CONNECTING the DOTS COLUMN … Empowering Children with Empowering Knowledge

Since knowledge is power, it is understandable that many adults are hesitant, and even reluctant, to provide empowering knowledge to children. After all, what would happen if we truly provided children with the ability not only to learn facts, figures, or skills for a particular job, but the process of thinking, analysis and decision-making, along with a unified principle to aid their decision making in all aspects of their lives?

Withholding empowering knowledge from the majority of children is our greatest hindrance and barrier to the successful development of each person’s potential and their unique contribution to our world.

Interestingly, keeping up with the rapidly changing technological world is something many of us accomplish easier because though technology is charged with power, it is controlled power … but, in contrast, unleashing the power of knowledge on children and youth may feel uncontrollable … threatening. The idea that a child may refuse a request, say “No,” or make choices not approved of or sanctioned by one’s culture may seem threatening, but let us re-consider.

In Ontario, Canada the past year, Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, chose to inject into the school curriculum in-depth sex education knowledge for children. Controversy arose by those who ridicule the attempt to educate children with the arguments that knowledge promotes promiscuity or contrasts with their family’s personal, religious, and/or cultural beliefs.

Yet, providing all children with the same practical physical and sexual knowledge they need to make good, healthy choices for themselves that they may not receive at home because of generational, cultural, religious, and other parental issues, such as non-communicative or abusive parental relationships, absent parents, being a foster child, etc., reveals the significant value of educating all children non-biasedly.

The same applies to the need to educate children with the liberal arts knowledge usually reserved for first-year university students … philosophy and humanities.

My introduction to both resulted when, in my mid-thirties, I enrolled in York University’s Bachelor of Science program with the intent to achieve a Ph.D. in psychology. Clearly I recall my Humanities professor telling us we knew nothing … that we were, in fact, at the bottom of the spiral because of our lack of knowledge. Our quest, therefore, was to keep moving up the spiral by continuous learning … and adapting … based on new knowledge gained.

At the time, the age I was and all I had experienced, I did not buy into his concept, but my past twenty years of research, study, and analysis revealed how much knowledge is withheld from children and teens that should not be withheld … because we are only hurting ourselves and humanity by doing so.

The best life skills we can provide to children are not just about the practicalities of daily living, but empowering them to understand the practical importance of their hearts and minds behind the choices they make.

If children are not taught unbiasedly that all people are to be valued … respected what hope do we have of resolving the numerous, preventable prejudicial conflicts the opposing belief … that a person or a group of people have to “earn” respect by meeting someone’s or some group’s “qualifiers” … generates?

We also have to look at the tremendous financial implications ignorance is costing humanity … money that could better be spent raising the standard of living and quality of life of all people … that, in turn, would result in more people contributing positively to the world with their unique gifts, talents, and abilities.

Let us also look at some of the other reasons for empowering every child.

We could save a child’s life by empowering him or her to challenge an adult. The adult could be someone who is hurting them in some way … neglecting their care, physically or sexually abusing them. By learning in school that they could go to another adult they were informed to go to, fewer children would suffer … and even fewer would pass on the same conditioning.

We could save a child’s life by empowering them to question a command from someone they know when their command is contrary to what they had been told by their caregivers. I think back to the five-year old a few years ago who left the school with a friend of the family and was brutally murdered. If that child had been empowered with the knowledge that she had the right to question the change of plans in front of her teacher or the principal, she would still be alive.

The list of reasons, unfortunately, could go on. However, the adaptation needed is up to us. We need to share our new knowledge, plus adapt ourselves and our education models to truly strengthen the children with the empowering knowledge needed for healthy, balanced, respectful living.

CONNECTING the DOTS COLUMN

EMPOWERING CHILDREN with EMPOWERING KNOWLEDGE

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October 27, 2015

Kaitlin A. Trepanier … The Respect Specialist. Humanitarian. Social Entrepreneur. Speaker. Author. Poet. Playwright. Director. Publisher.

Raising the standard of living, quality of life, freeing potential, and generating peace with education, entertainment, and inspiration … because  every child, every person, should know, by their own experience, they are valued … respected. Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE. www.therespectprinciple.com

NEWSFLASH! EBooks now available at https://www.smashwords.com and other favorite EBook retailers. New release DARK HORSES …The Short Story. Coming soon RESPECT … The Way Back into Love. Plus, Business Manager search is on! Also, presenting “Information to Smashwords” Seminars … November 5th is the next date!

Kaitlin’s Smashwords interview https://www.smashwords.com/interview/KaitlinTR

Earn 11% of book sales by becoming a Smashwords Affiliate Marketer!

© All rights reserved 2015

Welcome to “An Introduction to Smashwords!” November 5th Seminar!

WELCOME to An INTRODUCTION to SMASHWORDS!

The Ebook Platform, Retailer and Distributor

Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 2 pm

Here’s to an hour well spent, whether you are a reader who uses the Internet to download and read books or you want to learn more about EBooks or a writer interested in publishing your writing in EBook format, Smashwords is an excellent choice!

READERS

    • Joining Smashwords.com is free
    • Discover a wide range of new storytellers
    • Book prices range from free, many are below $5.00, in US dollars
    • Earn 11% or more for authors by recommending author’s books. See Smashwords details for the Affiliate program
    • Support the writers publishing their work

WRITERS/PUBLISHERS

    • Joining on Smashwords.com is free
    • Do not pay anything until your book(s) sell
    • On average, keep 60% to 80% of your book sales
    • Retain all your “rights” since you are the publisher, as well as, the author
    • Get all the help you need with Smashwords free EBook manuals and online support

Learn more online at https://www.smashwords.com

Hosted by Bruce County Library, Kincardine Branch

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Presented by author and publisher of print, ebooks, and the blog, http://www.therespectprinciple.com

Kaitlin A. Trepanier 

The Respect Specialist.

Humanitarian. Social Entrepreneur. Speaker. Author. Poet. Playwright. Art Director. Publisher.

Raising the standard of living, quality of life, freeing potential, and generating peace with education, entertainment, and inspiration … because  every child, every person, should know, by their own experience, they are valued … respected. Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE. www.therespectprinciple.com

NEWSFLASH! EBooks now available at https://www.smashwords.com and other favorite EBook retailers. New release DARK HORSES …The Short Story. Coming soon RESPECT … The Way Back into Love. Plus, Business Manager search is on! Also, presenting “Information to Smashwords” Seminars!

Kaitlin’s Smashwords interview https://www.smashwords.com/interview/KaitlinTR

Earn 11% of book sales by becoming a Smashwords Affiliate Marketer!

© All rights reserved 2015

SMASHWORDS “Reach” into Academic Libraries, Public Libraries, and 400 More Retailers!

Smashwords Announces Distribution to Gardners Books: Expanded distribution to over 400 retail stores, 2,000 public libraries and 400 academic libraries

Copied from personal email notice from Smashwords founder, Mark Coker.

October 16, 2015

Kaitlin A. Trepanier … The Respect Specialist. Humanitarian. Social Entrepreneur. Speaker. Author. Poet. Playwright. Director. Publisher.

Raising the standard of living, quality of life, freeing potential, and generating peace with education, entertainment, and inspiration … because  every child, every person, should know, by their own experience, they are valued … respected. Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE. www.therespectprinciple.com

NEWSFLASH! EBooks now available at https://www.smashwords.com and other favorite EBook retailers. New release DARK HORSES …The Short Story. Coming soon RESPECT … The Way Back into Love. Plus, Business Manager search is on! Also, presenting “Information to Smashwords” Seminars!

Kaitlin’s Smashwords interview https://www.smashwords.com/interview/KaitlinTR

Earn 11% of book sales by becoming a Smashwords Affiliate Marketer!

© All rights reserved 2015

Preparing to Introduce My Community to Smashwords!

Bruce County Library, Kincardine Branch, Tuesday, October 13th, 7-8 pm, I will be sharing Mark Coker’s vision for readers, writers, and Smashwords, plus my own experiences using Mark’s free e-manuals and my EBook publishing process.

Keeping up and moving forward with technology and new publishing opportunities … maybe I will see you there! If not, perhaps book me to present to your community.

Thanks for your interest and for dropping by … either online or in person.

Respectfully,

Kaitlin

October 11, 2015

Kaitlin A. Trepanier … The Respect Specialist. Humanitarian. Social Entrepreneur. Speaker. Author. Poet. Playwright. Director. Publisher.

Raising the standard of living, quality of life, freeing potential, and generating peace with education, entertainment, and inspiration … because  every child, every person, should know, by their own experience, they are valued … respected. Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE.

NEWSFLASH! EBooks now available at https://www.smashwords.com and other favorite EBook retailers. New release DARK HORSES …The Short Story. Coming soon RESPECT … The Way Back into Love. Plus, Business Manager search is on!

Kaitlin’s Smashwords interview https://www.smashwords.com/interview/KaitlinTR

Earn 11% of book sales by becoming a Smashwords Affiliate Marketer!

© All rights reserved 2015

Information Headed To Texas … What You Need to Know About Selling EBooks on Smashwords Living Outside of the USA

Since I am not a US resident and therefore do not have a Social Security number, but sell my books through a California-based, US retailer and distributor, Smashwords, and the other EBook retailers Smashwords distributes to, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) requires me to apply for an ITIN (Individualized Tax Identification Number) in order for Smashwords to release my book sales, without having to withhold taxes, which I will pay on my Canadian tax return.

Lots of information to process the past few months to become familiar with EBook publishing, the legal requirements for selling in another country, and with Smashwords, but thankfully the Smashwords founder, Mark Coker, has made the process much easier and less painful because of his thorough free EBook manuals he provides for authors turning into publishers.

Depending on how you publish, as an individual and sole proprietor, or as an entity, will depend on what IRS forms you will need to complete, along with “authorized” copies of your driver’s license or passport. I did not need a lawyer or a notary; a commissioner did the job for a much smaller fee.

Now the seven week wait begins for the Austin, Texas-based facility to process and provide my ITIN, but no problem, since Smashwords pays out quarterly and the next payout won’t be till January2016.

Happy reading and writing … whatever EBook platform you choose … but seriously, check out Smashwords first! And if you in Kincardine, Ontario Tuesday, October 13th between 7 to 8 pm, come and listen in on the Introduction Seminar I am providing to our community.

October 10, 2015

Kaitlin A. Trepanier … The Respect Specialist. Humanitarian. Social Entrepreneur. Speaker. Author. Poet. Playwright. Director. Publisher.

Raising the standard of living, quality of life, freeing potential, and generating peace with education, entertainment, and inspiration … because  every child, every person, should know, by their own experience, they are valued … respected. Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE. www.therespectprinciple.com

NEWSFLASH! EBooks now available at https://www.smashwords.com and other favorite EBook retailers. New release DARK HORSES …The Short Story. Plus, Business Manager search is on!

Kaitlin’s Smashwords interview https://www.smashwords.com/interview/KaitlinTR

Earn 11% of book sales by becoming a Smashwords Affiliate Marketer!

© All rights reserved 2015

The Best Drivers … In Car and Political Campaign Races

Not everyone watches car racing to see accidents, races won by questionable, disrespectful behavior, and even cheating, but to watch excellence at work. A political campaign is a race as well. The driver who employs disrespectful aggression instead of demonstrating his or her top -notch skills is the driver I admire and will vote for hands down … especially when he or she proves over time they won’t resort to disrespectful actions just to win … because then who knows what he or she will do when no one is watching.

October 8, 2015

Kaitlin A. Trepanier … The Respect Specialist. Humanitarian. Social Entrepreneur. Speaker. Author. Poet. Playwright. Director. Publisher.

Raising the standard of living, quality of life, freeing potential, and generating peace with education, entertainment, and inspiration … because  every child, every person, should know, by their own experience, they are valued … respected. Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE.

NEWSFLASH! EBooks now available at https://www.smashwords.com and other favorite EBook retailers. New release DARK HORSES …The Short Story. Plus, Business Manager search is on!

Kaitlin’s Smashwords interview https://www.smashwords.com/interview/KaitlinTR

Earn 11% of book sales by becoming a Smashwords Affiliate Marketer!

© All rights reserved 2015