Saturday, January 5, 2013

Guest-Post: How to Help Kids Live a More Simplified Life

It's Chicken-Scratch-Saturday here at the Funny Farm, and I have a guest post for you!

Agnes Jimenez has written a wonderful article on how to help your kids live a more simplified life, which, as we all know, is harder than it sounds in this day and age!

Take it away, Agnes...



How to Help Kids Live a More Simplified Life












These days, especially, kids' lives are often overextended with too many activities. While learning new skills, developing talents, and structure are all good for children and teens, it can go too far. Helping your kids learn to live a simplified life has many benefits.

Too many activities can lead kids to not know how to cope with free time, put too much pressure on them, and make vacations seem like work. Kids need to relax and have fun. One approach is to show them how to enjoy free time. From reading a book to playing in the back yard, unstructured free time is good for a child's body and mind.

Second, you can minimize your child's activities by asking him about activities he enjoys the most. Even the youngest child is drawn to certain activities, due to his personality and his interests. Whether he wants to learn to play an instrument, participate in a sport, or build some kind of collection, you can encourage his interests and preferences.

However, one or two activities should be enough for most children. Whether he stays with one particular activity for a long period of time, or decides he does not like it and wants to try something different, it can be helpful to set a rule for how many activities he can have at any given time.

Third, try to set a positive example. Regardless of how many friends they have, kids of all ages copy the habits they see in their own families. Some changes you can make may include reducing multitasking as much as possible, showing your kids you enjoy playfulness and fun without any structure, having a period of quiet time at home every day, and relearning the art of relaxation.

Fourth, helping your children become acquainted with nature can also bring simplicity into their lives. There is something about the natural environment that promotes good feelings and peace of mind. Whether you live near the woods or beach, or your nearest source of nature is a city park, it can be a wonderful break from your busy lives.

Kids who have too many activities miss out on important parts of life. They are also prone to boredom, and can develop the habit of needing constant activity. When you teach your kids to enjoy the simple things in life, their physical, mental, and emotional health will all benefit. Your kids will be happier, and so will you.

About the Guest Author
Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and currently partners with TheFamilyCompass.com in spreading awareness about troubled and depressed teenagers (and how to deal with them). Click here to read more about The Family Compass’ advocacies.







Image source: cnn.com

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13 comments:

  1. This post is full of great reminders! Thanks for sharing! Also, you're living my dream life - you have chickens and goats =).

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  2. Even though my kids are grown, I totally agree. We did not let ours participate in oodles of activities.

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  3. So my child is only 3 and so not that involved in too much yet, but I already notice that he needs constant stimulation... he used to play alone so well, but not anymore. I think the most important thing that I could do is set a positive example because I'm NOT a great example right now :-(

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  4. found you via SSS, new follower, can't wait to read more!

    emmyinthemaking.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks for stopping in, people, and for all the great comments. Agnes did a nice job with this post, don't you think?
    Emmy, thanks for followig!
    XOXO

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  6. I *love* this post! Helping my kids live a simple life (in all aspects) is one of my biggest daily goals and something I'm passionate about. Thank you for sharing this guest post!

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  7. Thank you for hosting the guest writer. A reminder now and then on keeping it simple is always welcomed.

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  11. Pedrosa Tak Mau Cari Kambing Hitam Kegagalannya di Silverstone

    http://www.football-images.net/2014-09-02/22213843388e9c9b759ac866f5a31dbd.jpg
    Agen Bola Terpercaya indo11.com melaporkan, Sebagai pemilik posisi dua klasemen sementara dan pesaing terdekat Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa hanya bisa finis posisi empat di MotoGP Inggris. Namun Pembalap berjuluk The Little Spaniardini enggan menyalahkan apa pun.

    Berbagai hal sebenarnya bisa menjadi faktor penentu keberhasilan pembalap, selain isu grip (cengkaraman) saat memulai lomba, hingga penggunaan ban. Terlebih di sirkuit Silverstone para pembalap dan konstruktor harus pintar-pintar pilih ban.

    “Sepanjang pekan saya berjuang dengan grip dan saya pikir semua pembalap berjuang dengan masalah yang sama," ucap Pedrosa.

    "Saat lomba Jorge (Lorenzo) membuat langkah yang baik dan ia bisa berhasil melakukan balapan yang baik. Yamaha dan Ducati cukup baik. Motor yang saya tunggangi sedikit lebih baik di tikungan-tikungan yang tergolong ketat,” lanjutnya.

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  12. Murray : Saya Turun ke Lapangan dengan Awal yang Baik

    http://www.football-images.net/2014-09-02/02f679460897ed853ae46443edcbe862.jpg
    Agen Bola Terpercaya indo11.com melaporkan, Andy Murray melanjutkan misinya untuk tetap di jalur kemenangan, setelah berhasil lolos ke perdelapanfinal. Petenis asal Inggris itu menganggap telah melakukan langkah yang baik saat start.

    Andrey Kuznetsov menjadi korban ketangguhan Murray, meski sempat memberikan perlawanan. Petenis asal Rusia ini harus takluk empat set, 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2.

    “Saya turun ke lapangan dengan awal yang baik, yang jelas mampu membantu saya untuk bisa kembali ke penampilan terbaik saya,” ucap Murray.

    “Dia (Kuznetsov) bermain dengan langkah-langkah yang baik, terutama di set kedua dan sepanjang set ketiga. Saya senang bisa tetap bersaing ketat. Karena turnamen ini cukup sulit,” terang juara US Open tahun 2012 ini.

    Malam ini Murray bakal kembali melanjutkan misinya untuk meraih gelar kedua US Open ini saat berhadapan dengan petenis asal Prancis Prancis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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  13. Frampton Dapat Tambahan Motivasi

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    Agen Bola Terpercaya indo11.com melaporkan, Menjelang pertandingan melawan juara dunia tinju kelas bantam super versi IBF, Kiko Martinez, petinju belum terkalahkan Irlandia Utara, Carl Frampton mendapatkan tambahan motivasi. La Sensacion akan terbang dari Spanyol ke Irlandia Utara untuk bertarung mempertaruhkan gelarnya dengan Frampton di Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Minggu (7/9).

    The Jackal berupaya keras memenangkan pertarungan tersebut, agar dia bisa mendedikasikan mahkota juaranya untuk kakeknya tercinta, yang meninggal dunia dua minggu lalu.

    Rasa percaya diri Frampton juga sangat tinggi, pasalnya dia pernah mencetak kemenangan TKO di ronde kesembilan atas Martinez di Odyssey Arena, Belfast, 10 Februari tahun lalu. Petinju 27 tahun itu berharap bisa mengulanginya ketika dia tampil di hadapan sekitar 16.000 penggemar tinju Irlandia Utara.

    Di samping itu semua, Frampton juga akan mendapatkan inspirasi dengan rencana kedatangan sang buah hatinya, Carla, 3 tahun, di arena pertarungan secara langsung.

    "Ini akan menjadi laga pertama saya di depan putri saya secara langsung," tandas Frampton.

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