Kids don’t always have high self esteem, sometime they need someone to just listen

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Dogs can help with kids self esteemAs a coach of 3 teams, 2 baseball and 1 softball team, I’m used to seeing kids who don’t have a lot of self esteem. To me this is one of my jobs as a coach, to get young kids to feel confident enough in their own skin to come out of their shells.

But, there are always those kids who are very shy. They don’t like to talk and I find out usually this is because they are afraid of criticism. Usually these kids are very quiet and don’t like to be in large groups. Sometimes they don’teven like to be one on one because of the social pressures they feel.

In the past, when I did S.M.A.R.T. (Start Making A Reader Today), I found most of the kids were very shy and didn’t like to read out loud as they were afraid to make a mistake. They were always harder on themselves than anyone else ever could be. But, most of these kids, with practice, could become great readers and even speakers, they just need to build that self confidence in themselves.

But, how do you get a child to read out loud when they are afraid of what others might think if they should stutter or make a mistake? Well, you partner them with a reading partner that will only listen. They will never correct them or make them feel stupid. Their partner will only praise them, love them unconditionally, and just listen, listen, and listen some more.

The Beaverton City Library has started a program that does exactly that for young readers with their reading to dogs program. This Saturday, June 6, at 10am at the Beaverton City Library, they are having reading to dogs, where kids can read to therapy dogs. These dogs are great listeners and do nothing but love and make people feel good about themselves and never judge!

If you have a child that you think would benefit from this program, then I suggest you take them to the Beaverton City Library this weekend and get them involved in this program and start building their self esteem today.


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Vicki Hemingway
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Jacksonville, FL

That is an awesome idea to let kids read to dogs to help them feel more comfortable reading outloud. I think I will use this idea for my 11 year old and see if my cat Dexter will let her read to him. In fact, I am alittle shy and I should try this for myself!

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Vicki Hemingway


Jun 02, 2009 06:44 AM #1
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Really great stuff - I am going to use this method when I teach music! Hope it works!

Jun 02, 2009 06:54 AM #2
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

I should use this method when I try to PLAY music......the fewer humans listening the better for everyone involved, haha.

Seriously though, great post Todd. These are the kind of programs that are SOOO important in our local communities and often the first to be cut when economic times are tough. Great job getting the word out on this one!

Jun 02, 2009 07:52 AM #3
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Todd --- this is really awesome --- it is so true, children are way too often, very shy and afraid that they will make a mistake.  I love the idea of reading to dogs.

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Jun 02, 2009 08:43 AM #4
Nannette Hilliard
Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate - Monroe, WI

I have three children and two of them are exactly what you descibed.

Jun 02, 2009 09:54 AM #5
Joanna Szwyd
StoneHouse Properties - Great Barrington, MA

What a nice, yet simple idea. It will not only help those kids to become stronger readers, get some self confidence now, but it may also have an impact on their whole lives.

Jun 02, 2009 11:17 AM #6
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

What a great idea I remember my first speaking assignment and the fear of making a mistake. Wonderful way for them to get the encouragement they need.

Jun 02, 2009 02:56 PM #7
Jill Watts
Realty Pro, Inc. - Vancouver, WA
A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point!

Todd...I just have to say what a great heart you have. You are saving the world, one person at a time. Self esteem is lifelong.  YOU ROCK TODD!!! What a great guy you are.

And hey...I noticed you are a featured AR writer again. Look at you all featured and stuff!


Jun 02, 2009 04:04 PM #8
Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

Todd, I started a group for Fathers here in Casper, Wyoming and I am going to bring this up at our next meeting and see if we can't start a "reading to dogs" program here. What a great idea!!! Kids and animals go together like ice cream and cake and if it will help them in life in the long run so much the better!!!

Jun 03, 2009 02:50 AM #9
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I actually met someone training a therapy dog that loved children and they weren't sure what to do with it. I told him about this program and I got a call yesterday saying they are starting it in their city next week.

Jun 21, 2009 03:48 PM #10
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