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Youth Sports – The Role of Organized Sports in Your Child’s Life

Sports provide your child with many benefits including physical exercise, fun, confidence and a sense of community. And for many children, sports are the most natural and joyful way of expressing grace and excellence in their young lives.

With these benefits in mind, and hoping to provide the best opportunities for your child, you and other parents dutifully sign up your young children for the local youth program of choice.  Surely this is the single best way for children to pursue their interest in sports, 먹튀검증  develop their abilities, and get the most out of the experience.  But is it?

Benefits of Organized Sports

Organized sports, administered by adults, offer one path for a child to learn and appreciate sports.  Skill clinics and traditional developmental youth leagues ideally enable knowledgeable coaches to teach children specific sports skills and team play along with sportsmanship and life lessons.  Proper instruction, balanced with competition suited to the age group and skill level, can provide the program’s youth participants with a great experience.  In addition, activities are supervised, helping to ensure the safety of your child.

Don’t make the mistake, however, of believing that organized sports by themselves will provide your child with the best overall sports experience.  Organized sports are only one part of the equation.

Rich Beginnings

In my youth (and possibly yours) playing and learning sports was a multi-faceted developmental experience.  It began with my Dad introducing me to sports by playing catch and providing some basic instruction.  Too young to play in a youth league back then, I can also recall my Dad occasionally taking me to a local baseball field on a warm summer evening to watch a Little League baseball game.  Mostly, I remember the stop afterwards for an ice cream cone.  In elementary school, a gym teacher began our basic instruction in a variety of games and modified sports.  Games of kickball during gym class and recesses provided a fun introduction to team sports.  At seven or eight, I played in my first neighborhood pickup baseball and football games.  Being one of the youngest, I only hoped to get an occasional chance to catch the ball and take some swings at the plate.  I was thankful for the opportunity to play with older boys and be part of the neighborhood group.  As I grew and became a more accomplished athlete, my role increased–and this success only fueled my enjoyment and interest in sports.

Learning to Become Self-Reliant

But it’s essential to understand that these neighborhood games were much more than just playing sports.  They were also about learning how to interact with other children–without the help of parents or other adults.  We learned how to recruit neighborhood kids, organize the game, deal with arguments, balance our individual competitive instincts against the needs of others in the group, and otherwise manage the game so that everyone wanted (or at least continued) to play.  Often, it was a balancing act to keep everyone satisfied and the game going.  Depending on who was playing and our mood, the games emphasized either relaxed fun or more serious competition.  But most importantly, we controlled our experience–we learned to become more self-reliant.

 

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Dorothy’s Toto Revealed the “Guru” – Learning Self-Reliance During Challenging Times

The Hero’s journey has been described by Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung throughout the 20Th century. I Just never understood it from the point of view of Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz. In a nutshell, the story is extremely powerful and full of metaphor which is why it remains and will always remain a “classic.”

What really stood out for me when I was reading about the symbolism involved in the story was how Dorothy goes on a quest to find “home.” To me, home also means for us adults–realizing we want to be of service and use in this world–home means to discover our passion in our occupation.

So, what do we do? We go on a Hero’s journey to discover that yes, we need brains (Scarecrow) or rational to get to where we want to go, second we want to be excited and passionate about what we do as an occupation so we’ve gotta have heart (Tin-man) and third we realize that in order to make it through this journey and to continue to grow in the direction of our dreams, we must have Courage–(Lion). Courage is extremely important if you ask me.

But Oz–the almighty and all powerful Oz that sits behind his silk screen and orders Dorothy and the others of what to do next to pass the test, and make it back home is really symbolic of the Guru’s we seek out to help us on our journey. What I feel is absolutely brilliant about this character is that even though I have been guilty of looking outside myself for the answers, including in “self-help” books, or through others who claim to know more than I do–I never looked at the all powerful Oz in this light before. We are here to become our own PERSONAL Guru and to start looking within for the answers.

Toto 토토 is the one that realizes this is wrong–(he is representative of our intuition and notice how much Dorothy protects Toto–her intuition (or you could call it “Chris-consciousness”) from anything that would try to entice or force her to sell-out her beliefs and her values. So Toto pulls back the curtain and shows them who Oz really is– just a little man with absolutely no REAL power to bring Dorothy home! Only she (we) have that power.

Here’s my suggestion when we come across times like these, where people are really struggling to get by due to down-sizing, mergers and just flat out corporate necessity (or so they say):

1. Realize that all you need or require to move forward is already within you to make the change. Choose to make the best of the situation by re-evaluating your life and your choice of career. Take a personal development course that really excites you and who knows, maybe it will lead you to where you are meant to be.

2. Let go of the idea that you need a “Guru” to tell you what to do next. Trust that you are the only one–along with Spirit–that knows the right path. And don’t be afraid to ask for help–just be sure that you are not giving away all your power to someone or something OUTSIDE of you! This also ties in with taking responsibility for yourself vs. blaming your job, your spouse, your kids or the economy for that matter.

3. Learn Self-Reliance. You know it wasn’t that long ago when Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote the essay entitled “Self-Reliance” and a lot of what he talks about–is as relevant today as it was back then over a hundred years ago!

Here’s to becoming your OWN personal “guru” and learning self-reliance, so when the economy or your life takes a few blows–you will have the skills and tools to make it to the other side!

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What Is The Powerball and How Can You Increase Your Chances Of Winning?

The Powerball was once named the “Lotto America”, the name changed on June 8, 1999 as well as how the game was played. Now to play this game, you only need $1. With this payment, you get a ticket and five picks from numbers 1 – 55, plus the Powerball 파워볼사이트 number which you get to pick from numbers 1 – 42. The payouts for this game are great if you can get a couple numbers plus the Powerball but the odds are immense. Below you will see the odds for winning at this game.

The odds increase as the amount of numbers you picked accurately increase. The odds are lower for winning the Powerball but the payout increases with the amount of numbers you get plus the Powerball. The odds for winning the Powerball singly are 1 in 68.96 and the payout is just $3. For winning the Powerball and one number your chances are 126.88 with a payout of $4. For winning the Powerball with 2 numbers your chances are 1 745.45. And the odds increase as well as the payout from here on. To win four numbers plus the Powerball the odds are 1 in 584431.85, without the Powerball it would be 1 in 14254.44. If you get all 5 numbers without the Powerball, the payout is a whopping $200,000 but the odds are 1 in 3563608.83. To get the jackpot you would have to match all 5 numbers and the power ball, for this the odds are 1 in 14,610796.

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Survival Tips – The Best Emergency Food Kit

Who Needs The Best Emergency Food Kit?

Who knows what the future holds? If only we knew, day to day, what challenges would arise, we would never be caught unawares. Unfortunately, life just doesn’t work that way. Those who prefer to look forward and make preparations for the “just in case” scenarios are often painted as fringe lunatics and doomsday preppers. However, assembling the best emergency food 먹튀검증 kit for yourself or your family should be something every responsible adult takes seriously. Just a few of the “normal” situations that could arise, when having emergency rations for your family would make sense, include: loss of a job, temporary lay off, extended storm damage or power outage that traps your family at home. Or perhaps you’d just like to be a position to help another family in need, should the opportunity arise. Then there are Armageddon type scenarios that plague the mind of some, and no better way to put those fears to rest than to look ahead and prepare for the worst. Whatever your reasons for looking forward and setting up emergency rations against a difficult time ahead, we are here to help you build the very best emergency food kit for your family.

Identifying Your Needs

First, lay out your preparation strategy. If you’re just getting started in emergency preparation, you may not have more than a day or two worth of food in your cupboard. If that’s the case, building up a thirty day supply of food is a good place to start. If you already have 30 days of emergency rations laid by, the next step may be building up a six month or year emergency food kit. The important thing is to start somewhere, and build your supplies up until you’ve assembled the best emergency food kit that you’re able.

Who Are You Feeding?

Do you have children in the house? Teens? Older or elderly adults? Infants will require special feeding accommodations like milk or formula, while the elderly may have some unique nutritional needs, as well. Map out on paper who you’re building a food supply for and any special things you need to prepare for them, or for yourself. Then consider what it takes to feed that person for a single day.

How Many?

Once you’ve written down what it takes to feed one person for one day, you’ll need to multiply that by the number of people, and the number of days for which you’re preparing.

What Do They Like To Eat?

There’s no need to live for a month on nothing but rice and beans. You don’t want to stock up on three months worth of food that your family won’t touch with a six-foot pole, just because it was cheap. It may keep you alive in a pinch, but you want to enjoy it, if possible. So take the likes and dislikes into consideration as you plan. Don’t forget to consider food allergies, as well. In an emergency situation, you wouldn’t want to face an allergic reaction from cross contamination, so better to avoid problem foods altogether, if possible.