Sending My Son To an Earthquake Zone

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake had hit Nepal and the country was devastated.  Our organization had the opportunity to go and help establish a clean water filter factory to help those in need of water.  He was 11 at the time and Marc had a trip scheduled to Nepal. My son wanted to go but we knew it was not yet “safe.”  I said yes and this is why I did.  My son at 11 already told us that he wanted to help those in need.  To live in a place where people are in need and have the skills to help them.  He is a natural leader and wants his life to be purposeful.  So I sent him and it rocked his world.  He saw homes devastated and people sleeping on the streets.  He felt the pain of not being able to travel due to gas shortages and meet those whose lives were destroyed.  He felt their hopelessness and this confirmed his call.  He was born to make a difference and will never settle for less!  The risk was worth it!

“If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.”

– Shirley Hufstedler

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How Do You Think Your Kids Would Do On A Long Trip?

Take this quiz to find out!

https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/282868/are-you-kids-good-travelers

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Why Kids Need To Be Bored

Do you ever get tired of hearing “are we there yet?”  Do you ever sense a feeling of guilt come over you when you don’t structure activities for the kids at all times?  Be free from that guilt that comes when its finally downtime and they come to you for the hundredth time with “I’m bored!”

Lesson in my life: kids that know how to be bored, make good travelers!

Why?

1. Boredom takes practice (preferably before your next long car ride.)

2. Boredom helps the mind and prevents anxiety.

3. Unstructured time increases creativity.

How can you train your child to do boredom well?  Start now.  Here’s your answer to the next time they say “I’m bored!” Your response? “Good! Because being bored is good for you.”

Get your children ready to be world travelers now! Limit device time and increase outdoor time. Don’t let their complaining change this!

For more information, check out the article below:

http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/intelligent-creative-child/boredom-busters-good-for-kids

Lessons in Bathing an Elephant

What did I learn from bathing an enormous, bristly, wet creature?

1. Peace comes from taking in nature, especially BIG nature.
2. Risk is usually worth it.
3. Kids need it.
4. The more senses you can pull into your experiences, the better.
5. Comfort comes at a cost. Get dirty!

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