Kids Are Amazing Learners

Kids are amazing; when it comes to learning, they are like dry sponges soaking up liquid.

The question is how to get them to absorb what we them to learn?  It’s hard to know because kids don’t analyze and explain their thoughts. We do know that kids learn better when there is a hands-on element.

The challenge fascinates me. I develop programs with the goal of making safety -- an abstract subject -- interactive and thereby effective.  A bonus is that I have more fun while making a lasting impact on the kids.

My favorite example of that impact? A mom told me that they “had” to buy a different car seat for their 4 year old son after my visit to his Head Start class. There were no handouts or parent letters; he came home and told her what he learned at my presentation. (His car seat had been given to a younger sibling and he was in a booster seat too early; he still needed the a harness system. He was able to explain this so well that he convinced his mom!

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Passion!

Some days are hard when you have your own business. It's not always easy to promote yourself; it feels pushy and it can be an exercise in humility. Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated, there are more things to do than time allows and of course there's always financial worries.

Then, when I start telling someone what I do, my heart beats faster and I'm lost in the joy of sharing that's not only important but interesting. I'm a wanna-be teacher, but the real passion comes from seeing results. Both adults and kids come away from my talks empowered with vital, basic knowledge they can use the rest of their lives, no matter where they live. How awesome is that?

Well, it's awesome to me. . . .

  • when a parent finally knows how to get that car seat in tight
  • when a kid calls 9-1-1 with precise details about a suspicious car and person
  • when a neighbor prevents a burglary by recognizing the signs and calling police
  • when a teen saves himself from harm by knowing how to identify and react to danger.

Yeah, that stuff puts 'a song in my heart' and keeps me going!

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