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Ideas for Safe Children’s Activities for Your Kids

If you have children and are looking for good children’s activities, you will want to do some research. Good places to find out about what is going on for kids are the library, community bulletin boards, and the Internet. At the library they might know about places or play groups that would be good for your kids. You can sometimes find community bulletin boards at the entrance of grocery stores. The Internet is always a good research place. You can just use a search engine and search for children’s activities.

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US Navy 030517-N-0106C-001 Military dependents from around Oahu participate in the America’s Armed Forces Kids Run (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the children’s activities that you might run into at the library is something that is taking place at the library. There are often play groups at the library or group reading. The library is a great place to go whether there is something organized going on or not. It is a great place to take your child to read.

Another activity to look into is the Boys and Girls Clubs. This is a group that can help your child get involved in playing sports. This is very good for kids who are homeschooled because it gives them a chance to spend time with other kids and stay active at the same time.

Other good kid places include museums. Larger cities will probably have an art museum and a children’s museum. Both types of museum should offer kid-friendly options. The kid’s museum will be an especially good place for your child. They offer a variety of hands-on options for kids learning while they play.

Sometimes just playing at home is the best option for children’s activities. There are numerous things you can do with your kids at home. If you do not feel creative then you can go to social networks that offer a variety of ideas to help people. Although it is good for your child to get out, it is also good to just have a day at home. Sometimes you are forced to do this when your kids are sick or when it is a rainy day. It is good to have some things up your sleeve for these days.

The Internet really is a good source of a variety of ideas when it comes to things to do with your children. Of course you will always want to visit or try and activity on your own before having your kids try it especially if you are not sure of the source that is offering it. You will not want to be put in an uncomfortable situation if you go to a play group or other activity and find it very unsanitary or not suitable for your child. By doing your research ahead of time, you will hopefully not run into that problem.

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By Anders Abadie

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3 Leadership Traits in Children

To become successful in this world you need to have at least some leadership skills as not only does being a leader allow you to manage others it also gives you confidence, charisma and vision. All of these qualities are found in great men and women around the world making finding leadership traits in children an important part of developing a strong, successful and happy child.

What then do we analyze when we look for leadership traits in children? Here are 3 prime examples of leadership qualities that your child might exhibit proving they are natural leaders.
1. Social Activities– If you pay attention to how you child interacts with other children you can often get a good impression of their abilities. However many parents do not look deep enough to see the qualities that are important. If you child is the captain of the soccer team then yes, it is usually a tick for the leadership box. However did they get there because the players liked the way they helped other players or did they get there because they bullied their team mates into letting him be the captain. No parent likes to admit their child may be a bully but assertiveness can sometimes come from this kind of action when they do not realize that coercion is not leadership. Instead look at how your child helps others, if their concern matches their drive to fix something and make it better this is a much better trait of leadership. Good leaders do not coerce or bully, they lead because people want to follow, they lead because they get the job done!
2. How They Ask Questions– The way your child learns about the world is a good way to judge leadership potential. If your child is too talkative they may not be good listeners, if they are too silent they may not be assertive enough. If your child listens but asks questions frequently and with a desire to learn and with a capacity to link new and complex ideas together then this is a sign of intelligence and of leadership. A leader is someone with a vision of how they want things to be and this comes from a good understanding of how things are. A good leader will ask the right questions to get the answers they need to solve problems.
3. Who Are Their Heroes – This might seem simplistic but it does help in determining leadership traits in children. Who does your child idolize? On the TV, in real life, locally whoever! So many children become obsessed with Bratz dolls and rebellious “cool” characters… not that all of these characters are displayed as bad leaders but many children are brainwashed into wanting to be popular instead of being a leader. If your child’s favorite actors, or cartoon characters are the leaders or are more concerned in getting the job done with the aid of others than being popular or cool this is a sign of someone who respects real leadership at a young age.

Whether or not you notice these signs of leadership in your child you can give your child every chance to succeed in life with leadership skills that will aid them in every endeavor they undertake.
Click below to find out more on how to raise your child to be a winner, a leader and a success rather than another member of the dull rat race.

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By Howard Guy

Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in Youth

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English: In a directed model, Markov Blanket of a node includes its parents, its children and the parents of its children. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most parents are doing the best they can to raise happy and healthy kids. However, they could use some help when it comes to developing leadership skills in youth. If parents aren’t leaders themselves, how can they teach kids how to be leaders? It’s up to community leaders and those interested in working with kids to teach them about leadership skills. Parents can learn something as well.

Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in YouthGive children chores to do. By assigning children responsibility, you’re teaching them how to take charge of something. For example, if you assign them to take out the trash every week, they could make sure one garbage can is for recyclables and the other is for regular garbage. It’s their job to make sure the garbage is separated and placed in the proper garbage receptacle. Otherwise, it could be a messy situation.

Send children to camp. Parents may enjoy this one more than the kids. While summer camp is a great place to meet new people, it’s a good way to learn and develop leadership skills. Children will have responsibilities like making their bed or perhaps be in charge of leading a camp song.

Purchase a calendar. Let your children keep track of their activities. Not only will this teach them how to keep a schedule, it will teach them time management skills. If they have too many activities scheduled on the same day, this will cause a conflict. They’ll see first-hand what it’s like to overextend oneself. Allow them to make the decision as to which activities they’ll pursue and which ones they could let go.

Teach children the art of negotiation. Negotiating is a skill most people lack. Everything is negotiable! The sooner your children learn this skill the better. It’s imperative to keep the lines of communication open when you negotiate and to remove personal feelings. Analyze the situation. What are the other side’s strengths and weaknesses? Reacting negatively to a situation isn’t a good idea. You must also listen if you want to be a successful negotiator. Constantly interrupting someone won’t get you anywhere.

Know what your leverage is; analyze the other party’s leverage. Compromise is apart of negotiation but stick your guns. What is the best offer you can justify? How do you respond to a counter-offer? What types of concessions can be made? What’s the best resolution?

Teach children the art of persuasion. A good leader knows how to sell ideas. If your children want a video game, ask them to persuade you to buy it for them. Have them make an argument as to ‘why’ you should buy them the video game. This will teach them how to explain their reasoning and convince you it’s a good idea.

Enroll children in team sports. It’s important for children to be able to be apart of a team. However, teams need leaders. A good leader knows that he/she are only as strong as their players. A good leader won’t insult the other players but will show them how to improve their game. A good leader can rally the team onto victory through inspiration and motivation. A good leader knows when to accept the praise and how to praise others.

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By Howard Guy