Father Creates New Booklet to Help Daughter Make Good Choices

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Timothy Melchior, a concerned parent, created a booklet called How to Make Good Choices (http://howtomakegoodchoices.org) to help his daughter cope with difficult social situations and is now sharing this booklet with other parents.

“This book is a lifesaver, the likes of which I can hardly describe.” Jenny Gainer, Elementary School Teacher

Film and video producer, Timothy Melchior, recently created a booklet to help his daughter, Chelsea, make her way in an increasingly complex social environment. Entitled “How to Make Good Choices” (http://howtomakegoodchoices.org), the booklet offers practical advice to youngsters on how to make their own decisions as they go through life.

“Anyone who has kids wants them to be happy above all else,” Melchior says, “and this happiness comes as a direct result of making good decisions in life. Yet these kids are being bombarded with negative, confusing and conflicting messages as to what they should do. The only solution is to give them practical guidelines they can use to make up their own minds.”

Based on the International Best Seller, “The Way to Happiness”, by L. Ron Hubbard, How to Make Good Choices offers kids an opportunity to examine their actions and determine if they will lead to happiness or unhappiness. “The Way to Happiness” is a very wise book”, Melchior says,” it explains how leading a moral and ethical life is necessary if one wants to be happy. But that book was written for adults. These days, kids are even more desperately in need of positive direction. This has traditionally been the province of Churches and Schools, but these institutions have left the playing field. It’s now up to the parents, and they have to compete with a constant barrage of negative and conflicting messages from the mass media. I’d like to think that my booklet will help them level the field.”

How to Make Good Choices gives kids guidelines like “Take Care of Yourself”, “Set a Good Example” and “Be Worthy of Trust.” Like “The Way to Happiness” on which it is based, How to Make Good Choices is entirely non-religious and based solely on common sense. “These are principles which everyone can agree upon, regardless of their religious beliefs”, says home school parent, Chel Stith, “In fact, one chapter is entitled “Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others.” The booklet is also not political. “The only remotely political statement in the booklet”, Chel says is “Support a Government Run for All the People.”

It is this non-religious and non-political nature of How to Make Good Choices that make it appropriate for both public and private schools as well as after-school groups. Indeed, the booklet has been used as part of several different programs teaching values to kids from six years old to eighteen and older. Jenny Gaynor, an Elementary School Teacher who used the booklet with her class says, ”This book is a godsend. To have such a booklet that the child can have as his own, can read, can relate to and can comprehend is a lifesaver the likes of which I can hardly describe. Right now they are wading through a morass of unethical behavior in the society, on the Internet, in music, on their cell phones, TV, movies, not to mention on the street. To give them this priceless tool and arm them "against a sea of trouble" is a must.”

Mark McQuade, Deputy Principal of Greenfields school in England, says, “We settle just about all our upsets and disputes with the Good Choices Booklet. The kids get it, and like it to be applied to themselves.”

So, how does Mr. Melchior feel about the reception of his booklet so far? “Overwhelming,” is the word he uses. “I had no idea how many people were in the same situation that I was. Apparently this is a huge problem and people are very concerned about it. Everyone wants his or her own children to be happy, but achieving that in this society has become increasingly difficult. Hopefully the Good Choices booklet will help.”

Two versions of the booklet exist, one for younger kids from six to twelve and another for tweens and teens. Samples of the booklets can be seen at http://www.howtomakegoodchoices.org

A brochure explaining the best way to use the booklet and some creative suggestions on implementing the principles is also offered with every order.

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