Friday, October 29, 2010

Two Things I Would Give a Classroom of Young Students on Today by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

                              Fall leaves
 Two Things I Would Give a Classroom of Young Students on Today by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Knowledge in and of itself is simply a compilation of information and although knowledge is important, unless one knows when and how to use it, such avails little to nothing.
We race and dash about and live in a world filled with chaos, clamor and clutter with little time for the training and nurturing of our children. To help counteract and offset the many problems that result from such, there are two things I would give a classroom of young students on today.
I would give them 1.) a small plot of ground which would enable them to grow and care for a garden and 2.) a small animal to care for. Why? Both would encourage and give children an immeasurable wealth of knowledge, avenues to gain, apply and use that knowledge to assist themselves and their world at large.
  Fall Garden Produce3 The planting, caring and harvesting of a Garden:
  • Would allow the uncovering of the many mysteries and/or questions which our earth and universe hold; lessons could be gleaned about birth, life and death. Lessons in and from every subject could be introduced and taught (Math, Science, History, Philosophy, Geography, Civics)
  • Planting, nurturing and caring for a garden could serving as a form of exercise and relaxation (releasing stress and pent up energies)
  • Could provide lessons on nutrition
  • Could provide mental and physical stimulation
  • Would teach students the value of working independently, as well as collectively enabling them to sow and reap the fruits of their labor- singularly and collectively
  • Would enable them to always be able to feed and sustain themselves and their families
  • Would not require one to be fashionably dressed; the more unfashionable the better!
 The care of a small animal (mindful of students with various allergies):
  • Would provide a smaller and even less helpless being for each and all to care for as a little community
  • Would allow students to focus on something other than self
  • Especially a dog, would provide unconditional love and companionship
  • Would assist students with building self-confidence; animals are accepting, accommodating and non- judgmental
  • Could assist with establishing and/or reinforcing desired characteristics, virtues and attributes - kindness, concern, patience, self-control etc., and etc.
Fixing the world or condition of the world will largely depend on the actions and hearts of man; as goes man, so goes the world!
In addition, I would like to thank the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama for her extracurricular gardening experience with youth. The url which provides pictures of this endeavor has been included at the end of this post. Whether in regal bearing as a Lady and as First Lady of the United States; advocating on behalf of the men, women and families of the United States Military; becoming champion of a healthier nation; setting her distinct fashion signature; being friend and benefactress to many, or attorney, wife, mother and woman- she demonstrates and illustrates for all, “a woman’s unique ability of versatility.”
As a Reviewer of Authors’ Books and in context with today’s post, I have listed two authors and their book below. Each author’s work emphasizes the importance and difference an animal can make in an individual’s life; knowledge, experience and attributes one can derive from caring for an animal, and/or an animal’s love and devotion to its owner or caretaker.
Author Elaine Marlier- Without A Home (Series- small animal, cat and dog adoptions)
Author Barbara Techel- Frankie the walk ‘n roll therapy dog visits libby’s house
Note: Ms. Dorothy Barron spent 16 years as a volunteer within our private and public schools (appx.7-9 full-time); she provided students with activities and exposure to new and different experiences outside the classroom- gardening, planting trees, bowling, a one-day excursion to Washington, DC(many of which she and former husband contributed to or personally funded) etc., etc. Mrs. Barron served at least two consecutive years as 4-H Leader with a focus on Nutrition and approximately 2-3 years as Secretary and Member of a Fulton County Chapter Wildlife Action for Youth. She was also Co-founder and former Director of the Organization, Parents Focused on Education.
*Special thanks to each of the following: First Lady’s Fall 2010 Kitchen Garden Harvest; Let’s Move Blog - America’s Move to Raise a Generation of Healthier Kids from; First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama; Authors, Elaine Marlier and Barbara Techel whose book reviews can be found at:; Mr. P.J. Barron(Photographs); and “Kretzer Colie,” family pet of Mrs. Clara Kretzer.*

Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mrs. Dorothy Barron Reviews Your Book - September 2010 Book Review Showcase

                     Mrs. Dorothy Barron Reviews Your Book                         
     September 2010 Book Review Showcase (3 Reviews)

The Eye of the Mandala, Author Margaret Gill
Author and Educator, Margaret Gill’s book, Eye of the Mandala takes place in London during 2027. Mel, Tibetan born is the adoptive daughter of a British family. At age fifteen, when life should be happy and carefree, such is not the case with Mel. She lives during the Kali Yug Era and a time when a tyrannical dictatorship and modern technology subdues, oppresses and suppresses citizens.
Mel is different than most; she has the ability to both see and know things, inclusive of a former life in another era. With much intrigue, mystery, some magic and assistance from those who desire that good triumph evil, Mel must rectify a debt of the past in order to change the present.
                 Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author of “Slinging Stones…”
                 Former Co-founder& Director of Parents Focused on Education

Paws of Wisdom- Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Our Pets, Author Sofia Steryo-Bartmus
Inspiration for Author, Sofia Steryo-Bartmus’ book, Paws of Wisdom- Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Our Pets comes from fifteen years of devotion and unconditional love from a faithful pet family member- her dog, Bunny and the author and her family’s love, devotion and care of Bunny, who was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. The shared experiences provide the author with valuable lessons and practical tips about life, which she shares with readers. She also offers a host of quotes and proverbs throughout the book. Author Steryo-Bartmus’ shows how owning and caring for a pet can assist with developing many characteristics most adults seek to possess and instill in children.
 Paws of Wisdom will inspire those who have, as well those who do not have pets; it is a book for all ages. Author Steryo-Bartmus’ book, Paws of Wisdom- Valuable Lessons We Can Learn From Our Pets also provides a Resource Section at the end; she offers information about Addison’s Disease and ways to keep pets healthy. 
                  Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author of “Slinging Stones…”
                  Former Co-founder& Director of Parents Focused on Education

Without A Home- Inspiring and heartfelt tales of cat adoptions, Author Elaine Marlier

Author Elaine Marlier’s book Without A Home- Inspiring and heartfelt tales of cat adoptions and part of a series, introduces the reader to Bee Tee; Tasha and her kittens; Jelly and Justin and May. These cats and kittens tug on the reader’s heartstrings and captivate as they share their own personal stories and adoptions in their own words.

These little bundles of joy in various colors experience many of the same circumstances and feelings as humans-  loss, neglect, fear, loneliness, happiness, sadness, etc., and etc.

The young, not so young and animal lovers everywhere will enjoy Author Elaine Marlier’s series, Without A Home immensely. These books will remain a favorite for many readers and destined to be read over and over!

Author, Marlier, champion of animals and animal adoptions from animal shelters encourages the reader to pause and consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter before purchasing one from a pet store. She disabuses those who are of the opinion that all animals who wind up in animal shelters are there as a result of cruelty and abuse.

Author, Elaine Marlier issues a call to action and provides a resource section at the end of her book which lists organizations that assist and protect animals.

                 Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author of “Slinging Stones…”

                 Former Co-founder& Director of Parents Focused on Education 


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Tips for Parents to Consider- Affirmation of and Conflict with the Child by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

Tips for Parents to Consider- Affirmation of and Conflict with the Child by Mrs. Dorothy Barron 

Some parents feel that to give their children affirmation takes away or reduces their position as a parent; not so. You will always be the parent and should be respected as the parent in the relationship.
Conflict between parent and child: have you given matter to the thought that the reason there is ongoing and constant exasperation and/or conflict between you and your child is that the child is much like you. In the past, I conducted parental workshops. When I first suggest such to parents, some parent did not believe such was the case until I gave a homework assignment. I will provide it here; it was a simple process of observation. Parents were to observe the child without the child's notice for at least an entire week. The results- speechless, dumbfound, sheepish and amazed parents. Most did not realize that one simple exercise "Observation" could/would provide so much information about both child and parent.
Having this knowledge can provide you with a tool for resolving conflict between you and your child. Start by asking yourself, what would I have wanted my parent (s) to have done, or how would I have wanted my parents to have treated me or responded in this particular situation? Such gives you the opportunity to view the situation from the child's perspective and remember how it was when you were actually a child. Remember the things you were going to do differently when you grew up and had your own child or children; well, here's your chance.
Sometimes both conflict and behavior problems can be drastically reduced simply by respecting and seeking your child's opinions as it involves situations and circumstances.
In addition, may I offer a few suggestions for dealing with children at each age level-
Very young children need lots of praise; complement them on things that they attempt, as well as things they accomplish.
The middle school age level child is at the stage of testing his/her wings and trying new things and experiences. Give guidance and supervision, but also realize that this is an important stage in their growth and development. This is an excellent stage to seek their opinion on situations and matters.
Finally, the teenager- One of the best ways to interact and engage young people at this age, as much as possible provide them with choices in matters and situations. Such builds responsibility and maturity in the young person. You control the situation, boundaries and limits, yet provide your teenager (s) with a certain amount of freedom through choice.
Parents, these are suggestions for you to consider; the ultimate decision and authority as a parent rests with you.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

15 Tips for Parents Helping Children with Homework by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

15 Tips for Parents Helping Children with Homework by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Parents, as a way to say thank you for participating in the "Parents, Take the Survey," I have written, compiled and am providing a list of 15 Tips for Parents to assist with helping your children with homework.
  • Parents, make sure you understand the homework assignment (there's nothing like getting into a homework assignment or even assisting your child with completing it to discover that you both failed to do what was required (follow instructions) or have the child return with a failing grade on the assignment because of your instructions to go above the specified assignment.
  • Find an undisturbed place and limit distractions.
  • Take care of you and your child's needs, distractions and foreseeable interruptions prior to working on homework.
  • Give your child the opportunity to explain to you what he/she knows and understands about the assignment as well as what he/she does not understand (such assists with listening skills from both parties).
  • Observe and work with your child to determine the best time for your child to complete his/her homework (immediately after school, after a brief period of recess and relaxation, or after dinner).
  • Schedule a school conference if there is much difficulty with homework.
  • Sit in on the class- observe the teacher's teaching method and collaborate in an effort to effectively assist the child with the subject and homework.
  • Do not continue assisting your child when you, especially, and the child becomes frustrated.
  • Praise your child for both trying and for succeeding at homework assignments.
  • Do not be afraid to tell your child you do not know; find the answers together.
  • Do not compete with the child.
  • Do not work against the child; work with the child.
  • Do not feel as if you are a failure if you cannot teach your child a particular skill (there are different styles of teaching and different styles of learning), the most important factor is that your child learns. Consider all the other wonderful and important things that you have and will continue to teach your child.
  • If unable to assist your child with his/her homework, check with your school, area or state to find a homework hotline. However, you should remain involved; I caution you to know who is instructing your child, specifically in what and how?
  • Have Fun! Your child later in life most likely will not recall all he/she learned from you, but most will remember experiences with you; so parents- make those experiences positive ones.

Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author
Former Co-founder& Director of Parents Focused on Education 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

One Word which Sums up what Children Need Most by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

One Word which Sums up what Children Need Most by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
There is one word which sums up what our children need most and it is ~
Safe and Secure Environment- Whether home, school or elsewhere, our children need a safe and secure environment and as adults our objective should be to provide such.
Ease of Being a Child- If, we want them to become responsible adults, children must first be allowed to be children.
Care of Responsible Adults- As a parent, "no one is going to do for you what you should be doing for you own children" (Mrs. D. Barron). The key words being "…what you should be doing…."
Unique Experiences- Give children a foundation and unique experiences and they will surprise and even "wow" you.
Respect from Adults – as adults, we often get what we give and what we expect; not what we desire or ask for, but most often what we expect.
Individuality- Each and every child is different; each has potential and so many abilities.
Time- You need time to nurture and children need time to learn and grow at their own pace.
You- it does not get any simpler. Parents, they need "you" to teach them all the things that only you can. They do hear you! Remember those times when parents did not think we were listening to them as they spoke and possibly, we did not think so either. Now, as adults and/or parents, do you not recall and even repeat some of those very same things?
The one word which sums up what children need most - S E C U R I T Y

Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Former Co-founder & Director of Parents Focused on Education

Volunteer Service of Mrs. Dorothy Barron in the Field of Education

Mrs. Dorothy Barron:  
  • Volunteered-Advocated for 16 years within the area of education
  • Served as a Substitute teacher in both public and private school sectors

  • Served on local and system-wide education committees

  • Attended and monitored school board meetings (local and state)

  • Designed program curriculum

  • Developed and implemented a program that curtailed behavior problems by 95-98%  in a inner-city school

  • Served as a School-Community Liaison

  • Worked extensively with all sectors involving Education- Parents, Students, educators (classroom teachers), Education Administrators and the business community
  • Served as Parent/School Mediator
  • Served 7-9 years as a full-time school volunteer

  • Co-founded and served as Director of the Organization, Parent Focused on Education Focus of the organization- to assist parents with assisting their children in education and understanding the education process
  • Conducted workshops that instructed parents on how to advocate for their children in education Conducted Workshops on Parenting (in-house and upon request by others)
  • Lectured and served as an international panelist Authored a parenting newsletter
  • Produced and hosted a taped series on Education

  • Author of a series of parental mini-guides "Parents Taking Charge"

  • Conducted Parenting Classes - general, as well as those in which parents were ordered by a court to attend

  • Interacted with Congress and US Presidents regularly on public policy and changes in education, health, and welfare reform

  • Served as Chairman on a number of PTA committees- Hospitality, Legislative, Membership, and Fundraising
  • Served as Vice-President at elementary school level
  • Served as PTA President at both elementary and middle school levels
  •  Served as 4-H Leader and Cub Scout Leader 
  • Developed and implemented a host of special projects that gave students exposure to new experiences outside the classroom (many of which were paid for by Mrs. Barron and/or with the assistance at that time of her husband)

  • Served as Education Chairman for a number of Community Organizations (civic organizations, neighborhood planning committee and Former US President; Jimmy Carter's Atlanta Project- Zone 8
Mrs. Dorothy Barron is the recipient of over 30 awards and/or recognition (from past US Presidents, Office of a former US First Lady, former US Secretary of Education, former Governor of the State of Georgia, former Georgia's State Superintendent of Education, PTAs, individual schools, community organizations, and businesses) for her volunteer service and contributions to our youth and communities.