August 2009


Fall is a time of starting school, organizing routines, and getting schedules reestablished. It is important to remember your priorities in life and to make a conscious effort to bring joy into each day. Our message this month is about finding joy in your life. This thought comes from Rain Sundberg, receiver of our Accountable Kids Top Choice Award.

In this issue...
  • Finding Joy in Your Life
  • Blog with Accountable Kids
  • Family of the Month - The Dickerson Family
  • Just A Thought

  • Finding Joy in Your Life

    As you go about your daily routine, bring joy into your activities. When doing the dishes, cooking meals, cleaning the house, or spending time with your children, be consciously aware of cultivating a joyful heart. Don't just go through your day by finishing tasks and projects. Experience the joy available to you at all times and in all situations. Be fully present in whatever you are doing and discover joy in the simple things. Open your eyes to the abundance you presently experience. Stop and smell the flowers. Experience the miracles surrounding you.

    Nurture yourself as you nurture your family and children. Fill your baskets with joyful moments and you then have the energy to help those around you. Joyfully live your life and create this day. True joy is not based on outward conditions but on inner awareness. Feel gratitude for all that is available to you at this moment.

    Enjoy the possibilities of this day. Be open to more and more joy filling your life. Don't miss wonderful moments because of busy activities, chores, and "to do" lists. As you access joy, good things become even better. Consciously bring joy into the activities in your life today.

    Rain Sundberg

    Blog with Accountable Kids

    We would like to invite you to follow our new Accountable Kids blog. We are hoping this will be a great addition to our website and FaceBook group. This will be a place where we can informally share parenting tips, helpful ideas, and connect with other parents who are raising accountable Kids. You will be able to read posts from Scott, myself, and our representatives and then make comments or ask questions. Hope to see you on our blog. It is going to be fun!

    Family of the Month - The Dickerson Family

    Hi, I was first introduced to this program at the MOPS Convention in Orlando 2 years ago. At the time my children were too young but my friend and her sister bought the program. After seeing success, she had me read the book. As an educator by profession, I could easily understand the philosophy behind the program.

    Fast forward two years- I am the coordinator of my local MOPS group where my friend shared Accountable Kids in one or our meetings. I was among the numerous moms who ordered the program. After hanging the boards and explaining the system to my 3 and my 5 year old, my 5 year old ran over to me hugged me and said I love you - the first time in his lifetime he spontaneously said that to me - I took that as a positive sign. My youngest son has had some anger issues and after talking with a counselor, she suggested a visual system. We implemented the AK program about 3 weeks later. The first week he ripped his cards in half and I had to re-glue his pegs in countless times, but by the end of the week he was complying. It has been a month now and we have seen a remarkable difference in our kids. They are excited to flip their cards and earn their tickets. They just went on their first dates yesterday and are excited to . . .

    Just A Thought

    It is the simple things in life that make living worthwhile,
    the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty,
    work and rest, and living close to nature.
    -Laura Ingalls Wilder

    It is going to be a joyful day!


    We are proud to announce the winner of the Accountable Kids Top Choice Award. Rain Sundberg has created an inspiring 60 minute DVD that combines uplifting music with incredible macro photography. Our kids love to play the DVD as background music during study time, my sister plays it in her classroom, and I play it when entertaining. I have never seen anything like this!!! To make it easy to find, we are now offering this DVD through the Accountable Kids web site.

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