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Teaching Kids to Live in the Present Moment

happy kidsBy AskNow.com

In this day and age and with all the advances in the technology world, it is difficult to keep kids tuned in and living in the present moment. Technology is everywhere that kids turn nowadays, even in their classrooms. With the amount of computer and video games everywhere, it’s becoming more and more of a challenge to get kids to really live in the moment. There are some ways that you can bring your kids back to the present moment, but it will require quite a bit of time and effort on your end as a parent or guardian.

Get Them Outdoors: It doesn’t matter if you have to drive them miles away from the nearest arcade or TV, do it. Take the kids for a camping trip and do not allow any handheld video games, MP3 players or cell phones to be used during the trip. This means you too Mom and Dad! There should be a rule that cell phones are only kept for emergency use and all other devices should be left at home. Even if your kids start to whimper and whine that they are bored, they will get over it once they see everyone else having fun swimming, canoeing, building a fire and so forth. Being out in nature is extremely therapeutic for the entire family, so if you haven’t started planning that summer camping trip yet, get started!

Have A Game Night:
No, not on the Playstation or Xbox. Get the old-fashioned board games out like Clue, The Game of Life and Scrabble. Get everyone involved and even invite your kids friends over to join in. Board games are still classic as they provide fun for the whole family and they require communication and interactive play.

Turn The TV Off And Talk
: Many families fall into the routine of watching TV every chance they need to unwind and relax. Some families put the TV on while they are eating meals and do not talk to each other. It is very important to teach kids to communicate and sit face to face with the family during meal times. Ask about your child’s day and talk about yours. Spend some genuine time connecting with one another.

Projects Galore: One of the best ways to teach kids to live in the present moment is to work on projects with them. This doesn’t have to be a stressful school project that they must complete, but rather a fun family project such as building a tree house or baking cupcakes for a bake sale. Families that work together, stick together and recreational projects that are fun and motivational can have a fantastic effect on a child’s confidence level.

Teaching kids to live in the moment won’t always be easy, as there is so much temptation to zone out nowadays. With some time and effort, you can help them practice living in the moment so that they can fully be present and enjoy life to the fullest.

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Children and Sports

sportsBy: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Sports help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn to play as a member of a team, learn to play fair, and improve self-esteem. American sports culture has increasingly become a money making business. The highly stressful, competitive, “win at all costs” attitude prevalent at colleges and with professional athletes affects the world of children’s sports and athletics; creating an unhealthy environment. It is important to remember that the attitudes and behavior taught to children in sports carry over to adult life. Parents should take an active role in helping their child develop good sportsmanship. To help your child get the most out of sports, you need to be actively involved. This includes:

  • providing emotional support and positive feedback,
  • attending some games and talking about them afterward,
  • having realistic expectations for your child,
  • learning about the sport and supporting your child’s involvement,
  • helping your child talk with you about their experiences with the coach and other team members,
  • helping your child handle disappointments and losing, and
  • modeling respectful spectator behavior.

Although this involvement takes time and creates challenges for work schedules, it allows you to become more knowledgeable about the coaching, team values, behaviors, and attitudes. Your child’s behavior and attitude reflects a combination of the coaching and your discussions about good sportsmanship and fair play.

It is also important to talk about what your child observes in sports events. When bad sportsmanship occurs, discuss other ways the situation could be handled. While you might acknowledge that in the heat of competition it may be difficult to maintain control and respect for others, it is important to stress that disrespectful behavior is not acceptable. Remember, success is not the same thing as winning and failure is not the same thing as losing.

If you are concerned about the behavior or attitude of your child’s coach, you may want to talk with the coach privately. As adults, you can talk together about what is most important for the child to learn. While you may not change a particular attitude or behavior of a coach, you can make it clear how you would like your child to be approached. If you find that the coach is not responsive, discuss the problem with the parents responsible for the school or league activities. If the problem continues, you may decide to withdraw your child.

As with most aspects of parenting, being actively involved and talking with your children about their life is very important. Being proud of accomplishments, sharing in wins and defeats, and talking to them about what has happened helps them develop skills and capacities for success in life. The lessons learned during children’s sports will shape values and behaviors for adult life.