We are a distracted society. It has never been easier or faster to communicate, and with that comes the constant pull for our attention. What used to be common sense, learned through everyday experiences, is lost unless it receives specific attention. I am constantly looking for ways to teach my daughters to be cognizant around them.
What a useful tool for teaching children about situational awareness. Learn more about Smart Choices at smartchoicesimagecards.com. To enter the Smart Choices Image Cards giveaway (April 1st, 2021 - April 14th, 2021) visit my blog at juliegolob.com/blog
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"Smart Choices is mainly designed to help parents educate their kids about physical and emotional dangers and to help kids make better choices to keep themselves safe. A while back Shelley and I were having discussions about various things that I was doing w my kids, including putting my teenagers through Image Based Decisional Drills. As teens they have new found freedoms and I didn't want them going into town and encounter a drunk at a convenient store and had never considered what to do in that situation. Smart Choices Image Cards really are props to help the parent shore up any areas they have not covered with their kids because kids will always surprise you no matter how prepared you try to be. I want to talk to you guys today about some stuff I have been doing. Maybe it will give you some ideas and spur your creativity as well to help keep our kids safe because ultimately as parents that is PRIORITY ONE!"
Father of 4: Toddler, daughter age 15 and twin 16 year old boy.
Chris was one of two main inspirations to make Smart Choices and we will be forever grateful. He planted a seed and it just kept growing! Chris a retired Special Forces Medical Sergeant/18D and is part of a team at Citizens Defense Research that focuses on courses geared towards civilian self-protection with John Johnston and Melody Lauer. We highly recommend you check out Citizens Defense Research's schedule to see if they are coming to an area near YOU! Oh, here is a link to Image Based Decisional Drills that he mentioned. Thank you Chris!
"This is a really cool resource for parents that is a subset of Image Based Decisional Drills and I think this is a fantastic and valuable tool! These Image Cards are for children ages 4-13 but children older will also benefit. Each of these 84 cards is NOT designed to make kids make "snap decisions" but for mom & dad, or educators, or a trusted person in their life to talk to children about self defense related and smart decision related stuff that is age appropriate. Each card has "discussion points" on the back and lets the PATENTS SET THE RULES. These cards lead families to really good discussions and allows the parents to be the "drivers". Once again, you are proactively helping kids make good decisions to help them stay safe in a way that does not intimidate children, does not scare children, but sets them up for success. This is one I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND."
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NO ONE CHILD IS THE SAME SO IT IS SAFE TO SAY THEY DO NOT LEARN THE SAME with Marla Luehder and Shelley Hill
This is the first BLOG for Smart Choices and it was so fun to make! I dedicated Smart Choices to my parents Thomas Oscar Henry Luehder and Marla Ann Smith Luehder so to have mom in my first BLOG made complete sense to me. Thank you mom for sharing a piece of you with us called "I Have Always Loved You best". You are without a doubt the best mom and "need filler" EVER!
In this video she shares a customized poem (originated from Erma Bombeck) with you. I chose this as our first video because I thought it showed how mom knew how each child worked, learned, and expressed themselves at a very early age. She knew immediately that I was the creative one, the animal lover, the one that loved friends as deeply as family, I never lied, never accepted the word "can't", but I was also the one that had the hardest time learning.
Below is a section out of our "Setting You Up For Success" booklet/page that you will receive when you order Smart Choices Image Cards (BAG or CARDS ONLY). I hope you find value in this short video and really think about HOW your child learns the best.
Make sure you pick “age specific” Smart Choices Image Cards:
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