motivating kids to excel

by Jennifer Shakeel

This is an issue that I feel most parents struggle with, trying to motivate their kids to “Be all they can be.” As parents we want them to get good grades, be the best athlete around. It’s only natural to want the best for our kids and want the best out of them. For some children there is a natural desire to want to be the best. Some kids want to be Valedictorians, others want to be the best athlete on whatever team they are on. Then there are those kids that will only do as much as they need to do just to get by. There are also children that have no desire to do much of anything.

Taking a look at my two children, we have one who wants to be the best at everything he does and we have our daughter… who… well, let’s just say that she is perfectly content to do next to nothing. She wasn’t always this way, when she was younger she had drive, she played soccer and did awesome in school. Now she doesn’t work to be really good at anything. She runs track and cross country, but she is happy to finish a race and then gets mad when the coach doesn’t pick her for competitions. She is a straight A student who can get B’s with next to no effort, so that is what she does next to nothing. READ More on Motivating Kids to Excel

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by Angie Schflett

Recently, we posted Part 1 of our series, “10 Heroes with Inspirational Stories That More4kids Loves”. In that series, you were introduced to five amazing kids that have made a difference in the lives of others. These included Elayna Hasty, Nicholas “Nico” Sierra, Leigh Dittman, Jessica Rees, and Ryan White. These children transformed their compassion and/or their personal virtue into some type of heroic and/or civil virtue. Each of the kids provided some degree of service to humanity and benefited others in need. The children that we will present here, in the second and final installment of this series, also meet the criterion for being considered a hero among many. The five children that you are about to be introduced to have made a true and significance difference in the lives of others, and the world as a whole!

Will Lourcey

Will is an amazing young man. At the age of seven, Will Lourcey observed a man holding a sign that stated, “Need a Meal”. He inquired of his parents why the man was holding the sign that said that he needed a meal. His parents then explained to him the issues of homelessness and hunger. He was immediately saddened by the fact that people suffered in this terrible way and wanted to help. Soon thereafter, he created an organization called, “FROGs”. It stands for “Friends Reaching Our Goals”. It was created so that he and his friends could raise money to help in the fight against hunger.

There were many activities that Will Lourcey and his friends engaged in to raise money. Examples included owning and operating a lemonade stand and then asking various businesses to sponsor children that participated in certain sports in the community. He was able to raise an amazing $20,000 that he gave to a food bank in the State of Texas. This amount was able to provide well over 75,000 meals to those that needed nourishment. His story has been so inspirational to those in and around the nation that Will Lourcey actually got the opportunity to write for the blog of the White House! To learn more about Will Lourcey and his work, click on the following links:

Finding Fun Ways to Fight Hunger:

FROGS – Friends Reaching Our Goals:


Valerie Weisler

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Kids and Cell Phones

The debate over if kids should be permitted to have cell phones and at what age is it most appropriate to give kids cell phones continues to rage on throughout the world. Believe it or not, this debate has been in existence for just over a decade now. Despite the pros and cons associated with kids and cell phones, it has been established that most children receive their first phone prior to entering high school. Cell phones are becoming so popular among kids that certain carriers, such as Sprint, are actually marketing their mobile products to kids as young as five! If you are struggling with the decision to provide your kids with cell phones and/or the complication of determining what age is considered old enough for kids to have cell phones, you should bookmark this page and follow this series as we walk through the debate from our point of view.

Why is there a Debate over Giving Kids Cell Phones?

We all know and understand that cell phones are a highly beneficial method to keep in touch with others. These devices may be used at any time, in any location. Why, then, is there such a debate about giving kids cell phones? Is it simply a matter of age, or, is it more? As parents, we must consider all that is involved when a child receives a cell phone. This includes the phone and the overall well-being of your child. Before choosing to allow your kids to have cell phones, you must know and understand the potential consequences of this decision. For the purpose and intent of evaluating the decision, as a whole, we will outline in this series the benefits, as well as the disadvantages that come with a kid having their own cell phone.

The Benefits

In this particular installment of this series, we will start with the benefits associated with cell phones and kids. First and foremost, a cell phone offers a high level of convenience. These mobile devices will allow you to either call or text your kid at any time, in any location to check in with them and to relay important messages. Furthermore, if an emergency arises on your end or in the life of your child, the device may be utilized as a point of contact. For many parents, the decision to give their child a cell phone is based on these advantages, alone. Today, twice as many kids have these devices as they did in the year of 2004. In fact, 85% of all teenagers have a cell phone, according to a survey conducted by the organization known as the “Kaiser Family Foundation”. This survey also concluded that 31% of kids from 8 to 10 and 69% of kids from 11 to 14 have their own cell phones.

A teenager that has a cell phone has a unique sense of security in knowing that a parent, guardian, or other loved one is just a text or a call away. Throughout the history of cell phone usage among kids, many dire situations have been dealt with and/or prevented as a result of possessing a cell phone. For example, many kids have been able to prevent or report serious crimes such as attempted abductions, bullying, rape, school shooting, and other issues because they had a cell phone. Lives have been saved as a result of cell phone usage among kids and many worries have been eliminated because parents are able to check on their children quickly and easily through their cell phones.


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Kids reading a magazine

Teach a child to read at an early age and he or she have a friend for life. Encouraging your child to read the best magazines for kids provides an alternative for computer games and TV. Time spent reading proves more enriching and rewarding.

A kids magazine will make a great gift for a birthday or for the Holiday Season. Here is our list of what we feel are some of the best magazines for children:

#1 Highlights – Ages 6-12

The folks at Highlights pledge "uncompromising excellence". For over 65 years, Highlights magazines have delivered Fun with a Purpose ™. Every issue contains 40 pages of: interactive entertainment, hands-on craft ideas, science and nature articles, stories, puzzles and games.

What's Different: Pediatricians and pediatric dentists, avid supporters of the magazine's platform, commonly make it available for their little patrons in the waiting rooms.

Our View: Here at More4Kids, we praise this classic magazine for providing abundant reading material instead of stuffing it with pictures, like the majority of children's magazines. Color pictures are included, but words arouse curiosity and ignite imagination.

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#2 American Girl – Ages 8-12

Originally launched in December 1992, American Girl has become the premier provider for promoting self-empowerment of tweens.

No stick-like models or boy celebrity crushes, just creativity boosters, girl-friendly recipes, contests, age-appropriate hairstyles, along with art and stories submitted by readers.

What's Different: American Girl signifies a wholesome lifestyle. Articles foster dealing with real life lessons like toxic friends, school bullies and more.

Our View: In decades past, kids learned values via "every story has a moral". We appreciate American Girl's non-preachy attitude in reviving moral stories.

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Elayna of G.A.B Girls

by Angie Shiflett

When we think of heroes and inspirational stories, we most often envision police officers, military personnel, firefighters, and even imaginary characters that possess superhuman powers and are often broadcasted on television through series and movies. The truth of the matter is all of these qualify as heroes, in the traditional sense. Based on what we know about heroes, we know and understand that they come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. We here at pay tribute to all of the men and women that are considered to be heroes and have inspirational stories; however, for the purpose and intent of this guide, we would like to honor our younger heroes with inspirational stories. Here, you will find 10 kid heroes that More4kids absolutely loves! We encourage you to share this guide with your family and friends as the holiday season approaches. Not only will these stories touch hearts and make a lasting impact on those that read them, they will also honor those children that are featured! After reading our first five kid heros, check out our next 5 in part II of Inspirational Kids.

Elayna Hasty

More4kids absolutely loves Elayna Hasty, who is known as a strong anti-bullying advocate and strives to assist others by sharing her personal experiences in various public speaking venues as a part of the non-profit organization that she founded, “Girls Against Bullying” Girls Workshop, often called “G.A.B Girls”. She developed the idea for the organization when she was just 9 years old, after personally experiencing severe bouts of bullying and watching other students in her school being subjected to bullying. The bullying surrounding her was so detrimental to those impacted that one of her friends left school and was homeschooled. It was, at this point in her life, that she knew it was time to take a stand against bullying and rally up the troops to make a difference in the world, and, that she did!

Since the year of 2010, Elayna Hasty has put in thousands of hours in community service. She works diligently to reach as many students as possible throughout the country. Her motto, “Encourage, Lead, and Empower”, has made a tremendous difference in the lives of those that she has touched. Elayna works to teach girls of all ages that they should be compassionate towards others, as well as themselves. She teaches the importance of having strong self-esteem, being a leader, and taking a stand against the ever-popular “Mean Girl Syndrome”. She teaches students to develop the courage it takes to make a positive mark in the world and overcome bullying. For more information about Elayna Hasty and her amazing work as an inspirational hero, visit the following pages:

GAB Girls Website:

G.A.B Girls Facebook Page:

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Because of the importance the presidency has on families, you need to take the time to look at each of the individual candidate. No matter if you believe Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or even Ben Carson you need to know where these individuals stand on the issues. After all, if you vote for someone based on a single ideology, you have the potential to put someone in office that goes against families and their values.

In this case, we’ll take a look at Hillary Clinton and her stance on families, children, and other issues that will impact your home. All based on her previous voting history.

We’ll begin with things that have impacted families in general.

  • Was chairman on the Children’s Defense Fund. (10/07)
  • Helped to grow Arkansas Children’s hospital into a top 10 hospital. (9/07)
  • Believes new parents should be taught to promote healthy child development. (9/07)
  • Believes that child spacing and family planning is a human right. (12/06)
  • Stood behind a bill to ban children from renting violent video games. (12/05)
  • Voted to ban lead in children’s toys. (11/05)
  • All children, even those on welfare, should remain with their parents. (11/03)
  • Physicians should use caution when prescribing psychiatric drugs to children. (3/2000)
  • Parents should remain active in their child’s lives. (1/2000)
  • Pushed for early warning hotlines to help with suicidal and homicidal students. (7/99)
  • Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (8/98)

Hillary Clinton appears to have her focus on the best interest of children and families.

Hillary Clinton also had a stance on education. The following reflects her stance on this topic.

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stop bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States. This is a special campaign that was officially founded in the year of 2006 by the organization known as “PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center”. This campaign is held in the month of October. Its intent and purpose is to educate and increase awareness about all types of bullying in an effort to encourage individuals to avoid engaging in the practice. Traditionally, this campaign was celebrated only in the first week of the Month of October; however, in the year of 2010, it was expanded for the entire month. Since that time, numerous activities, educational events, and various forms of awareness take place throughout the entire Month of October in celebration of National Bullying Prevention Month.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Results in Devastation

Throughout history, the traditional view of bullying was that it was a “rite of passage” in childhood. Many people believe that bullying makes a child stronger, mentally. Many of these same adults grew up quoting the ever-popular phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but, words will never hurt me.” The reality is, it has been found that words DO hurt. In fact, bullying is a highly devastating condition. Many students will avoid social events, lose a desire in attending school, experience low levels of self-esteem, suffer from high levels of anxiety, and experience depression. Many kids have suffered so immensely from bullying and cyberbullying that they have either attempted suicide or have taken their lives. Bullying – regardless of form – is not socially acceptable. That is what National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States is all about –teaching people that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and educating people on how to help themselves and others if bullying is a problem.

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