Schools these days are trying to get a handle on ‘offensive attire’. What offends one person may not offend another however. Some would argue that this is a blatant repression of their child’s creativity. Some see it as the school system simply jumping onboard the PC train (politically correct). When it comes to Halloween costumes how much is too much?
We Can’t All Dress As Kings
Now the King of Darkness, for example, would be a nice spin on the tired old crowned and gowned monarch. Vampire Costumes are usually a pretty popular choice of costume when it comes to kids. And as long as there isn’t too much blood – this is school, not a slasher film – there’s no harm in it. The same can be said for zombie costumes. You know… the walking dead. Hanging, rotting flesh and severed limbs are probably going to be frowned upon by the powers that be so take the whole disgusting aspect of the walking dead out of the picture altogether. Or at the very least try to tone it down a notch.
Nothing’s Scarier Than A Clown
Time was, a clown was a symbol of the happy go lucky circus character that made us all laugh. NOT! Clowns were scary when I was a kid for gosh sake. And they’re scarier today than ever before. Of course Stephen King’s “It” did nothing at all to reinforce the cheerier aspects of clowns. Quite the contrary in fact. If you weren’t afraid of clowns before watching that movie you certainly had reservations about them afterward. For most, the sight of a clown is enough to send them off screaming into the night. So as long as you don’t go overboard with the scary aspects of your clown, you can undoubtedly get away with the costume and scare the bejeezus out of everyone while appearing seemingly innocent and silly. Even at school.
Don’t worry about having to tone down your costume during school hours. Once that bell rings you can get out your makeup kit and apply that dangling eyeball, razor sharp teeth, fake blood and pull out your spare severed limbs for the real party and, of course, trick-or-treat.
If you fear that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, you are not alone. Rest assured, over 18 million individuals suffer from the same thing every year. Not only is sleep apnea dangerous in and of itself – who wants to wake up dead after all – the lack of sleep can have extreme negative effects on your overall health and the simple things we do every day that often get taken for granted. Sleep deprivation can be caused by any number of breathing issues aside from sleep apnea such as sinus problems, a nasal blockage, allergies and more. It takes a sleep analysis by a professional to be sure.
No Sleep Is Unhealthy + Dangerous
In Individuals over 20 years of age the following percentages of the population have had difficulties as a result of sleep deprivation:
- 8.7% while working (think about some of the truly dangerous jobs out there)
- 10.6% while attempting to rectify financial issues (which may well have occurred because of a loss of sleep)
- 11.4% during driving (4.5% of people have nodded off behind the wheel)
- 13.4% while attempting some do-it-yourself project or hobby (which could well involve the use of a power tool)
- over 18% of people have problems with memory issues
- and more than 23% find it difficult to concentrate
The Answer To This Dilemma?
The answer is simple. If you find yourself suffering from sleep deprivation a sleep clinic or at the very least a clinic or doctor that deals with ear, nose and throat problems could be the answer to your prayers – or at the very least your sleep apnea. More than 29% of the population only gets to sleep about six or less hours every evening. That might be enough for some people but it’s definitely not enough for everyone… Particularly for those who need their mental acuity a daily basis.
There are a number of treatments for sleep apnea these days and one of them could well be perfect for you. Sleep apnea is a health problem and should therefore be covered under your health insurance, but check with your local clinic just to be sure. There is testing and treatment available for just about every sleep condition under the sun. And since over 40 million people in the United States alone suffer from one or more conditions resulting in chronic sleep disorder you certainly don’t have to feel like you’re alone in your plight for restful nights.
Don’t take sleep for granted – even if you feel healthy and don’t seemingly suffer any ill effects from a loss of sleep; at any given moment that sleep deprivation could catch up with you and kick in at the most inopportune time. And who needs that?
Children’s imaginations naturally run wild. Give them an empty box and they can think of a thousand ways that box will play into their story they are making up. If the box is big enough to fit into, all of a sudden it becomes a fort, a castle or a space ship. They can take a stick and suddenly it is a sword or a gun or a sword gun that can hack and slash one minute and shoot zombies they next (which were enemy soldiers on the battlefield just a minute ago which were the evil teachers just a few minutes before that).
Somewhere along the lines many adults lose this kind of creative thinking. Except when we get into trouble, then of course our creativity turns to getting out of a bad situation (“Honestly officer, I didn’t see that red light.” “Oh, no, I didn’t have anything to drink tonight.” “I absolutely positively did not have sex with that woman.” “I will bring you hope and change and change and hope.”)
For kids creativity is much easier since adults tend to be more encouraging when a child displays this ability. It is all in the environment the child finds themselves. With Halloween, Christmas, or even New Years Eve costume parties children especially are able to express their creativity in the costumes they wear.
It’s Story Time Kids!
Whenever a child sees a really inspiring movie, or has a story read to them (or if they can read themselves) they are using their imagination to immerse themselves into that world of the story. Suddenly they are no longer little Jimmy or Madison who lives down the block on 8th avenue. Now they are Frodo Baggins of the Shire, or Raven, Bella Swan or Harry Potter. When kids seen a good movie, or read a good story they want to live the life of that character including dressing like that character even for just a little while.
The Transformation Begins
Kids will want to take on the look of their favorite character. Mass marketing caters to everything about a popular movie or book. And companies will viciously fight to gain the contract to put that character on their pop can, candy bar, or potato chip back. Does this mean kids should only look to what is popular if the character they like is not in vogue at the time? Certainly not! Costumes can easily be bought or put together that take on the appearance of a favorite story character, and even characters the child has created in their own fantasy world. Even if costume suppliers do not have the specific costume you are looking for, they very well will have the parts you are looking for to put the costume together.
So parents, it’s time to once again use your imagination in helping your child use their imagination. You may find you like it to enter back into that fantasy world you once enjoyed as a child!
These days, every parent really does try to give their child every possible advantage. We all know someone who has their newborn on a preschool waiting list just to make sure that they can get in when the time is right or someone who is already having their three month old attending foreign language classes. That is just the way of the world and while some may find it to be silly, you never know what that early influence will lead to. With sports, it is a bit different and before you get bows ready for summer camp and send your child to cheerleading camp for the summer, make sure they are ready for it.
Can They Physically Handle It?
Children take a bit to break and there are parents all over the world that are grateful for this. Children can take spills that would break bones in an adult and still come back laughing. This is something that parents come to depend on but that doesn’t mean that you should chance hurting your child just because you think they can handle it. Cheer camp is a very intense, physical camp and if your child isn’t ready for it, they could really get hurt.
Is Your Child Emotionally Ready?
Even if your child is physically ready, it doesn’t mean that they are emotionally ready to be away from home. Some kids have a very tough time being away from their parents for any length of time and while they may be big and tough on the outside, that isn’t going to keep them from crying for mom at night. You really don’t want to put your child through this, or other children for that matter, so you really need to make sure that they can handle it before sending them.
Deciding what age is perfect for your child to finally attend cheerleading camp is going to be a personal decision that will be different for every parent. No one knows your child like you do. You know their limits. Before shipping your child off, make sure they are ready for it.
As much and dearly as we love our children and love spending time with them, sometimes it is almost impossible to help your child with their homework, while you are cooking dinner. Ignoring the fact that there is usually very little room for your child to spread out their work across the kitchen counter, while you prepare the meal, helping your child with their homework could mean a disastrous meal, by distracting your attention. If you are looking for a way to get more involved with your child’s homework, but can’t figure out a way to fit it into your nightly schedule, perhaps making the move to an outdoor fully equipped kitchen may be the right decision for you.
Parents have busy schedules. Between working, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc., being a parent is a full time job, before you even add in the essential time needed to spend with your children. Sometimes, finding that extra few minutes in the day, to spend with your child can be an impossible task. This is why it is so very important for parents to learn to spend time, with their children, while completing these other responsibilities. By taking the kitchen outside, you can spend more time with your child, while making sure that his meal is every bit as delicious, as you want it to be.
If you are able to take your kitchen outside, this will help you and your child find time for each other. For instance, by taking the meal outside, you have now made your kitchen bigger, giving your child more room to move around and talk to you. If your child is doing their homework, on the patio table behind you, while you are cooking, it is much easier to discuss the homework with him and help him where he needs help.
There are plenty of things we can do as parents to make sure we have more time to spend with our children. Taking the kitchen outside is just one small way to make this happen, but in the end, every little bit helps.