Kids Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/kids/ Second Vermont Republic Tue, 22 Jun 2021 13:34:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg Kids Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/tag/kids/ 32 32 8 Signs You Were Meant to Be a Teacher https://vermontrepublic.org/signs-you-were-meant-to-be-teacher/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 13:34:27 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5874 All of your life, you have been told that you should become a teacher. Do you have what it takes to be an effective educator? Beyond making the grade in your college courses, there are certain traits that help determine an effective teacher. Read on to see if you have what it takes. You Can …

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All of your life, you have been told that you should become a teacher. Do you have what it takes to be an effective educator? Beyond making the grade in your college courses, there are certain traits that help determine an effective teacher. Read on to see if you have what it takes.

You Can Organize Your Way Out of a Mess

Wrangling kids and assignments takes more than a good planner and a few sticky notes posted as reminders to get things done. Teaching requires a sixth sense operating in the background. Somehow you can keep different strings of thought running together.

No one knows the meaning of organization like a teacher. Take dozens of children, hundreds of assignments, and a stack of daily requirements and put them together in orderly fashion. If you find yourself capable of organizing chaos, you already possess one of the most important characteristics of a successful teacher.

Multitasking is a first cousin to organization. The need to multitask goes beyond simply organizing stacks of loose papers and dueling schedules. As a teacher you must be prepared constantly to wear multiple hats depending on the needs of your students at any given time.

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You Are Flexible

If you are consistently able to adapt to the needs of others around you, teaching may be your calling. Imagine that you are standing center stage in front of a room filled with adolescents trying to impart to them the importance of the Pythagorean Theorem. An argument ensues between students. You are thrust into multiple roles.

On one hand, you are still a math teacher. On the other hand, you have now become a counselor, a referee, and possibly a judge. Teaching requires flexibility. Dealing with children day in and day out requires the ability to shift into whatever role is needed at the given moment.

For younger children, this is especially true. You might be a substitute parent. For special needs kids you might be their voice and loyal advocate. Either way, teaching requires the ability to read the situation and adapt quickly.

You can Make Do With Few Resources

You are the McGuyver of art projects. Given few resources, you can whip up a science fair project worthy of blue ribbons. If you are able to create brilliance with few resources, you might be a teacher.

Educational funding is notoriously limited. In some areas, teachers buy classroom supplies out of their own pockets just to ensure their students have everything they need. Putting together a few resources is a staple talent of a teacher.

You Can Love the Unlovable

Compassion is a must for a teacher. Each student has a background and a story that affects their ability to relate to others in the classroom. As a teacher, you have the desire to take even the toughest kids under your wing and nurture them until they blossom into the best versions of themselves.

A teacher can see the diamond in the rough. To you, all young people have value. You can see past a tough demeanor and love the person within. Regardless of the setting, you have a big heart that rejoices when others succeed. You see the best in people, and you are optimistic that there is good in everyone.

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You Are Patient While Others are Speaking

A toddler attempts to tell you a joke for the tenth time. You listen as enthusiastically as you did the first time. Your ability to remain patient while others are speaking means you might have the makings of a wonderful teacher.

Teachers spend their working lives around young people who are not equipped to communicate clearly like an adult. If you can sit still while a first grader relates a story to you, you are indeed destined for teaching greatness.

The need for patience extends well beyond the early elementary years. Teens and preteens are notorious for their resistance to communicating with the adults in their lives. As a compassionate teacher, you can listen as long as it takes.

You Check Your Ego at the Door

Seeing another person succeed is more important to you than recognition for your own brilliance. You are happiest when others around you shine. If you are happy to watch others enjoy their moment in the sun, you might be a teacher.

The teaching profession requires you to have an ego that is easily checked. The goal at the end of the day is not to prove yourself right, but to prove to your students what they can do.

You Have a Wicked Sense of Humor

You find yourself able to laugh at the silliest knock-knock jokes. Not only can you laugh at silly humor, but you have the ability to tell a story and capture the interest of the small people in the room.

Humor is a must for hours spent with children of all ages. More than just laughing at the oddest jokes, you must find humor in difficult situations. You can laugh at yourself and move beyond mistakes.

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You Have the Heart of a Volunteer

If you find yourself pitching in for the good of others regardless of reward, you have the heart of a teacher. At the core of every teacher is a volunteer. Teaching is a noble career choice. At the end of the day, however, it is more than a job. It is a calling.

A lengthy study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that teachers who worked with Teach for America, a nonprofit group dedicated to preparing the best leaders for the future, performed better on end-of-year tests than other teachers. The conclusion had less to do with the training Teach for America teachers receive and more to do with the characteristics the applicants possess in the first place.

If you are anything like the characteristics described above, you might be a natural teacher. Children are drawn to you. You have the ability to reach them on their level, no matter how difficult the job may be.

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10 Things to Avoid Doing When Fighting for Child Custody https://vermontrepublic.org/fighting-for-child-custody/ Wed, 17 Mar 2021 09:17:02 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5566 Divorces can get pretty ugly, and figuring out how to deal with child custody is a tricky process for both parents. Going through it and experiencing difficulties of any sort can make an impact in the long run. Are you trying to win the custody battle, but also trying to make your child feel secure …

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Divorces can get pretty ugly, and figuring out how to deal with child custody is a tricky process for both parents. Going through it and experiencing difficulties of any sort can make an impact in the long run. Are you trying to win the custody battle, but also trying to make your child feel secure and safe throughout the process? Keep on reading, and understand what to avoid when fighting for custody.

  1. Watch out when it comes to your behavior

Keep your behavior under control, and stay cool, calm, as well as collected. The evaluation process is pretty much the same for primary residential parents or weekend visits. Do not come off as a problematic or tough case, and stay positive no matter what is thrown your way. The judge knows that children love to mimic their parents and their behavior, which is why you have to put your best foot forward.

  1. Don’t yell or raise your voice

Some conversations can be secretly recorded by others around you, which is why you have to be cautious at all times. You shouldn’t come off as an abusive or physical person, especially if you are a man looking to get custody of his kids. Some will think of you as a violent person, which will make your case even harder to go through. Do not yell or raise your voice, especially if there are other people near you. This will make you look like a bad guy, which is an image that you should avoid.

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  1. No physical confrontations

Making physical contact with another person can be seen as a crime or an assault. Even though if you do have a short temper you should stay away from physical contact, or simply stay away from your loved ones before you get angry. Try to work on your anger management issues before you start taking care of your children.

PS: Children who witness domestic violence early on will suffer developmental challenges as well as life-long emotional problems. Remember this if you wish to protect your kids or others around you.

  1. Don’t move in together

Divorce can be quite tricky for children since it is a hard time for them to grasp the concept that their parents are no more in love or happy. However, you will make things even more complicated and messy by ignoring the issue, and by moving in together just for the sake of their happiness. Rather get them used to this process slow and steady, and let them know that you two should spend some time apart.

  1. Don’t criticize your spouse

You should expect your friends to talk with both parties (especially if they are mutual friends). However, assume that they will make a lot of negative comebacks just to get the two of your arguing. Some caseworkers will ask your friends for their feedback, as well as opinions on your spouse. You should show a good image and present them in the best way possible. Do not make false accusations either since this can get you more cons than pros.

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  1. Don’t forget to pay child support

If the court enters an order of support and you choose to ignore it, you will face more damage than you’d imagine. Judges feel that paying child support is important since it sets the boundaries and bars high, as well as right off the bat. Your child support amount will vary, but you should have receipts and prove that you are a good parent, capable of raising your kid or kids on your own.

  1. Don’t damage their property

This can be a common move among men or women who have been cheated on or those who are feeling lost in the process. However, violence and vandalism will make you look like a bad guy in your story. Also, you will have to repay the price and cover any form of damaged goods, and your kids will most likely end up with the other parent. Don’t make a mess, and think twice before you end up doing anything reckless.

  1. Don’t take your kids too far without giving a heads up

If you have a family vacation or something special planned out it is crucial to talk about it beforehand. Mutual agreement and planning ahead, as well as keeping a conversation is crucial in your case. You shouldn’t just take off with your kids since there are some strict rules and custody rules that apply in this case, so heads up!

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  1. Don’t pick them up from school

If you two have had an agreement among yourself – do it. However, if you are planning something sudden and out of the ordinary, you should stay away from such ideas and plans. Do not make a distraction for your kids, and think about their education as well as everyday habits. The primary custodian should pick them up and take care of them as you’ve agreed upon.

  1. Don’t move in with a new partner

Last, but not least, know that this is a bad idea and a low blow for your partner. If your marriage did end because your spouse had an affair just know that starting a new life with that person will be an issue for your children. It does take time to get used to the other person, and your children will have a hard time adapting and liking him or her. Make sure that they are out of the picture for quite some time and start living with them only after everything is resolved and once your kids are used to the situation.

What is the right move to do?

If you need a bit more help with your case and you’re looking for consultations you should check out Trusted Legal Solutions. They have different levels of services that they can offer you + you will feel safe and secure when it comes to their approach!

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The Good and Bad Effects of TV on Children – 2023 Guide https://vermontrepublic.org/good-and-bad-effects-of-tv-on-children/ Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:40:44 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=3516 The greatest risk of harmful influence of the television is reflected in the fact that the media today are often abused in order to impose certain things to people around the world. Our youngest are the most vulnerable group that the media could easily influence. Everything they see on the screen brings a certain risk …

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The greatest risk of harmful influence of the television is reflected in the fact that the media today are often abused in order to impose certain things to people around the world. Our youngest are the most vulnerable group that the media could easily influence. Everything they see on the screen brings a certain risk of affecting them – in a good or in a bad way.

That’s why paying attention to the time they spend next to the TV is the major point of protecting them. The fact is that their interest in watching such content decreases their need for engaging in some kind of physical activity or spending time outdoors, hanging out with other children. And sadly, this might be the main culprit for children’s frequent absence from the streets, parks or playgrounds.

On the other hand, not everything is as bad as it seems. If you make a deal with your kid of the time they spend in front of the screen, positive results are simply guaranteed. This way, they see some good things that are happening in another part of the world, learn and find out brand new things. From an educational point of view, television can broaden horizons and encourage them to search for new knowledge and ambitions.

Here we’ll present both the good and bad sides of watching a television program in the text that follows so that you can get a better understanding of its advantages and disadvantages.

Good effects

1. Educational aspect

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Children can be educated in different ways through television. Various shows are intended exclusively for kids and help them learn something new. It will certainly be more interesting for them than sitting in school desks and listening to endless lectures. Their attention is more focused, no one forces them to do so, and thus they have a more relaxed approach to everything.

According to tvaerialinstaller.co.uk, with the development of cable television, a huge number of channels that provide a variety of educational possibilities have emerged. Each has its own theme and provides education in different areas. Program content is intended for both older and younger ages.

This way your little ones can choose whether they would rather watch the animal kingdom in National Geographic Channel or learn languages via numerous cute cartoons – it’s up to them and their preferences.

2. Entertainment

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Regardless of the child’s age, watching a TV show can always be fun. For the youngest ones, even the presence of cheerful colors and sounds could elicit a smile, while the older ones kill time with quality movies and series.

Many providers offer a lot of channels with great sports and music content, depending on the packages you choose – you can learn more about the installation options here – and in that way, they help children to build their taste and their interests in the right direction, and to have fun at the same time.

3. It boosts creativity and develops abilities

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Curiosity naturally moves and inspires kids to try to do what they see on the screens by themselves. Nowadays you’ll be able to find numerous shows with practical tips on how to make something at home by yourself, or how to cook.

By watching such content, they try to learn to cope with certain situations. Girls start with recipes for their favorite cookies, and boys start with how to set a screw. The youngest ones reach for paper, crayons and scissors to draw or make something nice. All this means expressing their creativity freely and becoming more capable.

4. Languages

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In the early years of life, children remember best, which has been proven and verified. Psychologists and parents agree that this is the perfect period to learn a foreign language that’s necessary for everyone in the modern world today. Wherever they go when they grow up, with the help of language they can manage to cope with various situations and thus this might be the most crucial educational segment.

Foreign language programs are ideal for this purpose, as young brains will absorb it in the right way and it will be a great addition to the knowledge they acquire in school.

Bad Effects

1. Impact on social life

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A child who’s used to spending too much time in front of the TV will always opt for it rather than hanging out with peers. The ability to socialize is greatly affected by this and this might represent a problem that develops rapidly and explosively.

While all their neighbors and friends could spend time running in the park or riding a bike, TV children will prefer to stay home and simply watch their favorite cartoons. Limiting the time of such activities will help them to be more in the fresh air and less at home. Also, they’ll be among others of their age, and when they grow up, they won’t have social barriers.

2. Health aspect

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Health needs to come first – always. Remember this sentence the next time you find your child spending the whole day in front of the screen. When it comes to health, television can’t bring you anything good except for some educational shows about it.

Constant sitting or lying position is typical for fans of everyday TV watching. This way, kids become lazy. They don’t do any sports or other physical activities, muscles are getting weak.. and then fattening occurs… You know those succulent bites you simply adore while binge-watching your favorites? Well, it also contributes to fattening as on such occasions we aren’t aware of how much we can actually eat.

Among other things, constantly staring at the screen causes eye strain. The kid’s vision is weak and sooner or later they’ll probably be forced to seek an ophthalmologist and get some glasses.

3. A distorted view of reality

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The program abounds with movies and series full of violent scenes. The youngest members of the family might see it as a way to solve problems once they get used to it. On the other hand, it can scare them and they can get the impression of living in an unsafe place.

Weapons, drugs and other elements of the criminal movie genre aren’t usually recommended for people under the age of 18. For the benefit of their loved ones, parents should adhere to that and change the channel and animate their kids in some other way.

The fact is that both the good and bad sides are numerous. But none of them have to prevail in your children’s lives if you set a limit and teach them the right behavior. You may encounter dissatisfaction at first – but your children will realize it and they’ll be extremely grateful to you once they grow up.

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Tips For Choosing a Trampoline https://vermontrepublic.org/tips-for-choosing-a-trampoline/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:00:35 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=2301 Trampolines have been around for a very long time, 83 years to be exact, and since their creation, they have provided a constant thrill for children all over the world. The creators, George Nissen and Larry Griswold drew inspiration from trapeze artists and their safety nets and wanted to bring that feeling of thrill when …

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Trampolines have been around for a very long time, 83 years to be exact, and since their creation, they have provided a constant thrill for children all over the world. The creators, George Nissen and Larry Griswold drew inspiration from trapeze artists and their safety nets and wanted to bring that feeling of thrill when bouncing through the air to everyday people. Created in 1936 and built in a garage from scrap metal and tire inner tubes, the ‘bouncing rig’ became a circus act and gained a lot of public interest.

Besides being one of the inventors, Nissen was also a teenage gymnast, hence he performed on the device, earning the name Campeon de Trampolin in Mexico. Trampoline means diving board in Spanish and is where Nissen got the idea for its name.

Today, they can be easily found in many places, one of them being people’s backyards, where children especially enjoy bouncing around on them. However, they can not only be a fun exercise for the kids but for the parents as well since they actually offer quite a few health benefits. So if you have finally decided to get one for your family, here are some things to consider when buying.

  1. The Shape

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They are available in several shapes with each holding special benefits. They are manufactured round, oval, square, and rectangular. The shape you pick should depend on two factors – the number of jumpers and your preference.

Round – The most popular and usually the most budget-friendly shape, it comes in a variety of sizes and ranges. It provides a lot more surface to bounce on and wherever you start you will usually end up in the middle thanks to the even distribution of springs. 

Rectangular – Usually used by gymnasts and professionals, they will not send you back to the middle because the springs work independently. This means that users need to be more cautious and control where they take off and land, so it is recommended for kids and adults who are keen jumpers. 

Oval – A mix between the two, it provides the best of both round and rectangular devices. They offer a larger jumping area, but also have two distinct bouncing areas at both ends. However, depending on the manufacturer, some of them might lack bounce.

  1. They Type

There is a wide selection when it comes to types which include the standard, mini, kids, bungee, and even water trampolines. Also, you will have to decide whether you would like an indoor or outdoor and spring or springless one. The type and shape will also determine how bouncy these pieces of equipment are, so if extra bounciness is something you really want, trampoline.guides can help you find the world’s bounciest trampoline. 

  1. The Size 

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One of the most important things is to buy a device that is appropriate for the user’s age. More often then not, less is more since the overall performance depends on the person’s weight.  For toddlers ones that are 4-5ft and 6-7ft in size are perfect, for kids 8ft or 10ft ones are ideal, while for children and adults 12 or 14ft are the right choice. 

  1. The Weight 

Each equipment’s weight capacity is always listed in the specifications, so make sure you buy one that suits the number of people who would like to use it. Whether you have a small or big family, determine how many of you could potentially be using it at once and pick a type accordingly. 

  1. Available Space 

For indoor spaces, mini or kids ones should work just fine, although if you are planning on a more standard type, always make sure that the ceiling is a few feet higher to avoid any accidents. For the outdoors, the size will, of course, depend on how big your garden is. For example, 4-8ft ones will fit in smaller gardens while 8 to 10ft are great for medium-sized spaces. For large backyards, you can choose all of the previous sizes, but also 12 or 14ft ones. 

  1. Safety 

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Safety is crucial when it comes to using trampolines, so consider all the safety standards before making an investment. It is better to buy one that comes with an enclosure net, but if you really like a model and it does not have one, you can always buy it separately and attach it. 

  1. Construction Material

The materials used to construct these devices should be durable and high-quality. The enclosure entrance shouldn’t just have a zipper but also reinforced stitching to make it more durable. The bottom attachment of your safety net is equally significant since it will prevent anyone from falling out or getting their limbs stuck, so make sure there are no spaces or holes at the bottom of your net.

Safety pads should provide enough cushioning and secure coverage for the springs. Although on a well-built, quality trampoline nobody should often come in contact with them, there is no such thing as being too safe. 

  1. The Surface 

Investing in this equipment is great but only if you have the right surface for it such as grass or soil. Also, you will need to place it on level ground and ensure the area under is always clear to avoid unnecessary injuries. 

  1. Your Budget

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It wouldn’t be completely wrong to say that the price reflects the quality, however, it also doesn’t mean that the cheaper options are always poor quality. Whatever your budget is, you will be able to find one to fit it, just always make sure the construction parts are safe and sturdy for your family to use. 

  1. Longevity

Similarly to the budget, the price of the device usually affects how long it will last. There is also a possibility that cheaper ones might require a bit more maintenance over the years than more expensive ones as the materials that are most commonly replaced include the padding, jumping mat, netting, and more. This might make the less expensive options actually pricier over time.

Conclusion

As much fun as these pieces can be, always stay alert and supervise your children every time they are on a trampoline. Regularly check its condition before using it and make sure that the appropriate amount of people are on it at one time. Other than that, enjoy all the benefits this recreational device has to offer and of course, do not forget to have a great time.

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