Bernie Sanders

by Angie Schflett

With the primary elections on the horizon, families need to determine who the best candidate for them is. With Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and others making waves, our future president is likely already in the limelight. With that in mind, we need to take a look at the big picture and some of the main issues families face. Today, we’ll look at Bernie Sanders. This includes everything from his take on health care, to gun control, to his stance on abortion.

In general, the voting history of Bernie Sanders has been with families in mind. His stance on families and children we know the following to be true:

  • He has stated we are the only major country in the world that doesn’t currently offer paid family leave. (10/15)
  • We must provide an affordable choice for childcare and for those who are in the early pre-K education group. (9/15)
  • Bernie Sanders believes the Violence Against Women Act should apply to everyone. (9/15)
  • Voted to increase funding for victims of domestic violence. (1/13)
  • Banned lead in children’s toys. (11/05)
  • He was originally against a nationwide Amber alert (4/03), however, the reason he voted against it is that he felt it had unconstitutional riders attached to it. In particular Bernie Sanders felt the sentencing provisions took away from the powers of the judicial branch.
  • Once was an active member of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus. (1/01)

From this standpoint, Bernie Sanders looks like an individual who has become compassionate and has a pro family attitude in mind. His work for families in the latter years of his career suggests he is pro family.

Next, we need to look at his stance on education. This is a place where things get a little trickier.

  • Voted to replace the current NCLB standardized tests with options that are more holistic. (9/15)
  • Offered vouchers that allowed public education funds to be placed in private schools. (9/15)
  • Charter schools are acceptable as long as they are held to the same standards as public schools. (9/15)
  • Low income preschoolers should be welcomed into the Head Start Program. (9/15)
  • $18B provided to encourage free tuition at state colleges. (4/15)
  • Wants to refinance and forgive old student loans. (4/15)
  • Wants higher education to become affordable. (3/15)
  • Voted to not count combat pay against free school lunch earnings. (3/09)
  • Allowed to make educational assistance for employees a tax deductible solution. (1/1993)

With this, we see that Bernie Sanders has remained a positive force for the education system. His forward thinking approach has proven he values the education of our children.

Drugs are another important area to consider, as it affects the lives of millions. Here is Bernie Sanders approach on drugs.

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veterans day prayer

No matter what our political affiliation is, or what we believe about the wars are troops are involved in, we need to make sure we keep our troops in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season and especially this Veterans Day. I received this picture from a friend and it really stuck me how alone they are. Fathers, sons, mothers and daughters will not see each other this year. Instead they will be doing their duty and helping to protect the United States and the freedom we have.READ More on Veterans Day: Remembering Our Troops and Their Families

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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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