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Keenia Williams and Ellen

keenia williamsSometimes there is good news and sometimes there is some not so good news and that makes me feel sad. I know we can’t always hear about happy things but sometimes that’s exactly what we need. Today was one of those days for me because I felt a little sad about something. Then my mom and I watched the Ellen show and what we saw made us cry happy tears and now we both feel happy. I want you to know the story about Keenia Williams so that it can make you happy but also because maybe you can help her.

Keenia Williams’ daughter thinks she is a super hero and with good reason. On two different occasions over several years, Keenia Williams happened to be in the vicinity of serious car accidents. How she reacted showed great courage, strength and love for her fellow man. She managed to get the accident victims out of a tangled car and burning truck in order to save them. With almost super human strength, she saved their lives. Keenia made her daughter proud enough to tell anyone and everyone about her “super hero” mom.

Keenia said that she didn’t have the best life growing up. She said she wouldn’t change any of it because it helped her to be strong. Keenia said that her life has helped her to teach her daughter not to be selfish and to appreciate everything she is given. She said, “All I want to do is provide for my daughter.” If you watch the video below, you will understand why we want to add her to our Wall of Heroes.

Keenia is having a difficult time earning money in her area and is trying to get a job. PLEASE! If you know of anyone who might be able to help her get a job, you can you can read the next paragraph from Ellen’s show and do something to help her.

“Ellen met Keenia and was astounded by her spirit. Keenia is looking for work in the San Francisco area. Her dream is to work with at-risk youth and to help them get back on their feet. She has experience working with non-profit organizations and would certainly make an amazing addition to any organization. If you have a job for Keenia, or any leads she should know about, send them to us right here. “

Keenia Williams is the newest member on my wall of heroes. Partly because she saved those two people but even more because of the way she is mothering her daughter. That little girl may not have all the money that she might want but she sure has a great start to her life with one of the best mothers ever!

Keenia Williams

Keenia Williams you go girl! You are my hero too and that’s why you are on Rugby’s Hero Wall!

Honest Praise: Children

Honest PraiseHere is some food for thought for parents. Most parents want their children to face life with high self-esteem. That said the way they go about influencing it differs greatly. Some parents give honest praise when children do things well. Others praise children for everything they do. What happens in each case? I have a theory.

Children tend to be honest. You can find out a lot about your children if you ask them some pertinent questions. Don’t just listen to their answers. Watch their faces and their body language as they answer.

Do you give honest praise?

Think about what your children do in order to receive your compliments.

  1. Nothing
  2. Anything
  3. Everything
  4. Try
  5. Succeed
  6. Improve

Now ask them how they feel when you compliment them when they do nothing, anything, everything, when they try, when they succeed and when they improve.

Here is the thing… if you are complimenting your kids when they don’t deserve to be complimented the compliments mean nothing. More importantly, inappropriate compliments can be detrimental to them because they have no significance. After all, why should a child work hard at something if parents give the same praise no matter what?

Giving children honest praise makes all of the difference. If a child tried to accomplish something and failed, how would you handle it? Would you give honest praise? How about saying, “You really tried and that makes me proud. Good job.”

Honest Praise

We don’t want children to take the easy way out because that won’t help them in life. We want them to have the courage to try even if they might fail at their endeavors. Success in life is dependent on people’s ability to deal with failure and learn from their mistakes. The foundation for success is the ability to avoid giving up when things go wrong. Giving honest praise gives children perspective.

From Dr. Seuss to Thomas Edison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Michael Jordon, there are many words of wisdom that can be shared with children. They need the adults in their lives to give hones praise and credit for trying.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”  ~  Dr. Seuss

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  ~  Thomas A. Edison

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something but I can’t accept not trying.”  ~   Michael Jordan

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Lazylegz Patuelli Lives “No Excuses, No Limits.”

Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli was born with Arthrogryposis (multiplex congenita) which is a rare disorder that causes limited joint movement and poor muscle growth. In addition, Luca was diagnosed with scoliosis at eight years of age and had a 70˚ spine curvature at thirteen. He had surgery that involved fusing eight vertebrae and the insertion ofContinue Reading

Find A Way!

Every adult I hear is always talking about being old. We, I have something to say about that. What is the difference between being old and being disabled? I think being disabled is way more difficult to overcome than just being a day or two or year or two older. Don’t you agree? I haveContinue Reading

Bullied by Everyone

Recently, a few similar emails have arrived on basically the same subject. These emails have been along the lines of adults who have been bullied their whole lives and continue to be bullied in  marriages, current relationships and at work. One mentioned being bullied by children also. All of the emails came from women whoContinue Reading

Is His Dream Closer to Becoming a Reality?

CBS conducted a poll asking about whether or not the goals of Martin Luther King have been accomplished. The attached image indicates the findings. What do you think? Whatever your thoughts are as to how far we have come, hopefully all would agree with his dream. Each of us can make that dream become moreContinue Reading

Now Is the Perfect Time to Talk to Your Kids about Bullying

                      Simple questions to have your kids ask themselves Are my actions or words hurting someone else physically or making that person feel afraid? Would I want others to do the same things I do to them to me? Am I trying to control someoneContinue Reading

Famous People with Disabilities

Did you know that some of the most successful and famous people in the world had disabilities. Think about what they did. If they could, so can you! Scientists: Galileo, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell Actors: George C. Scott, George Burns, Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone Authors: Hans Christian Anderson, George BernardContinue Reading

Don’t Go Near Him…Something Is Wrong With Him

One day when I went to the pet supply store to get dog food, I took Rugby with me. It was a rainy day and there were very few people in the store. As always, Rugby was scoping out everything at his eye level. I was focused on my errand and we were walking inContinue Reading

Our Newest Heroes: Tyrell Clay and Those Who Modeled Kindness

We salute heroes. We share stories about people who do something that many people wouldn’t or couldn’t do. Our heroes make a difference for someone or for many and they come from every walk of life and every age. Our newest hero is a student at Miller High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. His nameContinue Reading