Posted tagged ‘parenting’

DASED (Declining Attention Spans from Electronic Devices)

February 3, 2015

Keep them off the couch and get them outside before they become D.A.S.E.D. (Declining Attention Spans from Electronic Devices). When it comes to competing for kids’ attention, teachers can’t match the virtual power of video programmers. They over-stimulate. They are virtual hypnotists . . . mesmerizing kids for hours with their mental candy. School doesn’t mesmerize many. How can teachers compete? If you want better teachers for your kids, start by limiting how much time they play video games and watch television.

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The Reset Generation

November 5, 2014

“Hey coach! Two strikes . . . two outs . . . we’re down by three. Can I just reset it? Heck, that’s what I do when I’m playing video games.” The reset button on video games makes quitting easy. Quitting is a habit.

The reset button has become the “no regret button.” The accountability to oneself, as well as the sense of responsibility to the game is non-existent. Quitting, tabbed unacceptable in real life, is rehearsed on a daily basis in homes everywhere.

Every opportunity you had to come from behind and fight to the end, even with video games, was valuable. Learning to play hard until the final whistle, even if the outcome looks bleak is a skill in itself. Throwing in the towel before it’s over erodes the competitive psyche of a young person.

The reset button mentality has carried over to the real world and now defines modern family life. The daily behavior of the younger generation – and their parents – mimics what the reset button empowers. When any situation gets challenging – JUST RESET IT.

The Reset Generation

October 28, 2014

Will kids have what it takes to slip from the shackles of their enabled, entitled, and instant gratified upbringing and meet the challenges of life head on, or will you hunt aimlessly for the reset button that real life can never offer?

Why are kids so fragile these days?

January 30, 2014

What happened? Why are kids “suddenly” so fragile? Why can’t they handle life’s little challenges like kids have for decades?

No keeping score, everybody’s a winner, over-trophying, no cuts, no tag, everybody’s special, brown belts now black belts, a reset button, no consequences, no accountability… 

 Something in the water? Too many additives and preservatives? Full moon getting fuller? Mercury? Global warming? El nino? Or is there a “mystery cause” lurking in the background weakening the “defense system” of kids? 

 

Any theories?   

Gymbag Wisdom: Raising Kids To Excel At Sports

September 23, 2013

It’s very important that parents understand the physical, mental and emotional needs of kids if they want to help them grow up to excel at sports. Everybody has athletic potential but unless kids grow up in a condusive environment that allows for maximum athletic development will they ever go on to acheive their potential in sports. The following is my new ebook at Amazon. For only 2.99 you will learn what you need to do before they even begin youth sport to the time they hang up their cleats. please leave a review if you purchase.

 

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Nature’s calling

August 30, 2013

Kids are born with energy to burn for a reason. Mother Nature wants them up and moving about meeting and dealing with the daily challenges. She’s trying to prepare kids for the rigors of life. Like how the gentle winds strengthens the fibers of the young tree, facing and overcoming challenges early in life strengthens all living things for the future.

Place a parental block on the reset button

August 28, 2013

Place a parental block on the reset button. Every opportunity a kid has to come from behind and fight to the end, even with video games, is valuable. Learning how to play to completion, even if the outcome looks bleak is a skill in itself. Throwing in the towel before it’s over erodes the competitive psyche of a young person.  


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