Happy New Year,
|Tip of the Month: One, Two, Three, Four
Are you implementing all four steps of the
Accountable Kids program? If not, this month's tip is
for you. Set a goal to introduce or reinforce one
step each week until your family has implemented all
four steps of the Accountable Kids program. Each
step introduces components that are essential to the
long term success of the program. You do not need
to completely master each level before progressing
to the next step. Keep challenging your children with
each new level. It is only when all four steps are
implemented that the Accountable Kids program
becomes an entire system.
Step one of the
introduces the concept that completing basic chores
earns basic privileges. This is great, but there is so
much more. Parents can encourage values and
virtues using the Best Behavior Card. The Special
Date Card has numerous dimensions to strengthen
relationships. The Privilege Pass can eliminate that
negative habit that just won't go
away. Earning Bonus Bucks teaches life lessons
essential to adulthood.
Step four is the
most important component of setting up a family
meeting. If you are not consistently
discuss goals, accomplishments, and difficulties you
are missing out on a great opportunity to unite as a
team and make the most of your resources. The
Family Forum is a must for keeping everything
together. The New Year is a perfect time to set a
goal of introducing or re-evaluating each step in the
Accountable Kids program. If you have any
questions or suggestions don't forget that we are
always here to help you. We invite you to keep in
touch to share your struggles and
|How Can Parents Raise Responsible Children
Accountable Kids believes in the importance of
helping children develop a strong work ethic and
become contributing members of the family.
Childhood and adolescence is a time to train children
to be successful, independent, and moral adults.
belief is supported by parents, educators, and
professionals. This month we came across an article
that supports the commitment and effort of
Accountable Kids. The experts in this story
that household chores can help raise responsible
children who keep themselves out of danger and
say "no" to alcohol, drugs, and sex. Chores help
children become active members of the family and
strengthen the bonds for a united team. This article
also encourages parents to use helpful tools to
remind kids what to do and when to do it.
The Accountable Kids program does not shelter your
child from all the pitfalls in life, but it teaches basic
principles that, if learned and applied, will help your
child develop important life skills that will continue
into adulthood. We wish you the best throughout
the New Year and salute your parenting efforts and
commitment to Raising Accountable Kids.
Raising Responsible Children: Believe it Or Not,
May be Best Technique
How can parents raise
responsible children - children
who can keep themselves out of danger and say "no"
to alcohol, drugs and sex? The best solution is . . .
|Family of the Month: The Havenga Family
I was really excited to receive the start up kit after
hearing about the Accountable Kids program. After
we had a chance to view the DVD and read the book
we started the program. What a blessing it has been
for us. It has transformed me from the nagging
mommy to the encourager that I was longing to be.
It has also taught our children what it means to be
an active team member and what it takes to make a
We get so excited to celebrate with our children
at the end of each week when we look over the
boards at our family meeting. They are learning to
be responsible for themselves and to gracefully
accept consequences for poor behavior choices.
They are also learning the value of giving and
Last school year, even the teacher at our
daughter's public school noticed a big difference in
the responsibility level and the initiative she took to
accomplish her work. He asked us what we were
doing differently and we told him about the
Accountable Kids program.
We have fine tuned the program to fit what
works for our family. The program has provided for
us the framework for the structure that we so
desperately needed. It is also an invaluable tool to
set the perimeters for behavior and discipline.
Thank you, so much Scott and tracy for the
hard work and effort that you have put into this
program. We really appreciate it. Accountable Kids
= harmonious homes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Just A Thought
"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always
someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are
always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe
that your critics are right. To map out a course of
action and follow it to an end requires courage."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
|It is going to be a great day!
Shipping is on us during the last week of Janaury
when you place your oder on the Accountable Kids
website. Happy New Year!
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Book of the Month
The Princess and the Kiss
Purchase this book from our good neighbor book store
A loving king and queen present their daughter
with a gift from God---her first kiss---to keep or give
away. The wise girl waits for the man who is worthy
of her precious gift. But where is he and how will she
ever find him? A marvelous, beautifully illustrated
parable for children and parents. By Jennie