Empowering Your Children
in the New Millennium
Practical Tools for
Children, Parents and Teachers
By Oreste J. D’Aversa,
Founder - The Institute of Practical Spirituality
It is said that “it
takes a village to raise a child” and how true that is even in
this modern day and age. Though the village may look different
than it once did, the people are still the same; the children, the
parents and the teachers. Though we now live a “global village”
of sorts, for the most part, things have not changed that much.
The children need to be taught, the parents need to make sure that
the children are taught well and the teachers need to do the
teaching and pass down the knowledge to the children. Each role
in this equation is important; everyone has a job to do, and each
job is an important one, make no mistake about it.
The Physical, the
Mental, the Emotional and the Spiritual
We human beings are
composed of four components:
The Physical (of
The Mental (of
The Emotional (of
The Spiritual (of
If any of these four
components are out of balance we experience “dis-ease”.
When we experience “dis-ease” in the body it can become sickness,
when in the mind it becomes mental illness of sorts, when in the
heart it become “heart ache” or emotional disorders and when it is
in the spiritual it is viewed as being “spiritually disconnected”.
The following exercises for
children are designed to help empower them physically, mentally,
emotionally and spiritually (the exercises can be done by adults
too!). Below are exercises to help children in their everyday
1. Clearing Your Mind
4. Visualization to Reduce
5. Connecting with Nature
7. Physical Exercise
Exercises for Parents
following are exercises and techniques to keep parents,
physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually empowered as
Below are exercises to help
parents in their everyday lives:
2. Proper Diet
3. Stress Management
5. Time for Self
6. Get Involved in Your Children's Education and Activities
7. Parent Partnership Program
following are exercises for teachers to use to work with children
(and the parents too, if they choose to participate) to help
children think, grow, make a contribution to their world and the
world at large.
Below are exercises to help
teachers in working with children:
1. Children Helping Themselves
2. Children Helping Their
Helping the Animals
Helping the Community or the Environment
Helping Their School
6. Children Helping Their
Helping the People of the Planet
Love and the
The children are
indeed our future and in order for them to grow, flourish and
thrive properly they need love. By loving the children we mean
providing a safe environment where they can become the young
adults that they are meant to be and contribute to society in the
way they are meant to contribute. Each child has an important
contribution to make and for that matter everyone has an important
contribution to make to this world. Children need a loving
environment free from growing discontent of life so they can grow
and achieve their full potential. They need an environment where
they can safely explore all their gifts, and in time as they
understand their gifts, make their contribution to the world.
It is my hope this
article has provided you with some additional tools to help
empower your children. These tools are not meant to replace your
current child rearing practices but rather give you additional
exercises to help children, parents and teachers raise happy,
vibrant and well balanced children in the new millennium. The
exercises here are designed to be used “in addition to and not
instead of” your current practices.
Some things will never change; there will be children, there will
be parents and there will be teachers. What a great joy all of
The exercises in this article
are designed for children
8 years and older.
Always check with your doctor
before embarking on any exercise program.
About the Author
Oreste "Rusty" D'Aversa
is the Founder of The Institute of Practical Spirituality (www.PracticeSpirituality.com)
and the author of Empowering Your Children in the New
Millennium: Practical Tools for Children, Parents and Teachers.
He is ordained as a Interfaith Minister by The New Seminary
in New York City. He is also a keynote speaker, author,
university lecturer, business consultant, corporate trainer,
workshop facilitator and life balance coach.
Copyright © Oreste J.
D’Aversa, 2007. All rights reserved.