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Episode-2177- Ben Fetterman on Odyssey of the Mind

Ben Fetterman, better known as Southpaw Ben from the history segment, is a sophomore Plant Science student at Penn State University.

He competed in Odyssey of the Mind for 4 years in high school, including one trip to the World Finals competition and 3 times to the Pennsylvania state finals .

Today Ben joins us to discuss this project but speaks only on behalf of his own experiences and not on behalf of the Odyssey of the Mind organization in any way.

So what is Odyssey of the Mind and How Does it Work?

  • Students develop team-building skills by working in groups of as many as seven students per team.
  • Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions and their potential success.
  • The creative-thinking process is nurtured and developed as a problem-solving tool.
  • Students of all types will find something that will appeal to them.
  • The fun of participation leads to an elevated interest in regular classroom curricula.
  • Teachers have a program to further provide students with a well-rounded education.

Ben joins us today to discuss he experience with this program and how it can benefit others.

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Episode-920- Building Self Reliance in Our Children

After I answered a question by John from West Virginia on Friday’s show I have received a ton of email asking me to do a full show devoted to teaching our children self sufficiency and self reliance.

I am going to do that show today but I want to point something out.  I am not nor do I claim to be a parenting expert.  I simply have had the honor of serving as a step father to a great kid who now has grown into a fine young man.  I think Dorothy and I did a great job, much of what I share today will be what we did, however, much will be what we didn’t learn until we did it wrong first.

Parenting is a skill like any other skill, you yourself grow in knowledge overtime and will likely have reached the pinnacle of your parenting skill set at the point where you kids no longer require it of you, why do you think kids are generally so fond of grandparents?

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • My limitation, no real experience in the kindergarten and back years
  • Understanding “growth” and that it takes time
  • Working with your children, not judging their “progress” on the “progress” of others
  • Rules we brought up our son with
    • As you grown you should end up with less rules every year
    • If you cry for something you don’t get it period
    • You are expected to pitch in around the house
    • Allowance is a paycheck, it also is a two way street
    • Never lie to us, you will need our trust some day
    • When I ask you what you think about something, IDK isn’t an answer
    • We never buy anything of consequence with out a thinking period first
    • Saving money is important, so is giving it away
    • When you make a bad choice it is your fault and your responsibility to make it right
    • You can have anything but not everything you want
    • Life isn’t fair, it isn’t supposed to be, oh and likely you don’t want things to be fair either
    • We always have your back, always
  • Things I would suggest any parent consider in raising their children
    • They are small growing people not dolls to be dressed or clay to be formed
    • Their opinions should be heard and matter even when not followed
    • You child needs to be sad, mad, upset, hurt and unhappy at times
    • If they say they can do it themselves, shut up and let them try
    • Don’t put them in sports where “everybody wins”
    • Teach them to value education and don’t lie about the value of school
    • Remember what you do is more important than what you say

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