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and Blessings in Disguise by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
have the responsibility as caregiver to a second generation of young people – their
grandchildren. Many have assumed the entire or sole responsibility of raising
their children’s children or grandchildren. For some, such may be a struggle
and for others, much like riding a bike after not having done so for a long
period of time – such requires time to readjust and still others – it is smooth
Such may not
have been that which you initially intended, but you assumed the
responsibility. Grandchildren are a blessing and can be blessings in disguise. In
today’s Keeping Hope Alive this Holiday Season Series Part 4 Blessings and
Blessings in Disguise, I want to introduce you to the Haskells; they have the
sole responsibility of raising their three grandchildren, but before I do, I
want to take a minute or so and share 12
Ways which Grandchildren can be Blessings and Blessings in Disguise to many
1.Teach Grandparents different and new
2.Give Grandparents a purpose
3.Put a smile on a Grandparent’s face
4.Develop a special bond with a
5.Keep Grandparents lively and
6.Learn new things from Grandparents,
often readily, due to the patience of some Grandparent(s)
7.Assist Grandparents with little
errands and help them around- physically
8.Keep Grandparents mentally alert –
they have the tendency to ask lots of questions
9.Become Grandparents’ pride and joy
10.Give some Grandparents the
opportunity to do for them that which they were not able to do for their
11.Make Grandparents feel important
12.Reverse the situation and at some
point in time become your devoted caregiver and thus, your blessing in
To those Grandparents
who have accepted the sole care of your grandchild/ren, we want to take a
moment and offer a heartfelt thank you. To Grandparents who engage positively
in some manner with your grandchildren; thank you for doing so and making a
difference. We wish you and yours a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!
Now to Parents Taking Charge in Education Channel at
YouTube for Pt. 4 Blessings and Blessings in Disguise; please click the link to access the
video: http://youtu.be/vEpln0m9FVI or
4 Pt. Series
- Keeping Hope Alive this Holiday Season – Pt. 3 Thanks and Supplication for a
better Tomorrow by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Parents, it is never too early to teach children about
bestowing upon others kindness and charity.As Parents, we set the example.On today in our 4 Pt. Series - Keeping Hope Alive this Holiday Season –
Pt. 3 Thanks and Supplication for a better Tomorrow; you will be introduced to
two families. You can also use their or your own situation this Christmas as a
Is your Christmas going to be prosperous and abundant or less
fortunate with your having to be frugal and thrifty? If frugal and thrifty due
to being less-fortunate, do not bemoan that which you do not have.If you have little ones make your and their
holiday as merry and festive as you can; remember we all have much in which to
Note; the above statement was to “make YOUR and their holiday as merry and festive as you can....”
You do not have to spend a lot of money to create a festive look – just some
The first family is the Belgardes; they have much and much
for which to be thankful. Out of their abundance of wealth they made sure some
less-fortunate individuals benefitted from their abundance, although you will
never hear them boasting about that which they have done for others.
The second family is the Belgraves; their story is very
different. Dad has been out of work for many months and the family’s savings have
dwindled, but Mom does not let what she terms “a little setback” spoil the
family’s Christmas Holiday and why should it? The Christmas Holiday to these
families is all about Family and being together.
You will learn a bit
more about the families in Pt. 3 of our video at Parents Taking Charge in
Education Channel at YouTube. The Christmas Holiday to these families is all
about Family and being together.
As we continue to hope; have faith and work for a better
tomorrow; on today, let us appreciate, enjoy and give thanks for family and
that which we do have for we all have much in which to be thankful.
Now to today’s Video; 4
Pt. Series - Keeping Hope Alive this Holiday Season – Pt. 3 Thanks and
Supplication for a better Tomorrow at Parents Taking Charge in Education
Channel at YouTube, here:
Keeping Hope Alive during the Holiday
Season 4 Pt. Series - Pt. 2 Santa, bring him Home by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
In our 4 Pt. Keeping Hope Alive during the Holiday Season
Series, we present Pt. 2 Santa, bring him Home.You will find the link to the accompanying video below.
On today, we want to offer and express cheer, hope and thanks
to our military and their families. We want to continue to be mindful of the
sacrifices you make on behalf of this country.
To truly understand that which you and/or your families encounter
we would have to walk in your shoes or personally experience that which you do.
Though we may not always remember to say thank you; we appreciate you and the
sacrifices which military men and women and families of those who serve have
encountered and/or continually encounter, we want to stop and take this
opportunity to do so now.
As a country, we often take so much for granted. Those of us
who celebrate the Holiday Season can do so in a certain environment; one in
which America is not physically at war on its own soil. Many can experience a
sense of peace and peace of mind because men and women of our military are
serving in various parts of the world helping others and keeping America at
peace from external forces.
Prayers for your peace and safety are extended this Holiday
Season. For those afar, should you not be able to come home during Christmas or
throughout the Holiday Season, we hope very soon, thereafter.
In return for your service and sacrifices may America and
Americans continue to work toward making your
hopes and dreams a reality.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
to our Military and their families!
to Parents Taking Charge in Education YouTube Channel for Pt. 2 of our 4 Pt.
video Keeping Hope Alive during the Holiday Season Series- Santa, bring him Home! By Mrs. Dorothy
Keeping Hope Alive this Holiday Season Series Pt. 1 A Wonderful
and Magical Christmas made by hand by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Mrs. Dorothy Barron of Parents Taking Charge in Education
presents during the month of December our 4 Pt. Series - Keeping Hope Alive this Holiday Season. Each part of the series has
an accompanying holiday video consisting of 2-3 illustration panels and a
narrative which will be featured at our Video Channel on YouTube.
This Series portrays “hope,” depicted sometimes through
wishes; other times, endurance and most often through faith demonstrated by
action(s). Regardless of wherever and whatever the circumstance(s), hope does
not allow one to give up; hope sustains! Hope gives one the fortitude to
keeping seeking and searching - looking forward and relying on a brighter and
better tomorrow. Instead of providing you with the title of each part of the
series, we would rather surprise you each week with both title and Holiday
Keeping Hope alive this Holiday Season Series Pt. 1 A Wonderful and
Magical Christmas made by hand
Being a one-Parent family is not easy. Many challenges are
greater because one Parent for the most part is doing the parenting alone. It
is perhaps this time of the year for a Parent(s) when if unable to provide you
little ones with the gifts they desire or you would like them to have sometimes
give Parents the impression that they have somehow failed the child and/or
themselves in some respect as a Parent. It does not make it any easier with all
the commercialism surrounding the Holiday. Many within society’s culture
measure the value of a gift by the popularity of the gift and/or cost; which
for some equals the worth of both giver and receiver and therefore, the most
expensive gifts are the most desired by some.Do not allow society to determine your standards, values and/or worth.
Gifts which are the
product of our own labor(s) and given out of love are still the most priceless
and can be the most desired gifts of those who know and/or realize their true
worth; they will often evoke memories that can last a lifetime.Some of the most beautiful, loving and unique
gifts do not have to be purchased; they can be created by one’s own two hands
as shown in Pt. 1 of our video.
May this season and the New Year bring you and yours all
your needs and many of your desires!
And now, to our Video – A Wonderful and Magical Christmas made by
We would have been remiss in our Going Back to the Basics in Education 5 Pt. Series had we not gone
to the root or where education begins – in or with the home. Understanding
such, what does a Parent do when he or she realizes, “I am not able to assist
my child with his/her homework.” You do not panic or throw in the towel (give
Not being able to assist your child/ren with homework is a
dilemma many Parents face; barriers may consist of education limitations; the subject;
concept or methodology; lack of patience; your work hours or schedule, limited
time with the child, and/or etc.You may
not be able to assist your child/ren with homework, but there are other ways
that you may be able help your child/ren with performing better and succeeding
academically. We suggest a number of ways under our four (4) subtopics for your
that your child/ren have the tools needed to do a good job education-wise
oSuch may be things as simple as a notebook,
pencil and paper
oMaterials for that special project
assistance; bookmark and share it
internet so full of resources and resource material, do not wait or expect your
child’s teacher to supply all your child’s academic needs.
oIf you have a computer and discover exceptional
academic resources, bookmark it, talk to your child’s teacher and provide the
link to the teacher. Many Educators welcome quality academic resource
information; perhaps and possibly, such can be incorporated into your child’s in-school
learning curriculum experience or an afterschool homework program curriculum.
If your PTA/PTO publishes a newsletter, consider sharing the resource with
Parents (be sure to check attribution and other intellectual property
oSupport your child by providing him/her with
nutritious meals and snacks.
oFind ways to continually show your child that
he/she is loved, secure and important.
oYou may not be able to assist your child with
his/her homework, but you can make sure that the homework your child completes is
presentable and neatly done.
oSometimes little extras make a difference – an
item that makes a child feel special or of which the child can call his/her own
has a way of motivating the child togive his/her best or do better, academically.
oPraise and encourage your child to do his/her
best regardless of the subject and/or difficulty with the subject; sometimes,
it takes time to master a skill.
oProvide opportunities for the child to spend
time doing activities of which he/she is very good at and enjoy doing; this
point cannot be stressed enough. Often such serves to “de-stress” the child and
re-affirm that even if he/she is not very good at one thing; he or she is very
good at another or others (and can prevent the child feeling as if he/she is a
oBe an example; sometimes settling down nearby in
a chair with a book or your own paperwork can give you child a sense of
relevancy and keep the child grounded.
This concludes Parents Taking Charge in
Education 5 Pt. Series, Going Back to the Basics in Education. Remember, little
and/or basic things can often make a positive difference and impact.
Going Back to the Basics in
Education: Pt. 4 Educators and Administrators – Consider the Needs of the
Parents of Your Students by Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Parents Taking Charge in Education
Educators and Administrators,in relation to the needs of Parents of
your students, four (4) questions have been posed for your consideration in today's Going Back to the Basics in Education: Educators and Administrators – Pt. 4 Consider the Needs of the Parents of Your Students by Mrs. Dorothy Barron and can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGEwe7PblCM&feature=plcp
comes to the education of students;
We want Parents to…
We want students to…
We want children to…
We want, we want, and we want…
but, and until
you first show genuine interest in Parents of your students and their needs, what
you want will continue to take a back seat as it relates to the education of
your students. If a Parent and his/her child’s basic needs are lacking and not
met, how do you expect to get the best of the child physically, mentally and
A Suggestion to School Administrators
& PTA/PTOs –
sometime it is easy to overlook basic unmet needs of many students and
their Parents. A good joint project between the school and PTA/PTO would be to
compile and keep an updated list of available sources, resources and contact
information to provide to Parents of students. The list can be comprised of agency
sources; academic resources, places to purchase inexpensive clothing, computers
and other type equipment. You would
tailor the resource list to your school’s Parents and students’ needs. Sometimes
Parents are reticent about asking for assistance or certain resource
information. Lack of basic and needed resources may make a difference as to
whether a student succeeds or fails.
school meet your child’s basic needs? In other words does your school have
necessary supplies, equipment and other resources to properly function and
provide those tools needed to properly educate students; your child/ren?
some of the same problems in Education that existed 20 or more years ago still
remarked recently that she was elated that she was at a school where the
school’s copier actually worked and supplies were ample. Parents, these were prevalent
problems 20 years ago and to which I can attest; I experienced the dilemma
along with staff and faculty and saw firsthand how lack of basic equipment and
supplies impeded teachers’ efforts to provide some of the best learning experiences
for students. Such also dampened teachers/staff’s morale over a period of time.
Teachers did not have time to stand around all day in attempts to get the school
copier to operate. I often tried to coax the copier to function properly in an
effort to make copies for teachers or while engaged in PTA business and just as
often wound up with as much copier ink on me as the inked carbon copies.
can make a Difference in Education
school in which I served as PTA President, the problem was resolved after PTA
members voted to, raised funds and purchased a new copier and supplies. The
sighs of relief!Staff and faculty were
greatly appreciative that Parents were concerned and concerned enough to make
their jobs a bit easier. That one small gesture made a difference in the entire
the Basic Needs of Children in Education
hopefully, with present modern and advanced technology available, schools are not
still using outdated ink-paper carbon copiers. Of course this was one example,
but the point is - basic needs in Education for children such as equipment, supplies
and other resources cannot be lacking in our schools. If teachers and educators
do not have necessary equipment, supplies and resources to assist and enable
them with providing a basic quality
education to students, how do we propose Educators/teachers assist students
with advancing and excelling academically? Parents can your school meet your
child’s basic needs or do you know?
Going Back to the
Basics in Education – Pt. 2 Discovering and
highlighting Beauty within your Schoolsby Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Taking Charge in Education Going Back to the Basics in Education Series Pt. 1 -
Environment conducive to Learning - Beauty makes a difference, we raised some questions hopefully
to get you thinking about a school environment conducive to learning in
relation to the look of your child school’s exterior school building and
offered a suggestion for the creation of such an environment through a beautification
We want to now focus on the interior of school buildings as
we continue to look at creating an environment conducive to learning. The
inside structure and operational components should be operational and
fully-functioning. Today in PT. 2 of our
Series, Discovering and Highlighting Beauty within your Schools, we share small
acts and actions utilized which created beauty inside some school buildings and
made positive differences and an impact on students, school staff and others.
What such acts and actions may have students saying can be found in today’s Parents
Taking Charge in Education YouTube Channel Video at the link listed below.
During my formative years in elementary school one of the
greatest highlights were bulletin boards; yes, bulletin boards from the
perspective of the teacher having turned those boards into educational “work of
arts,” beauty and learning tools. Older children were asked to assist and boy,
oh boy, one could not wait until he/she was selected by the teacher to assist
with cutting, pasting and stapling pre-cut letters, borders and art onto those
The Beauty of Students’ workand Achievements:
As an adult - at one school, which I had the privilege to
volunteer and serve as PTA President, the PTA sponsored a contest of written
essays on Fire Safety. The students’ essay papers were publicly displayed on
hall walls and sticks of peppermint were attached to each essay. I was informed
more than once that the candy would not remain; some sticky fingers would take
the candy down. Such was not the case; not a single stick of candy was taken
during the entire number of days the papers remained attached to the wall. The
students took pride that their essays were highlighted publicly. The hall wall
display of publicized essays and peppermint sticks were the adults’ way of having
said, “job well done and we are proud of you.”
Beauty during the
Holidays: What is more beautiful and exciting to most children during the
The answer: A beautifully decorated Christmas tree and gifts!
A beautifully decorated Christmas tree was placed in the lobby of the school
and hung with peppermint sticks. The staff was uplifted and students were
joyous and excited. Once again, some pessimists made the same claim; the candy
would not remain on the tree. In this instance, one child did remove a hanging peppermint
stick, but suddenly replaced the candy and walked rapidly away. The decorated
Christmas Tree - a small endeavor which created an act of beauty seemed to have
motivated everyone to work a little harder academically and served as a morale
booster for all. The school janitor as usual kept the building exceptionally clean
and the hall floors waxed.
The above were basic
and small acts which portrayed beauty and each made a difference and positive
impact in Education!
Parents Taking Charge in Education
YouTube Channel Video Link ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5k4NCHxaSU&feature=plcp
Parents Taking Charge in Education Back to the Basics in Education Series: Pt.
2 Discovering and highlighting Beauty
within your Schools: The
Impact of Beauty when utilized within a School’s Environment – What students
Board - Images Credit:
Photo of leaves above and at the
end of blog post: P. Jarrod Barron (Mrs. Dorothy Barron. All Rights Reserved.
Cornucopia Illustration: Peipei (Mrs.
Dorothy Barron. All Rights Reserved. 2012)
United States History
Images above:Hatzigeorgiou, Karen J. U.S. History Images.
2011. Online. Internet. <http://ushistoryimages.com>.
Pt. 1 An Environment conducive to Learning - Beauty makes a
difference By Mrs. Dorothy Barron
Between the two
above schools, which school is more appealing, inviting and welcoming? Which school
would you prefer and prefer your child attend?
Parents Taking Charge in Education begins its Back to the Basics in Education 5 Pt. Series. We will look at how
beautifying our school environment can be conducive to learning; how small acts
and actions and going back to some basics in Education have and can make positive
differences and an impact on students, staff and others involved in and/or with
Education, thus accomplishing some education goal and objectives. If you have
not viewed our introduction video for this series at Parents Taking Charge in
Education YouTube Channel, please feel free to check it out at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k8P3axb-oY&feature=plcp
On today In Part
1, our topic is An Environment conducive
to Learning – Beauty makes a difference.ing back tome basic can make
Most, if not all
enjoy beauty – it can be appealing, soothing, inviting, welcoming, uplifting,
inspiring and pleasing to the sense of sight. Many seek, strive for and/or
surround themselves with beauty; it can also motivate.
With this being the
case, why do we subject some children to some of the most dilapidated, austere,
outdated and ugly school buildings?
What does your child’s
school building reflect from both outside and inside? On the outside, do flowers
and plants adorn the exterior during spring and early fall; is it neat and
attractive from street level regardless of the season? Does it appear welcoming
and cheerful or the opposite? Remember, your child spends 6-8 hours; five days
a week at/in his/her school building and such can have a lasting impression and
impact upon a child.
is the little things - the basics that we sometime overlook or have forgotten and
which can make a positive difference to children during their early nurturing
years and education. Children of a great
nation deserve the best - great schools and a great education!
With school Educators
having enough to contend with; may I offer a suggestion? Establish a
beautification committee and invite staff, Parents and Community to assist with
the special project. Get suggestions from students - afterall, it is primarily
their mini-community. Compile a plan, get it accomplished and preferably
overseen by a person(s) who will have the time, skills and/or would enjoy the
project. Don’t forget to give that person(s) some public recognition!