Growing Up in a Fatherless Home

JrPsychology Professor Dr. Jordan B. Peterson underlines the importance of the image of a father figure which is fragmented throughout society in friends, books, movies, sports and education. It is tough to grow up without an actual father and all families are certainly not equal.

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Early Years Exercise Key To A Healthier Life

As parents, we all have a responsibility to show our children the best example. Whether it is in how we behave, or in how we deal with the challenges of life, parents have a massive influence on their children – on both a conscious and sub-conscious level. One area in which this is of potentially life-saving importance is in health. Healthy parents tend to raise healthier children, and basic rules and examples you set now can actively prolong your child’s lifespan.

childhood exercise good healthA central component to this is exercise, and kids should be introduced to physical activity from an early age. Those who start to exercise young can develop a passion for sport and activity, in addition to becoming healthier as they grow into adult life. So how can you inspire your child to become more active, and to be more energetic with a view to improving their general fitness?

Sports are one of the easiest avenues for encouraging kids into exercise. For the youngest of kids, it may be difficult to find facilities that offer any degree of specialized training. At this stage, general fitness work, games and exercises will be used to introduce younger players to the games they may eventually choose to play competitively. Aside from the game itself, sports are great hobbies for kids, and can provide an avenue for ongoing fitness into adult life. And if you find the right sport, most kids need very little encouragement to become hooked.

From an early age, parents should take their children on walks along the beach, or into the woods. These types of outdoor experiences are highly educational, and can inspire a passion for being in the open air. This all bodes well for the fitness of your child. Those kids that have a more outdoor disposition tend to be more energetic and fitter than those that devote their formative years exclusively to video games and TV.

childhood workout exercisesRegardless of the age of your children, it rests with you to demonstrate how your child should live. There is no better way of educating a child than leading by example, and this means you need to personally practice what you preach. Entrenching exercise and physical activity as part of the family routine can help ensure children are constantly thinking about their fitness and their health. The Little Gymspan even makes it possible for younger kids to get involved. This is a good habit to establish early on, before a child begins to put on excess weight from an overly inactive lifestyle.

The exercise your children do today will have benefits that last a lifetime, no matter if they are 2 or 22 years old. Fitness is cumulative, and it is easier to stay fit than to get fit. Giving your child access to outlets for exercise and strenuous activity is healthy from a physical and emotional perspective. Participating in sport can teach vital life-lessons about discipline, achieving success and handling failure. These are all positive factors in becoming a healthy, happy adult, which is for any parent the obvious end goal.


CyberBullying – What Parents Can Do To Help Children

Cyberbullying cellphones statistics gautengWhen you’re being bullied, the mindset is “I’m the victim” so replace that with “they’re just teasing me” and learn to ignore them. Everyone has teased someone else in their life. We’ve all thought bad thoughts about ourselves and other people. Sometimes in a fit of anger we’re so insecure, filled with fear, we want something bad to happen to a loved one.

Recently I realised how important it is to encourage mature thinking. When I’m in argument with my partner, my child, my friend. We both are loosing out because maybe we’re too immature to recognise what’s really going on. The argument is the energy thief not me and them.

In the same way with Cyberbullying, the language we now use is blowing it out of proportion. Statistics confirms very high incidences taking places worldwide. The UNISA study released in 2012 confirmed 34% of children grade 8-12 surveyed were bullied, while 23% admitted to having bullied another. The same study found over 55% have experienced emotional or traditional bullying.

In adults we call this harassment. When an adult harassment gets out of hand we approach the SAPS for assistance. They can warn the person, however, in most cases they will suggest you get a protection order from a court. Children cannot do this. Children may feel helpless because of the constant barrage of attacks, often from anonymous sources.

The National Crime Prevention Council’s tips emphasize common themes:

  1. Do not respond to cyberbullying messages.
  2. Block communication with cyberbullies.
  3. Keep the messages and report cyberbullying to a trusted adult.
  4. Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages about others.
  5. Stand up and tell friends to stop cyberbullying.
  6. Encourage your school to conduct cyberbullying prevention education.

Many news articles have created a great fear among the parents and children on this issue of cyberbullying. To this extent people feel overwhelmed. With the barrage of stories increasing in the media, there is a learned helplessness that emerges over time. Nobody takes any real action because posting a comment or liking the status is deemed action.