Welcome to Raise Your Thoughts. The purpose of this site is simply to share positive thoughts and suggestions that may open awareness to those who stop by.

Life is good. Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and  bring some new air to our Gratitude Center, the heart. 

In the words of the Johnny Mercer song: You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, hang on to the affirmative, and don't mess with Mr.  Inbetween.

My name is Janice Clark. I am a retired elementary school teacher. Retirement has allowed me time to pursue my hobby of writing for and about children.

I have authored two children's books: Roscoe Is a RAKster/You Can Be One Too, and Roscoe the RAKster Is Also a PAKster. They promote random acts of kindness, which I believe start in the home. Parents and extended family members have ample opportunities to demonstrate kindness in the home. Start with lots of smiles and thanks for good behavior and helpfulness. Accentuate the positive.

Having both parents in the workforce these days makes finding family time challenging. Find some time. 

Quality minutes surpass quantity minutes. Be creative.  Prepare dinner together.

                                                                                                                                       Take a walk after dinner.

                                                                                                                                       Clean out the garage.

                                                                                                                                        Rake the leaves.

                                                                                                                                        Shovel snow.

                                                                                                                                        Play a board game as a family.

Put the electronics aside and engage in some good old-fashion communication: Verbalize ... Listen ... Observe.