Summertime Parenting Tips
By now summer is in full swing and we hope that everyone is taking advantage of our summer camps here at Midwest Martial Arts! If you are looking for something fun to keep your ninja occupied this summer feel free to find us at the front desk or give us a call and ask about all the cool things going on this summer!
Today I wanted to offer a few tips on how to keep boredom at bay this summer! These are simple tips that you can implement NOW, and will help set your ninja up for success.
Communicate the plan
Every evening, take a few spare minutes and review the “plan” for the next day. A little bit of structure will go a long way and will also help everything go smoothly. If possible, try to include 45min-1hr of physical activity doing things such as swimming, biking or practicing your forms!
Work together to develop effective summertime habits
Many parents will set boundaries and limitations for their kids which is great, but if you include your kids in the process they will better understand the “how” and “why”. This will help them better understand why certain things are limited and also help them find ways to keep themselves entertained. Talk with your ninja and determine how much electronics time per day & week are appropriate. Then work together to come up with a list of activities they enjoy!
Be a good role model
Get outdoors and show them how much fun it is to be active! Children will often make better choices when their role models are doing the same, do so and they will be more willing to give it a try! This can be as easy as having them teach you how to play a game! You can even take it to the next level and have them teach you how to do a few kicks or a form!
We hope that this has given you a few ideas to use when tackling summer boredom! If you are out and about or on vacation don’t forget we would love to stay in contact by posting a picture or video on our FB page. We hope you are enjoying your summer and can’t wait to see everyone back on the mat!
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The Effects Of Bullying
Kids and teens are hesitant to talk about being bullied. Parents should watch for sudden changes in your child’s behavior.
Signs of Being Bullied
Signs can include:
Reluctance to go to school
Sudden drop in grades
Staying away from friends
Frequent complaints of headaches and/or stomach aches
Long-Term Effects of Bullying
Bullies create a constant fear in their victims. Some kids may:
Lose all self-esteem
Suffer from severe depression
Could turn to drug and alcohol use
Could start self harming
Some kids are so tormented that they use suicide as an alternative.
Kids and teens look to their parents for protection and advice. Many think bullying will toughen kids up or that it’s a right of passage. It used to be like that. Not anymore! Our kids are subjected to more than we ever were. It’s a different world today!
We cannot allow our children to hurt from these senseless acts of empowerment from other kids who have learned this behavior.
And remember – what is learned can be unlearned.
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Keeping Kids Hydrated
Make sure your children get plenty of liquids to stay healthy and active this summer, and help them develop good hydration habits for a lifetime.
By Debra Wittrup
Children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently, and they are never more at risk than during the heat of summer. The danger arises when fluids are leaving the body through sweating faster than they are being replaced, and severe dehydration can be life-threatening. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your child and allow him to enjoy the summer fun safely.
Perhaps the best way to keep your child hydrated is to get her used to drinking liquids regularly. Offer healthy beverages at every meal and with snacks. And if you know a particularly busy or strenuous day is coming up in your child’s schedule, add some extra hydration in her first meal of the day or even the night before. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking the equivalent of a standard bottle of water (16.9 oz.) about 2 hours before vigorous exercise.
Wet Their Whistles
Don’t wait until your child is thirsty to offer refreshment; by that time he is already dehydrated. Three studies by the University of Connecticut found that more than half of the children at sports camps were significantly dehydrated despite the availability of water and sports drinks and the encouragement to drink liquids. Get your child in the habit early on by scheduling frequent beverage breaks during activity, about every 20 minutes or so in hot weather. If possible, take all hydration breaks in a shady spot.
Banned from the Sport
When choosing drinks for kids, avoid those that have caffeine, such as iced tea or many sodas. As a diuretic, caffeine can contribute to the dehydration process by increasing fluid loss. In addition, as a stimulant, it can depress the symptoms of dehydration. Beverages such as soda or juice-flavored drinks might taste refreshing, but the high sugar content is unhealthy for many reasons and should be avoided for hydration except as a last resort.
Many fruits are excellent sources of water as well as being a nutritious snack. Offer fruits often during playtime and throw them in the cooler for after-game snacks. Fruit juice has a higher concentration of sugar than whole fruit and because of that, it’s not the best beverage choice for hydration during strenuous exercise. But the AAP (American Academy of Pediatric) does see a place for it among your options: for activity periods longer than three hours, the AAP suggests a drink of half water and half 100-percent juice.
Eat Your Veggies
Always include high-water-content foods in your daily meal planning to help your family stay well-hydrated at all times so strenuous activities don’t find them in a deficit. In addition to water, fruit, fruit juice, and many vegetables are excellent sources of hydration. Clear soup, especially when made with vegetables, offers an ideal way to get liquid into the diet along with good nutrition.
As they get older, you won’t be able to follow your kids everywhere to ensure they’re getting the liquids they need. But you can help them to understand the importance of hydrating frequently for good health. Instill in them early on the habits of frequent beverage breaks and choosing liquids wisely. Help those good habits along by always packing good sources of hydration into their lunchboxes or backpacks as not-so-subtle reminders to keep up the good work!
Simply praising your child can actually do more harm than good. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to build self confidence in a child.
Have you been practicing? After all the hard work you put in, all the hours and sweat, the time has come.
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Five for Co., Ltd., announced that it will debut its new VR Ninja Dojo at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, beginning November 13, 2018, in advance of its February 10, 2019 launch in Kanda, Tokyo. It has also launched its first promotional video for VR Ninja Dojo on the official website (https://vr-ninja.jp)
Five for will provide visitors to Japan with a unique cultural experience and an unforgettable ninja adventure.
As ninja from a hidden village, visitors will practice the ninja arts and then
ight to earn their ninja license – this is the path of the ninja, VR Ninja Dojo
VR Ninja Dojo is a totally new entertainment institution, combining training, performances by ninja masters, and a final test in battle to provide an unparalleled, immersive ninja experience. Visitors will dress in ninja costumes, and then begin their experience with VR training under a ninja master, learning swordplay, shuriken (ninja stars), martial arts techniques, and ninjutsu (mystical ninja techniques). Then, visitors face a test to earn their status as full ninja, using VR technology to enter a digital world, and skillfully employing their weapons and techniques to defeat enemies one after another in an exciting ninja battle experience. Friends and family can also enjoy watching both the training and the battle on outside monitors, without wearing VR headsets, through mixed reality technology. The audience will also be mesmerized by the beautiful battles of high level players and ninja masters.
The world of ninja fascinates people around the globe
The first VR Ninja Dojo location will open in Kanda, Tokyo, as a dojo aimed at foreign visitors to Japan
Ninja are worldwide representatives of Japan’s cultural cachet. Outside Japan, the word “ninja” has generated countless fans. As a dojo where people can enjoy this popular Japanese subject, VR Ninja Dojo tirelessly pursues ninja authenticity. The interior and exterior of the dojo have been created with a ninja motif, and professional ninjas will serve as the instructors. The enemies participants will face in the VR world are newly designed based on traditional Japanese monsters and zombies, creating an engaging ninja world with no consequences. The first location will open in Kanda, Tokyo, on February 10, 2019, in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. VR Ninja Dojo will provide an unforgettable ninja experience to visitors to Japan.
Gray Wolf Games founder and Wu Wei creator Justin Waggle, said “We’ve successfully fulfilled our Kickstarter campaign and now I’m really excited to have the game available for board game enthusiasts everywhere. It’s the first ever board game that incorporates Taoist cosmology and martial arts principles.”
In this game, “students” are led on a journey to earn five animal cards (representing the legendary five animals from Shaolin Kung Fu) while their master maintains their lineage and cultivates chi. Waggle designed the game for one to six players with games averaging about 45-90 minutes in length.
Wu Wei comes with three levels of play and an engaging solo campaign. At the highest level of the game, Waggle designed Wu Wei so it goes from symmetrical to asymmetrical as one player takes on the role of the emperor and works to unite his people under one banner.
The reviews from the board gaming community have been positive. Lance Myxter from Undead Viking Videos said, “Wu Wei presents the players with fun and interesting choices and it has a very open feel to it. I never felt hemmed in…is it fun? Yeah! Lots of fun!”
“Wu Wei is a rare game with the elegance of an abstract, yet every detail contains deep meaning,” commented Teal Fristoe, who designed Corporate America and Shadow Throne.
The Gray Wolf Games website gives an overview of how to play; features a number of illustrations showing the game’s board, cards, scenarios, and game pieces; and offers a free PDF download of the Wu Wei rulebook.
Waggle believes the game will appeal to a number of different groups, including board game players, martial artists, travelers on a spiritual path, as well as enthusiasts of Asian cultures. “Developing the game was a long process. I worked with a number of artists, designers and game developers along the way and sent prototypes out to people around the world to get their feedback,” he explained.
“Games represent one of the best ways for communicating big ideas. They keep our minds active and open and provide a unique opportunity for interacting with one another. What could be better than having fun, hanging out with your friends, and unlocking the secrets of the universe?” Waggle asked.
Find out more on this game at: graywolfgames.com/wuwei/