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Spring 2012 ESCAPE Program

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A complementary Class!

ESCAPE- 6 Steps to Preparing Girls for Success, Health and Happiness and Avoiding Teen Crisis”.

If you’re the parent or grandparent of a young girl between the ages of 4-16, then make plans to join Kelly Marquet-Bodio, crisis counselor and CEO of Legacy4Kids, on August 18th for a complimentary teleclass entitled, “ESCAPE- 6 Steps to Preparing Girls for Success, Health and Happiness and Avoiding Teen Crisis”.

On this call, you will discover proven strategies and techniques designed to help your daughter make great decisions at any age and avoid becoming the victim of teen pregnancy, risky behavior and abuse.

Kelly will also teach you about other “modern life” dangers that you may not be aware of (including Internet traps, early puberty and food additives) that may be causing your daughter to act out in ways she’s not prepared to handle or control.

Sound interesting? Then get all the details now on this page and register absolutely f*r*e*e while you’re there.  These are skills that will never go to waste in helping your daughter achieve a lifetime of health, happiness and success.


Sign up here

An Unsolicited Gift

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

“This year I am determined to practice what I preach. I will not allow stress or fear to consume me or make decisions for me. I will move forward with a positive attitude and be thankful for all I have and the love I share”.
KM Bodio

As Founder of Legacy 4 Kids Foundation I see a great deal of pain and frustration in a number of my clients. At the moment they make the decision to call me or engage myself or a member of my team for our services, they are unaware of the mighty strength they have and the amazing abilities they each possess to make this unplanned crisis a positive one in the lives of so many.

Each one of us is given many gifts in life. At times they may seem like challenges that we do not seem to have the ability or energy to face. These are opportunities to grow and to become the compassionate individuals that we are meant to be. Once we accept the challenge and grasp the concept it all gets easier and the path to peace will unfold. It seems like a lot of rhetoric, but it isn’t. I know from personal experience, some of my biggest challenges have become my biggest accomplishments and created immense amounts of happiness for both myself and those around me.

A few of you know my story, many of you don’t. I was a pregnant teen and gave birth to my beautiful daughter when I was only 18. I became a single mother at 21. I had a limited education and limited funds but I was determined to give my little one a life of love, security and a future. Through many obstacles and self imposed challenges, I am happy to say with a great deal of support and help from family and friends, I accomplished my mission.

However, my daughter chose a different path in adult hood and 24 years later my daughter was pregnant and did not have anyway of supporting herself or her child.  I had no idea what to say or do. By this time my mother and my daughters paternal grandmother had passed, both being huge contributors and great influences throughout our lives. I didn’t have anywhere to turn for the motherly advise I so needed right then.  However, I knew without doubt of any kind I was going to be the primary caregiver to the child if my daughter chose to follow through with the pregnancy.  I had to allow for the all of the chaos and fear to take place around me, all the while knowing what I was going to do, I just didn’t know the how. All I could do is to accept my challenge, be thankful for the opportunity and to move forward with grace. This is called faith!!!

I have had custody of my little granddaughter since birth and she is the light of my life. My Husband and I have chose

Veyah Christmas morning


to raise her and give her the life her birth parents are unable  to. Veyah  is the happiest most loving gift to all of us each and every day.

Now I know not all of us can make this choice due to so many of life’s situations and constraints, but remember there is always a choice. I know so many wonderful people that want to parent. Each day I talk to individuals hoping to have the opportunity to love a little one and give them a safe place to grow up and a future to be proud of. These families are angels. They have a lot of love to give. Each child deserves a future to be proud of and to live a life of love, honor, courage and grace. These families offer all of this and more.

If you or someone you know is facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy, remember it is not the end of your life as you know it. It can be a new beginning for many including yours.

Be open to the gifts life gives us. It may just be the best ever!

Kelly Marquet-Bodio

Legacy 4 Kids Foundation


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011


I Never Considered My Teen Daughter Would Get Pregnant

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Not My Daughter

“As parents of a young girl that we have loved, nurtured and protected to the very best of our abilities we never thought that an uplanned pregnancy was ever going to be an issue in our family. Our daughter is well behaved, she gets good grades and has never been in trouble. Where did we go wrong”?

This is the statement 90% of my clients say when they reach out to me for help. Of course we as parents never thought or wanted our kids to get in trouble or face a crises pregnancy.

If you have learned of a pregnancy, it is simply too late to prevent it or deny it. It is time to face the issue and find out the next steps that works for your daughter and the family.  If you are concerned about behavioural issues with your teen and think you may have time to prevent a crises, then by all means lets get to work. Either way it is really difficult for parents to deal with these issues without guilt, fear or anger on their own.

The way the world looks to a young girl today is very different than it looked to us growing up. This is a simple FACT. It is hard for us as parents to communicate to our kids because now more than ever because we speak different languages and we see consequenses differently.

Thanks to the media, TV and advertising there is nothing that is inappropriate or that cannot be fixed with a simple pill or purchase of a fix all product. When a young girl grows up with these messages it is next to impossible to point out dangers or circumstances that we as parents see as obvious.

Take some steps today to learn warning signs and positive communication skills to open dialog with your daughter without causing her to feel you are invading her privacy or accusing her of inappropriate behavoir.

To learn how, simply fill out the box enter your email address and you will be on your way to a free, private consultation with me. All completely confidential!



Monday, November 14th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Legacy 4 Kids Foundation has been asked to help…we are looking for “30 SOMETHING GRANDMAS”!

Are you in your 30′s and you’ve just become a grandmother?
 Do you have an incredible story to tell about being a 30 something grandma?
 A major cable network is looking for 30 something women whose daughters (or sons) have recently become pregnant, or have already had a child, to star in a new docu-soap reality series!

This series will follow the real life drama of women in their 30′s who have recently found themselves in the role of “Grandma.” Is your new role in life unexpected? Are you thrilled? Maybe a little disappointed? Were you shocked? Did you have something else planned for your life, but right now have to put that on hold?
If this sounds like you, then you’re the perfect candidate for our show!

-Women in their 30′s who have recently or are about to become grandmothers
-Daughter and grandchild must live with you or very nearby
-Must be a legal US resident

*Compensation will be provided for the families who are chosen to appear in the series!*

If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact our office to discuss details.

Holidays 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Holidays 2011 — The Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods –merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.
Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box wrapped in Chinese made wrapping paper? Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home townAmericans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering City.Christmas is about caring about US.
About encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

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.

Divorced Parent Telesummit

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Are you worried about your children and how they will adjust to the divorce? Are you dealing with a difficult ex? No money in your budget to attend expensive therapy or seminars? And never mind researching all the divorce experts out there to figure out where to put your precious time and money?!

If that’s you, then you will love the Divorced Parent Telesummit!

I know Pam Wynn and Shelley Greiser, co-hosts of the Divorced Parent Telesummit. Pam and Shelley have worked with hundreds of people who are going through or are already divorced. They are committed to helping you help your children and become a better divorced parent by providing you with solid tools. They both know what it’s like to be in your shoes because they’ve walked a thousand miles in those shoes.

Like Pam and Shelley, I want you to have every advantage, every strategy, and every bit of information that will ensure your success.

Pam and Shelley have lined up divorce experts for the Divorced Parent Telesummit. Many of the experts were just like you. These experts have developed effective methods to ensure your children do well through the divorce transition and to deal with difficult ex’es. These experts will share information, tips and proven strategies on how to deal with a difficult ex and raise happy, healthy children despite a difficult ex. All you need is a phone. And best of all…it’s FREE to listen!

Register now to attend the Divorced Parent Telesummit.

The Divorced Parent Telesummit runs from Monday through Thursday for two weeks, starting September 26, 2011. You and the experts come together via a telephone conference (with an optional webcast) to learn proven strategies to help your kids and deal with a difficult ex. And don’t worry, if you cannot attend all the sessions, you can get the replays.

This virtual event is for you if:

  • You are struggling with co-parenting issues
  • You are worried about your child’s adjustment to the divorce
  • You are dealing with a “difficult” ex
  • You don’t know how to answer your child’s questions about the divorce
  • You don’t know how to form a co-parenting team with your ex
  • You want your children to be happy despite the divorce

Go to the Divorced Parent Telesummit website to find out more about this FREE event. The experts at the Divorced Parent Telesummit are going to discuss important topics such as:

  • Unplugging From Your Ex & Avoiding Emotional Minefields
  • Keeping it Together When You Are Parenting Apart
  • Mastering a Child-Centered Divorce
  • Developing a Winning Co Parenting Team
  • Raising Happier Kids Despite a Difficult Ex

You won’t want to miss out on a single Divorced Parent Telesummit expert. I’ll be there…see you at the Divorced Parent Telesummit!

Register now to attend the Divorced Parent Telesummit.

And again, it’s 100% free to listen. All these experts lined up for you, and you don’t have to drive anywhere. You can even upgrade to a Silver or Gold and own all the recordings and bonuses.

Sincerely, Kelly Marquet-Bodio

P.S. I’m attending the Divorced Parent Telesummit because I see the tremendous value in these topics! See you at the Divorced Parent Telesummit!

Register now to attend the Divorced Parent Telesummit.

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Avoiding Adoption Scams

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Please listen to these tips on my BLOG TALK RADIO SHOW to avoid emotional pitfalls during your adoption plan.

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

Save Your Daughter Without Instilling Fear or Negative Thoughts

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

All Grown Up Already?

Is she my baby or is she a young woman? It is hard to define in this current world we live in. Our kids are subjected to so much so soon. Even the Disney Channel is confusing these days.

If you are a struggling mom, grandmother, aunt or friend of a young girl ages 4-16 I am sure you can see the dilemmas. It is so difficult to chat with our kids about all of the issues they are facing.

When I was a teen the world was smaller. Still scary, but a whole bunch smaller. Porn mags and strangers were the enemy. Now – there is a reason for us to fear for our children while they are in our own homes right in front of us.

The computers are giving them access to a complete world out there. We need to know and have systems in place to be sure they are not in danger while we parents are cooking dinner or watching the news. Speaking of the news…TURN IT OFF if your little ones are in the room. It is scary, negative and trite at times. If they are not talking about war, economic and cataclysmic issues they are following the Kardashians lives or Lyndsey Lohan’s latest escapades. Your little girl does NOT need to know this. That “NEED TO KNOW” thing is important people!  What are you filling her head with? Just as important as what your are feeding her little body is what you are feeding her mind! Think about it.

What do they need to know? Check out our very important informational event here and find out how to keep our young ones safe. It is FREE to listen in.

I wish my parents would of listened to a program when I was growing up. My life would of been a whole lot different with a lot less chaos.