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Welcome Back to School

Another school year is upon us. For some,this is their Senior Year. What a feeling to be the oldest in the school having the Freshman class looking at their every move. With that comes a responsibility to provide an example of leadership and maturity.

Last year, a group of Seniors decided to pull a "Senior Prank" and marked up the school causing thousand's of dollars of damage. The entire group later got arrested, a first for every one of them. Is that what you want on your record permanently. Luckily, they were able to graduate, but that decision was not clear cut.

As you go through the year, keep in mind these are the first of your adult decisions that will define you for the rest of your life. Remember why you are here and set the example that will carry you through your entire life.

Have a great school year.

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  • What is 2 + 2? 22.
  • Teacher: That should be enough homework to keep you busy. Jill: That should be enough homework to keep the US Army busy.
  • Teacher: Your homework assignment last night was to draw a map of Texas including all the rivers in that state. Why didn't you finish it? Jim: I ran out of paper. I thought you wanted it actual size.
  • It takes me about two hours each night to do my homework - three if my Dad helps me.

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    Have a great school year.
    Jim Perkins

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    Children Say the Dardest Things
  • The Teacher asked the students to come up with 9 American Heroes for President's day. Michael looked troubled and the teacher asked him why. He said he could not come up with a shortstop.
  • Every day Julie filled her Teachers water glass. One day a fellow teacher saw Julie filling it to the top. She was drinking some and then spitting it out in the cup.
  • Jay, how much is 1 and 1. 11.
  • What day of the week is Sunday. Any day it is not raining.

  • On To The Next Level
    The anticipation. The worry. The excitement. The fear. All of these are emotions that we face as we take the next step. Whether that is going from Elementary School to Middle School or High School to College or College to the "Real World" each step is filled with emotions.

    The following are Jim's rules for success as you progress to the next level:
    1. Next Level indicates harder, so if you had it easy at the last level, anticipate more. My daughter confided in me that she went to college thinking she could do homework the same way she did in high school. However, her grades indicated that was not the case. It took her 3 years until she finally got the attitude and work ethic of the next level. Don't let that happen to you.
    2. Maturity needs to progress. If you are still playing the same type of pranks and jokes that you did at the last level, you have not progressed. Don't let those around you that have not progressed bring you down. Step up to the level you should be at and you will never look back.
    3. It is Your Choice. Don't Ignore your friends. If you had friends at the next level, don't leave them just because everyone around you says you must leave them. Next level means your choice. You leave those that did not progress, but don't leave those who do not fit in at the next level. Keep those friends. You never know when you will need a friend.
    4. Your Relationship with your Parents. At each level we change our relationship with our parents. Elementary school we are 100% dependent upon our parents and love them unconditionally. By the time we get to High School, we think they know nothing about what we are going through. I have a hint for you, they went through the same thing. So if you really still need them at times, it is ok to go back. They never really left you.
    5. Enjoy the Moment. Each level you go through you will never be at that level again, so enjoy yourself. The number one thing that older people say is that I missed out on opportunities when I was younger. I was working, so I missed high school. I could have done both, but I did not know how. Never have a regret. Just enjoy but not at the expense of others.
    Have fun as you progress. You will never regret it.

    New Years Resolutions Oz Style
    Happy New Year. Now everyone should resolve for 2010 that they work to help others and take care of themselves along the way. Dr. Oz said it best this week with his lucky 13 things you can do (if you would like his 16, you can visit USA weekend).
    1. Help Someone Else - This one I love. It is amazing when you help just one other person how it energizes you. It does not have to cost you money. I remember on May day I always brought flowers to the older lady down the street. You can do the same thing by just running a simple errand for the person down the street. You can also just check on them once a day to make sure that they are ok. It is amazing how out of town relatives would love a quick Email from you that their distant realative is ok.
    2. Change Your Boundries - Evaluate your life and get out of the fish bowl. The Gold fish sees a bigger world beyond the bowl and can not do anything about it. You can make a change in your life that allows you to challenge your boundries. The world offers limitless possibilities. If you family finances look hopeless, change your attitude and find new opportunities. Just dwelling on limitations will never allow you to get out of your current situation.
    3. Stop Rushing - Slow down your life and enjoy what is around you. I know I missed many opportunities because work was everything for me. It may be school and activities for you. Just slow down a little and take the stress out of your life.
    4. Stop Trying Extreme Diets - Just because someone else lost weight does not mean that you will. I love the new campaign by Taco Bell. They are trying to find their Jared. Jared lost weight not by just going to Subway, but he walked 3 miles back and forth to Subway each day. That might have helped. Exercise and healthy eating is the key.
    5. Don't Skip Meals - This is very difficult for me. I do not like breakfast. My morning coffee is all I eat most days until at earliest lunch. However, do what ever you can to not eat heavy between 7 pm and when you go to bed. It gives your body no time to use that intake.
    6. Enjoy What You Eat - Don't be so hungy by the time that you eat that you do not enjoy each bite. Savor what you eat. It will slow down your meal time and let you appreciate it.
    7. Take Vitamins that Make Sense - Dr. Oz takes 1,000 units of Vitamin D daily to minimize risk of heart disease, cancer, mutiple sclerosis and immune disorders. The alternative is exposure to hot sun. He also takes 400mg of Omega-3 fats daily to stimulate our brains. If you take them both at the same time, then take them with a tablespoon of lemon flavored cod liver oil before you brush your teeth.
    8. Eat Well - 7 servings of Whole Grains, 5 servings of vegetables, 4 servings of fruits, 2 servings of low fat dairy, 1 serving of tree nuts such as almonds. Serving is the size of a deck of cards. Target your waist at 1/2 of your height.
    9. Exercise Exercise Exercise - Walk at least 10,000 steps. Amish have an obesity rate of less than 10% because they do not depend on cars.
    10. See Your Doctor - 40% of diabetics are walking around undiagnosed. If you wait, you lose because your ailment gets worse and affects other parts of your body.
    11. Sleep Regularly - Some individuals need 6 hours, others 9. No one should be doing 3, then 5, then 9, then 3.
    12. Brush and Floss Regularly - I see a long line at the local Denture place every morning at 7am. You can end up there too.
    13. Kick Up Your Feet - At the end of the day, relax. Treat your feet to a bath of Epsom salts and hot water.
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    Next Level Jokes
  • It was graduation day and Mom was trying to take a picture of their son in a cap and gown, posed with his father. "Let's try to make this look natural "she said. "Junior, put your arm around your dad's shoulder." The father answered, "If you want it to look natural, why not have him put his hand in my pocket?"
  • A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, "Your first job will be to sweep out the store." "But I'm a college graduate," the young man replied indignantly. "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know that," said the manager. "Here, give me the broom - I'll show you how."
  • When a teacher closes his eyes, why should it remind him of an empty classroom? Because there are no pupils to see!
  • What school do you greet people in? Hi School !
  • Teacher: Class, we will have only half days school this morning. Class: Hooray; Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon

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