Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack

Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack
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Kids Communities – Part 2: The PackKid communities are a critical part of growing up and learning to survive. Having a network of friends was and still is a critical part of how you can identify with a group, what you can contribute, and where you fit in.

I moved around a lot as a kid, which was vastly different from most people I knew growing up. This constant change of environments, personalities, and friends brought me to a specific conclusion by the end of high school that has helped me through life by establishing a simple value system, work ethic, and sense of responsibility. Read more “Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack”

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Kids Communities!

Kids Communities!
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Kids CommunitiesGrowing up, the kids we ran with set the stage for who we would grow up to be. We had our own Sandlot and Platoon and Mission Impossible teams. But even in our little groups there was a sense of understanding that one of us could do things better than another. We learned through play fighting, street games, races and the like who was the best at pinning down an opponent, outsmarting the person who was “it,” and who could sprint distances without the slightest sense of exhaustion. Read more “Kids Communities!”

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Home Security for Kids!

Home Security for Kids
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Home Security for KidsGrowing up in a typical American suburb, I remember our threats outside the front door were very different compared to today. There were some outside threats that are similar today, but not nearly as many. We could do simple, everyday things to prevent wolves from crossing the threshold and causing harm. I was raised on the cusp of the latchkey generation where both parents worked and kids were expected to fend for themselves after school until either parents got home. This came with a specific set of rules to be followed and not questioned. Read more “Home Security for Kids!”

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Handling loss and suffering!

Handling loss and suffering!
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Handling loss and sufferingA child’s first exposure to the idea of loss and suffering often comes through the death of a family member or family pet, divorce, separation. The world as they know it comes to an end. This fixture, once a permanent part of their life, is gone forever.

But coaching kids through loss and suffering is no less important than it is for us as adults and as parents. As generations pass and life goes on, how we handle our emotions and push through to regain normalcy are the behaviors they will inadvertently learn. Read more “Handling loss and suffering!”

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Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!

Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!
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Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop ClassThere is much to be said about the benefits of early skills training, like wood shop, metal shop and even home economics. The skills learned in these classes were designed to help the youth better serve themselves and each other in small communities across America.

What’s that? Your child isn’t enrolled in shop class? Your school district doesn’t offer metal working? Or home economics – known today as the “American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences”? Read more “Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!”

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Building the Baddest Bug-out Bicycle!

Building the Baddest Bug-out Bicycle!
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Building the Baddest Bug-out BicycleThe bicycle is a child’s first form of tangible freedom. It is a rite of passage and allows the young boy or girl a sense of approval from parents to be adventurous, self-reliant and brave.

That first successful sendoff is a bittersweet moment for both parent and child. For the child, that pulse of confidence and stability is a moment of self-worth that lasts a lifetime. For the parent, it is often the first sign that as parents we need to let them go and learn on their own. And when they take a fall on occasion, we have an opportunity to help them move past the bumps and scrapes and encourage them to get back on again. Read more “Building the Baddest Bug-out Bicycle!”

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Kids, Technology, and Altered Reality!

Kids, Technology, and Altered Reality
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Kids, Technology, and Altered RealityTechnology as a tool is an amazing advantage that our kids have over our generation. They have more in the palms of their hands than we did by far, and we had more than our parents. But the ongoing trend of absolute immersion into smart devices has some serious setbacks.

On this episode of The Next Generation Show, we’ll be going over some of the mistakes we’ve made along the way. In many ways, by allowing technology to overstep previous boundaries of parenting, we have even more work to do to reset and reduce technology dependency. Read more “Kids, Technology, and Altered Reality!”

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