Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day 1151 - Motivation for Children

Everybody needs a cheerleader in their life to keep them happy, healthy and energised.


From the very beginning I knew the books were going to be more than just stories when I wrote them. They had to encourage and inspire kids as well as entertain.  But how could I remind them of the messages inside the books after they'd finished reading?


Right back when I first started coaching cheerleading I would write affirmations for the kids in the lead up to competitions to help them believe in themselves and encourage them forward.  I would design something simple in PowerPoint and then have them printed off as a "photo" at Big W for 10 cents a copy.  Months and years later I would walk into different houses and find those postcards hanging on bedroom pinboards, on family fridges or in photo frames. My own daughter still has her motivational messages from her first year of cheerleading hanging on her pinboard. That warms my heart.

That gave me the idea of creating a postcard to go with every book I wrote so that kids could remember the message of each story long after the last page was read.  The cards have been designed to match the cover of the book, and we also have a silicon wristband for kids to actually wear the message on a daily basis.  The postcards and wristbands were launched back in June with books one and two, and with each book since.

Cheer Chick Charlie - The message from book one


Cheer Chick Charlie - the message from Book Two
Since then I've been creating "Cheer Chick Charlie says" postcards purely for E purposes.  I post them on Pinterest and Facebook as a weekly way to help inspire and encourage children (via their parents).




Today it occurred to me that I no longer do this for the actual cheerleaders in my life.  I have been spending so much time working on all the "kids out there" that I have forgotten about the kids right here in front of me.

I've just emailed my coaches and suggested we go back to basics and take a little bit of Cheer Chick Charlie with us into 2013. We need to create squad specific wristbands and postcards for the kids to take the motivational messages home with them. Because we all deserve a cheerleader in our life to keep us happy, healthy and energised.

6 comments :

  1. Leanne

    These are such great ideas to inspire and encourage children!

    I love the postcards especially. It must give you such a buzz to see them up in people's houses.

    SSG xxx

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  2. Hi Leanne, it sounds like you've been busy since Blogtoberfest!
    I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.

    Would be so rapt if you joined us!

    There’s a little giveaway too. :-)

    Details here: http://isawyoudancing.blogspot.com.au/p/reverb12.html

    Take care
    
Kat xxx

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  3. What a great idea! Your whole concept it very appealing. :)

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  4. What a fantastic idea !!!
    I used to send out a thought for the day every day but that has fallen by the wayside - I think I need to get my A into G and get it happening again !!! Thank you for the motivation you have given me.
    Have the best weekend !
    Me
    #FYBF visitor

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  5. Every time I come here I read something that leave goosebumps on my arms today was no exception. I love the post card and wrist band idea.
    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses

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  6. Lovely affirmations, and postcards are good, so easy to pin up on boards. E-cards are good too, my teens are on Facebook a lot and that's a great space for inspirational messages.

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