"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...
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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 identityS Service^E Engaged Play
Tim Stuart and Cheryl Bostrom offer a unique and practical perspective on how to have a godly, eternal impact on children. Their message is especially critical to those young people whose lives have been characterized by disappointment and rejection. -Dr. Bill Bright, founder, president, chairman emeritus, Campus Crusade for Christ "Every child is bound to bump into tough times and these experiences are sure to shape their character for good or ill. Children At Promise is an immensely practical and inspirational tool for helping kids rise above adversity and succeed not only in spite of it, but because of it. This book is a winner!" -Les Parrott, PhD., professor of clinical psychology, Seattle Pacific University: author, Helping Your Struggling Teenager "Teachers of every stripe, public and private, will benefit from Children At Promise. Taken seriously, it would revolutionize American education. Every prospective and practicing parent and teacher will want to read this book. I needed this thirty-five years ago when I started teaching, and before I became a principal and a par ent." -Ron Polinder, executive director, Rehoboth Christian School "We've heard much from government in recent years about 'leaving no child behind.' In Children At Promise, Stuart and Bostrom show what it will take from the rest of us to make it happen, one child at a time." -Dr. Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College "Tim Stuart and Cheryl Bostrom recognize that one hundred percent of all children are at risk but that one hundred percent are also 'At Promise.' This thinking could start a much-needed revolution. Brilliant work!" -Marilyn Meberg, author and speaker, Women of Faith International "Children At Promise uncovers an insightful and inspiring view of 'at-risk' children, a term that encompasses every child as they overcome everyday obstacles and 'grow and go' in God's love. This detailed account of the effect of a mentor, backed by relevant scripture, is an outstanding reference and 'operating manual' for any faith-based mentoring program." -Foster Friess, founder and chairman, Friess Associates; adviser to the Brandywine Mutual Funds; and president, The Lynn and Foster Friess Family Foundation "Children At Promise promises real help to real parents and educators! This book gives a new paradigm for looking at children that is biblically sound, positive and practical and if followed, will turn children at risk into children of great promise." -Claudia Arp and David Arp, M.S.W., authors, Answering the Eight Cries of the Spirited Child "Parents and educators who take the 'At Promise' paradigm seriously will discover something new in themselves, something that they might not have known was there. That 'something' is a sense of the positive potential in every child that, once we've come to believe in it and act on it, changes each of us, one person at a time, in ways most miraculous." -Dr. Arthur K. Ellis, professor and director, International Center for Curriculum Studies, Seattle Pacific University.
Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part One: The At-Promise Perspective. 1. At Promise: A New Way of Thinking. 2. The At-Risk World. 3. Fear: Love's Counterfeit. Part Two: Requirements for Growth: At-Promise Principles 1 and 2. 4. Adversity and Pain Can Lead to Growth. Principle 1: Adversity provides a catalyst for a child's character growth and is essential to success. 5. Trust Between a Caring Adult and a Child. Principle 2: A trusting relationship with a caring adult helps a child interpret adversity and develop promise character. Part Three: Promise Character: At-Promise Principles 3 to 9. 6. Perseverance. Principle 3: Perseverance empowers us to endure adversity and sustain hope. 7. Responsibility for Our Actions. Principle 4: Responsibility for our actions keeps us from blaming others and teaches us that our choices have impact. 8. Optimism. Principle 5: Optimism gives us lenses of hope through which we can see positive possibilities in the midst of pain. 9. Motivation from Identity. Principle 6: Motivation from identity inspires us to live as individuals created in God's image, not as people labeled by our assets or deficits. 10. Integrity. Principle 7: Integrity guides us to live honorably even when no one is looking and even when life hurts. 11. Service. Principle 8: Service humbles us by shifting our attention away from ourselves and onto the needs of others. 12. Engaged Play. Principle 9: Engaged play facilitates rest, healing, intimacy, and joy. Conclusion. Study Guide: Conversation Starters. Notes. Recommended Reading. The Authors.
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. ý 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.
Timothy S. Stuart, Ed.D., serves as the high school principal at Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico. He is a member of North Carolina's High Plains Saponi Indian Tribe and a Gates Millennium Scholar. Tim has worked with kids as a secondary school teacher, coach, and administrator on three continents. The founder and president of At Promise, Inc., Tim speaks widely on the At-Promise paradigm. He and his wife, Mona, have been married for eleven years and have three children. ýMona M. Stuart has taught English and mentored junior and senior high school students in both North America and EuA