The Internet and Our Kids

It seems that we need to buy a new laptop for our daughter soon as her school work involving online researches is increasing. And with a new computer here at the house, I also need to pay for our ESET license renewal. Just last week, I already gave her a new USB memory stick so she can save some requirements instead of having to download it from an email (as she has none yet) or from a Facebook account. I still have to talk to her teacher regarding Facebook since the allowed age of registered user is 13 (per their TOU). My daughter and her classmates are still 10-11 years old.

It is our prerogative as parents to let them have a Facebook account and if I were to choose, I would rather let her have one once she reaches junior high school. There is a reason why an age requirement is included in FB’s TOU and it is important that every parent supervises their children’s activities online as it is our duty to keep them safe and secure.

Hello Summer!

Summer break has officially started last month and for starters, our family had a 10-day trip to the islands down south. It was a very memorable and exciting family experience that we wish to go back and visit again.

And this week, my daughter will start her cooking class. We decided that it is going to be a good activity for her as she is very much interested in whipping up simple dishes and desserts. Aside from that, cooking is a life skill and it is good that kids know their way in the kitchen at an early age.

A friend also suggested that we enroll her in a physical activity this summer. My husband is thinking of enrolling her in a hip hop dance class but that is still subject for approval of the one who will take her to and fro her class – yours truly. Hahaha!

Anyway, I have already bought her new art supplies like watercolor paints, drawing books, paint brushes and others. With her money, she also bought new books and those has been keeping her busy for almost a week. This week, her class will pre-occupy her until next week. For the next weeks, I have to find new things for her to be busy with or else, she’ll bug me to no end. I let her play with the gadgets and watch her DVDs but those are controlled and limited to encourage her to do more productive things.  

Reading

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This is sooo like my daughter! It all started when she learned how to read. At around age five, she would find it difficult to choose which book to read prior to bedtime. She would even ask us to help her pick from her 4-5 choices. She eventually learned an easy and time-tested process of elimination which is eenie-minee-miney-moo. Hahaha! This year, she learned that a flashlight is of great use for book reading if it’s bedtime and lights are turned off. She would sneak in a book or two, hide under her blanket and read with her flashlight. It would have not been the case if she just know how to budget her time properly. Aaah, kids.

But anyway, it is good that this is the only vice of hers that we have to deal with. She is an absolute book worm and when given cash gifts, she would happily buy those with books rather than toys. And that has been the case since she was four.

How to Rangle Groups of Teens at Concerts: Staying Smart & Safe

Begging, asking, pleading, crying, defying, lying and fulfilling requirements are ways teens work to get what they want from their parents. Moms and dads want to say “yes” from time-to-time without heartache on either side. Sometimes teens do hear a “yes”, but parents still have concerns for the safety of their beloved offspring. When there is a group of teens involved this concern is amped up. Taking a group of teens to a concert and deciding how to safely rangle them makes the nerve level increase.

A teen runs up to their parents excited and begging for permission to get Rascal Flatts tickets. No matter the concert a parent has concerns for their child’s safety in the crowd and environment. Parents tread on touchy ground. They want their teen to see them as cool and friendly in a way that does not embarrass their teen too much. NOTE: being embarrassed by the parents is natural for teenagers. Parents also want to keep their teen, as well as the group, safe.

Rangle Tips and IdeasHow to Rangle Groups of Teens at Concerts: Staying Smart & Safe

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The main goal is to keep the group safe. Parents want the teens to have fun, but they are responsible for their safety and guiding them through a safe concert experience. It is normal to have anxiety about this situation. Some tips and ideas to keep in mind are:

  • Planning and Organizing
  • Discussing and Following Through
  • Escape and Expect the Unexpected

Staying SmartHow to Rangle Groups of Teens at Concerts: Staying Smart & Safe

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Make a plan that can work for everyone. Create groups that are manageable for chaperones such as only three teens. Address teens and let them know the goal is to keep them safe and help everyone have fun. Be upfront with teens and let them know any event requirements. Examples are using a buddy system or making sure each teen has a cellphone at all times! Chaperones should let teens know they will give them freedom, but need to inform their chaperone of what they are doing, perhaps getting up to get a snack. Remember to follow through with any rules.

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How to Rangle Groups of Teens at Concerts: Staying Smart & Safe

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Discuss everything including a plan if a teen has trouble. Anyone can lose track of their group in a sea of people and it can happen in a second. Having a plan in place will ease the nerves of chaperones and parents. Being prepared, they know to pick up their cellphone and call their chaperone or go to a designated meeting place. They know, as well, to ask an arena attendant or concession employee for help. It is amazing how important respect is for both teens and parents.

Fun For All

How to Rangle Groups of Teens at Concerts: Staying Smart & Safe

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A little planning for a concert with groups of teens leads to fun for all helping keep them in line as well as safe. Respect and proper communication will help create a better experience. When a plan is in place it prepares everyone to handle any unexpected happenings that can occur.

Parents can explain they know what is best and the steps needed make it a fun outing for everyone. Anyone in charge of a group needs to remember they cannot control the crowd. They can prepare their group for the crowd and situation, however.

Travel Tips for Your Family’s First Road Trip

Every parent would like his or her children to see the world. Of course this could be quite an expense, especially for middle-income households, since airline tickets do not come in cheap. Here’s an idea: why not start right at home, then move on to exploring nearby cities and then towards traveling the entire country? The idea can definitely make anyone excited, but then there’s the next question: how will you do it? Get up, pack your bags and go on a family road trip.

This is an affordable way to travel with the entire family at your pace and schedule. No need to rush to the airport to catch a flight because you can go at any time of the day on any day. The convenience and the freedom to travel anytime are just some of the reasons why households are now investing on a recreational vehicle, more commonly known as a RV. It can save your family money in the long run and can cut down your travel expenses by at least 70 percent.

Get started on this wonderful family journey by finding a good airstream dealer that can provide you with a good deal. Remember to buy the type of vehicle that will suit your family’s needs and your budget. On your first family road trip on the new RV, keep in mind the following travel tips:

1. Create a good travel plan. Sure, you have the freedom to hit the road anytime, but it pays to be a little organized too. Map out a good travel plan with the best routes on how to get to your destination. Do not forget to search for alternative routes for backup in case of road closures or other unforeseen events. Having a GPS system is definitely a great help especially for first time road travelers, but if you don’t have one you can still rely on the internet, travel guides and road maps.

2. Be prepared and pack your things ahead of time. Being prepared is important, especially if you are traveling with kids. Write a checklist of the things you’ll need to bring such as extra clothes, feeding bottles, food, toys and games that could keep them busy while on the road. It is also important to have a first aid kit that contains medical supplies such as bandages, anti-itch lotion, ointments and medicine. Review the checklist before leaving and make sure that everything is ready.

3. Check and double check the RV before you embark on a trip. If you are going camping with the family, make sure that the vehicle has everything it needs in order to set up camp. Do a little research about the campground in order to prepare your RV when it comes to the necessities such as water, gas and electricity.

If you have a well-planned trip, you can stop and visit places that you see along the way without having to figure out the way to your destination. Make sure that everyone is comfortable in their own space during the trip by providing them with some entertainment options, such as movies and games.

Jennifer Sullivan is a freelance content writer for Dave Arbogast RV. Visit their website to learn more about exciting offers for your road trip adventure.