Your Kid & Smartphones – What’s the Big Deal?

So your child or teen wants a smartphone. Well that’s easy, you’ve probably got a spare one from your last plan or can get one from someone else secondhand. It will be great for them to learn how to manage their data spending, it will be great for them to be able to communicate with you whenever you need. And they’ve been begging you for Instagram for months now.

So why not, then? What’s the big deal, everyone’s got them, right? We are a technology-centric society so it’s only natural to want one, right? Hey, they even need them nowadays, don’t they?

And so begins the slippery slope.

As you know, parenting is not easy. This is one of those decisions that you could be easily swayed on. In fact, it’s going to be pretty bloody difficult to hold any kind of a stand against giving your teenager a phone, isn’t it?

So, why not give them one?!

Let me tell you why – because it’s as dangerous as giving them alcohol or letting them drive your car. You may as well order them mental health issues on a plate, with a side serving of sexual exploitation and irreversible privacy invasion for-afters.

Go back up and read those first couple of paragraphs. See how easy that was to agree with all of those statements? See how easy it is to follow the path of least resistance? Yes, that part is easy. But dealing with the multiple, daily fallouts that occur as a result of a child having a smart phone, now that is not easy at all. Not now, and not when they are still dealing with the social, emotional and mental consequences as an adult.

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How to teach a backbend safely

Any parent who has ever asked me how they can help their child learn a backbend at home has always done so nervously. “I’m scared she’ll hurt herself. I tell her to wait until class, but she won’t. Is there something I can do to help, because I can’t hold her back!?”. Sure, there is a lot you can do to help a child learn safely. Continue reading How to teach a backbend safely

10 Steps to Simpler Health

Taking steps to improve your health need not be complicated. A couple of swaps, a new habit, a new skill and simplify, simplify, simplify are all at the heart of these 9 steps to simpler health.

1.Drink a glass of water with fresh lemon daily

2.Eat Whole Foods

3.Switch your bath product

4.Switch your cleaning products

5.Get a better night’s sleep

6.Plant some herbs

7. Take a Walk

8.Hug a family member or friend

9.Exchange a massage

10.Drink more water

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There are only 2 things you need in this world

The 2 things you need to get whatever you want out of the world are: Education and Health Sounds a bit boring, but bear with me for a moment. Without education, we do not have the ability or self-agency to have control over our health. Without health, our ability to achieve all we want from ourselves (regardless of our education) is severely compromised. There are so many issues emanating from these 2 statements that I could not possibly cover in 1 blog post. For example, ‘Education’ is a very broad term these days. More than ever before, we can access … Continue reading There are only 2 things you need in this world

Why Physical Education is the most important subject of all

If you want your child to have a head-start and go far in life, involvement in and enjoyment of Physical Education studies should be a priority. Think I’m crazy? Humour me for a minute and read on. I declare a bias up front. I loved PE in school and studied it up until Year 12, going on to do a degree in Human Movement (sport and exercise science). I’ve always thought the sporty types had an advantage. That confidence they ooze (whether it be extroverted or quiet confidence) developed within the white lines, transfers into work and life. I recently … Continue reading Why Physical Education is the most important subject of all

A dancer’s body should look like…..

A dancers body should look like a human body! Dance is a risky area for the development of self-image issues. However, this means that there is an opportunity for dance coaches out there, to make a difference and influence development of a healthy body image. Through my studies I was fortunate to learn about effective ways to instruct pupils, so that they developed a healthy self-image as well as their sporting skills. Unfortunately I have not seen this trickle down to grass roots coaching (well, not systematically through coaching courses and the like), but hope that it will soon be … Continue reading A dancer’s body should look like…..