Accountable Kids News

May 2006


In this issue...
  • The Search is On
  • Moral Compass
  • Tip of the Month
  • Family of the Month
  • Just a Thought

  • Moral Compass

    Have you ever been in a dense forest and lost your way because you could not see your destination? How does one navigate with no land marks or points of reference? The answer is a compass. Children and teenagers may experience times in their lives where they feel ill-equipped to navigate life’s dense forests. It is important to help children develop the ability and skills to cope with these types of situations. It is a parent’s role to provide children with a Moral Compass. By teaching children to understand right and wrong you are providing them with the ability to navigate life’s densely tangled forests. Children who have an understanding of faith, love, and forgiveness are better equipped to build strong relationships. Children who have a moral compass may not always make the right choices, but they are more likely to navigate their way back if they lose their way. The mission of Accountable kids is to assist parents in their efforts to instill values, morals, and strengthen families. The Accountable Kids program helps children experience choices and consequences in a safe environment. It is our hope that by providing these tools for parents they will not have to re-create the wheel and therefore have more time and energy to spend loving, teaching, and enjoying their own Accountable Kids. God bless you and your families. Scott Heaton, LMFT

    Tip of the Month

    If you are looking for a way to teach your children the importance of serving others, the Helping Hands Reminder Card may be the solution you are looking for. This card is one of the fifty Reminder Cards included in the Accountable Kids kit. You can set up your child’s board with the Helping Hands Card as a basic chore. We cut the helping hands card as a morning chore so our children are reminded to help out first thing in the morning. Each day the Helping Hands Card reminds our children to be of service to others. This extra special card is not limited to one “help” during the day. Our children have learned that when we ask them to “help” it is part of their Helping Hands for the day. This is one of our favorite cards in the set because it can teach so many life lessons. The possibilities are endless! Scott and Traci Heaton

    Family of the Month

    We started using the Accountable Kids program in our home almost a year ago. We were looking for some sort of chore chart we could use to get our 4 year old twins in the habit of completing some basic chores. We found much more than that with Accountable Kids! This program has taught our children many things, including responsibility, accountability, and service. They now have a good understanding of choices and consequences- I'm not the bad guy if they are denied a privilege. They're responsible to complete chores and earn tickets. They're also accountable for their actions- they know what behaviors will cost them a ticket, which means I no longer have to explain myself or defend my position. They've learned service through the helping hands card. They're eager to help out at home, and often do so without being asked. They actually look for opportunities to perform simple acts of service. They feel proud of their accomplishments, and they seem to enjoy their chores. Their attitude has rubbed off on my 2-year old, who will ask to help them do their chores. But my favorite part of the Accountable Kids program is the special dates. Having twins makes it especially hard to have quality one-on-one time with them. Since we started having dates with our children, we have learned more about them as individuals, all while having a great time doing different activities that they enjoy. Thank you for such a wonderful program! Mandy Floodeen Erie, Colorado

    Just a Thought

    "Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations." George Bernard Shaw

    It is going to be a great day!

    The Search is On

    We are adding five new Reminder Cards to the Accountable Kids Kits and we want your input. You can help us create new chore cards that will simplify your life and help the family work together as a team. If one of your suggestions is incorporated into our new sets, we will send your family a set of the new cards. Your suggestions are important to us and we look forward to adding the chores your families needs.

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