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The Fresh Air Fund gives esteem to children

There are many ways to give esteem to children. One of them Fresh Air Fund is living.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.

This program is a real gift for children, but also for host families. If you’re interested in becoming a hosting family for this summer, the Fresh Air Fund is happy to give you all necessary information. What a great gesture of esteem toward children!

Esteem for World Habitat Day

There are numerous annual World Days designated by the United Nations to raise awareness for different themes and problems in our world. Today we want to give esteem to World Habitat Day which will be held on October 4, the first Monday of the month of October.

On Oct. 4, 2010, in recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and highlight Habitat’s priorities: the worldwide connection between human health and housing, and, in the United States, neighborhood revitalization. These themes echo the United Nations’ chosen theme for 2010 for events in the host city of Shanghai, China and the rest of the world: “Better City, Better Life.”

Habitat for Humanity hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that allow for poverty housing and make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.

By giving public attention to World Habitat Day we give esteem toward housing generally and in our neighborhood.  We give esteem to the fact that housing improves health, has a positive impact on children and strengthens communities.

Esteem for literacy

Today the world celebrates International Literacy Day.  It’s goal is to remind us that literacy should be achievable for all people on earth.

The global numbers are eye-opening.  An estimated 776 million adults and 75 million children lack minimum literacy skills.

Giving esteem toward literacy reminds us be thankful for our own literacy and to give a helping and esteemful hand to learning adults and children around us.

Literacy is an important ability for personal empowerment and development.  Learning to write and read is a deeply personal action but at the same time a very social endeavor.

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Esteem for Maria Montessori

Montessori schools offer kindergarten and primary age children a special educational program.  The founder of the schools, Maria Montessori, was a very extraordinary woman.

Born 139 years ago today, on August 31, 1870 young Maria grew up dreaming of becoming a physician.  At those times a woman becoming a doctor was an impossible wish.  Not a single female student studied medicine.  But Maria Montessori had a strong will.  She carefully chose to study natural sciences, which enabled her in later years to get accepted into medical school in Rome.  Maria was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree.

Through her early contacts with mentally disabled children she developed an education theory, the Montessori Method, which focuses on boosting the childlike creativity through special learning materials and a child-oriented atmosphere.  Montessori transformed the success she had with her education theory for mentally disabled children into a program for normal children.

She gave the children esteem by letting them be children while teaching them.  She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a “blank slate” waiting to be written upon.

Maria Montessori received worldwide esteem for her unique educational method.

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Esteem for KidStar

Giving children esteem is a very thankful act because it boosts their self-confidence and opens them up to their talents.  KidStar is one of numerous programs that gives children esteem and helps them to find their unique talents.

KidStar is a federally certified non-profit program giving children the opportunity to run their own radio stations within their schools.

Already over 3,000 students have participated in this program.  Since the stations are web-based they can broadcast not only in the school area but around the country and even around the globe.

It’s a great opportunity for 5th and 6th graders to discover how a real radio station might work and to discover their own creativity and talent.

KidStar is a great program giving esteem toward children.

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International Youth day

Today the world celebrates International Youth Day.  Today all of us can remember to show esteem toward the young people we meet.

Sometimes older people have a hard time giving esteem to the youth, especially when the youth show little regard in return.

In moments like this we need to remind ourselves that young people are in a difficult transition phase of life.  They are no longer children and not yet adults.   This means also that they don’t get the children’s esteem nor an adult’s esteem.

In any case – even when it’s difficult – young people deserve esteem as much as everybody else.  With esteem their self-development will help them move in the right direction.

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Esteem and inter-generational summer parties

All over the country people enjoy summer parties.  It’s fun to be outside with friends and family members.  Some families like to organize inter-generational summer parties including grandparents, parents and kids.

Inter-generational summer parties can be a great opportunity to enjoy relaxing outdoor event together.   Grandparents can participate in the activities and enthusiasm of the children.  The children can get to know the life experience of their grandparents.  Parents can create a relaxing and fun atmosphere for everybody.

A successful inter-generational summer party needs mutual esteem.  Giving esteem to each other means not needing to be right and not expecting perfection – or in more positive words: giving esteem mutually means being open-minded, understanding and patient.  On this base an inter-generational summer party can be a great moment of joy and commemorated as wonderful event for all participants.

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Esteem as role-model

Human beings learn from each other.  As children we learn from our parents, teachers and schoolmates.

We learn from others our entire lives.

There is no doubt that our development depends on the role-models we have in front of us.

Considering this we can say that esteem as a role-model creates more esteem.  When children experience that their parents live esteem toward others, then they learn to do just the same.

You can be a role-model as a parent when you live esteem toward your children.  When children get a “thank you” for being helpful, they’ll do the same in return.

Esteem as a role-model has a significant impact on children as well as the parents who give them esteem.

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Esteem for child care providers

Being under-appreciated can be expressed in the wages of underpaid worker.  According to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies the average wage for child care providers is close to the national poverty level.  This is one sign of under-appreciation of this profession.

Provider Appreciation Day, celebrated on May 8th, aims to recognize child care providers worldwide for their dedication to our children.

Child care providers give a precious service to parents who rely on them to care for their children.  While we may not be able to change the pay rate of daycare workers there are other ways to give esteem toward them.

Here are some ideas of what you can do to give esteem toward child care providers:

  • A simple thank-you note
  • Giving a small present such as flowers or gift cards
  • Baking with your children cookies for your  child care provider
  • Inviting to a family dinner

The efforts of child care providers shouldn’t be thankless and unappreciated.  You’ll get esteem back for yourself and your children when you give esteem toward the persons taking care of your children.

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Esteem for children’s literature

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award ALMA is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young people’s literature.  It was created by the Swedish government after Lindgren’s death in 2002.

Astrid Lindgren was a known Swedish author of books for children.  Her novel “Pippi Longstocking” tells the story of a strong-willed girl with braided hair, freckles and mismatched stockings.  Pippi has captivated generations of children around the world.

Growing up in Switzerland I was a big fan of all the stories and TV films about Pippi Longstocking’s adventures.

This year the ALMA was given to the Tamer Institute, a Palestinian group which for two decades has stimulated children’s love of reading.

According to the Swedish award group this public esteem for the Tamer Institute was given “in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren acknowledging the strength of books, stories and imagination as important keys to self-esteem, tolerance and the courage to face life”.

The Tamer Institute’s esteem toward children’s literature now receives its own public esteem.  The award will be presented on June 2, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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