Monday, January 8, 2018

Life Off the Grid Video Gives You Perspective....

I have thought for years that, as technology burrows deeper into us (eventually it will probably literally burrow into us), that there will be a split in humanity; those that live virtual lives and those that live 'real' lives. In today's world many of us make varying degrees of concessions to technology but where it is leading is frightening to me. I find myself choosing to 'unplug' more often lately to preserve my sanity, sense of identity and my precious happiness. Copy and paste this into your web page line then hit enter. It will be worth the effort and stimulate some re-assessment on your part!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Predicting Successful Adults from Childhood Behaviors

Very interesting article that, when you think about it, makes perfect sense. "Want to steer your kids on a path toward becoming successful grownups? Skip the self-esteem building and afterschool tutors and instead encourage them to share, cooperate, and show kindness. Related: Here’s How to Raise Kind Kids A 20-year study found that kindergartners who displayed these social competence traits were more likely to have graduated college, stayed out of trouble with the law, found full-time jobs, and avoided drug and alcohol problems by the time they reached age 25. “It was striking to see how sharing, cooperating, and being kind at such a young age served as predictors of adult success,” lead study author Damon Jones, senior research associate at Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University, tells Yahoo Parenting. Interested in how social and emotional skills make a long-term impact on a child’s life, Damon and his study team tracked 753 male and female subjects. As kindergartners in the early 1990s, they were rated by teachers on a scale of one to five on skills such as sharing, being helpful, and listening to others. Related: The Easy Thing All Parents Can Do to Ensure Kids Get Good Grades The researchers followed the kindergartners for the next 20 years, noting their positive and negative milestones, such as whether they graduated from high school and college, had a police record, or dealt with substance abuse issues. The main finding: The kindergartners who scored highest on the social and emotional skill scale were up to four times more likely to turn out to be employed college grads without drug or alcohol problems or a police record. “For every one-point change on the one-to-five scale, the kids doubled their chances of being successful,” says Jones. The study, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health, suggests that social skills are at least as important as cognitive ability when it comes to achievement. Jones hopes that educators begin to acknowledge the importance of cooperation and sharing, and that they develop classroom strategies that can help foster these in kids in all grades. That’s an idea that resonates with child development experts as well. “We live in an interdependent, socialized society, so having the social skills to navigate this world is critical,” Fran Walfish, a Beverly Hills-based child and family psychotherapist, tells Yahoo Parenting. “Parents today are so focused on academic and athletic achievement, but equally important is the ability to get along with others and show empathy and compassion.” It’s never too late for parents to encourage their kids to build these crucial skills, says Walfish. “The most important thing moms and dads can do is model this behavior themselves: Be kind, cooperate, show compassion. Kids learn by the experience of watching their parents,” she says. And if you overhear your child demonstrating kindness to a friend or volunteering to share her toy, show her the right kind of praise. “Instead of saying, ‘Good job,’ tell her, ‘You must feel really good about yourself for sharing,’” suggests Walfish. “This sends the message that sharing is important not because it pleases you but because the behavior itself is so rewarding.” Please follow @YahooParenting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have an interesting story to share about your family? Email us at YParenting (at)"
This is an interesting opinion piece on the changes beginning to be seen in activity choices of the younger generation...
Well, here are two younger people who LOVE backpacking (as well as rock climbing and ice climbing)!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Opinions from Within the Tech Field

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Great Nature Appreciation Song by my favorite band; YES

Children Need Exposure to Nature

This website gives great advice about how to do it and why it is so important.