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Energy Drinks are DANGEROUS, especially for kids!

I just saw someone post a photo of two little boys about 9-10 years old with energy drinks in their hands. That is NOT what children should be drinking!!!

Look at these 3 websites…

Anything synthetic, generally speaking, is dangerous,” he says. “Energy drinks are a perfect example of that.
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/…/why-energy-drinks-and…/

Although healthy people can tolerate caffeine in moderation, heavy caffeine consumption, such as drinking energy drinks, has been associated with serious consequences such as seizures, mania, stroke, and sudden death…http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/3/511

Thousands of kids have faced serious — and potentially deadly — side effects after consuming energy drinks, new research shows… serious side effects, such as seizures, irregular heart rhythms or dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers found.
http://www.livescience.com/48765-energy-drinks-side-effects…

Great Article on Parenting

In addition to the required psychology classes, seminars on coaching, seminars on mindset, childcare fundamentals certifications, and counseling & sports certifications I have attained over the years, I personally have worked with thousands of kids from all walks of life over my 30+ years of coaching. I have seen the outcome with my own eyes.
This link goes to a wonderful article by Victoria Prooday, OT, might be an eye-opener for some… 
My favorite quote from this article…What good are we doing them by giving them what they WANT when we know that it is not GOOD for them? Without proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep, our kids come to school irritable, anxious, and inattentive.
Enjoy!

Dear Helicopter Parents… Don’t Stress Out!

DEAR HELICOPTER PARENTS… DON’T STRESS OUT!!!

You DO NOT have to DO your child’s school projects and homework! You are not helping them learn or become independent by actually DOING THEIR assignments. Let them ask the teacher questions, do the research, and get their own grade. Their adult selves will thank you for it even though they are whining about it now.

I never in my life had help with a school project and only had help with math homework twice even though I struggled. I maintained a B average being dyslexic.

Kids CAN do what they are asked if parents allow them to try. Maybe steering them in the right direction on a project or thought process would be helpful, but to actually DO the project for the child is a disservice to that child. It produces kids who cannot think for themselves, are not accountable for their actions, cannot solve problems, and they will not learn the actual assignment.

YOU are not the student anymore, your CHILD is the student. The teacher may be looking for more interpretation, research abilities, and the thought process than for perfection. Projects are an opportunity to learn that some parents are taking away from their kids. Please don’t do it. Your child will survive doing their OWN work and becoming responsible just as many of us did growing up.

Celebrate when the project is done or celebrate when they get their OWN respectable grade for the project, but please DO NOT take the opportunity to learn away from them. Your child only goes through school once, help them make it the most useful years of their life by NOT doing their assignments. Unless you want to end up with Beavis and Butthead.

Best of luck. I can see that the job of a parent is enormous, draining, and difficult. I have tremendous respect for parents. I have worked with literally thousands of children over the past 30+ years and have studied child psychology. I am still in touch with many who I trained 20 hours a week for several years. I have seen the outcome over and over again with kids who get everything handed to them vs kids who are forced to learn for themselves and be independent. Try to think of it as raising an adult, not only comforting a child. And of course, reward great efforts in a memorable way.

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