Getting Started in Snowshoeing. Part 2

Snowshoes fall into three categories and each is designed for a different activity. The first category, recreational hiking and fitness, is aimed at casual family outings and walking trips. The snow conditions include packed or lightly broken snow trails over easy terrain. Snowshoes used in this category feature oval, symmetrical frames and built-in crampons (“teeth”) to maximize traction and stability. Continue reading Getting Started in Snowshoeing. Part 2

Getting Started in Snowshoeing. Part 1

With winter descending upon us and bad weather forcing many people to cut back on some of their regular fitness activities such as running and biking, now is the ideal time to learn a new sport suitable exclusively for the cold, snowy season. Snowshoeing has become the fitness enthusiast’s answer to winter running and hiking. Continue reading Getting Started in Snowshoeing. Part 1

Physical Tips for Tae Kwon Do White Belt, Part 2


The riding horse stance of tae kwon do requires the person’s legs to be shoulder width apart, no more and no less. The motion picture industry has a really bad habit of showing martial arts actors in very exaggerated positions with the legs spread far apart. Continue reading Physical Tips for Tae Kwon Do White Belt, Part 2

Physical Tips for Tae Kwon Do White Belt, Part 1

I have always enjoyed teaching tae kwon do. Seeing new students come in the studio eager to learn warms my heart. Watching these beginners as they rise to the challenge of learning something new fills me with pride, and motivates me as their instructor. Continue reading Physical Tips for Tae Kwon Do White Belt, Part 1

I have an Active little boy and I’m Concerned he’ll be Labeled ADHD and forced to take Medication?

Little boys are usually pretty active by nature. I have two of them, and that has been my experience. Your question is a good one. I am wondering just how active your child is. Does he cause problems in his class by acting out or causing disturbances during the class? Is it hard for him to sit still and concentrate on any particular subject? Kids learn differently. Continue reading I have an Active little boy and I’m Concerned he’ll be Labeled ADHD and forced to take Medication?

Parenting As An Older Adult. Part 3

Times Have Changed
Everything has changed since grandparents raised their children — especially medicine and technology, said McCoy, who sees at least three or four grandparents a week who are raising grandchildren. Continue reading Parenting As An Older Adult. Part 3

Parenting As An Older Adult. Part 2

Kimmer also wanted to get psychological counseling for her granddaughters anger, but the school guidance counselors said they couldnt provide it, the social services department said it wasnt enough of a problem that they would pay for it and Kimmer didnt have the money to cover the expensive visits. So, Dee never has received counseling. Continue reading Parenting As An Older Adult. Part 2

Parenting As An Older Adult. Part 1

A year after schoolteacher Joan Kimmer retired, she was living the life she had been waiting for. At age 67 she was finally able to do some traveling and volunteer work, and was thinking about selling her home to move to a more convenient retirement community. Continue reading Parenting As An Older Adult. Part 1

Parental Image

From early childhood, all of us have images of how our lives should be designed. At different stages of life, we test our ability to control the way we live and to form models according to the way we want to live.

Sometimes, we seem to lose what cannot be controlled. Images can be perfect only in their original phase. As time flashes by, images change, disappear or get replaced. Unfortunately, our youthful dreams don’t always match our adult realities. Many parents, I believe, would agree with my thinking about transformation of images.

As unmarried, childless adults, we tend not to take self-control seriously. Sometimes we regulate our lives by desire, high pressure, free will or any other possible feeling. When humanness, kindness and self-discipline are not practiced daily, our behavior tends to degenerate into frequent bouts of depression, caprice, irresponsible splashes of sentimentality or emotional distortion. It is unaffordable to continue such behavioral tactics when you are a parent.

The decision to have a child has to be made in maturity of wisdom, because it is one of the most important steps in your life. Some parents feel insecure after they find out that being a parent of a toddler requires more emotional stability than they can offer at this stage of their life. Every sensitive parent will instinctively know that his or her life directly affects their children’s well-being, and all the comedies or dramas shown to your kids, undoubtedly, are recorded in their minds. Being aware of the fact that children are watching your behavior, you will need to maintain the self-control necessary to raise an emotionally healthy child. Even if you don’t feel you are quite ready to be a parent, try to focus more on your children, and they will teach you how to be good parents.

Keeping your mind on the emotional health of your children is a great goal for every parent. Surely, everyone makes their share of mistakes as a parent, but ignoring your child’s needs, questions and developmental challenges can be the worst of all errors. When your child requests your attention, because he wants to talk or share, you better give him the time he wants. Otherwise, you may face more serious problems later on such as a deterioration in the emotional or intellectual growth, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, etc.

Some children wait for years for the day their parents will stop, slow down, answer their questions and respond to their needs. Instead, these parents think that their children are “going to be fine” and survive childhood and adolescence to become normal adults. Nothing could be further from the truth. Children raised in such a manner are going to adjust to life circumstances they face. Regrettably, they may be maladjusted as well.

There is also a category of parents who believe that making their children tough while ignoring their sensitivity is the way to prepare him for the “dog-eat-dog” world.

In the end, the parents may have their wishes met, but their adult children may be dealing with a lot of psychological problems that would interfere with normal functioning.

As a result, no matter what choices parents make or what methods they use to shape their children’s future, their “parental label” is going to be seen through the quality of their children’s feelings and the nature of their behavioral patterns. And no one will ever judge them for their work — their own children will be the only ones who will remember their parents’ images as moms and dads.

Should You Raise Your Membership Rates? Part 4

Just remember that you don’t have to wait until something major happens to raise rates. For instance, says Caro, “Not all clubs in the country have to have major physical plant expansions or huge equipment buys in order to justify increases. We have fallacies that if you only buy hard goods, you can justify a price increase.” Basically, says Tock, “If you can show that you’re giving more services, or make cosmetic changes, you can raise your dues.” Continue reading Should You Raise Your Membership Rates? Part 4