Boys Town's Strategies for Winning On and Off the Field

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Boys Town coach, teacher and nationally sought after motivational speaker Kevin Kush provides five top tips for helping students learn the process and steps necessary to be successful.

Kids need help learning the process and steps necessary to be successful in moving from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’

Boys Town releases advice for parents on a winning recipe for creating expectations for kids in school and in sports. The national child care organization, started over 90 years ago, says that setting expectations for kids is essential. Below are 5 helpful ways to start the new school year:

1.    Brainstorm and create a list that spells out all expectations, rules and positive and negative consequences for the classroom and extra-curricular activities.
2.    Set goals for your child to achieve both in school and in sports to help them stay focused
3.    Be a role model, help them practice and learn, but set boundaries. You don’t have to be a buddy – you’re in charge.
4.    Build confidence and teach life skills along the way. Teach character: trustworthiness, respect, caring, citizenship, fairness and responsibility.
5.    Praise and compliment. When you use lots of praise and reinforcement, kids are much more likely to respond to feedback. Praise first, then correct.

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on the best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home.

“Kids need help learning the process and steps necessary to be successful in moving from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’,” says Kevin Kush, Boys Town coach and teacher. “This process is neither innate nor instinctive to youth. It takes time, effort and guidance from adults for kids to be successful.”

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The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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