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 It’s hard for me to believe it’s been just 3 months since my book  What Every Kid Needsand  Money Can’t  Buy came off the presses. The response has been overwhelming and a second print run has replenished the supply so there is a copy waiting for you!. Responses from readers has been heartwarming and in a way humbling. A reminder for all of us I guess that developing, maintaining and sometimes recapturing significant relationships with our kids is way ahead of whatever is in second place in life’s priorities.

Here’s one reader’s response. It came from a professional who leads Parent Support groups who invited to me to share ideas from the book with them.

Keith….You are such a special person in so many ways, and I so appreciate you giving your time to us these past two nights.  The way you live what you speak has been so inspirational to me to continue doing what I do, and do more.  It can be as simple as stopping at a lemonade stand or saying hello to the elderly neighbor, and yet, so significant.  I think people left feeling empowered as I did that we can make a difference.  As I went through your book again, and as I heard you speak, I was so excited about all the ways we can contribute and enrich life with our children and teens.  Your book is such a refreshing ‘voice’ for strengths, building assets, finding positives – a voice I would way rather hear than the negative, punitive voice that dominates our culture currently. Parents feel so much happier hearing that voice too and getting support to parent from this place!

Thank You .. Thank you .. Thank You… Mary Anne C.

British Columbia’s first “FAMILY DAY”… Feb 11th 2013….Why not make it a day the kids in your life will remember for the rest of the year?

You see it got me to thinking… Why  do we feel it’s necessary to set aside one day a year to make sure we take the time to acknowledge, encourage and support the children and young people in our lives? Why do we choose to set aside a special day in order to recall and recommit  to behaviors towards children  that are hardwired into many of us and which we simply follow every day because experience tells us we can find daily opportunity to do something important for kids, for nothing but the time it takes…. 365 days a year.

And it’s not just about parents and caregivers. Author Jane Howard got it right; “ Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are,” you need one.

Grandparents, uncles/aunts, neighbors, senior citizens, police officers, teachers, coaches… anyone with a healthy interest in young people can make a difference every day. It’s about acknowledging their birthdays, remembering their names,  honoring their achievements, listening to their stories. Maybe above all it’s about each of us making sure that we walk our talk… that our best teaching of important values and lessons to children and youth comes not so much through our words, but through our actions. Life’s most important lessons about honesty, enthusiasm, respect, racial tolerance, industry and compassion are learned by children lucky enough to be in the presence of people who lead and teach by example. Make Family Day the first day of the rest of your life in which you become significant to children who are or could be fortunate enough to be within your influence.

We are thrilled to announce that Keith’s new book What Every Kid Needs–and Money Can’t Buy is now available for purchase. This engaging, story-filled book will show how we can all be actively involved in raising healthy and responsible children.

According to Keith, “It‘s about learning the importance of catching kids doing something right. Not by focusing on “what’s the matter with our kids, but by focusing and acting on what matters to our kids,” that holds the greatest potential for all of us to offer every child and young person within our influence the opportunity to realize their potential.”

A master storyteller, Keith has been described in hundreds of audience evaluations as one of Canada’s most knowledgeable, inspirational, humorous and compelling speakers. In this book, he has taken his many years of experience of making a difference in the lives of kids, their families and their communities and shares with us, through his humour and gift for telling stories, how we can all help young people achieve their potential.

Keith is convinced we need to get back to the basics. That at its core, this whole notion of raising healthy kids is not based on money or programs or material things. It has more to do with sharing life experiences and relationships…of finding the time to build them together within our families, organizations, neighborhoods and communities. You’ll hear how parents, neighbours, grandparents, teachers, police officers and young people themselves throughout the world are building healthier, happier, and more respectful environments in which we can all live and share responsibility with our young people.

Click here for more information on the book and hear what others have said so far!

One Response

edit this on December 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply Flora Sanchez

Dear Keith–such a compelling story. Many moons ago I worked as a school counselor at an inner city school where youth gangs were very present and came to learn that indeed gangs thrived because in gangs because they experienced support, respect, esteem, and felt safe–all things missing in too many of their personal and school lives.

When things exploded in the school, after a drive-by shooting nearly killing one of our students, I initiated a very successful intervention, a mediation, between rival gangs and the school administration that proved the point. I actually wrote an article published Principal Magazine describing that intervention. At the time I remember describing the amazing results of that intervention as almost “magical”. After learning about the SI’s work I now understand we were intuitively providing what the gang members needed most. The impact was felt school-wide. Incredible experience–one I’ll never forget.

I am really looking forward to the release of your book.

Flora M. S�nchez

Senior Trainer/Consultant Search Institute & Vision Training Assoc. 5838 Isleta Blvd SW Albuquerque, NM 87105 h 505-873-3913 c 505 280-5572 sanchez.village47@gmail.com Skype: flora.m.sanchez1

Excerpt from Preface to .. What Every Kid Needs— and money can’t buy

Many years ago, I attended a gang prevention conference in
Atlanta, Georgia. Organizers had invited four of the city’s most
renowned gang recruiters to talk of their successes. These kids
ranged in age from fourteen to nineteen.

At the conclusion of their compelling description of gang life and recruiting methods, they opened the floor for questions. A man who described himself as the CEO of a major youth organization asked the question that was on many minds that day. “What is it that you know and do that seems to make you so much more successful at attracting
teen members than many of us?”

The youngest recruiter, a fourteen-year-old boy, gave the
answer that to this day strikes fear in my heart. “Mister, we’ve
learned how to respect ’em, involve ’em, and love ’em better than
you do!”

This book is about how you and I can respect, involve, and
love young people better than gangs do! At the risk of being
overly dramatic, I believe the future of our kids and maybe our
society depends on our willingness and capacity to respond to
this challenge. Together, we can and will assure our young people
the future they deserve and that humankind so desperately needs.

WHAT EVERY KID NEEDS… and money can’t buy

Faithful blog followers; thanks for so many encouraging responses along with some thoughtful questions.
•Publication date; Looks like mid-January.. that’s 2013, for those of you familiar my deadline challenges.

•Where to buy? I’ll start with http://www.keithpattinson.com with PayPal options.
•Does it include your stories? It does indeed. Interwoven into the theme of many chapters the stories give evidence this stuff is doable, often fun and life changing.
•Will it eventually be available in ebook? That’s the plan once we’ve tested the water through soft cover distribution.

Next Week’s Blog will feature the beginning of a series of brief samplings from the book’s content.

Whoever wrote: “the difficult we do immediately… the impossible takes a little longer”, must have had writing a book in mind, at least that’s been my personal experience.
I’ve also come to appreciate F. Scott Fitzgerald’s caution…“You don’t write a book because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.”
I hope Scott Fitzgerald was right, because I’ve spent the past two years finding what I want to say, with humor and passion, about kids, families and communities. I want to share practical ideas that will resonate with those who wish to become increasingly significant in the lives of young people.
It all began when I read an advertisement “How you can write and publish a book in forty days”. I kid you not! That’s the promotion that led me to a writer’s course three years ago. You already see the problem. I’ve missed the deadline big time! And so my long suffering colleagues and friends, I’ve decided to break the news first to you, my loyal Website and email respondents. The book will be published in early 2013 and it is called:

WHAT EVERY KID NEEDS —and money can’t buy
IDEAS & STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

It’s taken me the last three long years to compile the ideas and stories many of you have told me hold the potential to help you make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people who are, or could be, within your influence. Over the next few weeks, I’ll update my website, Facebook, and Twitter to offer you snippets of subjects and content contained in my book.
I invite you to subscribe to http://www.keithpattinson.com today to receive these updates. I also hope you’ll share this information with others who you believe might be interested in a book which focuses on catching our kids’ doing something right, and on each of us becoming more significant influences in their lives. Please take the time to share my information through Facebook and Twitter on how folks can access information that will be forthcoming over the next couple of months. It’s my wish many of you will find the book confirms your values, dedication, and passion for mentoring young people, and that the stories accurately portray your lifelong commitment towards giving kids what they need to succeed in life.

http://www.keithpattinson.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/keith.pattinson.5 Twitter: https://twitter.com/talkaboutkids

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