Youth’s Modern Beliefs Vs. Core Values

Youth's Modern Beliefs Vs. Core ValuesThere has been much talk about the attitudes of our youth today and how it contrasts with the values of older generations. Today’s younger generation is also known as the Millennials and they were born between 1981 and probably the early 90s although some have mentioned generation Y which extends from the 90s forward. Millennials and Generation Y members do have a set of values that some find troubling while others find refreshing depending on the person.

Some of The Main Qualities of Younger Generation

Today’s youth are more tech savvy than in previous decades and this means that they are accustomed to completing tasks quickly and they no longer have to wait hours to gather research or do other things. Another quality of the younger generation is the sense of entitlement that they possess at times. It is this quality that irritates many in the older generations since they believe that a person achieves success through hard work and having humility in their lives. We also see that younger persons are high achievers and they strive to do well in all aspects of life.

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The Importance and Power of Education

The Importance and Power of EducationIt has been said that without the best education, it will be almost impossible for someone to find a good job and build financial independence. A good education doesn’t always mean a degree from a four year university but you can get a solid education from a community college or through an apprenticeship where you get on the job training. Here are some of the advantages of getting a good education.

You Gain Lifelong Knowledge

One of the best reasons to get an education is because it contributes to lifelong knowledge as you get older. Gaining an education doesn’t end when you leave college because you’ll also need education to give you the information needed to succeed in the practical aspects of life such as marriage, childrearing, spirituality, employment, and understanding the world around you. For example, you may obtain education by attending business seminars or homeownership classes.

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Little Things To Make Your Life Better

Little Things To Make Your Life BetterAre you tired of living your life the same old way while getting no results? If so, there are some things you can do to improve your life over the next few months or even weeks. It just takes a new attitude, determination and some effort.

Set A New Sleep Schedule

Part of the reason why you’re not always feeling your best is because you do not get enough sleep at night. You should set a new sleep schedule at night and stick to it so that your sleeping habits improve and that you’ll feel great physically. If you work late at night or during overnight hours, try to set a nap time during the day in order to feel refreshed.

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Democracy And Human Rights

Democracy And Human RightsIn democratic societies such as the United States and much of Europe, it is important that human rights are recognized because if they’re not it causes problems such as poverty, crime, broken families, rise in mental health issues and problems in the education system. The government is responsible for creating laws that allow for the fair treatment of individuals so that everyone can get along in the world without too much tension, that may become harmful. Nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups exist for the purpose of giving people an education about what their rights are and about ethical values that promote a better life for all.

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Aiming for Personal Responsibility

Aiming for Personal ResponsibilityOne of the things about teaching children and young adults everyday is that teachers know the value of personal responsibility and they often begin to see places to teach the value responsibility in their lives outside of work.  I recently had an opportunity to see how a young man was learning this value when I took a weekend trip hiking and camping at a popular site outside of town recently.

After I had set up my tent and relaxed for a bit, I decided to take a hike. Whole out in the countryside, I happened upon a young man and his father. They were both obviously very close and shared many interests in common, including an obvious love of the great outdoors. The father was teaching his son to shoot an air gun. I am very aware of how guns can be misused, but I am honestly not particularly knowledgeable or comfortable around them otherwise.

So, I was not sure what to do as a bystander who had happened upon them, but the father saw me almost immediately and told his son to put the gun down. They then were kind enough to say hello and introduce themselves to me. I asked what they were doing, and they both explained that the son wanted to learn to shoot and that the father and thought it best to get him actual lessons and to have him practice with him before letting him proceed any further with shooting.

I asked the younger stranger about his decision to learn and what his lessons entailed and I was impressed by how well spoken and adult he sounded. His father was obviously proud of how he was able to articulate his reasons for wanting to learn to shoot, especially since it is sometimes a controversial issue. The young man obviously just wanted a basic knowledge and I have no doubt that he will be very careful and safe in the future. After I had become a little more comfortable with the meeting, I went on to ask him the model of his air gun. It was a Crossman M4 177, and he was obviously very proud of it even though it technically belong to his father.

After this very brief conversation, I said my goodbyes and went on my way. As I was leaving, I heard the father remind his pupil about some of the basics of gun safety before they proceeded. Later on, I saw them both near where the campsite as and we all had pitched out tents or parked our campers.

They greeted me warmly and even invited me to share in making s’mores with them over their campfire, and we continued our conversation from earlier and also chatted about the boy’s favorite subjects in school and his love of sports. It is always nice to see an example of good parenting, father and son bonding and the advocacy of personal responsibility in action. I wish them both the best.

Longboarding and Lessons

Longboarding and LessonsOne of the things that is necessary to becoming a good educator is finding a way to connect with students and to find points of interest and discussion with them. This can be a challenge when there are development and generational differences between the students and the teachers. Even more, educators need to be sure that these points of commonality that they emphasize are reinforce positive and healthy behaviors. Sports and outdoor recreation can be great place for finding ways to connect with students and to find points that can serve as “teachable moments” for young people.

Often we think of this through the lens of coaching team sports as a part of school’s extracurricular offerings. These team sports can and do reach many students in a positive way. However, extracurricular activities often do not appeal to the most difficult students and those who are in the most need of attention and outreach. This does not mean, however, that these students are often physically active and do participate in activities. The difference is that these are not school-sponsored and teachers often have very little knowledge of them.

One of the newest and most popular of these alternative sports is longboarding, so this post will focus on it as it is less-known among teachers than skateboarding but incredibly popular among teenagers and young adults. This is an activity that has grown exponentially in popularity among young people along with its sister sport, skateboarding. Just because longboarding is not a team sport does not mean that it does not have an active community surrounding it and even competitions. It does and many youth participate in local groups and competitions and have aspirations to achieve at a national level. This is precisely the goal setting and aspirational mindset that educators can encourage and expand to include success in school.

Of course, this requires at least a basic understanding of activities like skateboarding and longboarding on the part of the teachers. For example, it would be a good idea to have an idea of what a longboard looks like and how it is different form a skateboard. A good example of a popular longboard is the Sector 9 Natasha board, which clearly shows the unique shape and eye-catching art that is common to this equipment. After getting a handle on what longboards look like, it is is important to get a handle on how they are used and why they work the way that they do as well as some of the lingo and the “rules of the road.”

Rather than provide this information here, educators can turn to the students they see riding a longboard or towing on in their lockers and use it as a point of entry for a conversation to learn more about that student and their interests. Simple questions like “Is that a longboard? How long have you been riding it?” or “Is there a skate park you go to?” can be ways of engaging students at their own levels.

Learning Piano Lessons Online

Learning Piano Lessons OnlineLearning music especially playing piano is something that is in many people’s wish list. The constraints that people young and old face due to their work or school timings make it difficult to attend regular piano lessons. This doesn’t mean that they should forgo the pleasure of learning to play the piano. My cousin had for long yearned to learn music, but couldn’t do so because of her tight work schedule and her personal commitments. Between taking care of her kids and her work, she had very little time left to see to her passion.

Flexible Online classes

The advent of internet has certainly brought about many life altering changes and online lessons are definitely an important one among them. Yes, you can now learn piano lessons online easily without having to worry about the timings. You can choose the time and the lessons at a suitable time.

Convenience

The travelling time which is a big drawback when you want to learn is completely taken out of the equation in the online classes. Fulfilling your music lesson dream is well within your reach now. My cousin now takes lessons in the morning before everyone wakes up and whenever she finds some free time. With the headphones on, it is possible to take the lessons without disturbing others nearby. Digital pianos have advanced features that make it easy to learn. Learn more about digital pianos here.

Easy on the budget

The online lessons are also affordable reducing the burden on the family greatly. Investing in private lessons can be an expensive affair. But with the online lessons you get the freedom to learn at your own pace without compromising on the quality of the lessons offered.

Better control

The online lessons let you be in control. You can practice the hard lessons more thoroughly and breeze through the easy lessons. You also have the freedom to pick out the lessons you wish to learn.

Good all-round experience

In short, online lessons make the entire experience very convenient, enjoyable and flexible giving you more choices and better learning atmosphere.  You need not have to worry about getting stuck with boring lessons or wasting time with the lessons.

Buying a piano

In pianos too you get digital pianos that are far more comfortable to use and have more versatile and flexible features than the classic or grand piano. You can read the review of great digital piano online to know more about the different versions and their uses.

The digital pianos also do not take up much space and can fit in even in the tiny apartment spaces. The notes sound exactly like the classic piano and you need to use only light touch for getting the effect. And the best thing about digital pianos is that you need not spend much on maintenance as in a classic piano, and this makes it a very affordable choice when compared to the long term benefits you get.

Between the online lessons and digital pianos, learning piano has got to be a much easier, convenient and affordable option that anyone can use and make their dream of leaning piano come true easily.

Guide On Setting Up Your Own Archery Range

Guide On Setting Up Your Own Archery RangeAs an archery enthusiast, I often get asked by people on how to shoot the arrows and where to buy the right bows. There are so many archery ranges in America and many hunting trips organized even now that makes the sport more interesting. The sport existing over 64,000 years and still being sought after is not a mean task. I’d say that Hollywood has contributed a lot towards making the sport popular.

Recently I’d a friend of mine asking my advice on building archery range. Though I love using the bow and arrows, especially the recurve bows, I didn’t know much about the setting up part. This gave me the perfect excuse to look more into the sport and not one to miss an opportunity I dove in eagerly to find out more about the archery range.

Choosing the location

One of the first and toughest decisions regarding the range set up is about whether to use an outdoor or indoor set up. An outdoor setup is a good choice, as it can be done in your own backyard, basement or barn. This is also the cheapest option, as you get to avoid the fees you pay for the range, get away from the crowded lanes and also have the freedom to select your own distances for the shooting. If an outdoor range is not a feasible option, you can try out indoor areas like basement or garage for the set up.

Things you need

The biggest and most important investment you need to make after settling on the location is buying the right backstop. There are many online stores and local stores that have good backstops, which are durable and also easy on the arrows. Some backstops come with hanging rock that lets it to fix properly both in indoor and outdoor areas.

Targets

For indoor areas, 3D and block targets are the best choices. They can be placed as standalone and the arrows hang on to them perfectly. The targets are available in all sizes, so you need to find one that fits your range. Paper targets are another option, if you find the block and 3D ones too expensive.  For a paper target, you need a backstop to shoot into. There are also targets with backstops built-in available. There are also animal and non-animal targets to choose from, according to your preference.

Accessories

A good bow and arrow holder and an arrow retrieval tool are some of the useful accessories to add to your list of things needed for the set up. If you are using an outdoor range, the chances of the arrow hitting a tree are more, so having an arrow puller handy will save you money, stress and time. You can find good bows, arrows and accessories, if your search online.

With your own archery range, you can improve your skill at shooting after you set up a routine. You can practice with family, friends and neighbors inspiring their interest in the sport.

Best Tips To Play A Good Golf Game

Best Tips To Play A Good Golf GameGolf has become a popular sport in America with many major cities offering golf courses all the year round. It is also a great vacation sport where you get to travel to exciting places around the world, to play golf as a recreation or in the competitive arena. Further it offers an excellent form of exercise. You get to spend a lot of time walking the course making it a good cardio workout.

Though many people think that there is not much skill or stamina needed for the sport, it needs an intense concentration power and great strength mentally and physically to excel in the sport. Many golfers actually take up some type of conditioning, before they start on the play. This includes conditioning the major muscles, which you use in the game and also some exercises that train you for keeping the right balance and flexibility. This is necessary to prevent injury when you play the shots.

Since people of all age groups from men, children and women can play the inclusive game, it is quite sought after by families. They get to spend time together, have fun competing with each other and also get to breathe fresh air. All players both amateurs and pros find the game enjoyable and taking golf lessons is done by all levels of players, as it improves their play enormously. Here are some tricks that’ll help you get better at the game and enjoy it more.

Clubface alignment

This is the part where most amateurs fail at the sport. The best way to align the shots is to first assess the target from a position behind the golf ball. The club face should be placed behind the ball and aligned directly to the target. After this you need to align your lower body to the left side of the target and upper body parallel to target line. Avoid aligning directly facing the target. Clubface alignment is the most important point here.

Selecting the club

Usually amateurs choose short clubs for shorter holes and long ones for longer holes, but this is not the only criterion as there are other factors like wind, shot tendency, hazards and other hurdles that are present. Since hitting the fairway is important with the new groove norms in place now, choosing your shot wisely will help. Using a golf range finder also helps in making the right shot.

Consistent stance

Altering your stance constantly based on the club is not a good thing. For full shots, you need a consistent and steady stance while minor spine angle, stance width and ball position changes are allowed.

Strong grip

A solid and firm grip is necessary. Handle placement should be between the palm and first knuckle, and ungloved hand should wrap comfortably on the handle. The index and thumb fingers in both hands should be in the form of two Vs pointing to your right shoulder or chest region.

And finally, playing with the wind gives the best advantage than against it. Making the wind work to your advantage is a trick that you should master to get better at the game. In addition to the range finder, read the review here, the wind is another vital factor that can help you get skilled at the game and make good shots.

My Foray Into Home Decoration

My Foray Into Home DecorationTrying out new things is certainly a challenging and gratifying way to spend your time. I’d been cooped up at home last winter bored out of my wits, when the idea of doing the curtains on my own took shape. I mostly restrict my home improvement tasks to rearranging the existing furniture and other accessories. But this winter was so confining and making me frustrated that I decided to try out something new and ended up buying yards and yards of cloth for the curtains.

I’d bought the serger after reading the reviews online and was anticipating a great time with the decoration. Of course I’d done a lot of research beforehand on the various methods and designs that can be used on the curtains. Here are some of the tips I’d collected on curtain making.

Simple yet beautiful

Sewing curtains doesn’t need any exceptional professional skills. The sewing is simple and you get to have your own custom made curtains that add appeal to your home without having to spend exorbitantly for the custom look. By following some simple yet good quality designs and methods used by pros, you can give the curtains a professional and elegant look.

Lining curtains

This is necessary unless you prefer a sheer look. Moreover when you line the curtain, it adds weight to the cloth and lets it hang better. You get privacy and also a uniform appearance from outside. To get an attractive look, go for white lining or off white. The light colors reflect sunlight, so the room is kept cool in summer and in winter it does not let heat out, insulating the room and further the lining prevents the fading of the curtain material. With a good sewing machine, you can easily do the lining.

Finishing touches

Hemming the curtain is an important part that should not be neglected. When you use the appropriate length, the curtain will look complete and elegant. Here are some tips.

  • Tailoring the curtains to the window or door is necessary to create the right ambience. Shorter length curtains look gauche unless the room function or style demands it.
  •  For the bath and kitchen, you need to hem curtains to apron or windowsill.
  • For café curtains, you need to hem till the sill.
  • For windows with seats or cabinet works that are in built, you need to let the hem touch the top edge of the built in.

Sewing by hand

Hemming done by hand give the curtains a true professional look. With a machine, the fabric will get a puckered look. When done by hand, the stitches are barely visible from outside. Sheer curtains need hand rolled hem, so a folded hem will be seen from front view. For other normal curtains, a double hem fold in the sides and the bottom look good. For the sides, use catch stitch and slip stitch for the bottom. A clean and neat look will be presented, if you miter the corners in the bottom.

Since you’re doing the sewing on your own, you need to select good quality fabrics and of the right length to make them look rich and appealing. Even if the curtains are of plain cotton, you can create great designs, if you get the right quantity rather than buy expensive fabrics and skimp on the quantity.

Preparing Your Body For A Trekking Trip

Preparing Your Body For A Trekking TripTrekking is an excellent way to meet up with nature and de-stress your mind and body. It’s a simple hobby that affords you diversified benefits. Trekking or hiking has become a popular event now as people find it a challenging and highly advantageous way to spend their time at.

Being an outdoor event gives it a main advantage. You get to spend time in the wilderness and contribute a bit towards lowering your carbon foot print. Most trekking trips adhere as closely as possible to environment friendly gear and equipment, so you have a good trip and do not spoil the trails you are using.

As to the benefits you get, there are several ranging from reduction of heart disease and obesity risk to better air quality. And you need not prepare much beforehand. All you need is a pair of shoes and a backpack containing the necessary equipment and gear, and you are all set to go. The numerous and beautiful trails available, and the inexpensive nature of the trip along with the heart healthy benefits make it the best ever past time for people belonging to all ages and income groups.

Though you don’t need any special skills to take up trekking, if you maintain your body in good condition, it will help you enjoy the trip more. Since it involves walking great distances carrying a backpack, your body gets good workout. When you pick out trails that suit your physical stamina and ability, the trip will be highly liberating and satisfying.

Trekking usually involves multi day trips with overnight stays.  The gear you carry includes water, snacks, compass, map, change of clothes, essential and headlamp. You can take daily hikes or multi week treks to high altitudes depending on your involvement and stamina. Trekking is more tiring than hiking, and needs good endurance power with low recovery.

To prepare your body for the trekking trip, you need to have specific levels of fitness or do some sport specific outing and developing certain skills. There are generally five main essential qualities that you need to take up trekking. They include aerobic and anaerobic endurance and upper and lower body strength and flexibility. To prepare for the trip training with power racks is a good choice. It allows you to condition your body to the level of endurance, flexibility and strength you need for the trekking.

Benefits you get with trekking include

  • Losing excess weight
  • Prevention of diseases like hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes etc.
  • Slow down the aging process
  • Improve the quality of air that you breathe
  • Relieve back pain and arthritis
  • Develop positive attitude, kindness and empathy and team spirit

And another big advantage about trekking is, it does not burn a hole in your pocket. You can plan a trekking trip with your family and get to enjoy quality time with them in a natural and beautiful backdrop without intrusion from the busy city life. Team building skills, physical stamina and improved self-esteem in children can be achieved by these trips.

Why Boxing Training Is Good For Kids

Why Boxing Training Is Good For KidsSome kids are trained from childhood on a particular sport and if they possess exceptional skills, they get to shine in competitions and create records that make their parents and country proud. But sport is not just for winning medals or making records. There is more to it. Whenever I see kids  wasting away their precious activity time watching TV or playing video games, I think of the abuse they’re doing to their body and mind. When you take up to some form of sport, it benefits you both mentally and physically and is your health insurance for a fit and happy future.

When it comes to training for sports, boxing remains my all-time favorite. I’ve been drawn to the sport since my school days and still have a strong liking to the sport. It is not necessary for your child to become a champion at the sport. Just training for it can give great advantages. When you have the right equipment like gloves, punching bag etc. training for the sport is easy. Click here for boxing gloves reviews.

Here are some of the important benefits you get from boxing training:

  • Boxing conditions the body completely and is one of the most stimulating workouts that are highly enjoyable too.
  • You get increased self-confidence, self-discipline and improved motor coordination, agility, speed and endurance.
  • Reflexes are honed well and you get increased strength.
  • You get fit aerobically and anaerobically. The training gives workout for cardio vascular system as well as proper strength training for upper and lower body and increases core strength.
  • Fat burning and calorie expenditure is high as all major muscle groups are engaged.
  • A well-toned and well defined muscle mass is developed due to the repetitive intensive workout moves

The best thing about the training is it can be modified to suit all levels of fitness and training and increased steadily as you build your strength and stamina.

Ensure safety

Before signing up for a boxing training, ensure that it is a certified organization that is part of the governing bodies in the sport. This will ensure that all the safety precautions are followed during the training sessions. Children should always wear head gear, mouthpieces and good quality boxing gloves, when they spar with each other. The training sessions need to be done under close supervision of a boxing coach, so the children follow the right techniques and do not get injured unnecessarily. Hand wraps are necessary keep the wrists and hands well protected from injury.

Boxing course types

Boxing courses are of different types. You get bag work, pad work, foot work and also shadow boxing. There are strength drills and skipping and cardio training in addition to sparring and squad work. The correct method will prevent any injuries and safety issues should be taught to the kids, so they’re aware of them and are prepared.

Core strengthening, flexibility, plyometrics and resistance training are some of the complimentary exercises that are taught in the training. The training skills not only help kids inside the ring, but also keep them safe from dangerous people and bullies that they encounter in their life.

Positive Influence of Strength and Endurance Training for Youth

Positive Influence of Strength and Endurance Training for YouthBoth strength and endurance training are good for practically everyone, regardless of age, physical fitness or level of experience. There is a distinct positive influence on people who are physically active. Whether it’s an increase in blood flow, or oxygen getting to the brain, or muscle strength, the specifics don’t matter. Everyone benefits from exercise in different ways, you see. However, everyone benefits in one way – moods seem to improve universally among people who are active, over people who are regularly inactive. There’s science behind this too, so it’s not just words on a screen.

Exercise releases endorphin into the bloodstream. Anyone who has studied brain chemistry, receptors and the like will already know what endorphins do. For everyone else, they basically make you feel good. They are the neurotransmitters released when you eat something that tastes good, or complete a difficult task, or get told yes by the person you love when you ask them to marry you. Regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to keep these flowing in your brain – there are no calories to count, no puzzles to stress over and no possible rejection involved.

This particular benefit may not be easy to see, but there are those which will be more immediately apparent. Strength training increases strength naturally – watch your children as they realize they are able to lift more, push more, do more, and you’ll see what it does for their confidence. Likewise, endurance training will raise endurance. Being able to bike, run, swim or play a sport for longer than the next athlete could be the edge your child needs to succeed. There’s little doubt that exercise has many positive side effects, but what’s the best regimen to get the most out of the time spent exercising?

Well, one of the WVAFT members here highly recommends modern training methods to increase strength and endurance – Crossfit. Check over here for more information about that. I’m no expert on the matter, but from what I understand, it’s a special type of exercise that tries to get as many of a person’s muscles involved in the workout as possible, certainly a far cry from doing squats or pumping iron. Though, those exercises could be incorporated into the workout. Anyhow, just check the link if you want to know more about that. There’s also another way you might help your child to achieve their best.

We are all born with inherent talents, but there are many actions which come easier to some of us than the rest of us. Athletics specifically are not for everyone. Then, there are those who make great athletes, but have little ability to prepare healthy food if you drop them into a kitchen. In addition to getting regular exercise, youth may take supplements for beneficial reasons, for example these. Different nutritional supplements will provide different benefits to the user, and some supplements may contain ingredients which could cause negative or allergic reactions in your child, so be sure to read labels thoroughly.

Health Benefits of Plants in Classrooms

Health Benefits of Plants in ClassroomsEducators have been touting the benefits of having pets in the classroom for many years now. While older students may not be so thrilled with taking care of a gerbil, hamster or other rat-like creature, the younger crowd really seems to light up when you introduce an animal to the learning environment. However, animals require regular feeding, which means regular food purchases. They also need space to move around, some exercise, a proper diet, all of those things. Don’t forget, there’s really no controlling what an animal ultimately does. These are all reasons your classroom might be better off using plants.

The health benefits of having plants in classrooms are numerous. They may not all be immediately apparent though. Granted, few of the health benefits are inherently physical in nature, so they may be very hard to see for those who aren’t specifically watching out for them. I’m talking about the mental health benefits of seeing something alive and knowing you’re playing a role in making that happen. I’m talking about the social health benefits of working together with other people to accomplish a task and continuing to work with those same people over a long length of time.

I dare say I’m a bit of an expert on the effects of having plants around, since I have my own rather extensive at-home garden. I use cost efficient grow lights that use fluorescent tubes. If you’re going to be growing anything indoors, I highly recommend getting lights like these because they use a little less energy throughout the day if they’re on all day, when compared to other types of bulbs. They’re the same type of bulbs I use with my students in our classes, more information about them is available here.

Plants around the classroom may not seem like much, but they actually help the entire room to focus better and more sharply as a whole. Building a sense of unity among your students, at least in my own experience, is crucial to getting them to work together and maintaining an air of peace in your classroom. There are plenty of ways to do this, to create this solidarity, but you probably don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to take everyone out on a ropes course, like many businesses do. These kids need to be educated and quickly to give them an edge in this highly competitive world.

That said, I’ll do anything that helps my kids to study better and get more out of the time they spend studying. The way things are right now, kids go to school for 6 or more hours a day, then get an hour of homework a night from 5 or 6 different classes – it’s really ridiculous, don’t you think? Having plants around the classroom allows students to quite literally stop and smell the roses. During a day that’s hectic enough already, don’t you think it would be nice if more of us could take a moment to enjoy something so natural and free?