4 Ways To Celebrate The Fourth With Your Kids

It really is true that children make all holidays more exciting, and the Fourth of July is no exception. While watching fireworks at the end of the day is usually the the most traditional and most anticipated aspect of this holiday for children, there are so many fun things to do before the show starts. The Fourth of July festivities don’t have to wait until dark to commence, and there are a lot of great ways to celebrate with your kids earlier in the day. If you’re wondering what activities to plan, read these 4 ways to celebrate the Fourth with your kids.

Make red white and blue treats

Whipping up some sweet treats are an easy way to entertain your children while enjoying quality bonding time. Look up a good sugar cookie recipe, or even more American, an apple pie, and teach your children how to make it. Baking is a simple, fun activity and provides a finished product that acts as the perfect canvas for children to decorate with red, white, and blue icing and star-shaped sprinkles. Decorating treats are also perfect for bigger groups of kids of all ages, but be sure to make plenty because they go fast! Visit our Pinterest board for some good Fourth of July recipes.

Plan fun crafts on hand

Patriotic crafts are a great way to get in the holiday spirit with your children, and are fun for both you and them. Crafts keep kids engaged while developing a family tradition that everyone is sure to cherish. The best crafts for children involve letting them be creative and take reign of their work. Have your child pick out a few rocks from the yard that they can paint with red, white, and blue designs, or create firework artwork using red, white, and blue paint and some straws. View our Fourth of July Pinterest board for more ideas for fun crafts:

Play sports together

Backyard sports are a great way to get your children active on the Fourth, and are also a good way to bond as a family. Set up a volleyball net in the backyard for your family to hit the ball back and forth, or maybe start up a competitive tournament. The more the merrier! Badminton is another backyard sports favorite that is super easy to set up and play. If you want to stray away from the conventional sports, you can even get creative and hold a relay race or water balloon war if it gets really warm.  

Participate in a neighborhood parade

Have your kids decorate their bicycle or golf cart with patriotic decorations to ride in the local Fourth of July parade. Many neighborhoods and cities have small parades in which kids and their parents can join in and display their American pride. Decorating their bicycle and dressing up in red, white, and blue to parade around the neighborhood is a great way to get your kids excited about the day, and is a fun social activity as well.

 

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4 Ways Mentoring Enhances Your Life

Making the decision to join and participate in a mentoring program may be a personal one, but it should never be a difficult one. Choosing which program is the best fit for your personal needs, on the other hand, is where the most important decision-making comes into play. But, generally speaking, simply deciding to participate in a mentoring program should be a no-brainer because these programs offer countless benefits that provide both the mentor and the mentee with invaluable opportunities and experience, and here’s why.

For those considering mentorship, here are 4 Ways Mentoring Enhances Your Life

Mentoring sessions are 100% supportive and completely confidential.

Mentoring sessions are completely confidential, and they provide the mentee with a trusted confidant to talk through any difficulties, setbacks, or problems that are relevant at the time. With the guaranteed trust of both the mentor and the mentee, each mentoring session is certain to a be a productive one, and likely both people will leave feeling refreshed and encouraged on their individual life endeavors.

Mentoring sessions enhances chances for success.

By participating in mentoring sessions, the mentee will gain knowledge, advice, and skills from the real-life experience of someone who is already successful and established in a particular field. Mentoring sessions also provide the mentee with guidance on how to most effectively incorporate the knowledge, advice, and lessons learned into their own life for the highest chances of success.

Mentoring sessions increase professional socialization.

Mentoring sessions are also a chance for the mentee to gain experience in conversing with someone highly well-informed in their field. In doing so, the mentee will gain professional social skills that are tailored to their field and required for success in it. If nothing else, mentoring sessions provide a valuable chance for mentees to network with successful business professionals on a similar career path.

Mentoring sessions provide clarity.

It is completely acceptable for a mentee to go into a mentoring session without a clear idea in mind of what they want their next five, ten, or fifteen years to look like. And what a relieving feeling that is!  Mentoring sessions serve as a tool to create a forward-thinking plan that clarifies future goals and the methods necessary to achieve them. In fact, it’s encouraged to leave behind certain thoughts about the future at the door and enter each session with an open mind. Even if the mentee is sure of their future plans and goals, mentoring sessions provide an opportunity to question and refine these plans so that they serve the mentee in the most successful way possible.

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Why Traveling the World is Actually an Investment in Yourself

One of the main reasons that people don’t just take off from work to travel the world is that they feel that it’s an expensive luxury. They operate under the assumption that travel is for the rich. While it’s true that it takes money and time to be able to travel, it’s anything but a luxury. Traveling the world is actually an investment in yourself. So, this year, make time to broaden your horizon and better yourself by traveling to new places and experiencing other parts of the world.

Traveling the World Puts Your Problems in Perspective

If you’ve ever felt like the weight of the world was on your shoulders, there’s nothing like traveling to a country where others are far less fortunate to alleviate that pressure. When you see how the vast majority of the world lives, it’s almost impossible to feel resentful of your own circumstances.

Hopefully, having your own problems put in perspective will inspire you to give back in a sustainable way to the communities you visit.

Even if you happen to visit corners of the world where people have similar privileges, those experiences still have the ability to impact your perspective. After all, humanity is humanity, and we all have issues we need to work through. When you travel the world, you get a front-row seat to see how everyone else lives, and you start to realize that we all need to work with one another to make the world a better place.

Traveling the World Eliminates Fear of Other Cultures

Again, when you get that front-row seat to the way everyone else lives, you begin to develop a greater sense of empathy. You realize that everyone is a person; everyone deserves love and compassion.

It’s so easy to classify people who don’t look or sound like you as “other,” but the truth is that we’re all human, and there’s no reason to fear one another. The first step to eliminating that fear is to foray into understanding. When you travel the world, you take that leap into understanding and being a part of someone else’s rich and colorful life.

Traveling the World Inspires You to Achieve Greatness

Finally, traveling the world is an investment in yourself in that it inspires you to achieve greatness. Opening yourself up to new perspectives and seeing the world through different lenses allows you to see greater potential in yourself and in others.

Traveling is one of the most inspirational things you can do, so what are you waiting for? Achieve greatness, broaden your horizons, and learn to love the world!

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The Most Important Thing You Can Leave Behind for Your Kids?

What is your legacy? What do you leave behind for your family once you’re no longer with them? If your first thought was just to say, “I have a significant amount of money saved up to take care of them,” then you probably haven’t built a legacy. A legacy is about so much more than money; it’s about the lessons and the values you instill in your kids, the kind that last a lifetime and beyond.

Leave Your Kids a Legacy of Hope

In the darkest of times, the most important of all resources is one that can’t be drilled or mined or even synthesized in a lab. The world needs hope.

One of the greatest and most important things that you can leave behind for your kids is a legacy of hope. Teach them that hope lights up the darkness and dispels all negativity. Instill in them the sense that hope persists, even in the face of extreme adversity.

When you teach your children to hope beyond measure, you create an immeasurably positive legacy that has the power to change the world.

Build a Legacy of Trust

Trust cannot be won. Trust cannot be bought. Trust must be earned and built over time. Like hope, trust is a priceless commodity.

If you possibly can, leave your children with a legacy of trust. Help them to understand the fundamental principles involved in building and maintaining trust. Again, this effort will go a long way to making the world a better place—not only for your kids, but for their kids, and their kids’ kids.

Create a Legacy of Kindness

Above all else, kindness is a virtue that’s everlasting. When you impart the value of kindness to your children, you leave behind a remarkable legacy.

Being kind to their fellow man will not only serve your kids well, it will also improve the world in priceless ways.

Leaving behind financial freedom for your children is wonderful to ensure that they’ll never worry about material comforts, but what’s more important in the end is that your children are kind, trustworthy (and trusting), and hopeful. That legacy will be carried on for generations to come.

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Why Fit Mothers Make for Better Parents

Before you get up in arms, thinking that this is a body-shaming article, rest assured that this article is solely focused on empowering bodies of all types. Fitness is a spectrum, and being fit has almost nothing to do with the way you look and everything to do with the way you function and feel. When you work out and make positive fitness goals for yourself as a mother, you’re far more likely to parent positively and be a happier person all around. Not to mention the strength you develop when you exercise daily! All of that weight-lifting and cardio adds up to being able to chase after and keep up with playfully errant toddlers all day, every day.

In the end, what makes fit mothers better parents? Let’s find out.

Fit Mothers Have Greater Patience

When you’re exhausted, and you feel weak, it can be so much harder to have patience with a screaming kid who’s throwing spaghetti at the wall—and in your face. Luckily, exercising can help mitigate those circumstances.

Getting in a quick morning workout, even just jogging around the neighborhood with the kids in the stroller, makes it that much easier to have patience throughout the day.

Fit Mothers Know How to Manage Time

Speaking of making time for workouts in the morning, being a fit mother means being able to manage time really well. Any parent will tell you that having kids is a full-time, 24/7 job. So, when is there time to sleep, much less workout?

The answer is that fit mothers know how to manage their time. It’s a strength that comes from internal discipline—and also just from a need to stay on top of their fitness. In that way, fit mothers are like super-superheroes.

Fit Mothers Have More Energy

It’s just a fact that exercise gives you more energy. When you’re a new mother—or even if you’ve been a mother for many years—more energy is guaranteed to be at the top of your list of desires.

Having more energy no doubt makes you a better parent. When you’re not tuckered out at the end of the day, you’re able to do more with your kids and be a more engaging and present parent.

All of this is not to say that mothers who don’t exercise aren’t great parents. Parenting, like fitness, is a spectrum, and we all fluctuate from time to time. It’s always important, as with anything, to try to do your best no matter what.

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Is There Such Thing as a Perfect Mentor?

Is there such thing as a perfect mentor? Well, to answer that question, let’s pose an equally loaded one: is there such thing as a perfect person? Absolutely not! That idea is nonsensical. While there’s no such thing as a perfect mentor—and certainly no such thing as a perfect person—there are phenomenal mentors and incredible people. More than that, though, there are collectives of fantastic mentors and people that come together to help one another and propel each other to greater and greater success.

So, no, there isn’t such thing as a perfect mentor, but there are a thousand ways to be a wonderful mentor, and thousands of mentors you can look up to for different levels of guidance.

Great Mentors Work in Teams

Great mentors rarely fly solo. They’re the ones who can be found with an extensive network of contacts, people they know, and hands they’ve shaken. They’re connected, and they love introducing potentially great fits to one another.

When you’re attempting to be a great mentor or find a great mentor, you need only look for the people who seem to love making connections and casting positive nets. It takes knowing a great mentor to become a great mentor, after all.

Spectacular Mentors Work For You

The most spectacular mentors are the ones who aren’t in the game to advance themselves. They’re looking to help others and lay groundwork for the next successful generation of people. That’s why the most influential and helpful mentors are the ones who aren’t working for themselves; they’re working for you.

If you’re wanting to be a spectacular mentor, know that you’ll have to be in it to win it and have a positive attitude and a desire to help others, even if it means you do nothing for yourself in the process.

The Best Mentors Work With You

All of that being said, the onus is not all on the mentor to do the work for his or her mentees. The best mentors are the ones that work with you more than anything else. They’re there to help guide and motivate and steer you in the right direction.

In order to be the best possible mentor, you have to be willing and able to work well with others to achieve their dreams. And that’s about as close to perfect as you can get.

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