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Children’s Swing Set : Teaching Parents to Make Flexible Choices

Admit that you were once a young one who loved going out to the park with your parents and play with monkey bars, slides, climbing sets and swings. Now is your turn to allow your children to go through the same stage you went through in the past. You are luckier now that you are allowed to build your children’s swing set right outside your own homes.

The good thing about a children’s swing set is the fact that it is available in sophisticated designs that you may choose from. From the very popular metal A-framed swing sets then to the more flexible wooden swing sets now, you certainly have a choice. In fact the wooden versions are even more favored by many nowadays. You may purchase one if you are building a playground for your children.

Making flexible choices for your children’s swing set

The word flexible means expandable or stretchable. Therefore, if you are buying your children’s swing set with the flexibility factor considered you should be more than willing to expand your choices depending on various possibilities. As parents, you are tasked to include the following list in your purchase:

1.Flexibility as to the design of your children’s swing set. Flexibility in design choices means selecting between having the pieces custom-made and sticking to what is offered by the manufacturer. If you are choosing the right design, you must think of the activities that your children will take pleasure on. Decide on the accessories to include like playhouses, slides, rock walls and monkey bars.

2.Flexibility as to the size of the children’s swing set. Size is always an issue if you want to get the best swing set that will match your garden or backyard. Plus, you also need to consider if your children is quite afraid of heights or not. Most wooden swing sets have features that allow your children to get over their fear after some time. Make sure you pick one that will train your kids to get rid of the phobia.

3.Flexibility as to the enjoyment promised by the children’s swing set. Different kids from various families certainly have varied ideas on how to have fun. This is the reason why manufacturers like Creative Playthings’ Playtime Series considered offering versatile products depending on what will make your child happy. In this regard, you may take note of more accessories to include in the construction aside from the usual slides and ladders.

4.Flexibility as to installation of the children’s swing set. You will certainly favor the fact that there are sets of preassembled lumber offered to construct the swing set in your backyard. This comes with an instruction that will make it easier for you to install the playground pieces. You may even be privileged enough to substitute these parts to suit the age of your children.

Four flexible choices for a children’s swing set result to a better purchase. You get to enjoy all these factors through the aid of Creative Playthings’ Playtime Series. The choices from the company will make your children enjoy their playtime always.

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 March 29th, 2017  
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Feb
09

Why Parents Should Look To Nature

Every year parents spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on toys and activities for their kids. While many of things are great for keeping young minds and bodies active, many of them are unnecessary. Sure kids need structured play, but they also need “free” plan and this is easy to do when the world’s largest playground is right outside your back door. Why not let them play outside?

Every toy, book, and TV show that comes out has been designed and redesigned several times in order to make it educational and entertaining for children. The great thing about nature is that, while being entertaining and stimulating to the imagination, it’s also educational. Nature can teach children the basics of science, economics, and creativity.

It’s cheap. Depending on where you live, exploring nature is usually pretty inexpensive, if not free. It may mean going out in your backyard, local park, or perhaps going to the local nature center or state park (which usually have low cost fees or memberships). This way, you don’t have to pay for expensive toys, jungle gyms, or memberships to expensive entertainment centers, but you still get the benefit of stimulating and educational play.

It makes them think. Lately there’s been a trend in education towards inquiry based learning. Researchers have found that if students explore and experiment to figure out answers on their own, they’re going to learn better, and retain more information. It also helps them develop skills to be able to learn things on their own later. What better environment to learn things than out in nature. There are lessons for kids of all ages to discover about the world around them.

It may help the world. Everyone these days is trying to be more green and more environmentally conscious. What better way to help do your part than to get your children interested in their own planet than right now when they’re young and impressionable? What might be a fun time for them now, might be a future hobby, career, or world saving invention.

It’s fun. While it’s easy to forget, childhood isn’t just for learning about how to be an adult, it’s also about having fun. Nature gives kids a chance to use their imagination and be free to just be kids.

While unstructured play outside is great for kids, you can also find a lot of places offering structured classes and learning sessions for kids that focus on the natural world. Check your local park, zoo, or museum. There’s a good chance they have classes you can sign up for, and since many of these places are not for profit, they’re usually affordable as well as informative.

Across the world, there are millions of dollars being spent to help promote sending your kids outside to learn from nature. That’s because spending time in the outside world is so important for developing minds. It can also be a great escape for you as well.

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Aug
30

Trained Goodness vs. Natural Greatness: A “Mind-Shift” for Visionary Parents, Educators and Leaders

Consider this…

Inside of goodness it’s inherently very difficult to be great. Very difficult. Greatness means being willing to risk the very thing goodness requires: the approval of those who say what is good and what is not.

Yet consider that greatness is inherently simple. It’s natural. It’s simply a matter of returning to you–to your natural conscience or consciousness–to your innate call to courageously face reality honestly and courageously act in line with your values.

What’s actually hard is being “good” in so many other people’s eyes–all the time. Everyone judges you by different standards, standards which can change at their whim. On top of that others’ perceptions of you are always limited and always changing. See how it’s hard to be good?

Now consider how your conscience or consciousness is continually reminding you not to ignore or compromise your values for others, and you can see how it can be harder to be “good, rather than great!

Yet we’re trained from birth in the art of being “good.” We’re trained at home, in school, at church, at work, etc., etc. We become so conditioned for goodness, that goodness becomes easy and greatness becomes difficult.

Greatness becomes extremely difficult, because we’ve been trained all of our lives not to think for ourselves and act courageously on our own thoughts. We’re trained instead to defer to others’ judgment and to follow their lead.

So when it comes time to stand for something in the face of authority’s or majority’s criticisms, we don’t want to be outcast. We don’t want to lose their estimation of us as a “good” person. So we choose goodness over greatness. And with every such choice, our spirit dies a little more.

Being true to yourself and living a heroic life doesn’t need to be a constant uphill battle. The more willing you are to let go of “goodness,” the more swiftly and naturally you can step back into greatness.

INTRODUCTION:

In a related article, we asked, “What separates the person of goodness from the person of greatness?” and we saw how the person of greatness is guided primarily by his own consciousness and conscience. The person of goodness on the other hand is primarily guided by others.

We also saw that being guided by conscience is quite natural, and thus greatness could be quite natural for human beings. So why then, we asked, do we receive so much goodness training?

There are plenty of good excuses for goodness training. Rather than concern ourselves with why it exists, let’s take a closer look at how it works, and what its affect is on our natural greatness.

Goodness training starts early. Most all of us have been taught what to believe, who to follow. We’ve been rewarded when we believe and obey, and punished when we question and disobey.

In fact, to be successful, goodness training must override one’s natural greatness. Let’s look at how this works. Natural Greatness is evident in the two functions of conscience, as discussed in the last session:

1. To lead us to FACE (self-honesty, courageous inquiry)
2. To lead us to STAND (courageous integrity)

Goodness training requires that we,

1. Look to the leader for guidance (rather than face)
2. Follow and obey (rather than stand)

ORIENTATION:

Highest Value:

Trained Goodness – Appear good in the eyes of others
Natural Greatness – Respect and honor in own eyes

Guidance Values:

Trained Goodness – 1. Blind faith (not looking for inner guidance, not questioning, not facing) OVER self-honesty/vision (looking for inner guidance, questioning, facing)
2. Blind obedience (being true to highest outer guidance) OVER integrity (being true to highest inner guidance)
Natural Greatness – 1. Self-honesty OVER blind faith
2. Conscious integrity OVER blind obedience

Conscience orientation:

Trained Goodness – Turn outward, away from conscience, towards a leader’s vision
Natural Greatness – Turn inward, towards conscience and towards own vision

Consequences:

Trained Goodness – Growing self-distrust, anxiety, self-doubt, dependence, disconnection from self
Natural Greatness – Growing self-trust, peace, confidence, inner power, connection with self

Reaction/Response to Consequences:

Trained Goodness – Seek more external guidance
Natural Greatness – Seek more internal guidance

Results:

Trained Goodness – Decreasingly powerful vision, awareness and grasp of reality
Natural Greatness – Increasingly powerful vision, awareness and grasp of reality

Caution: Goodness training often results in fearful minds. And fearful minds look first for agreement and disagreement, as if exploring new ideas is a matter of defend and attack. “I agree with this, but not with that.” Fearful minds react quickly to ideas that seem to conflict with their own. They run back to their position and hide behind the safety of the walls of their beliefs and judgments.

Great minds relate to conflicting ideas differently, and the result is ever-emerging wisdom and vision. So be conscious of how you explore.

And please remember to relate to the terms in this article, as defined in this article, rather than how you may define them. For example, if faith means something different to you, then understand that we’re not talking about that kind of faith.

Most disagreement and miscommunication in the world happens when we assume that someone else means the same thing we do when using a certain word, when he means another thing entirely. So, if there is disagreement, first look to understand the other person’s context or definition. There may be no disagreement at all.

And, rather than looking to see if you agree or disagree, look to assemble the new ideas into a puzzle you’ve not seen before.

VISIONARY ADVANTAGE:

Tomorrow’s visionaries will not be accidental or “born” visionaries. They will consciously guide themselves by new protocols that give them ever-expanding powers for guiding themselves with conscience, wisdom and vision.

VISIONARY DYNAMIC:

The more you face yourself and reality and look within for guidance, the more powerful your vision becomes.

VISIONARY CHALLENGE:

As much of a leader as you may be in many areas of your life, look for areas in which you doubt yourself. Who do you defer to? Whose guidance do you seek? What gives them more ability than you to know what’s so, or what’s best for you? How can you reverse the cycle of dependency, and put yourself on a course of looking within to build ever more wisdom, power and vision?

As founder of the Vision Force Academy, Michael Skye works with a new breed of impassioned change agents around the world, who are giving their lives to stand for all of humanity. Michael is best known for his transformational leadership trainings, based on his proprietary iStand technology. He authored the the Visionary Mind Shifts for VisionForce.com.

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 August 30th, 2016  
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28

Natural Greatness: A “Mind-Shift” for Visionary Parents, Teachers and Leaders

Today’s parents, teachers and leaders who grasp this concept of “natural greatness” are raising visionary children. These young visionaries have the power to create a world that works for all of us, and they are whom the world needs now.

The person of greatness, who will act powerfully from his own highest inner guidance, is at once a danger to the powers that be… and exactly who he needs to be for himself, his family, and the world around him. The person of greatness holds the power to transform the world around her.

The person of goodness, on the other hand, will follow and obey the powers that be rather than listen to and act from his own highest inner guidance, and is thus a danger to us all. She does not hold the power to transform the world around her, and often makes it worse, all the while trying to maintain the illusion of her self-righteousness.

What separates the person of goodness from the person of greatness? In a word, we could say “conscience.” But that word is perhaps too common or simplistic. Further, most of us assume that we know what “conscience” is.

What is “conscience?”

Consider that the word, conscience, was invented to name a universal human dynamic. In other words, it was obvious that human beings everywhere have some sense of right and wrong, which influences our choices. And so we created a word to identify that phenomenon.

So please forget about its religious or spiritual connotations or explanations for the moment, and consider that conscience, regardless of its source, refers to something common to human beings. And let’s look at it again, as if for the first time.

Think of conscience as an inner compass that continually reminds us to look at our choices, and make sure our actions align with our values.

Human beings have a consciousness (or conscience) that works via ongoing signals to face reality (especially when there is incongruence), and to stand (especially when there is a threat to one’s values). Further explained below.

Conscience As (Part Of) A Natural Greatness Guidance System:

Conscience works to guide your thoughts and actions via subtle emotional cues. The subtle pleasurable emotions function as signals to go towards, and subtle painful emotions function as signals to go away from.

To Face or Not To Face?

Often in very subtle ways, your mind alerts you when there is a threat to your values, when there is something to face or be conscious of. When you consider not facing what your mind is signaling you to face, there is anxiety or even guilt. When you consider, instead, turning to face it, there is less anxiety as well as a feeling of honor. This pleasurable feeling of honor is a “call to face.” And the painful feelings of guilt or anxiety are a warning not to ignore the call.

Then once you choose to face whatever it was and you reflect on your choice, there is naturally a feeling of honor for doing so. This is a pleasurable feeling that brings a sense of peace, and acts as a reward for facing. When you choose not to face and reflect on your choice, there is naturally a painful feeling of guilt or shame, a painful feeling, which acts as punishment for not facing.

To Stand or Not To Stand?

Your mind not only calls you to face, it calls you to stand. Let’s say you face the fact that your rent is late. Your mind then calls you to action, or to “stand” for your financial security. When you consider not standing, you feel a sense of guilt on some level, as you are going against your values. This acts as a signal to stand. And when you consider standing for your values, there is naturally a sense of honor. This acts pleasurable feeling leads you or “calls you” to stand.

Then once you do choose to stand for you values, the feeling of honor is your natural reward. And choosing not to stand brings a feeling of guilt.

So, conscience 1a) calls you to face reality, 1b) warns you against not facing, 1c) rewards you for facing, 1d) pains you for not facing, 2a) calls you to stand, 2b) warns you against not standing for your values, 2c) rewards you for standing, and 2d) pains you for not standing. In summary, it leads you to live powerfully and courageously in line with your values in life by 1) continually looking honestly at reality, yourself and your values, and 2) continually act on behalf of your values even in the face of fear.

So what?

This is essentially a call to greatness, is it not? So then, could greatness be natural? Could it be that we each possess a natural greatness guidance system?

And if so, then why so much training to be good? And how does this goodness training interfere with our natural conscience, our call to greatness?

If you were threatened by your child’s, your student’s, your employee’s or your citizens independent conscience/consciousness… how could you train him or her to not follow his own conscience/consciousness?

Well, here’s one way:

1) Teach him that it is wrong to think and choose for himself, and then teach him what to think

2) Punish him for thinking or choosing differently than your commands

3) Reward him for blind obedience

In essence, tell him that to be good is to agree and obey with you, and train him to follow. Sooner or later, he will pay attention to your goodness guidance system rather than his greatness guidance system. Before thinking or acting, he will think first of what you say to do, and how he might be rewarded or punished.

Now… of course most of our adults, superiors, and authorities in this world simply want what’s best for us. As adults, we need to help our children learn to be good, upstanding, responsible citizens and successful people, right? We can’t just let them do whatever they want! Consider that as human beings in the early 21st century, we simply don’t yet know much about developing greatness in our children or ourselves.

Not only are we not taught how to develop greatness in our children, we are conditioned and taught to train our children to be “good.”

And, even when we sense that goodness training is killing the greatness or spirit in our youth, it simply seems more “practical” to train them to be “good.”

Think about it. If you need to get your school kids from classroom A to classroom B, it’s simply seems more efficient to tell them that walking in a single file line is good, and going their own way is not, and then reward/punish them based on their actions.

So, regardless of why we often train each other to be good rather than develop each other’s natural greatness, let’s face now the obvious problem at hand: our goodness training is interfering with our natural greatness!

VISIONARY ADVANTAGE:

A visionary (as we define it) operates via a vision that calls her to greatness. Think of vision as a multiplier of your conscience. Imagine… more than feeling called to be honest with yourself, and more than feeling called to stand for your values… Imagine seeing a vision that calls you to face anything and everything, and stand without compromise day in and day out… until the end! Imagine having the kind of vision that calls not just your self, but your team and even your adversaries to greatness!

That’s the power of tomorrow’s visionaries. The new breed of revolutionaries are all visionaries–people who call themselves AND the world around them to greatness.

VISIONARY DYNAMIC:

The more you face and stand, the more you will see the kind of vision that calls yourself and others to greatness. The more you see the kind of vision that calls you and others to greatness, the more you will face and stand. The more you face and stand, the more others will face and stand. The more others face and stand, the more still others will face and stand.

It’s not hard to see how one single person living as a visionary can literally change not just the world around him, but humanity itself.

VISIONARY CHALLANGE:

Ask yourself what kind of formal and informal goodness training you’ve had. Now… have you had training in greatness? What about vision? What would such training be worth to you and to your children?

VISIONARY TRAINING:

Beyond greatness training, there is visionary training.

Consider that as a human being you have all you need for greatness. Human consciousness works via calling us to 1) face, and 2) stand. You probably sense that to some extent you’ve been trained or conditioned to ignore or turn away from your own conscience and consciousness. And you probably have a good idea of how this negatively impacts your power in life and your sense of fulfillment in this world.

Well what if you were to experience your natural greatness guidance system in all its power? What if you were to live consciously and skillfully as a visionary? Is that even possible?

As founder of the Vision Force Academy, Michael Skye works with a new breed of impassioned change agents around the world, who are giving their lives to stand for all of humanity. Michael is best known for his transformational leadership trainings, based on his proprietary iStand technology. He authored the the Visionary Mind Shifts for VisionForce.com.

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 August 28th, 2016  
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