Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why is it Important to Respect Our Elders?

Many children learn at an early that they must respect their elders. From listening to their stories, giving up your seat on the subway, or helping them cross the road, there are so many ways to show respect. But why is this concept such a commonly accepted one throughout most cultures around the globe?
There are many reasons why one should respect their elders. Generally, it’s practical to respect older people because we shall reap what we sow. Showing respect to others often means receiving respect in return. Hence, younger generation should learn this value as early as possible because in the future, they will be one of the elders, and the cycle of life will continue.
Another way to look at this is to acknowledge that older people have earned respect. With several years and decades that they’ve lived on earth, they have earned respect through their achievements. They have put in time as learning, working people and have picked up many a life lesson along the way. These life lessons bear repeating to future generations.
Life experience often leads to better decision making. Each generation goes through much struggle as the years pass, which ultimately leads to knowledge. No one is exempt from the trials and tribulations of life, and whether your troubles are about love, peers, family, friends, or other aspects of life, you can often receive great advice from elders. Their life experiences can be used to teach us how to avoid certain mistakes or situations, or simply, how to deal with inevitable problems.
Within the family, elders tend to serve as the foundation and cornerstone. They can serve as a friend, a philosopher, an advisor, and a life guide among other things. As they provide endless advice, we owe them much of our respect, as they have paved the way for us to have a better life. Our elders have successfully run the race of life, and we should be thankful that they are willing to share what they’ve experienced along the way. Acts of respect and kindness toward elders are ways of displaying appreciation of their achievements.

So don’t forget to spend some time with an elderly person! Get to know them, hear their words, and always show your respect.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Parent Involvement for Competitive Dancers

As with most aspects of parenting, being a dance mom or dad requires a delicate balance of involvement and freedom as your child navigates the competitive dance world.
1) Communicate with your child as they attend classes each week. Make sure they know you care about their passion. Ask what their goals are, as well as their strengths.
2) Show up to support your child. It means the world to your child to see you attending competitions and hear you cheering from the audience.
3) Support their decisions. Allow them to follow their passions when it comes to style and preference for training. If they’d like to explore a new style of dance, go for it! If they’d like to practice more often, encourage it!
4) Tell them how proud you are. It’s so important for your child to feel that you are in their corner, acknowledging their success.
1) Over-do it. Encourage a healthy amount of practice but be careful that you are not forcing your child. Dance should be enjoyable and your child should be internally motivated to improve.
2) Compare your dancer to others, especially teammates. While the nature of dance can be competitive, dancers and their parents must work to keep the competition healthy. Look to other dancers as a source of inspiration, not as dancers that you must be better than.
3) Hover too much. It’s important to let your dancer practice on his or her own sometimes, and let them explore their movement without being watched. This helps dancers learn to let go and perform at their fullest potential. It also allows dancers to develop independent study habits.

4)  Criticize them after a performance. When your dancer has just performed it’s important to remain positive and supportive, even if something unexpected happened. Leave the critiques for your child’s instructor as well as the judges from the competition. Remember you are your dancer’s best cheerleader!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

The earliest origins of Valentine’s Day are not completely clear. Some people believe it stretches all the way back to a festival held in ancient Rome, although there has been no definitive proof to say so. There are several martyrdom stories associated with this holiday that in modern times is used for celebrating love.

Valentine was a popular name for saints and there are a few connected to February 14th. One in particular is Saint Valentine of Rome, who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry. According to the legend, the saint healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution wrote her a letter signed, “Your Valentine.”

Chaucer, the famous 14th century poet, was the first person to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love. In his poem, “Parlement of Foules”, he wrote:

For this was seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
(“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day/when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”)

The custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates, and other confectionaries originated in the UK, and there are still unique traditions across Europe. In many places, lovers offer keys as a romantic gesture symbolizing a way to “unlock the giver’s heart”. In Norfolk, a figure named Jack Valentine knocks on doors leaving sweets for children. In Slovenia, Saint Valentine is a saint of spring and good health.

Regardless of the holiday’s true origin, today it is a celebration of love and commitment, and is celebrated all over the world by hundreds of countries and cultures.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Why All Group Sports are Beneficial for Children

Getting your kids up and moving can be really tough especially in this era where modern electronic gadgets now magnetize kids to couches. One of the best ways to get your children up and moving is to add other children to the mix, and then sprinkle in some exercises with a dose of healthy competition among them. There are a handful of benefits to children participating in any group sport, including aspects that are emotional, physical, and social.
How exactly do group sports help?

Getting active together
Time and time again, research praises the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of exercise. When done in a group setting, children can learn from one another by observing, while at the same time developing social skills. If they are making friends through their group sports and activities, they will look forward to returning to practice the next time, in turn creating healthy and repetitive habits that they can use the rest of their lives. Healthy competition within group sports will also encourage children to continue working hard during physical exercise so that as they grow their skills do not plateau.

Group sports give children the opportunity to:
·       Deal with both winning and losing. They learn that there are things in life that are not going to go their team’s way all the time.
·       Be less selfish and think of other people around them.
·       Become even more sociable in different kinds of environments. They learn to deal with different types kids, who may or may not be their friends.
·       Overcome their shyness by putting them into a situation where they need to communicate with others.

Children learn about values through group sports
Playing group sports provides children with endless lessons. Along with learning social etiquette, children also learn that they must respect their playmates, sports officials, and referees. Sports can help teach lessons of honor, sacrifice, and pride as well.

When your kids play any group sport, they are more likely to develop:
·       Physical skills
·       Leadership skills
·       Camaraderie and friendship
·       Social interaction skills
·       Self-concept and self-esteem
·       Teamwork and cooperation skills
·       Sense of team membership or belonging
·       Persistence, patience, and self-discipline
·       Team goal-setting skills
·       Resilience by means of sharing both the negative and positive experiences

Group Sports Promote a healthier living

Even if you know that your kids are not going to be professional athletes, they will still receive countless benefits by participating in athletics. Learning to work with other kids and being part of something bigger are hard to emulate elsewhere. Also, being physically active often goes hand in hand with eating right, and maintaining good mental health.

How to Be a Good Teammate

The best teams in sports are made up of players who work closely together and most of all are willing to make sacrifices. Those teams with unselfish players who strongly support each other will always perform much better than any other individuals or groups that do not. Aside from working on the skills of the individual players, it is always important to learn how to play with others on the team.
Here are some tips sports players can try in order to become a good teammate:
Be Trustworthy
With any group sport, respect and trust are always interconnected. It is less satisfying and more difficult to work for any member of the team that you do not respect and you do not trust. If you really want to build trust on the team, begin by being trustworthy yourself.
Be Honest All the Time
It really takes courage to be a kind of person who calls out his teammates or to be the one who says that something goes against the grain. If you show respect to the members of the team and they know that you really have their best interest in mind, expect that they will listen to what you have to say. It may be uncomfortable for the members in the short run, but at the end of the day, it can really make your team stronger.
Fight for the Success of the Members of the Team
Understanding that the success of your teammates is also your success is essential. There is always a balance right between taking good care of your team and taking good care of yourself and you must be able to do both. When you get to a point where you believe that the success of your team is also your success, you will see amazing results.
Work Harder and Encourage your Teammates
Not all players in the team will be motivated all the time, and there are members who might need some extra encouragement in order to practice and get better. Therefore, the next time you go to the field to work on your upcoming game, bring your teammates with you. Encourage them to spend more time developing their skills. Extra practice will surely help all the members of the team to improve, and working together as one will definitely help you bond as a team.

A team cannot succeed without dedicated and motivated members. Those who create and maintain good teamwork habits will surely be able to develop camaraderie and other important skills, which are necessary for other areas life. Learning to be a good teammate is practice for all of the relationships you will encounter throughout your life.