Life’s To-Do List

Here’s Your Check-List:

Dream big.
Plan ahead.
Get up early.
Stay focused.Read More »

If You Grew Up in the 80’s…

  1. You know what “Sike” means.
  2. You know the profound meaning of “Wax on, Wax off.”
  3. You know that another name for a keyboard is a “Synthesizer.”
  4. You can sing the McDonald’s Big Mack, Filet-o-fish, Quarter Pounder, and French Fry song.
  5. You know who Mr. T is.
  6. You know who Fat Albert is. And who was old boy with the pink mask?
  7. You ever wore fluorescent, neon clothing.
  8. You could breakdance, or wish you could.
  9. You wanted to be The Hulk for Halloween.
  10. You Believed that saying “By the power of Greyskull!”  You actually HAD the power.Read More »

20 Activities to do With Your Kids Other Than Watch TV

Almost half of kids spend at least two hours a day watching TV. While this may sound harmless enough, numerous studies have come out showing that TV is definitely taking its toll on American children.

UPDATE: When I first posted this (8 years ago in 2010) TV still mattered. Now the cell phone is the mind-sucking device that plagues parents. This article is still valid, though.

For instance, a study in the April 2004 journal Pediatrics found that every added hour of watching TV increased a child’s odds of having attention problems at age 7 by about 10 percent. Those who watched for three hours a day between the ages of 1 and 3 were 30 percent more likely to have attention trouble at age 7 than those viewing no TV.

The notion that kids watch far too much TV is a no-brainer, literally. My strong recommendation is to minimize TV watching to no more than a few hours per WEEK, as a short attention span is only the beginning of the problem with TV. Here are some of the other negatives of kids watching TV:Read More »

How The News Works

TV and Your Child’s Brain – EXPLAINED

I looked at some research into how TV affects the viewers brain. I will try to explain it in simple terms (because I am rather simple myself)

  • The stimulus (TV/Porn/Movie/Music video/etc) sends A/V signals to the subject’s brain.
  • The subject’s brain then processes what it is experiencing with eyes and ears.
  • The subject is stationary, usually at rest, in a familiar setting and is comfortable there.
  • The violent stimulus triggers natural fight or flight reactions in the subject’s brain, but the subject is not in any real danger, so the subject’s brain suppresses any reactions.
  • Change the stimulus and the respective reactions take place in the brain, usually contrary to the subject’s state, and the brain suppresses further.
  • There are no exciting videos of people sitting on their couches. The SIMS is the closest you’re going to get to that, haha, so the stimulus is almost always in direct contrast to the viewer’s current state.

Now, with that said, what happens when the brain reacts, then is suppressed – repeatedly? Well, over a 120 minute movie with the action, romance, and drama peaking and falling throughout, the brain gets a good workout. As an adult you’re used to it, but with a kid, they’re just learning to suppress these things, and what happens is they build up the feelings rather than suppressing them. So, at the end of a fighting movie they want to release that build up, and they act-out. At the end of a sad movie they might be on a downer, or appear saddened. Over time, they develop coping mechanisms, but some kids don’t and they act-out all the time, and as they grow up they act-out on a larger scale.

Think About It.