May 14, 2014

Zip Lining Outdoor Activities for Kids

Majority of the kids nowadays spend a lot of time playing with their tabs, smartphones, gaming consoles instead of exploring the real world outdoors. To give your kids a new level of excitement, I’m sharing this Kids’ Zipline kit which allows you to place a zipline in your backyard, or a camp, or wherever you go, and is capable of supporting a kid of up to 250 lbs.

Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of entertainment and are becoming popular vacation activities. They may be short and low, intended for child’s play, team building activities and larger challenge or ropes course.

The Kids’ Zipline is created for kids who are aged 7 and above and it feature an easily removable seat to boot, with a specially designed hardware bracket that enables both rope and seat length to change in order to make an adjustment for different riders’ height. Just make sure that you attach it to a healthy tree that measures at least 12” in diameter. I guess adults, too, are able to give it a go.
Setting up your Zipline is simple and just takes a few minutes. Carefully following the instructions as a beginner is very important. The seat can be easily removed for more daring excitement.

December 11, 2008

The Greatest Parenting Invention

Our baby was having a huge meltdown the other morning while my wife was already at work. As I dropped my older son in front of the television and picked a Bob the Builder cartoon from On Demand, I wondered how my parents raised me and my sister before VCRs and DVR players and YouTube. Did they simply have to hope there was a “Sesame Street” episode starting on KQED when the toddler-related chaos hit DEFCON 1? How did they entertain us when “Electric Company” wasn’t on? Elaborate puppet shows?
I’m perfectly happy to take this for granted.

This is a thought I have almost every day. Whether it’s jumpy houses to wear my kids out at the Farmer’s Market or technological developments such as portable DVD players on plane trips, I frequently salute the parenting inventions that have come along during my lifetime.

Full story: The greatest parenting invention of your lifetime

December 10, 2008

Best way to teach kids

Sometimes, the best way to teach kids to become good leaders is to put them in situations that require such skills. Lance D. Shaw proposes to raise the bar a notch higher: to put kids in the actual parental role. He shares his real-life experiences on this theory in Parenting Dad (&/or Mom). This began in Silicon Valley, when they were preschoolers.

Following the belief that learning and influence in the family should be a two-way street, Shaw discovers a radical way of teaching his two kids to become good leaders — that is, to switch roles with them as the parent. His children took turns with him at being Dad — or Mom, as the case may be — on a daily basis. He saw this as the perfect way to train his children’s creativity, initiative, judgment and decision-making skills, encouraging an open-minded albeit unconventional environment.

Full story: Dad Teaches Kids to Play Mom and Dad

May 14, 2008

Less School Pressure, More Results

Like most schools these days, Edmonton’s Vernon Barford junior high lived by the modern ethic: more homework produces smarter kids, better marks and happier parents.

But that changed in 2006 when the school decided to buck the trend and reduce the load of assignments sent home in the book-laden backpacks of young teens.

The result? Even better marks, happier students and more creative projects, says Principal Stephen Lynch.

Full story: Less school pressure, more results

March 26, 2008

Got Kids? Don’t sweat it. Simplify Your Life.

Take my life, for example: I have a house full of kids, and yet I’ve found ways to streamline my life, to find peace and happiness among the chaos. How is this magic trick accomplished? Nothing magical, actually, but just little things that have simplified my life over the years.

The main magic trick, however: making my family my top priority, and choosing only a small number of priorities in my life. If you have too many things you want to do, or need to do, your life will become complicated. But if you choose just a few things that are important to you, you can eliminate the rest, and simplify your life greatly.

What follows is a list that might seem complicated to some — 25 items! Trust me, I could easily double this list, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. Instead of trying to tackle everything on this list at once, choose a few things that appeal to you, and give them a try. Bookmark this page and come back to it from time to time to try out other ideas. Best yet, they might inspire new ideas of your own!

1. Self-sufficiency.

2. One calendar.

3. Toy bins.

Full story: 25 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Kids