Almost everyone has a teacher that stands out in their mind. A teacher that you remember I imagine is one that really helped you learn and gave you the knowledge you were seeking. It might have been a person who was very kind at a time when you really needed it. I had a few teachers I remembered really well. Some were very kind and others were relentless in their efforts. I had one teacher who taught typing who was almost an absolute fanatic. She expected an excellent grade every time. I could type easily on an electric typewriter, but in my day, the budgets were low and we still had the manual style. I was awful on the manual. There are writers in Hollywood who still use the manual typewriter today. I guess it gives them a special satisfaction in producing scripts, plays, etc. on the manual typewriter. It did give me the skills to use a computer easily. There are also teachers who are not paid in a government system. They are the people who lovingly teach you things you need to learn. They are not limited to your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, but just nice individuals who want to help you in whatever endeavor you are working on. They are the non degree teachers who give their all simply for the joy of teaching and to help you learn. I know many individuals who love teaching people to help them succeed not for money but just the joy of helping someone learn and be successful. Both of my children had teachers during their schooling careers, including college, who went the extra mile to make sure they understood the courses and excelled in their classes. They are the individuals that truly matter. In the Good Gus Series, Miss Patty, is the ideal teacher. She gives her undying love and devotion to all her students and makes her classes, along with their field trips, very interesting. I hope you or the child in your life will read a Good Gus Series book and meet the character, Miss Patty.
Sibling rivalry drives parents nuts. They may have had their own sibling rivalry and disliked it growing up. Making children get along with each other is sometimes impossible. I have even seen twins, whom you would think would always agree on just about everything, argue over the minutest things. Teaching our children to get along isn’t always easy. I saw on the internet today a day care worker complaining about a nine month old baby. She said the baby was aggressive and rough and smiled after her so called behavior. Babies learn about cause and effect and the only way they do is by trying things out. Siblings do the exact same thing. They like to see how far they can go, push, or do something before they are stopped. There is also a form of jealousy with sibling rivalry. There are occasions when the older, middle, or younger child becomes jealous because their sibling or siblings have more freedom, are possibly praised more as they do better in school, or even if they won an award at school or in athletics. Many parents try to stop sibling rivalry by purchasing equal gifts, dividing up their time with each child, or attending dance, or sports events. It never matters as the children always think, like the Smothers Brothers, “Mom always liked you best.” We all love our children equally so its a ridiculous statement but even my children believe that. In the case of the only child, there is no sibling rivalry. When I wrote the Good Gus Series, I didn’t include sibling rivalry. I wanted the children reading my books to see that people can get along with each other, even the twins J.C and Bronco, Andy and Katie, and the Kelley children. My goal was to give children a better perspective in dealing with their siblings. Only five weeks until Easter. A Good Gus Series book is the ideal choice for the younger children or child in your life.
Not everyone has self-discipline. Its not always easy to achieve. If it was people would be able to quite smoking, lose weight, not be obsessed with electronics or the latest and greatest. In the military, the men and women are taught self-discipline even if they already had it. It gives them the ability to handle the situations they are faced without falling apart. Teaching children self discipline is difficult. They are children and they don’t want to do homework, clean their room, make their bed or help at meal times. Sometimes I think structure is a form of self-discipline. It teaches children that life goes a certain way and that if they practice self-discipline their life will move along much smoother. There is a show on the television in the United States entitled “Hoarders.” I have seen the commercials but never really watched it. The people they film have absolutely no self-discipline. If they did their homes and properties wouldn’t be filled with all types of items. I saw a commercial once where it was so bad that there were dead animals in the piles of rubbish inside the person’s home. People who have a difficult time achieving self-discipline sometimes make lists and keep notes around their home so they can teach themselves how to reach their desired goals. People who work at home have great self-discipline as there can be so many distractions. Athletes have excellent self-discipline. Not everyone in the Good Gus Series has self-discipline. The men who participated in the first rodeo in Pecos, Texas learned self-discipline. Particularly, the young children who feel they can do things even though they are supposed to be finishing their chores or doing homework. I hope as you consider different styles of books for the child or children in your life, you will consider a book from the Good Gus Series.
When we think of teaching our minds immediately go to school teachers, college and university professors. We may think of special seminars or conferences which teach people about businesses, new programs or systems. Many people attend seminars for their work, to improve their lives and to learn about new things. Teaching, however, is not just for school teachers or professors. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even guardians we teach every day. We teach babies how to eat, toddlers how to dress and speak, and as children grow we are the teachers who help them through school, how to play sports, board games, and through our examples how to build friendships and relationships. Its important as the teaching force in any child’s life that we also teach them how to take care of themselves such as cooking, how to use a vacuum, do laundry, sew, etc. Many young adults go off to college or trade school completely unprepared. Another important part of teaching our children preparedness for life is the management of money. I home schooled my son and he learned how to balance a check book in the eighth grade. Many people today still don’t understand that concept. In the old west everyone was a teacher. In Pecos, Miss Patty was the school teacher, but everyone else in town were teachers as well. Ray, Sheriff Gus and Judge Ross taught children the importance and best ways to treat horses, take care of and feed them. Joe Kelly, in “Girls Rule” taught Heather and Haley how to not only ride better but to win a race. So favorite teachers everywhere, please consider the Good Gus Series as a wonderful tool to your repertoire.