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Is it possible to teach kids to CHOOSE to respect teachers, tutors, parents, and others?


If you’ve worked with kids – whether you’re a parent, teacher, tutor, or care giver – you’ve most likely experienced disrespectful children!

Educator, reading tutor, and online tutoring expert, Joanne Kaminski, recently interviewed Renaye Thornborrow, an expert on teaching mindset skills to kids.  Renaye is the founder of Adventures in Wisdom Inc., a company that has certified hundreds of life coaches for kids on using a proven curriculum to teach mindset skills to children using stories and activities. 

In the 3-minute video below, Joanne and Renaye discuss the mindset skill of RESPECT! In this video, they discuss how to teach kids to choose to respect teachers, tutors and other people in their lives. 

Every time we’re with someone, we leave a mark!

Renaye shares that “One of the things we teach is that every time we’re with someone, we leave a mark. We leave either a gold heart or a grungy mark, based on how we treat them.”

Renaye tells the story of how 9-year-old Julie learned this concept during a life coaching for kids session about respect. Julie’s assignment for the week was to practice giving gold hearts.  Her parents and siblings embraced the activity as well, and it was transformational for the whole family!

Joanne tells a story about working with a tutoring student who was disrespectful. She shares how one conversation led to “the most improved drastic changes through our sessions together.”

Watch this video, to learn:

  • A simple, fun way to teach kids about what respect is
  • Why respect isn’t something that comes naturally to kids (brain development)
  • A powerful question you can ask kids to prompt them to be respectful 



Helping kids with ADHD understand and practice respect…

“Hearts and Marks” works with kids who have ADHD as well. Watch this 40-second video where WISDOM Coach®, Jean (from the UK), discusses how well this technique works with her grandson, who has ADHD. 





Try a Coaching Story for free

The concept of “Hearts and Marks” is taught in a coaching story called “Make Your Mark with the Golden Rule”. This story helps kids choose to respect teachers, parents, their siblings and other kids as well. 

This coaching story is one of 27 coaching stories used to teach mindset skills to kids 6-12.

You can request a free copy of one of the most popular coaching stories, “Choosing Your BFF ( Best Friend Forever)“, that teaches the mindset skill of self-talk.

This coaching story and skill book comes directly from the curriculum and includes both the Children’s Guide and Mentor’s Guide, so you have everything you need to teach this critical skill.Teach Kids Self-talk Coaching Story


How you can teach kids develop mindset skills and generate extra income for you – as a life coach for kids 

If you want to develop the “whole child” and help kids develop the growth mindset and social emotional wellbeing needed for success in school and success in life, we invite you to learn more about becoming a certified life coach for kids (a WISDOM Coach®).

Many WISDOM Coaches are educators who use their mindset development and coaching skills on the job and as a supplemental business outside of school hours.

Certification can be done in your own home, on your own time, at your own pace.

How to get started?   

Experience the curriculum by requesting the free Self-talk story, “Choosing Your BFF (Best Friend Forever)” and skill book here.

Teach Kids Self-talk Coaching Story

Other videos from the Joanne and Renaye interview:

About Renaye Thornborrow

Renaye is leading a worldwide movement to empower children through life coaching and mindset skills training. Renaye is the author of The Adventures in Wisdom Life Coaching Program for Kids Curriculumand the founder of Adventures in Wisdom.  Since 2013, her company has certified WISDOM Coaches in over 30 countries, helping these coaches transform the lives of children and families while supporting them to create a business they love as a life coach for kids. Renaye is a personal development expert, a member of the International Coaching Federation and former three-year board member of the Association of Coach Training Organizations. Learn more here.

About Joanne Kaminski

Joanne spent three years as a classroom teacher and was quickly promoted to the Reading Curriculum Coordinator. As the Coordinator, she was in charge of all the reading interventions in the school and coached the teachers in reading strategies that would help bring their students to the next level. She went back to school to achieve a Masters as a Reading Specialist and started an online reading tutoring business where she worked with students from around the world. Joanne now teaches others how to start a successful,  independent online tutoring business. Learn more here.

P.S. If you’d like to create a business you love life coaching kids…
click to learn about becoming a certified WISDOM Coach!


If you’re a parent and you’d like to learn about the home study program…
click here for our resources for parents!

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