One in four kids are suffering through mental health concerns
and the figures aren’t getting any better.
But it was watching my children...completely engrossed in YouTube…
When it suddenly occurred to me…
Here’s a way of connecting them to a message that is irresistible to their eyes and ears….VIDEO!
They were totally absorbed in shows that to me seemed like a complete waste of time…
But they loved them!
I didn’t get the appeal of watching a lady with well manicured hands opening mystery toy packets…
...or watching home made skit shows from teenage “celebs”.But it got me thinking
Our children were already engaging with online content.
So why not tap into this powerful resource!?
I jumped up excitedly to grab my notebook and began writing.
After about 30 minutes I had written down all the values I felt were important to condition a young person’s mind for success.And the very next Monday the first version of Value of the Week was born.
I would explain what it means to be honest. And help them see, by describing situations of honest and dishonest behaviour, how being dishonest harms them, their friends and family.
Then we would perform an activity together in class.
I’d pose a scenario and ask a question relating to honesty. Then learners would raise their hands, and answer the question. And then we would discuss it.For example...
“You were playing Monopoly with your friends and they were not looking which left you a chance to cheat?”
“If you were asked by an old man who had bad vision to give him 2 x $2 coins and a $1 coin for $5 however he actually had in his hand a $50 note?”
“Your friend wants to see if they can steal chocolate bars from the local shop and they want you to join in?”
I began noticing the children’s attitude towards me ⎯and their schoolmates⎯ began to shift.
They were more engaged. More excited to take part. And seemed... happier!
Their behaviour also begun to shift...
The classroom had a delightful “hum” to it. I can’t fully describe how it felt, but the energy was much, much different.
It was so rewarding to see these kids interacting with each other with love and respect. Even the “difficult” children were no longer unruly, or mean to other children.
The classroom, and my job as a teacher, had become fun.
So 16 years later, and after seeing the positive changes in the lives of thousands of children…
And the positive changes their relationships with their schoolmates, friends, teachers and families…
I created the Value of the Week with the purpose of teaching valuable life skills to the rest of our “little people”.We do this by conditioning them to live a positive, fun-filled and meaningful life.
The Value of the Week is all about instilling habits that shape our children’s lives in a positive, fun-filled, meaningful way.
I’ve seen thousands of kids lives change through positive conditioning.
So I know it will work for you.
To your child's brightest future,Tim