Children At Promise: 9 Principles to Help Kids Thrive in an At Risk World

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Children At Promise offers a breakthrough paradigm for raising healthy and responsible children who contribute positively to their world. School principal Dr. Tim Stuart and former teacher-of-the-year Cheryl Bostrom offer a practical book filled with illustrations that show how at-risk and advantaged children can realize their At Promise identity. Solidly grounded in tested educational and psychological theory as well as timeless biblical wisdom, Children At Promise provides parents and educators with the insights, motivation, and tools for raising successful children of P. R. O. M. I. S. E. character.
AT PROMISE stands for
A Adversity and pain can lead to growth
T Trust between a caring adult and a child

P Perseverance
R Responsibility for our actions
O Optimism
M Motivated by identity
I Integrity
S Service
E Engaged Play

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In today's complex world filled with violence, drugs, and confusing sexual messages, these and other threats to our young people have prompted educators, politicians, and government agencies to label up to 90 percent of our children as "at risk" of failure. Although intended to be a way of identifying those who need help, this label can cause us to taint our language and behaviors toward young people with hopelessness and defeat.

But there is hope. Children At Promise maintains that all children can be viewed with positive expectancy and shows how we— parents, grandparents, educators, and friends— can help to fulfill our children's deep potential. In this inspirational and informative book, high school principal Tim Stuart, Ed.D. and former
teacher-of-the-year Cheryl Bostrom, M.A., offer easy-to-understand, research-based evidence for the power of nurturing the promise in all children regardless of the risks they experience. Stuart and Bostrom's unique, revolutionary approach to child rearing emphasizes the true identity of all children and their caregivers, the importance of relationship, and the value of adversity. They offer a practical perspective that inspires caring adults to change an "at-risk" situation into an "at-promise" reality and helps them interpret adversity to build character. Solidly grounded in tested educational and psychological theory combined with timeless biblical wisdom, Children At Promise provides nine key principles for raising successful children of P.R.O.M.I.S.E. character.

About the Author:

Tim Stuart, Ed.D., serves as the high school principal at Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico and has taught at schools on three continents. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar and founder and president of At Promise, Inc. A member of North Carolina's High Plains Saponi Indian Tribe, he is former associate director of Washington State University's Native Teacher Preparation Program at Northwest Indian College.

Cheryl Bostrom, M.A., author, speaker, and former Teacher of the Year, has taught and mentored junior and senior high school students in both public and Christian schools.

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