The #1 Thing to Teach Your Kids About the Internet

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boy with handheldAt some point every parent will eventually realize that our kids are more technically savvy than we ever will be.  What was innovation and magic for us is commonplace for them.  They grew up with computers; cell phones; tablets; ipads, ipods, iphones; i-this and i-that devices are everywhere.  They don’t have conversations…they text; tweet; post; blog; and Reddit / Pinterest their daily encounters.  So here is the hardest thing you will ever teach your kids about the internet…

http logoIt’s not real.  It’s not true.  Well, not always.  I cannot count the number of outrageous conversations with my kids where their debate logic boils down to “I saw it on the internet”.  Forget about reading it online.  With YouTube and other video feeds (Hulu; Netflix) you get to watch the world around you…maybe.  With all the high-tech video editors openly available - anymore you cannot believe half of what you see either. This information age has spawned so much online content that just appearing online creates credibility.  Journalistic integrity has disappeared when anybody becomes capable of plopping their own version of “the news” on a GoDaddy website for $9 a month. 

true or falseThere are spam filters; virus detection programs; firewalls; parental controls and a wealth of other means to protect your kids or your PC online.  How can you protect them from believing everything that they see or read online?  You can’t stop them from these obtuse experiences, so your best bet is to coach them to challenge what is read or viewed.  Have them cross-check for other reliable resources and build trust websites.  Help them to become self-sufficient web surfers and critical thinkers.  Utilize your old school resources to teach them to critique and think for themselves.

Remember – the internet can be a tremendous asset or tool… or a weapon of mass destruction too.  

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Teach Your Kids How to Ride a Wheelie

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BicycleThis article is going to share with you one of the keys to teaching your kids how to pull a great wheelie on their bicycle. Not one of those quickie almost flipped over, slammed it down, flopping around wheelies that any dufus with a bike can occasionally do by accident. You want them to learn how to ride a controlled and smooth wheelie down the street and around the corner while people stare. A wheelie so good that other guys want to be your kid.

Benefits of Reading To Your Kids

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Reading kids mom dad booksWe used to read to our boys all the time when they were little. It was a special time for each of us as parents to have a quiet time to connect with them. The rush and worries of the day were put aside and we all took the time to relax and recharge our batteries. And the boys loved it because we were giving them all of our attention and meeting their emotional needs. This simple act was a critical time for us as parents since we both worked full time jobs.

Making time for your Kids

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Developing a strategy for becoming a better dad can sound like a big joke. To use the term “busy dad” in the current world is really an understatement. A lot of us dads have a difficult time trying to balance our professional or personal demands against spending valuable time with the wife and kids too. Just because your schedule is tight should not mean that you are destined to fail as a parent. 

Teaching Your Kids to Catch a Baseball

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girl baseball catchingSome kids just have a natural physical ability to play sports, specifically baseball or softball. The rest of us had to learn and practice, practice, practice. Personally I had the reflexes of a cat and was an aggressive and mean child growing up…perfect for playing Little League baseball.  As a follow up to my previous article on how to teach your kids to hit a baseball, here are some helpful tips for how to help them learn to catch a baseball…

Kids and Camping 2.0

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So, when we last talking "camping gear" I had left off with the "don'ts" or, more accurately, why the camping gear I had  (car camping gear that is) was not really suited for my more recent adventures in backcountry camping. My Coleman sleeping back and camp cookware have held up to 15 years of work and are very little worse for the wear and tear. That being said, they simply don't work for backpacking, let alone backpacking with kids. Any camping with kids is about creating a level of fun and safety (secondary to fun in their eyes). If the kids are burdened by too much gear, or if you spend all day setting up and tearing down camp, then the kids won't have a good time. This is Variation 1 on the old saying "if momma ain't happy, nobody's happy". A frustrated or bored kid will result in a frustrated and more frustrated dad and will end up only one way...no more camping. 

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