POWERED BY KEN MYERS

KENNEY MYERS


CALL ME KEN, KENNEY, OR KENNETH!

Kenney (Ken) Myers is first and foremost a Christian, a father of 3 amazing kids, and a husband of an amazing woman (Jolene).

Ken is also an Executive with over 15 years of experience leading companies serving as CFO, CTO, COO, and CEO of several successful business ventures including WhiteFence, CollegeDegrees, CMN, eNannySource, GoNannies, and Morningside Nannies.

  • CARE

    WHAT I DO

    I am very active in the care industry this includes childcare, senior care, pet care, and other types of in-home care services. In addition to running multiple websites and businesses in this industry I also participate in various coalitions and organizational boards.

  • KENS

    WHAT I KEN

    Just for fun I like to create lists of Kens that have existed over time. I’m not exactly sure why. Of course, they may be commonly referred to as Ken, Kenny, or Kenneth. There are very few out there like me that go by Kenney which I give all the credit to my parents for making it unique.

  • POETRY

    WHAT I WRITE

    I have been writing poetry for years. Actually, ever since I can remember I have enjoyed expressing myself via prose. From co-writing our high school fight song with my father, to rapping through the halls, and now just expressing my thoughts… It’s a great creative outlet for me.

  • CHRISTIAN

    WHAT I AM

    I was born into a very strong Christian family. My father is a Presbyterian minister and I can’t thank both him and my mother enough for raising us to be strong believers. This is a huge part of who I am and who I strive to be as a father, husband, leader, and person in general.

Drawings & Videos // This section shows off some of what I do in my spare time from cartoon drawings, caricatures, and various videos including my favorite stop motion iPhone videos.

I will also do my best to represent some of the projects that I am working on through screenshots and photos.

About this Blog // You will find a wide variety of content on my blog. Some of which was mentioned above and other of which will be simply random subjects that catch my attention from time-to-time. I thoroughly enjoy reading and writing on a wide variety of subjects so you never know what might pop up on my blog. Please subscribe to my feed!

  • THE BOTTOM LINE

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    We all have heard this before
    when someone tells us they can’t
    It usually is accompanied
    by some crazy sort of rant
    They are too fat, too tall
    not smart enough, too small,
    too overwhelmed, too smart,
    too skinny, or falling apart
    They don’t have enough money,
    They don’t have the right team
    They have too much work to do
    They are running out of steam
    It seems there are tons of reasons
    They can think to make it true
    Yet the surest way I know to fail
    Is to give up before you start
    Because if you don’t believe you can
    Then you won’t have enough heart
    Indeed it is then always the case
    That you might as well resign
    Because you don’t have what it takes
    And that my friends is the bottom line

    Article publié pour la première fois le 22/02/2013

  • 35 BLOGS FOR LOW CARB LIVING

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    Those of you that know me and specifically have eaten out with me recently know that I am a low-to-no carb guy nowadays.  In fact for nearly a year I haven’t had any bread (outside of communion and when I had no choice).  I found the Ideal Protein diet to be one that really worked well for me and it provided me with a lot of guidance around how to avoid the carbs I have LOVED for years (pastas, breads, cereal, etc.). While I haven’t technically been on the diet for a few months, I still adhere to the low-to-no carb philosophy and put together this list of 35 articles/blogs that may help make the low carb lifestyle easier for my friends, family and readers to get behind.

    Low Carb Lifestyle
    Leading a low carb lifestyle can be difficult and you may have questions about whether it’s a good idea or not.  These five bloggers will give you some insight into maintaining a low carb diet and the benefits of eating that way.

    Low Carb Appetizers
    If you are looking for some low carb appetizers for your next get together (especially if I am attending), you’ve come to the right place.  These five blog entries will give you some low carb appetizer options and your guests won’t even realize that they’re eating low carb.

    Low Carb Side Dishes
    For a low carb lifestyle you need to get out of the mindset that every meal needs to have a starch.  This method of eating stems back to the meat and potatoes generation, which is how many of us were brought up.  Here are five blog posts that have low carb side dish recipes.

    Low Carb Snacks
    If you’re having trouble finding low carb snacks that are satisfying and don’t break the bank, look no further.  These five blogs will give you some low carb snack ideas for the whole family.

    Low Carb Desserts
    It’s easy to think that you will never get dessert again if you are on a low carb eating plan, but you just need to change how you think about dessert.  If you avoid sweets most of the time, then other food becomes sweeter naturally.  These five blog posts have some low carb dessert recipes to help you.

    Low Carb Menus
    Coming up with menus day after day that are low carb can be quite a chore.  It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and default to making the same tried and true meals over and over (which I am infamous for).  Here are five blog posts that will help you plan some low carb menus.

    Crock Pot
    On those days that you are busy you can throw something in the crock pot (or convince someone else to do that for you) and still stay low carb.  These recipes are simple to prepare and are quite tasty according to these five bloggers.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 21/01/2013

  • HOW TO FOSTER GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP IN YOUR KIDS

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    sportsmanshipParticipation in group sports has a wide range of benefits for kids, from teaching them valuable teamwork skills to encouraging physical fitness and active play. However, organized sports can also bring out the worst in kids if they’re not taught the importance of good sportsmanship and why they should always work to be good sports. Fostering a sense of good sportsmanship starts at home, and isn’t the sole responsibility of coaches. These tips can help you create an environment in which sportsmanship reigns supreme and avoid potential problems with kids’ behavior later.

    Start Early

    As with many important behavioral lessons, helping kids understand and exhibit good sportsmanship is easier when you start early. Help little ones understand why they shouldn’t become angry or upset when they lose a game, and start talking about the importance of being a good sport long before kids start participating in team sports. The younger your child is when she starts learning these lessons, the easier it will be for her to retain them and behave accordingly.

    Model Good Sportsmanship

    It’s not easy to teach your child to be a good sport when he watches you berate officials, chastise his coach or complain bitterly about a loss. Your kids learn more about how to interact with and react to the world by observing your actions than anything else, so you must make an effort to model the qualities of good sportsmanship at all times. Even if you’re seething over what you perceive to be a bad call, don’t let on to your child that you’re angry. Witnessing your tirades after hearing a long speech on the virtues of sportsmanship not only sends a conflicting message to your child, but also calls your teachings into question when they don’t match up to your actions.

    Emphasize Enjoyment and Effort Over Winning

    If your kids learn that winning at all costs is the most important aspect of participating in team sports or playing a game from listening to you, they start to focus solely on winning and not on playing the game for enjoyment. When they believe that the only important thing is to win, they’re more likely to behave in unsportsmanlike ways or even to cheat in order to bring home a victory. Talk about how much fun your child has playing soccer after a game, not all the ways in which she could have won.

    Discourage Gloating After a Win

    Rubbing a victory in an opponent’s face is just as unsportsmanlike as throwing a temper tantrum after a loss. You should never encourage your child to gloat after a win, especially in front of the team she’s just beaten. Talk about accepting both defeat and a victory with grace, and look for talking points about the rudeness of gloating to drive your point home.

    Understand That Heckling is Bullying

    Too many sports parents believe that heckling is part of playing a game, encouraging that behavior in their children and perpetuating a cycle of bullying, both on and off the field. Help your child to understand that there is no difference between trash-talking and bullying, and make sure she understands that you won’t tolerate either. Heckling another team, either during the game or after, is a shining example of bad sportsmanship and bad behavior.

    Encourage, Don’t Criticize

    At the end of a game or after practice, it’s easy to point out your child’s mistakes and tell him what he could have done differently. While you may feel that you’re helping your child build his skills on the field, what you’re really doing is reinforcing the idea that winning is the most important part of playing a sport and that you value results over effort. Encourage your child to look for ways he can improve on his own, make a point of providing reassurance and avoid the urge to criticize even a bad performance.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 29/08/2013

  • WHAT A BACKGROUND CHECK COVERS (AND WHAT IT DOESN€T)

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    checkThe background check. It sounds intimidating, all-encompassing, legally binding and almost invasive in scope. Many people — employers or employees — never deal with them directly, and have only the vaguest ideas of what they really are or what they might reveal. In the childcare industry, though, background checks can be life-changing documents, for both nannies and families. They can guide parents to make hiring or firing decisions; they can proudly vouch for a nanny or haunt them for years. For these and many other reasons, it’s important for you to learn about background checks no matter what part of the hiring process you’re in. When you truly understand what a background check is and what it isn’t, you can use them to make the best decision possible regarding childcare.

    Background Checks: A Definition

    A background check isn’t just a phone call to someone’s former employer to verify work history. If you’re dealing with childcare, it doesn’t mean just verifying that your nanny worked where she or he said they did. There’s a lot more to it than that. In fact, the phrase “background check” is so broad it’s almost meaningless.

    In the context of employment, a background check is a thorough investigation of criminal and automotive history, and it’s performed to give employers the most information possible when it comes to making a hiring decision. According to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners — a trade group devoted to ethics and best practices in the field — these types of background checks are typically conducted by licensed third-party consumer reporting agencies that are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The FCRA regulates the method of collecting and distributing consumer information as a way to protect employees and consumers. It’s crucial to note that fair and legal background checks require the consent of the person you’re investigating. If an agency tells you they can run a background check on a nanny you want to hire without actually telling the nanny, that’s a red flag. You need their authorization for the search.

    Things That Will Appear on a Background Check

    A proper background check can cover a variety of areas, including (but not limited to):

    • Drug test information.

    • Verification of employment, and if the applicant has earned any licenses or degrees they claim to have earned.

    • Criminal record checks verified through local, state, federal and even international courts.

    • Registry investigations, including searches of sex offender registries and child abuse registries.

    • Credit history (minus an applicant’s actual credit score).

    • Driving records.

    As you can tell, the point of a good background check is to give an employer as much information as possible about the applicant in front of them. This is important in any job, but it’s especially important when you’re hiring a nanny, someone who will spend long, unsupervised hours every day with your children for months or even years. A nanny needs to be able to transport the children, make purchases for household items and be trusted caring for the kids; all things that tie into the areas covered in a background check.

    To find this information, consumer reporting agencies check a variety of databases, including a family of systems at the FBI. There’s the FBI Identification Record, which covers criminal history and information connected to arrests. There’s a caveat here, though: some state laws prohibit using arrest and conviction records when making hiring decisions, so even if you find out an applicant had some criminal issues in their past, you might not be allowed to let that bias your decision. According to the NAPBS, California restricts the use of some marijuana-related convictions in the decision-making process if the applicant’s conviction is more than two years old. You should always consult with your consumer reporting agency about the findings of a background check to see what’s clear for you to know and use for employment purposes.

    There’s also the Interstate Identification Index System (aka, the III), which allows for federal and state law enforcement agencies to share information about misdemeanors and felonies for background check purposes. However, the burden falls on the states to keep the databases updated, so sometimes the III might not have the latest data, especially about someone who’s lived in many states.

    In addition to database checks there are also primary records searches. Considered the “gold standard” in criminal background checks, the county courthouse criminal records check requires a court runner to manually check the records at county courthouses if the records aren’t current and available online. Since sometimes records for felonies and misdemeanors are stored in different courts within a county, it is imperative that the proper court house records are checked to get an accurate picture of what, if any, records are available on an applicant.

    The point of all this is that, though there are many helpful resources available for conducting background checks, there remains no single unified system that contains complete and updated criminal history for people. Searching multiple databases and sources is a good measure, but it’s also the only one we have.

     Things That Won’t Appear on a Background Check

    This naturally leads people to wonder: if there’s no single database for background checks, is it possible for some things to be overlooked? Yes.

    Some things won’t appear on a background check because they’re not relevant or allowable to the scope of employment. For instance, medical records are out, as are records for anything that might have happened to the applicant as a juvenile. As mentioned above, while credit history is covered, specific credit score isn’t. Minor things like parking tickets may not be included, either, because they’re not fingerprintable incidents.

    But the biggest thing that a background check won’t catch is obvious: if the applicant committed a crime and got away with it. That, and if the applicant committed a crime outside of the area that was searched. By definition, a background check can only turn up things that made it to the courts. A check can list a person’s criminal history, but that doesn’t mean it lists their entire history. Such a thing would be impossible.

    That’s why it’s so important to remember that a background check is not a shield against future criminal activity, but merely an information-gathering tool designed to give employers the most information possible to help them make the best decision they can. You should absolutely perform a background check on anybody you’re considering hiring as a nanny, but you should never let that check give you a false sense of security. Just as old criminal history can be a sign that someone’s turned their life around and gotten their act together, so too can it indicate someone who might be willing to break the rules again if given the opportunity.

    The bottom line is that there’s no such thing as a bulletproof background check. A background check should be used in conjunction with other interviewing tools, ranging from fact-finding questions to time spent with someone to gauge their personality. Using as many information gathering tools as possible and pairing what you’ve gleaned with good judgment will help you to make an educated and informed hiring decision.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 22/07/2013

  • 15 FORTUNE 500 BUSINESS LEADERS NAMED KEN

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    Barbie’s plastic playboy isn’t the only Ken that’s been successful in the business world (man I hated that reference to being called a Ken doll when I was growing up). In fact, one thing that many of the major players in Fortune 500 companies have in common is the name “Ken.” These 15 Kens have made it to the top of their respective games, leaving their plastic friend in the dust.

    1. Kenneth I. Chenault – This man is on the top of the list because he was named 2012’s businessperson of the year. Chenault is the CEO and Chairman of American Express, which is ranked as number 95 on the Fortune 500 list for 2012. He has been the CEO and Chairman since 2001, and has pulled the major credit card company through a difficult economic time. Another boasting point for Chenault is that he was the first African American to be named CEO of a Fortune 500 firm.
    2. Kenneth C. Frazier – This Ken is the CEO of Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical company, which was ranked number 57 out of 500 in 2012. Both he and Chenault attended Harvard University. Along with being a CEO, Frazier is also a lawyer. He was hired at Merck in 1992 and became CEO in 2011. Merck & Co. is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world.
    3. Ken C. Hicks – Hicks is the CEO of Foot Locker. They are ranked at 435 in 2012 for the Fortune 500 list. Aside from his current position at Foot Locker, he was also the President for JCPenney and Payless Shoe Source, Inc. He also held a position as Vice President of the Home Shopping Network at one point.
    4. Kenneth T. Lamneck – As CEO of Insight Enterprises, Lamneck has proven his ability to keep a business strong. The use of technology is widespread and becoming an everyday necessity for people around the world, and Insight Enterprises is a leader in those technological advances.
    5. Kenneth S. Adams, Jr. – Also known as “Bud” Adams, this Ken is known best for owning the Tennessee Titans’ National Football League franchise. But that’s not what makes him a leader on the Fortune 500 list. For that level of prestige, he founded and is now the Chairman of the Board for Adams Resources & Energy, Inc.
    6. Kenneth C. Dahlberg – In 2008, Dahlberg was the Chairman, CEO and President of SAIC, which is the Science Applications International Corporation. He retired in June of 2010, but not before making his mark as a business leader during his tenure at SAIC.
    7. Kenneth D. Lewis – The Bank of America CEO was ranked at the 9th slot for the Fortune 500 list in 2008. For eight years, until 2009, Lewis served Bank of America as CEO. During his time as CEO, he improved service throughout the southern portion of the country.
    8. Kendall J. Powell – The leader of one of the largest food companies in the world, Powell was ranked at 214 on the Fortune 500 list in 2008 as the CEO of General Mills. He worked his way up in the ranks starting in 1979.
    9. Kenneth T. Derr – Derr served as CEO of Chevron in the late 1990s. Chevron is an international oil company and a major player in the fuel industry. He was on the Fortune 500 list in 1997.
    10. Kenneth L. Lay – This Ken was very well known as the CEO of Enron. In 2000, Enron was ranked #7 on the Fortune 500 list. He resigned as CEO at the beginning of 2002. However, during his time at Enron, he was accused of fraud and insider trading in a widely-publicized scandal.
    11. Ken J. Warren – While he is not technically a Fortune 500 leader himself, as an attorney he has represented several Fortune 500 companies. His experiences with the renowned companies that have made it to the list certainly put him in the running to be considered a Fortune 500 leader.
    12. Kenneth J. Kay – Kenneth Kay is the vice president and chief financial officer for Las Vegas Sands Corp. His leadership skills have led him to the career boon of managing all financial aspects of the lucrative company.
    13. Kenneth A. Kaufman – While he was not the CEO of a Fortune 500 firm, he was the top producing manager for Aribex, Inc. and has CEO experience, along with several other titles that point toward a proven leadership ability.
    14. Kenneth Cole – Kenneth Cole brought his clothing design company to the top of the charts. He was known for his marketing skills for a clothing and shoe store that eventually branched out to include top-selling fragrances for both men and women.
    15. Ken Ballou – Ballou was a co-founder of NewEnding, which rose to Fortune 500 status. Ballou also worked for another Fortune 500 company as a vice president in various departments of the iDatix software company

    Article publié pour la première fois le 28/02/2013

  • 20 BLOGS PINPOINTING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SWIMMING AND WATER EXERCISES

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    swimmingIf you’re looking for the fountain of youth, you just might find it by taking up swimming. This low-impact exercise has a plethora of benefits. It’s a great workout for people of all ages, it’s easy on the joints, it gives the body a total body workout and  it’s a great alternative exercise for people who are injured or who are recovering from an injury. To learn more about the benefits of swimming and water exercise, check out these 20 blog articles.

    Low-Impact

    Swimming or exercising in the water relieves pressure off of your joints, making it a great alternative for people whose bodies can’t handle high-impact exercises. Because it’s so low-impact, it’s a great way for people who are overweight or injured to start or continue to stay active. Read more about swimming as a low-impact exercise option in these five blog entries.

    Total Body

    As you glide through the water, you are using your arms to pull your body and your legs to propel you through the water. These two actions together make swimming a total body workout that nearly anyone can do.  These five blog posts will explain why swimming is so beneficial.

    Any Age

    Swimming is a great workout for people of all ages, and it’s a workout that helps improve your overall health and well-being. Despite being such a low-impact sport, swimming allows both kids and adults alike to get their heart rate up and burn off extra calories. In addition to swimming, water aerobics and water running or walking are great low-impact options for people of all ages. In these five blog articles learn why swimming can be so beneficial at any age.

    Heart Healthy

    Swimming is an aerobic sport, meaning your heart rate increases and you take in more oxygen while doing it.  You can increase your metabolism, decrease high blood pressure and reduce your cholesterol by participating in a regular swimming exercise routine.  In these five blog entries you will find more reasons why swimming is so heart healthy.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 18/07/2013

  • 10 KENS FAMOUS FOR THEIR TATTOO ART

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    KenphotoMore and more people are jumping on the tattoo bandwagon it seems.  Several of my friends have recently gotten their first ink and they are all in their 40′s.  However, while tattoos may be increasingly common, talented tattoo artists certainly aren’t a dime a dozen. These ten have more in common than just their names; they’re also well respected tattooists who’ve made their mark on many a human canvas.

    1. Ken Cameron – With more than twenty years of experience under his belt, Ken Cameron is one of the most popular flash designers in North America. His flash sheets hang in more than five thousand shops across the continent, meaning that people who have never even met Ken are wearing his designs. He does travel the convention circuit quite heavily, so keep an eye out for him at a stop near you.
    2. Ken Broken – Ken Broken is the owner and primary artist at New York’s famed Fiction Tattoo shop, with more than a decade of experience inking skin. He specializes in realistic portraiture, black and gray work and custom designs with a futuristic flavor.
    3. Ken Dean – Ken Dean, of Pino Bros. Ink in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a tattoo artist whose work adorns Ivy Leaguers and street punks alike. He’s been working within the industry since 1987, tattooing everyone from Avril Lavigne and Kelly Osbourne to Paul Bostaph of Slayer and Jerry Montano of Danzig. As one of the premier tattooists to the stars, this is one Ken whose canvases are as famous as his work.
    4. Krooked Ken – When it comes to famous Kens in the tattoo game, you can’t miss the world famous Krooked Ken. Working since 1994 and specializing in traditional tattoos with bold color and heavy shading, Krooked Ken is one of the most popular artists in the Maryland area. Find him at Black Anchor Tattoo for a bit of permanent retro flair.
    5. Ken Deft – Ken Deft is a tattooist at Orlando’s famous Black Chapel Tattoo Studio. Specializing in modern tattoos with bold, bright colors, Ken Deft is one of the the Orlando area’s most sought-after artists.
    6. Kenny Buck – A Chicago native, Kenny Buck is a neo-traditional new school artist who specializes in bold lines an bright colors. His flash is wildly popular, which means that you may be familiar with his work even if you’ve never heard his name. An acclaimed tattooist since 2001, Kenny Buck is one of the most well-known artists in the Carpentersville, Illinois area.
    7. Ken Hoffa – Not only a famous tattoo artist, Ken Hoffa is also an illustrator and painter whose work has been met with acclaim. His grasp of color application is impressive, but his work in portraiture is what sets him above other tattooists in his area.
    8. Kenneth Bryan – The lead tattooist and owner of Intimate Body Art Studios in Pennsylvania, Kenneth Bryan is an award-winning artist who’s wildly popular on the tattoo convention circuit. His work has been featured in Tattoo Magazine, International Tattoo Art Magazine and Tabu.
    9. Ken Jago – An international award winner, this Sault St. Marie tattooist has more than twenty-five years of experience who provides exceptional custom work for his clients. From cover-ups to brand new pieces, Ken Jago is an accomplished artist whose clientèle is comprised largely of dedicated regulars.
    10. Ken Fisher – With a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Cornell College, Ken Fisher is one of Oregon’s leading tattooists. His work can be found in Tattoo Flash Magazine, Tattoo Savage Magazine, and Skin and Ink Magazine. His work is heavily influenced by classic design but retains elements of new school style, coming together to form a look that’s uniquely Ken Fisher’s.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 15/11/2013

  • 10 REASONS MARTIAL ARTS BENEFITS KIDS

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    In a culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to video games and television shows, the idea of enrolling your child in martial arts training classes doesn’t always seem like a good one. While martial arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent behavior and gory injuries, you may be surprised to learn that martial arts’ training is actually very beneficial to kids. Like so many other things that Hollywood doesn’t always get right, martial arts isn’t quite the brutal, vicious pastime that it seems. In fact, these are 10 of the reasons why you may want to consider martial arts training for your kids.

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    1. Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
    2. Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven forms like jiu jitsu can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.
    3. Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to, but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving.
    4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.
    5. Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.
    6. Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her karate or tae kwon do class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
    7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
    8. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills she’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in her dojo.
    9. Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
    10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.

    If you’re still concerned about encouraging violent tendencies or teaching your child to fight, it may be helpful to visit a few dojos/gyms in your area. Speak with the instructors, administrators and other parents to get an idea of how things operate, and hold off on forming a negative opinion of the martial arts until you’ve done a bit of exploratory research. You may even find that training is the perfect activity for your entire family to do together!

    Article publié pour la première fois le 31/03/2013

  • HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD TO BE A GOOD SPORT

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    goodsportIt’s common for children to thrive in a competitive environment. Competition can build self-esteem, motivate and teach the reward of hard work. However, when your child is on the losing end of a game, sporting event or classroom activity, the disappointment may not sit well with your little one (or your older one, for that matter).

    Children are not born with an innate ability to be a good sport; instead, sportsmanship is taught through modeling behaviors, strong examples and lessons about how to behave when faced with a disappointing loss.

    Learn how to teach your child to be a good sport through creative lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime.

    Defining Good Sportsmanship

    In order to teach your child good sportsmanship, it’s important to define it and equate the action to respect. Good sportsmanship is when children, adults, teammates, coaches, officials and opponents treat each other with respect, according to the parenting experts at Nemours KidsHealth.

    “Kids learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, especially their parents and their coaches,” say the Nemours’ child experts. “Kids who see adults behaving in a sportsmanlike way gradually come to understand that the real winners in sports are those who know how to persevere and to behave with dignity — whether they win or lose a game.”

    Talk with your children about examples they have witnessed of both good and bad sportsmanship. Discuss scenarios and determine ways you expect your children to behave when faced with a loss or even a win. Even if a child’s example involves an adult displaying poor sportsmanship, it’s important to evaluate how the actions could have been improved.

    Teaching Good Sportsmanship

    It’s no secret that you are the primary model of good sportsmanship for your child. He is watching your every move and looking to you for cues on how to treat others. You can help your child understand the importance of good sportsmanship by expressing small gestures and heroic efforts to illustrate respect.

    According to Nemours KidsHealth, these small gestures include shaking hands with the other teammates and opponents before a game, complimenting other players on their efforts and accepting calls of the game, even if you don’t agree with them.

    It’s important to express to your child that it is not always easy to be a good sport. Let them know that you understand how frustrating it is to lose a game or a contest. When validating their feelings, share examples of how you handled losses or rejection in your life and how you responded gracefully and respectfully.

    These lessons can significantly impact your child’s ability to get along with others throughout his entire life. “A child who practices good sportsmanship is likely to carry the respect and appreciation of other people into every other aspect of life,” say the child experts at Nemours KidsHealth.

    Practicing Good Sportsmanship

    Lessons about how to be a good sport do not have to exclusively happen on the field. In fact, your child can learn much more about sportsmanship at home. Hosting a family game night is a necessary activity to observe your child’s developing sportsmanship and teach expectations.

    According to Marie Hartwell-Walker, licensed psychologist for PsychCentral, family game nights teach children life skills. These skills can help them develop social skills that display respect for others. As your children follow directions, take turns and offer friendly banter with each other, they are learning to read nonverbal cues and learn from errors, says Hartwell-Walker. “Regular game nights give kids practice in these essential skills and provide immediate feedback about what works and what doesn’t,” she says.

    When embarking on family games and activities, Hartwell-Walker warns that parents and nannies must recognize that kids are not born good sports. “They tend to gloat when they win and whine when they lose. Most kids try out cheating at least once, too,” she says. “Games provide opportunities for kids to learn that honest winning feels better and makes better relationships than cheating. They provide a forum for teaching children how to be gracious winners and good losers.”

    In addition to teaching your children about good sportsmanship, giving them the opportunity to compete, communicate and play with family members at home or with friends on the field will help them develop a stronger sense of what it means to be a respectful team player.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 21/04/2014

  • 10 FAMOUS FASHION DESIGNERS NAMED KEN

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Catch All, Kens

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    Fashion design is a tough business, and only the very best can hope to make a mark in such a ruthless world. It takes commitment, passion and drive, along with a tough hide and determination to succeed. It is not an industry that is suited to everyone. Many who truly believed they had what it takes to make it have fallen before they even reached the catwalk. However, the ten elite names on this list will live on in fashion history. They have all made their mark on the fashion world, and they are all named Ken.

    • Ken Scott – Notorious for his psychedelic designs, Ken Scott was a pioneer of a number of styles. He was one of the first designers to showcase calf-length skirts way back in the ‘60s when such displays of human flesh were frowned upon by the wider public. It was a sad loss for the world when Ken Scott died in 1991, at the age of 72.
    • Ken Lawrence – Lawrence is a designer from Birmingham, Alabama who has already made waves in the Southern U.S. with his “House of DeVinci” Range. However, not satisfied with the success of his first endeavor, Lawrence has now launched another designer range under his own name, which he says will eclipse the “DeVinci” range.
    • Kenneth Cole – A prominent figure in the world of shoes, Kenneth Cole has long been the darling of socio-political fashionistas. His public support of AIDS awareness and research in the 1980s – a time when the subject was still taboo in the public domain – won him a legion of devoted fans. The designer is still a prominent activist, having recently challenged the status quo that pits teachers against student education with a satirical billboard that stated, “Shouldn’t Everyone Be Well Red?”
    • Kenneth D. King – This designer’s work is so timeless that it is permanently displayed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. King is perhaps most famous for his “leafy” collection, however, he has also won great acclaim for his original three “lines of inquiry” collection of leafing and cutwork, which he considers one of his crowning achievements in the fashion world.
    • Ken Downing – As the fashion director of luxury department store Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing is a powerhouse in the fashion industry. In April of 2013 it was announced that Downing would be the recipient of the prestigious Westphal Award – a reward that honors those who have made a significant contribution to the fashion industry. Although he is not center stage on the catwalk, you can be sure that Ken Downing’s place is cemented in the history of fashion.
    • Barbie’s Ken – The significant other of world famous doll Barbie, Ken is a fashion powerhouse in his own right. He has donned a pirate outfit to sail the seven seas, played prince to the courts of many a land and had a hippie phase during the 60s, among other things.  When it comes to fashion, this doll is never behind the times and so takes his rightful place on this list.
    • Ken Chu – This world traveling fashion designer was born in Massachusetts before going on to live in Hong Kong, China, New York and Paris. He has had work displayed in New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue. Chu’s style of design is a mixture of American, European and Asian elegance, which reflects his deep and diverse experiences of the many cultures he has come to call his own.
    • Kenneth Beatrice – Although not the designer in this case, Kenneth Beatrice does take the name from a significant figure in the designer’s life. The company is branded after founder Chelsie Ravenell’s uncle, Kenneth, and grandmother, Beatrice. The modern designer credits both relatives as being the inspiration behind his success; making the label name the perfect homage to his childhood heroes.
    • Kenny – Lindsay Sternberg is the owner of Kenny in LA, which is named for her late father. Besides the name, Sternberg draws much of the inspiration for the brand from other family members, including her mother and grandmother. The company was established in 2009, however, Lindsay has worked tirelessly, traveling all over the world to drive the brand to bigger and better things.
    • Ken Chow – The founder and lead designer for Krane, Ken Chow has roots in art and graphic design. The young designer incorporates much of his base talent in his clothing designs, giving each garment a unique look and feel. Ken has created a range of menswear with a distinctly vintage look mixed with many of the styles of today.

    Article publié pour la première fois le 24/06/2013

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