No down time. 

    School, TV, Internet, video games and social media keep them so busy they have no inclination to  add a few moments of quiet time to their day.

    Today I am so very inspired by the MindUp program. The HawnFoundation is working so hard to get our nation’s schools to adopt and teach our children this curriculim.  Take a look at this video below and let me know what you think.