5 Benefits For Young Children And Teens Participating In Dance Exam Sessions Within Dance Schools

Dancing is something rather nostalgic to those of us who are now fully grown. Often adults will say, “gee I wish my mother had pushed me to stay in dance classes such as ballet and tap when I was little and not listened to me when I said I wanted to stop!” We tend to look back at these early years and recall and realise that we were in a good lifestyle routine.

1) Dance exams help to instill dedication and commitment in children and teenagers.

The young dance students must have a good work ethic to keep up with the work which is being taught to them within the dance school by their teacher. The young dancers must also think for themselves and many dance teachers will ask them to practice their exercises at home in the hope that the dance student will grasp and show great signs of improvement week on week. It is after all a two-way street!

2) A sense of responsibility.

The words ‘exam’ or ‘sho

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Three Effective Ways How to Teach Kids and Teens About Mandalas

Mandalas are geometric patterns starting from a central dot, working outward in repetitive patterns, often integrating symbols and vibrant colour. A circle within a circle is a universal pattern full of symbolic meaning. It is simple yet contains an element of the eternal. Mandalas remind us of our relation to the infinite world both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

There are numerous ways to teach kids and teens about the beauty, complexity, universal nature and healing powers of mandalas. Three of which will be discussed here along with specific examples and applications.

Explore Mandalas in Nature

Mandalas are all around us. One simply has to walk through a garden to find beautiful flowers in bloom and appreciate their circular, repetitive patterns. Increasing awareness of the many manifestations of mandalas in nature can begin by examining an atom. Each cell is a mandala. On a grander scale the universe with the rotation of the planet

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Natural Help For Pain Common In Kids, Teens And Young Adults

Many adults may be unaware that kids, teens and young adults frequently experience painful conditions on a frequent basis. An adult used to having pain from injuries, repetitive stress and old age may find it inconceivable that youngsters can suffer similar maladies. This article will discuss pain syndromes common in young people, recent research detailing this problem and a natural approach to help alleviate this predicament.

While we may think of young people as being less active than previous generations, a brief assessment of their activities will show otherwise. How many of the boomer generation participated in extreme sports like half pipe snowboarding, extreme skateboarding or acrobatic bicycle riding? While sports like football, cheerleading, hockey and lacrosse have existed for generations, recent participants are practicing and competing at a much more demanding level than ever before. Athletes are bigger, stronger and faster. Cheerleaders perform much more acrobati

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Kids and Teens and the Phone: Creative Solutions for Your Family

I’m always impressed and amazed by the creative solutions that parents and families come up with to solve problems.

This creative and elegant solution came from a family with whom I once worked.

Their son had his own phone and an answering machine that they had provided. They decided that whenever their son violated his phone privileges, he would put the following on his answering machine or cell phone that said, “Hi, this is John. I’ve violated my phone privileges and I can’t talk to you today. So just leave a message and I’ll talk to you tomorrow at school.”

This one worked so well that they had to use it only twice.

Another family created solution

Another family has learned just to stop calls at a certain hour of the night. After that time, no non-emergency calls for their child would be accepted. They define an emergency as something that would cause imminent physical or emotional harm.

If you t

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Is Hot Yoga Good For Kids and Teens?

Is heated yoga cool for kids?

Seems that this hot secret is finally out: kids can benefit from hot yoga as much as adults. And even more so.

As such, many hot yoga studios are seeing an uptick in the attendance of youngsters, particularly tweens.

On the physical level, yoga has been shown to enhance physical flexibility, coordination and strength, all of which makes children less injury-prone on the playing field. And kids of all ages play a lot of sports in school and after school, including college level sports.

On an emotional level, children who practice yoga often show increased self-esteem. They are better able to focus on tasks and manage stress in school including tests, homework, and a social life which can become quite stressful as they enter the tween years.

My own two children started yoga with me when they were 14 and 17 (my daughter actually attended yoga with me when she was 5 years old; but she started practicing on her own at 14).

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Permissive Education Is Doing Irreparable Harm to Our Kids and Teens

What a kid wants, most of the times, is not what he/she needs. Adolescence is often thought of as a turbulent period – a period of rebellion from authority. Kids and teens have a distorted vision of themselves or of the world. It is not uncommon that they managed to create an insular world in which they can pretend to be utterly detached and uninvolved. They love vampire romance, gothic paraphernalia, and other weird things. Is this really the normal state of affairs? What is going to force them a moment of clarity? What they do need are order and routine, which could affect virtually every aspect of their lives. By order, I don’t mean military discipline. What I do mean is organization, which is best indicated indirectly by saying that order is the result of having purpose. Personality has a lot to do with self-esteem.

During the 50s and 60s, there was consistent discipline between home and school life. Today, home life isn’t structured and the school day i

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