Good News: Boy’s Promise Fulfilled


Children can make some pretty lofty statements and grand promises. And an 8-year-old boy who promised to get his dad his dream car was no exception — but then he actually made good on his word.  A Reddit user going by the username Belairboy wrote that when he was 8 years old, he told his dad he would buy him a 1957 Chevy Bel Air on his 57th birthday. “He grew up poor in a family of seven children. He never thought he would be able to own his dream vehicle but would talk about it all the time,” Belairboy wrote. Then the day came.  A video worth watching!


Good News: Bon Jovi Surprises Fan With Cancer


Every year, 10-year-old Mario Carpino of Swedesboro, New Jersey – who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer at age 4 – looks forward to running his annual lemonade stand to raise money for kids’ cancer research. But this year’s event surpassed his wildest dreams when his favorite rock star, fellow Jersey boy Jon Bon Jovi, made a surprise appearance to show his support.  Watch what happened here.


Good News: Preschool Graduate Has High Hopes


Preschooler Jathan Muhar got right to the point when he accepted his diploma this week in front of an audience of his peers, friends, family and teachers.  “I’m Jathan Muhar,” he said to the crowd. “And I wanna be Batman.”  Watch this cute video here.


Why Reading to Young Kids is so Important

If you have young children at home, are you reading to them on a regular basis?  If not, it’s time to start!

Last week the nation’s largest pediatricians’ group said parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy, to help with their language development and their future academic success.

CBS News reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in which they reminded parents that the first three years of life are a “critical time in child development.  The AAP points out that during those years, children are building language, literacy, and social and emotional skills that will last a lifetime.

The Academy urged pediatricians to spread the message to parents of young children and to provide books to needy families.

They told their members to encourage parents to read to their kids, starting at a very young age, as that “can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills.”

To help promote reading, the doctors’ group is teaming up with the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail program, children’s book publisher Scholastics, and a group called Reach out and Read. That nonprofit group works with doctors and hospitals to distribute books and encourage early reading.

By the way, if you’re a dad, make sure you’re not leaving the reading to mom.  Research shows that boys who are read to by their fathers scored significantly higher in reading achievement.

Also, if a dad enjoys reading and reads for fun, it’s likely his kids will do the same, and score higher on achievement tests when they enter elementary school.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Good News: Kid Admits To Bullying And Starts Anti-Bullying Club


Bullying has become a hot-button issue in recent years, and as more people fight to put a stop to it, plenty of victims of bullying have been speaking out. But it seems like few people actually admit to being the bullies.  However, there’s one incredible exception to that rule: 7-year-old Cameron Thompson. After one of his male classmates brought a Barbie doll to school for show and tell, Cameron, of Beaumont, Calif., teased the boy and encouraged some of his friends to do the same. When he confessed to his mom, Jessica Southard, she insisted that he write a note of apology to the boy and then befriend him at school. But that didn’t go far enough.  She sought out the mom and apologized to her because that was not how she raised my child to be.  Later, he came up to her and said he wanted to start an antibullying club at school.   It meets every Friday during lunchtime and is based on the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) national program, which was already at place at Tournament Hills. Cameron hoped that maybe 10 kids would show up for the first meeting. He was thrilled when 76 came. Southard came up with the idea of making a video about Cameron’s story that the group could show in future meetings. The principal liked it so much that she showed it in every single classroom. That video, “Confessions of a Bully,” features Cameron talking honestly about his experience being a bully and how he felt sorry for what he had done. Watch the video here.


Coping With Shyness

Dear Dr. Bill,


My son will be 4 at the end of December.  For as long as I can remember, he has been afraid of walking into a room of people.  He used to cry when we took him to the church nursery, but now he’s doing better at it as long as he can control the steps we go through before he “allows” me to leave.  He also has problems at his daycare center —if we get there too late and any group projects have started, he stands out in the hallway and won’t go in.  My son doesn’t mind playing with kids once he feels comfortable but it’s getting up to that point that I’m concerned about.  What do you suggest?




Dear Lauren,


Shyness can be a social handicap for kids and it can be frustrating for parents to deal with.  It’s important to understand that some kids are born with a genetic predisposition to be less outgoing than others.


Shy children can tend to be more anxious and less willing to tackle things that may be new or less familiar.  Unfortunately, parents can sometimes compound the problem by reinforcing the avoidant behavior either by giving into it, or by criticizing the child’s shyness and harming their self-esteem.


It’s possible that you’ve been reinforcing your son’s fear of groups and new situations by giving in to his demands.  You mentioned that you have to go through several “steps” before he will “allow” you to leave.


You’ll need to start placing limits on this behavior, even though your son may cry, protest, or even tantrum.  Your goal should be to simply take him into the nursery or daycare center, say goodbye, and leave.


Enlist the help of the nursery worker or daycare supervisor to make the transition easier.  Your son isn’t going to like this new plan, and chances are he will raise a huge fuss.  But don’t give in to your his protests.  If you do, you’ll be rewarding him for his acting out, and he’ll only amp up the volume next time.


Thanks for writing Lauren.


I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Good News: Student Accepted To All Ivy League Schools Makes Choice


In a move usually reserved for highly-recruited athletes, a suburban New York high school student who was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools announced recently before a phalanx of national media cameras that he has decided to be a member of Yale University’s Class of 2018.  Kwasi explained he had been thinking about Yale, but the clincher was a campus visit last week. “I met geniuses from all across the world and everyone there was so friendly and inviting and the residential college system there is just wonderful for each student,” the 17-year-old resident told reporters. This kid seems to be amazing, and if you need proof, just read part of his essay!


Good News: 2-Year-Old Receives Kidney From Stranger


A little girl’s life is being saved by the power of social media.  Arianna has needed a kidney transplant since being diagnosed with Diffuse Mesangial Sclerosis right after birth. The disease is scarring her kidneys.  Tiny Arianna has been on dialysis for 10 hours a day, every single day, for the majority of her life. But all that is about to change, thanks to a complete stranger who lives 1,500 miles away from the family.  When Christy Harding, of Jacksonville, Fla., came across the ALL4MOORE Facebook page that was supporting and following Arianna through her difficult health journey, she felt compelled to do something to help.  Turns out she was a perfect match (and had some other surprises in store for this family).  Read more about this incredible act of good will here.



Good News: 10-Year-Old Singer Gets Standing Ovation


A fifth-grader based in Oklahoma City, Olivia has been singing since she was 3 years old, and began taking formal lessons when she was 7. She currently sings in her school’s choir and performs at local events and open mics; basically, wherever she can find a stage.  She also has a popular youtube channel where she covers pop songs.  Olivia may be little, but her dynamite voice is enough to bring an entire basketball stadium to its feet. The 10-year-old sang the National Anthem at a playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies recently, and had the entire crowd on its feet.  Watch her National Anthem here.


Good News: Terminally Ill Teenager Raises (Lots Of) Money For Cancer


19-year-old Stephen, from England, was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 15 and has been battling his illness for the last four years.  After discovering in January 2013 that his condition was incurable, Stephen decided to compose a bucket list detailing of all the things he wanted to do with the precious time he had left. At the very top, Stephen wrote, “Raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.” So he created a website and Facebook page called “Stephen’s Story,” hoping to attract attention to his cause.  Stephen’s enthusiasm for helping others while battling cancer inspired people from all over the world to get involved. The #thumbsupforstephen campaign encourages donors to post selfies of themselves flashing a “thumbs up” while holding signs spreading the word about Stephen’s cause and the hashtag has led to thousands of tweets, retweets, and photos.  During the first year, Stephen raised £500,000 ($840,000), way more than his initial goal. And as of this week, thanks to his fundraising efforts snowballing on social media, he’s now generated a whopping £2,397,938 ($4,028,775) from 96,693 total donations to his cause.  What an incredible kid!  See more here.