Looking to instill that love of learning in your kid?
Listen as this former Oprah high school guest grew into an educator, a Mother, and now a talk show host for Moms.
Denise LaRosa is the founder and CEO of Mom Talk With Denise LaRosa, a multimedia platform designed to motivate, inspire and inform moms. Denise has a Masters degree in education, and uses her parenting experience and background as an elementary educator to help others.
Denise was asked to appear on The Oprah Show for the book club segment. She had submitted regular videos to the show in the form of video diaries recording her thoughts on a certain book.
In addition to teaching second grade for three years and kindergarten for two, Denise was a dance instructor for many years.
She shares three strategies for motivating children:
- Modelling “children are so into every little thing you do; they learn so much more from our actions, as opposed to our words.”
- Exposure “See life as one big classroom. The world is the greatest tool you can use.”
- Maximizing Free Resources “Libraries do more than just house books. They have so man free programs.”
When a child is resistant to learning, Denise recommends that parents meet the child where they are, by finding a way to weave academics into what they’re already doing. For example, her daughters are interested in the movie “Frozen”, and her father purchased an 8-book series based on the characters for her children.
She also recommends tapping into a child’s creative side, through activities like dance.
“If they love to move, don’t strap them to a seat”
“A lot of times we try to mold them into what they’re not. We get frustrated, and they get frustrated. Celebrate who they are.”
Although she focused on dance herself for several years in New York City, Denise says she is fortunate that she came from a family that valued education. She went to college first to get her four-year degree before pursuing dance.
“I was in a place where I knew I had talents and wanted to explore them, but at the same time, I didn’t put all my eggs in one basket”
Denise states that children and young adults will value education more if they know how it applies to them, and how it will benefit them.
Cartoon: Jem & The Holograms
Family Tradition: just talking and laughing over meals during the holidays
Embarrassing Moment: In middle school, her foot couldn’t reach the brakes on the go-cart she was riding, and she flipped it, having to be helped out
Struggle: Denise had Jheri curls for a few years after they went out of style
TIME CAPSULE (30 Yrs):
“If you do nothing else but love people, love your children and live to serve others, then you have made me so proud. Life is not all about you; it’s all about what you can do to contribute to make the world a little bit brighter. We as your parents have worked so hard to instil those values in you. It’s all about what’s in your heart and your spirit…”