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Are Your Homeschooled Children Socially Retarded?

Being socially competent is one of the most important skills any person can develop. Just because a child is homeschooled, doesn’t he or she will be socially retarted. But whatever you do, there are some things they must learn.

No matter what approach you take to education. You have to make sure that your children learn how to socialize with young and old, rich and poor, religious and not, and every race and culture on the earth. Life is fantastic! Meeting people, making friends and having a positive influence on those around you makes life so good!

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Are You Worried About Your Kids’ Social Skills?

A lot of parents worry about their kids’ social skills. And there is no bad with that. We all want our children to be socially competent and be able to have great relationships. Especially for those who are homeschooled, unschooled or those who follow an alternative way of education.

When people consider homeschooling one of the biggest questions arises: What about socialization? How can the kids be socialized?

Thus, I want to address that and make sure your kid doesn’t end up socially retarded.

I have worked with thousands of youth and I mentor all the time, so I have seen across the whole spectrum. Also, I have seen youths that struggle socially in private schools; public schools; homeschooling; unschooling; and world-schooling… As I traveled around the world and met people from different countries I have seen every spectrum.

Key Principles

So, there are few key principles there:

One of the biggest ones is that you -as a parent- have to develop those social skills. And here’s the great news.. everyone of us can be social leaders. Well, I personally was socially retarded and couldn’t have conversations with anyone. But I had to grow out of that, and I did it! And another great news is that if I did that, you can do it too!

There is a book that I really recommend called “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. If you haven’t read it, read it. If you have read it, then reread it.

It is not pure dependence. What you want for your children and for yourself is to speak with anyone, anywhere and have an intelligent conversation and build a good relationship. Therefore, it is not pure independence. Instead, it is getting out and creating those experiences.

The science behind it is absolutely incredible. I am reading a great book right now that says.. The connection between parents and children when they are little babies; when they are toddlers; has a HUGE impact on how the child act socially later in life. So make sure to make that connection with your kids.

How Did Our Kids Become Confident

As we traveled to many countries and lived abroad, we met extremely poor people; extremely wealthy people; people speaking different languages; people with all different background and races… just all of those across the board. We have been deliberate about taking our children meet people and having great conversations. We have modeled it for them and we have helped them be engaged in that process. So now our kids are really confident and it is so fun to watch them just walk up confidently and have great meaningful conversations.

So be deliberate about that! 



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How to Break Your Child’s Screen Addiction (and Yours Too)

Screen time is the new drug. As wonderful as technology is, we have to control it before it controls us. Too many are already struggling with screen addiction.
I love technology. I love my Macbook Pro and my new iPhone 6. But they don’t control my life. Why? Because I don’t let them.
screenEverywhere we look, we see people zoned out and on their phones. What’s in their hands is getting out of hand. 😉
Technology addiction, social media addiction, screen addiction. Too many youth and adults are allowing their lives to slip away while they stare mindlessly at a screen.
There’s a great way to overcome this. That’s what this blog is all about!

Screen Addiction

Well, for years I have had the amazing privilege to be an educational mentor. In fact, I have been able to mentor youths, young adults, and adults in several different countries around the worlds in all kinds of different situations.  But, I have noticed something that’s becoming more and more prevalent which is screen addiction. And as I ask youths and adults about the one thing that is really consuming their time their answers would be about some kind of screens.

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Screens Are Important Though

The problem is that there is a hard balance here. Why? Because screens are important and can help in a lot of ways if we just controlled them. Therefore, I want to help you help your children break their screen addiction -and if you have got one too, help you break yours as well-

Even as many great things that are on all the screens we have got in our lives, we really need to have some disconnected time. Because as much as it helps connect people around the world, there is a real danger that it disconnect people in their own homes.

How To Help Your Children Break Their Screen Addiction

So here’s the deal. If you want to help your children break their screen addiction, you have to do it first. If you are not willing to do this, if you are not willing to put it on the line, then dream on my friend. Your kids will never do it either.

xfHere’s one of the big things you need to do. You have got to have a big goal, big dream, big vision and something great you want to work on. Therefore, I want you to take a time right now and say -what kinds of things I want to do next year?- Pick several things that really drive you and that you are really passionate about. And remember to make it big and exceptional. Find that specific thing that just lights your fire. Wait, I thought this was meant to help my children! This is the question that you are asking yourself right now, right? Well my friend, you need to lead by example. In other words, if you want your children to do something, you have to do it first. You can’t just tell them by words to limit their screen addiction because that’s never going to work. Instead, you need to give them a replacement, a big replacement. Hence, if you pick something big and work on, they’ll too.

And then once you have done that and shared your list of dreams and passions with your kids, ask them about their big dreams. And remember, be willing to sacrifice, be willing to through down some money for their projects and for their goals, and be willing to get involved in what they love to do.

So get excited, set standards for yourself, get your child to get excited about a purpose and eventually you’ll be surprised with how many great things you’ll accomplish and how many great things your children will have accomplished as well.



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The Importance of Creating Great Experiences While Your Children Are Young

Your children grow and change so fast. Before you know it, they’ll have children. It’s so important to help your children learn and understand while they are still young.
Please don’t wait to create great experiences for your family. The sooner you do it, the better the results. It works like the law of compound interest.
One of the best practices of positive parenting is to get your children out into the world to have new, exciting, challenging, educational experiences.

Traveling The World Will Bring Amazing Experiences

This morning I was out with my wife and our six children. We went surfing; body-boarding; skim boarding and just playing on the beach having great time together. Right now we are living now in Costa Rica, we have been here for a while. We actually traveled from Alaska through Yukon; Canada; the United States; Mexico; Belize; Guatemala; Nicaragua; Honduras; El Salvador and now we are in Costa Rica. We won’t stop here but we are going to keep traveling and have incredible experiences together as a family!

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Great Experiences Develop Who You Are

We have been traveling for a lot of years with our kids since they were really little – some of them are still little- But there are amazing things that happens with little children. They can pick stuff up just so fast and adapt so well. People ask us from time to time if our kids are really getting something out or are they really going to remember those experiences. Well, the little ones won’t! But actually I am pretty surprised how much they do remember. But what is more important is that those experiences develop WHO THEY ARE! They are also picking up skills; abilities and lenses through which they see the world; they are learning new languages; environments; foods and cultures. All these neural connections that happen are so incredible during the stage of development. Because the more we do while they are young, the better.

I am trying to learn how to surf with my kids. And I was helping them this morning catch some waves and they were so good at that! It is just so much easier when they are younger.

Make Sure You Have Incredible Experiences

So make sure you get out and have those incredible experiences with your children while they are young! Do not push them too hard because they are still young and let them play and have a great life. But get out and have great experiences with them.

Whatever you do, just don’t stay in your little corner of the world or in your house all the time. Instead, get out and have experiences! Let them learn those things that are so much easier to learn when they are young.

Set up your life in a way that you are training your children to be excellent leaders. To be well-read; well-developed; to be comfortable with young and old; rich and poor; black and white and everything in between where they can be comfortable; competent and very experienced.



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