One of the stumbling blocks I encountered with my first child was how to deal with toys not being picked up and put away. I knew I didn’t want to nag or yell, but being a new parent I didn’t know how to recruit my daughter’s cooperation in a consistent and effective way. I was fortunate that she had several wonderful preschool teachers who offered me guidance along the way.
I can still remember sitting in one of the tiny chairs talking to her teacher one day after school about the perpetual problem of toys on the floor. As I described the situation I can still remember this sweet, warm, and knowing smile spread across her face as she said one word, “consequences.” Children learn best through consequences or cause and effect. If she leaves something on the floor and it gets stepped on or broken, she will learn through the consequence. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell her something, it won’t be as an effective teacher as a consequence.
This was a hard lesson for me to execute in the beginning because like many first-time moms, I wanted to spare her from pain. Over time, however, I saw that consequence was a great teacher not only for her but for me as well. So now when my life if not playing out the way I would prefer it did, I ask myself “How is this event connected to a previous choice I made”? “What belief do I need to change”? and “What am I trying to learn”? Once I know the answers to these questions, I am able to change my thinking and create a new response.
I historically have used the Just Scribble activity in the ICWIB! Program to explore these questions. With this in mind, I invite you to explore the Just Scribble activity and some of the other ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE.
In a recent interview Dr. Bruce Lipton said, “…Freedom is the ability to create without the limitation of generational programming. The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program is a gateway and a pathway into a new and better future because it allows children to fully express themselves and to not be limited by the beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. This program also frees up children’s minds and allows their creative nature to create a better world for all of us, which is what we need right now!…”
With this in mind, on March 1, 2018, we launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money so we can offer the ICWIB! training to 150 preschool and elementary school teachers in the upcoming academic year for FREE.
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