The Reach High web page was designed to educate children on how to achieve their very best. It also teaches parents to appreciate the effort their children may give. This leads us to the following question: Can the parent and child agree on what is considered a good effort?
In many situations, parents and children do not see eye to eye when it comes to effort. A parent may not be happy with the child's school work, or even their performance while participating in a sporting event. On the other hand, the child may feel like they did give their very best effort.
This web site will hopefully serve as a source to assist the parent and child on how each other interprets effort. The information here was based on families that volunteered their thoughts on this topic. Using their knowledge and experiences helped create the foundation for this web site. This site is a work in progress, so please send along your suggestions which may be added to the Teamwork Page.
The interest in creating this web site came from the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world. The American Heart Association reports that 12 million children in the United States are overweight. One in three children are overweight, while one in seven children are obese. The rise in overweight children, obese children, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes has triggered many discussions. The major concern which arises from this topic is how this problem got started, who is responsible, and how to fix it. One solution is to get both parent and child to work together on setting realistic goals together, or a blueprint for success. Since success (or effort) in this regard is measured differently by parent and child, communication will be the key. A good effort by the parent and child can definitely improve the health of the family. A family can sit down for a few minutes each day and make a game plan for improved health which satisfies both parent and child. The best way to accomplish this is by understanding how both sides define effort, and then building on that. Basically, teaching a child about effort can not only help them succeed in life, but also teach them about being healthy!
Visit the Teamwork Page to read how parents and their children have worked out various solutions to some basic, common (effort) concerns. The teamwork page will constantly be updated with new material as it arrives. This web site welcomes your views. If you feel you can make a contribution to the teamwork page, please use the contact link on the top navigation bar. Please remember, this web site is merely advice, not a magical potion. Each child is unique, and each kid responds differently. Try to find your pot of gold at the end of rainbow!
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The interest in creating this web site came from the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world. The American Heart Association reports that 12 million children in the United States are overweight. This breaks down to 1 in 3 children in the US are overweight, while 1 in 7 are obese!