Proud Parents' Guide Helps Kids Become Successful in School, Sports & Life
Proud Parents' Guide Wins 34 Publishing Awards
What is Proud Parents' Guide?
Proud Parents' Guide is a comprehensive plan to develop coordination, balance, brain development, body control in children from birth to age six in only 10 minutes a day. It identifies over 25 aspects of coordination, and provides a step-by-step handbook with over 200 games and activities that will help kids have fun and succeed in all aspects of life.
How do you play?
Simple activities can be played indoors and outdoors to teach gross motor movement such as running, jumping, kicking, hopping, lunging, leaping and skipping. Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-aged kids will also learn fine motor skills including right- and left-handed coordination, finger control, grasping and gripping objects, and throwing, catching and hitting balls. Academic applications include holding a pencil, cutting with scissors and drawing. Life skills are manipulating buttons, zippers and shoelaces.
Why was this book written?
After 25 years of coaching and 18 years of parenting, I have observed many kids entering the world of academics and athletics missing basic fine and gross motor skills. To correct this, I created games to fill those develomental gaps. Now this plan is available to all parents, coaches and educators.
Support from Medical Authorities
Dr. Allen D. Schwartz, the Head of Pediatrics for Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, is a strong supporter of my book. He is joined by Dr. Whitney Edwards, a Southern California pediatrician, who spearheads a program for in childhood and adolescent obesity, Other experts who contributed to this program include physical and oocuational therapists, nationally acclaimed coaches, trainers and exercise specialists. For more information, click on Awards.
How do I use this program?
It's a book in bite-sized pieces. You can read Proud Parents' Guide from cover to cover the first time, and again at intervals as a refresher. It can also function as an instructional reference book for guidance in selecting quick and easy games because this plan is written in a simple format. It is a recipe for success that can give children the confidence to fulfill their athletic dreams.
Ages and Stages
This book is divided by age, ability and skill level. The categories include the first 12 months, active babies (ages 1 to 2), transitional toddler (age 3), the preschool years (ages 4 to 6).Younger elementary age kids will also benefit from playing Proud Parents' Guide games.
Who should use this book?
Everyone! No experience is necessary. It can be applied by parents, coaches, grandparents, family members, friends, coaches and caregivers, any of whom can become a child’s first sports mentor. All it takes is love, desire, basic supplies and 10 minutes a day.
What supplies do you need?
This program is easy and cost effective because it uses common household items such as rope, chalk, balloons, bubbles, soda bottles, trash cans, chairs, tables, pillows, toys, towels, blankets, beads, necklaces, paper plates, buckets, small sticks and laundry baskets. It also uses basic sports equipment like inexpensive balls (playground, soccer, football and tennis), hula hoops, child-sized tennis racquets, golf clubs and bats. The activites are perfect for the home or classroom, and backyards, parks and playgrounds.
When can you start playing Proud Parent's Guide games with your child?
Start playing games at birth or as early as possible. Kids need to get hooked on being active in the first 10 years of life to develop to their full potential in academics, athletics, artistic, musical and creative pursuits. Why? The process of overall brain development, coordination and body control is a slow step-by-step progression.
Does this program work for kids with Special Needs?
Absolutely. Each of the 200 games has a list of objectives with suggested applications to adapt the level of difficulty such as increasing or decreasing the size of a ball and adjusting individual goals. Other options are to select games in younger or older age groups. Proud Parents' Guide works for everyone.
What is the connection between brain development and physically fit kids?
Physical and mental activity help the brain create additional neuropath ways or mental navigational highways for future use. It is most prevalent in the first 10 years of life when the human body is growing and changing each day. The “window of opportunity” for learning gradually closes in the teen years. This explains why it is easier for children to learn a new sport or foreign language than it is for adults.
Kids who start early, stay ahead!
The basis of the California Children and Families Act of 1998 was the springboard for the California First 5 program, which recognizes that all children prenatal to age 5 need early child development services as a foundation to be ready to “learn and realize the potential to become productive, well-adjusted members of society.” It was based on brain development research, which clearly indicates that the emotional, physical and intellectual environment that a child is exposed to in the early years of life has a profound impact on how the brain is organized. As a result, my book can serve as a supplement to the California First 5 program, as they both address the physical, emotional and intellectual experiences a child has with respect to parents and caregivers as significant influences that lead to a child’s success in later life.
Proud Parents' Guide Wins 34 Awards and Praise from the Publishing World.
The book has received local, regional and national acclaim winning prestigous honors including the INDIE Excellence Awards, the NABE Pinnacle Award and the Creative Child Book of the Year. It has also earned the seal of approval from the National Parenting Center, Moms' Choice and the Mr. Dad. For more info, see AWARDS.