THE CHOICE-FULL FAMILY PROJECT
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS CHOICE-FULLNESS?
Choice-Fullness is a power we all possess, but seldom think about. It is made up of three things – our Awareness (of ourselves and the world around us) – our Abilities (such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, and resilience) – and our Control (the self-management of our thoughts, feelings and actions). The more we develop our awareness, ability, and control (our Choice-Fullness), the more we are able to take charge of our own lives – and future.
For children growing up in the Age of Noise, developing Choice-Fullness has become more difficult than ever before. Distractions and overload are everywhere, and our children’s time and attention have become commodities targeted for profit by many marketers and tech developers.
In order to develop Choice-Fullness, children need to learn how to create an “inner “space” in their lives – space to reflect, to ponder, to imagine, to create. Cutting back on children’s tech use is a valuable strategy that helps provide this space, but unfortunately, it is not enough. Even when children are not on their screens, their personal world (friends, school, etc.) continues to be shaped by the relentless acceleration of tech, media and consumerism…and our children continue to be vulnerable to its toxic and addictive effects.
Only by helping our children develop their Choice-Fullness (and giving them the skills they need to continue to expand their levels of awareness, ability and control) are we able to protect and prepare them for a happy and fulfilling future in the Age of Noise.
HOW DO WE HELP OUR CHILDREN DEVELOP CHOICE-FULLNESS?
We help them develop CHOICE-FULLNESS by teaching them learn a new and different set of skills designed for the Age of Noise. We call these skills, Life Choice skills.
WHAT ARE LIFE-CHOICE SKILLS?
Life-choice skills are a critical set of proactive self-management skills – skills specifically designed by Dr. Reiher to help children and families expand their levels of Awareness, Ability and Control (Choice-Fullness) – in order to better navigate the ever-increasing challenges of our accelerating digital world.
WHY DO OUR CHILDREN NEED TO LEARN LIFE-CHOICE SKILLS? DOESN’T SCHOOL PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE?
No – unfortunately, school is not enough to prepare our children for the future.
Children today are under intense pressure. They live in an accelerating digital world where tech, media and consumerism shape and influence everything they think, feel and do. It’s a world that sells them the illusion that attention and superficial success will bring them happiness, meaning and fulfillment. Unfortunately, it’s a lie – and our children are paying a heavy price for it.
With every piece of distorted information, with every toxic app that targets them, and with every product that uses “persuasive design” to manipulate them, our children are being robbed of the opportunity to develop the Awareness, Ability and Control they need to create a happy, meaningful and fulfilling future.
Like a muscle that weakens from lack of exercise, this psychological conditioning (training) is weakening their power to make wise, thoughtful, self-directed choices – re-wiring their brain circuits and leading to immature development and a pattern of poor self-management that has life-long implications. Never have our children needed life-choice skills more than they do today.
HOW DO CHILDREN DEVELOP LIFE-CHOICE SKILLS?
Developing life-choice skills (and becoming more CHOICE-FULL) is a process, not a quick fix. It doesn’t take a lot of time (a few minutes a day), but it does require that families commit to actively using the tools and strategies provided in the podcasts – in order to fully integrate them into their lives.
To facilitate this process, we’ll be introducing parents to a unique, family-friendly approach called THE INNERTAINMENT PLAYBOOK – which utilizes entertainment insights in an engaging and motivating way to enhance parent/child communication. Dr. Reiher designed and taught the first Innertainment course in the country, and has used the Innertainment method in various projects, including a very successful project with Baylor School of Medicine – designed to help children make better eating choices. He has now adapted his university level Innertainment course to help children and families develop life-choice skills through these podcasts.
INNERTAINMENT is based on Dr. Reiher’s forty years of research and experience as a development and educational psychologist working at the highest levels of the kids media and entertainment industries.
THE PODCAST PLAN
We’ve created this podcast to be a valuable resource for you and your family. We suggest you listen to the podcast episodes in numeric order, since each of them is designed to build upon the preceding episodes.
Episode 1 through 8 lay the foundation for CHOICE-FULLNESS by covering topics such the Cycle of Noise and Time Design. Starting with Episode 9, we move on to helping families understand and develop life-choice skills.
In addition, the podcast will feature a number of special guests, ranging from parents to parenting experts. These episodes will explore how life-choice skills positively impact such behaviors as critical thinking, resilience, attention, relationships, motivation, stress, anxiety, bullying, self-control, communication, obesity…and more.
Both the NOISE WATCH page on our website, and our email NOISE WATCH UPDATE are designed to provide parents with the latest important information and research they need to know.
THE MESSAGE OF CHOICE-FULLNESS
We believe it’s time to create a more CHOICE-FULL world – for our children, our families, and our society. If you feel the same way, we invite you to join us in this CHOICE-FULL FAMILY PROJECT.
- If you enjoy our podcast and think it is of benefit to your family, we hope you’ll tell your friends.
- If you’re a member of an organization or group that shares our belief in the power of CHOICE-FULLNESS, we’d love to hear from you: info@LiveAboveTheNoise.com
Thank you – and LIVE ABOVE THE NOISE.
Wayne and Rob