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    Review: National Bible Bee & Giveaway

    Review: National Bible Bee & Giveaway

    God says as children we have to obey our parents. But as parents we also have a responsibility as parents to raise our children up in the fear of the Lord. I am excited to be able to review: National Bible Bee. The Bible Bee similar to national spelling bee tests a students knowledge.

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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    What Parents Need To Know About Their Teen

    We were all teenagers once. We might even use those exact words to the dissatisfied groan of our grouchy child. So, why does it seem that teens can sometimes be practically alien to us? The truth is that many parents don’t think with the perspective they need when it comes to understanding their teenager and why they are the way they are. Whether you’re the parent a teen or you’re just looking forward to the tumultuous time in your toddler’s life, here’s what we need to know about teens.

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    Their decision-making skills aren’t fully formulated yet

    “You did what?” are words not too uncommon in the life of a teenager. This isn’t the case for every teen, nor should you act like it is. But if you find out that your kid got in trouble, did something stupid, or simply reacted on an impulse they can control, do remember that they are still children. According to How Stuff Works, the prefrontal cortex of a teenager isn’t fully formed yet. They may be starting to look and sound a little more like an adult, but the biggest part of the brain related to impulse control and decision-making isn’t fully formed yet. If they do something stupid, reckless, or even a little insensitive, it doesn’t mean that they are turning into a monster. It sometimes means they just got a little lizard-brained.

    They are dealing with a lot

    As adults, many of us can forget how tough school was. Believe it or not, it’s getting tougher. The standard of academic challenges we set up from our children are getting harder at every age. Teens are dealing not only with school life, but navigating relationships, emotions, the dreaded puberty, and so on. The better you prepare them for these challenges, the better. School might actually be the easiest thing to prepare for. You can help them get organized, schedule their time, create a study space for them, and provide practical advice. The other stuff can be a little trickier.

    Yes, they really do need that much sleep

    The more you look into teenagers and their bodily needs, it can get a little heartbreaking that adults tend to misunderstand them so much. If you think your child is lazy because they sleep all day, you could be dead wrong about them and by forcing them up, you could be actively harming them. According to Mattress Advisor’s research, teenagers need up to ten hours of sleep a night. Not only do they need more sleep, but they need it at different times. Their hormones are messing up their body clocks, so they can wake up refreshed and ready to go and need a nap a couple of hours later. What’s more, their clock nudges forward, so they need to wake up later than usual, but our current school system doesn’t really allow for that. So, when you can, let them sleep in.

     

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    They know more than they let on

    As a parent, we are used to shielding our kids from all the stuff in life we don’t want them to see. We’re not talking about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll (though it is definitely a good idea to be more open to talking with them about those subjects.) We are talking about your child’s exposure to your own stresses Teens become much more aware of money trouble, relationship issues, and other things stressing out you, their parents. If you can start to communicate honestly about the problems you are facing, you might be surprised to find out they are more compassionate than you think. You might also encourage them to share their own problems because, believe me, they have them.

    It is one of the most tumultuous times for mental health

    Depression, anxiety, and stress are all very real risks when you’re a teenager. Not only is the high school a practical pressure cooker of emotions and different challenges, but those hormones are kicking into overdrive. As Center for Discovery states, teens are actually at more risk of depression now than has ever been measured before. That might be in part due to the changing nature of the society we live in, but it might also be because we are starting to better recognize mental health issues. If you are getting worried about your child’s behavior, it might be that they are suffering and could need some help.

    A lot of them have worries about the future

    Most kids don’t really all that concerned about what they are going to be doing five years from now, but the truth is that this might just be a façade they use to trick not just you but themselves. Teens are constantly bombarded with the idea that they are shaping their future life right now and, to be honest, that scares a lot of them. They face the paradox of choice where they have so many options that they get paralyzed and don’t know how to prepare. You can help your teen find their passions and talk about potential career plans. Ask them what they want to do and help them understand the route they need to take. You want them to get good grades, so they can go on to get a job but if you focus solely on that, they are less likely to talk to you about their education because they don’t believe your share their priorities.

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    Some independence is crucial

    Before you go sticking your nose into every aspect of their life, however, you have to recognize that they do need independence. It’s not going to be too long before they expect to leave the roost. By teaching them life skills related to independence, such as time management, job skills, and financial sense, you can help prepare them. It’s also a way to show that you are starting to respect them as people capable and ready to take better care of themselves.

    Teens can be tough, but parents can be tough, too. Be patient, resilient, know how to set boundaries, but show that you expect success from them in the positive way possible while still supporting them when they have trouble. Teens are people, though sometimes they can seem like animals.

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    Osmo Proves Technology Is Good For Kids

    “I received Osmo Genius in exchange for my honest opinion”

    We have all heard that screen time is bad for kids. According to researchers, children should not be on computer devices for a certain amount of time. I say all of that to say that it’s not so much about how much time they spend but what they are doing with that time. Too much of anything is not good so it’s all about balance.

    Read also: This is what too much screen time does to teen girls

    When my kids are on their tablets I like for them to play games that stimulate their brain in an engaging way. Osmo is one of those games that stimulate thinking. Osmo is a tangible hands on play approach for learning, smiling, curious, questioning, happy healthy children.

    What I like about Osmo is that it engages them and makes them use their imagination. Osmo comes with different Kits but the one I will be talking about is the Genius Kit. The genius kit comes with 5 hands on games. The games are Tangram, Numbers, Words, Masterpiece and Newton.

    Tangram– You get 7 puzzle pieces and you have to use the shapes to copy the shape on the screen yes it may look easy but it’s really not that easy. What I love about it is that the levels increase as you pass each stage. At first my 7 year old son had a hard time matching what he saw on screen to actual figure off screen. He’s not very hands on but as he kept playing he got better and loves this game.

    Numbers– This was a perfect game as we are making sure that he effectively knows how to add numbers. Numbers app teaches them how to combine different numbers to get the same result. They get 40 textile numbers, 2 sets of digits and 2 sets of dots. The objective of the game is that they have to pop bubbles by adding the correct number to free goldfish.

    Words– We like words because it teaches them how to spell but in a way that makes it fun. My son also helps my daughter learn how to spell the words. The word appears and they have to find the missing letter I have watched my son help my daughter spell certain words by sounding it out.

    Masterpiece– This is for the aspiring artist. My daughter is always drawing so this app is perfect for her what I like about this app is that you can still draw using a sheet of paper if you don’t get the drawing board (but of course its more cost effective).

    Conclusion

    We absolutely love Osmo and I know you and your little ones will get excited about it too. Osmo has a great price tag too. My only problem is that it wasn’t around when I was a kid. My son can’t wait to try the other packs like Hot Wheels and Pizza Co.

     

     

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    Getting Your Kids Into Arts May Be More Advantageous Than Ever

    If you yourself have children, or perhaps you know someone who has children, then you already know that the number one priority for most parents is to make sure that their children are successful in life. This does not necessarily have to relate to being financially successful, it can be about becoming a generally better person, or a fun person to be about, with a rich personality which reflects their early years later down the line in life. As we all know, hard work can only get you so far if you yourself are not a very likeable person, because you can bet that getting hired while being an unpleasant person to be around which nobody wants anything to do with is most probably not the easiest thing in the world. While hard work does indeed pay off, being in the right place at the right time also works wonders, but if you’re at the right place, at the right time, and someone doesn’t really take a liking to you, then that opportunity is more or less wasted. While your kids are still relatively young and you still have some sort of influence over their lives, try to get them involved in various things which could possibly not only educate them, but build character as well. Without further ado, let’s look at just at two creative things which you could try to get your kid interested in.

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    Play an instrument

     

    Playing an instrument certainly has its perks, not only can you impress others at the campfire with your amazing guitar skills which allow you to play Smoke on the water, but also teaches diligence and a good work ethic. As they say, no pain no gain, and no matter whether they find themselves on easyukulelesongs.com trying to pick up their first melody on the banjo-esque funny looking guitar, or on kickstartyourdrumming.com where they find their starting pieces, they will have the internet available to help them through whatever problems they may encounter, if you yourself cannot.

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    Start painting or drawing

     

    The old stereotype of the penniless artist is slowly becoming less and less common with artists being to actually being able to make a living in this day and age, mostly due to technology and the internet in general. The cynics would say that teaching your child to draw is “no longer a waste of time”, but anyone who ever drew themselves knows that it was never a waste of time, it’s just that this time it’s much more monetizable. Doing commissions for fans or companies while being able to set up online portfolios on websites such as Pixiv or Deviantart, as well as the option to open up a patreon page has made being an artist online quite profitable. That’s without even mentioning the gigantic field of graphic design which your child could possibly branch out into sometime in the future. It does indeed seem that becoming interested in liberal arts at an early age seems more worth it than ever from a materialistic standpoint, so why not see if your child might have a knack for it?

     

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    A Healthy Mindset Means A Healthy Life For Your Children

    All parents want whatever is best for their children, and yet this can be hard to achieve in a lot of cases. Something that can be stressed is that the better you are able to encourage your children to adopt a positive and healthy mindset, the more likely it is that you will be able to watch them being healthy in other ways as well. Keeping the mind wholesome and healthy is the first and most important step, and more parents could benefit from focusing on this a little more first and foremost. However, even if you know this, it is quite another to understand how you can actually make it happen. The question is: how can you ensure that you are going to encourage in your children a healthy mindset? As it happens, here are a few practical tips to help you do just that.

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    Limit Their Screen Time

     

    We live in a world increasingly besieged by screens. Although there are many respects in which these devices offer us particular kinds of assistance and help throughout our daily lives, it is also true that they have an overwhelmingly negative effect on our minds – and the younger the mind, the more likely it is that they will be affected by screen use. Research has shown that overusing screens makes us less likely to sleep soundly, more likely to be stress-prone and quick to anger, and more impatient. Limiting your child’s screen usage will improve their concentration and keep their emotions more level, as well as helping them to sleep more soundly on the whole. If you want to also block them from seeing certain content on the web which might be damaging for young eyes, you can use filters like accountability.software to achieve that. However you do it, limiting screen use works wonders in the long run.

     

    Teach Them Gratitude

     

    A useful mantra to instill in your children is that gratitude is a great attitude. The reason being grateful for what you have works so well is because it puts your mind into a having and getting stance, rather than a lacking stance. Because you are in a receptive mode, it means that you are more likely to notice opportunities and take a chance on them, see the good in whatever is happening and so make the most of it, and generally be able to remain stable and happy in times of crisis. You can probably appreciate that these are all incredibly useful things for your children to have, and they can all be developed and harbored with the use of the gratitude attitude. Teach them about this today, and watch the difference it makes.

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    Pick Them Up

    From time to time, a child just needs its mother or father, no matter what. Actually, this caring and mending bond is one of the most vital parts of parenting, and it is something that they will call on throughout their life, unconsciously, to help them through the tough times. The better you look after them during difficulties, without coddling them, the more likely it is that they will be strong in the future when unfortunate incidents occur.