Kids Activities

first_imgHustling your child from ballet recitals to T-ball games and scouting events to theatre rehearsal may not be the best way to raise a well-rounded child, says a University of Georgia child development specialist. “The concern developmentally with overscheduling is young children through elementary school still learn a lot through play,” said Diane Bales, a child development specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “That unstructured time, the opportunity to make their own decisions and set their own rules, is very important. Kids who have a lot of [organized] activities have less of that free time.” Playtime is learning time“The perception adults have about play is it is something kids do when they aren’t doing something important,” she said. “Actually it is one of the most important things they do.”Children learn best through active exploration, Bales said, “what we call play.” Children who don’t get enough time to play often have trouble making decisions when they get older. In a 2007 report in Pediatrics titled “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds,” researchers said that play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well being of children and youth.“Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts and to learn self-advocacy skills,” the report went on to say.“We’re starting to see children who can’t play well,” Bales said. “They’re always wanting an adult to tell them what to do, when to do it and how to do it.”According to Bales, children who play less are less creative as they get older and have trouble developing more complex problem-solving skills.“Children who are given opportunities to play make decisions, choose an activity, plan and come up with creative solutions,” Bales said. “Those skills can be helpful later on when you have to make decisions and evaluate situations.”Extracurricular activities? The scheduled activities children participate in are valuable too, Bales said, but there needs to be a balance. “There is no magical number; different families have different tolerances for busyness and so do children,” she said.Stress levels tend to rise in families with children who participate in multiple extracurricular activities. “Children perceive this stress,” she said. “There is a lot of research that children behave differently when there is stress in the family.”Competitive sports may not be the best fit for small children and can add to the stress in the family. “Very young children, under age 6 to 7, are not naturally competitive. They don’t have the drive to compete,” Bales said. “When adults are pushing too hard for them to be competitive it can add a lot of stress to the situation.”If children are unhappy with the number of activities they are involved with, consider taking a break. Choose some activities that aren’t structured or that don’t adhere to a strict set of rules. Consider art classes over piano or a mix of scouting with soccer.last_img read more

EPD: Homicide investigation in Elmira after 2 victims shot

first_imgIf anyone has any information on this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626, or the tip line at (607) 271-HALT. Upon arrival, the officers located a male in a vehicle who had been shot and a second victim who had exited the residence when police arrived. Police say the Elmira Fire Department and Erway Ambulance responded to the scene and transported both victims to hospitals. ELMIRA (WBNG) –Elmira Police are investigating a homicide on West Second Street. Elmira Police say they responded to a report of a gunshot victim on the 500 block of W. Second St. center_img The police’s investigation found that the victim’s vehicle pulled into a driveway at the residence, and when stopped, a person approached and began firing into the vehicle, fleeing the scene afterward. One victim of the shooting died from their injuries, and the other sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the investigation is ongoing and victim information will be released at a later date. last_img read more

Federer Targets Australia Open Return

first_imgRoger Federer is aiming to be fit for next year’s Australian Open after injury wiped out the last half of his 2016 season.Federer, 35, has been out of action since late July – his last match was a Wimbledon semi-final loss to Milos Raonic. The 17-time Grand Slam winner had surgery in February before a back issue ruled him out of the French Open.“I’m working for the Australian Open,” the Swiss said. “I’m doing well.”“I never thought I’d have a year like this. I’ve learned a lot from this year,” added Federer, who missed the Rio 2016 Olympics and will be unable to go for a sixth US Open title when the tournament begins on 29 August.“It’s painful being here in New York, and it was painful during the Olympics because I love competing. But you can’t have it all.“It was a tough decision to say the least – going out of Rio, the US Open, the [season-ending] World Tour Finals. But in some ways it ended up being a simple decision. Health is my number one thing.”Federer was speaking at an event in New York to launch the ‘Laver Cup’, a Ryder-Cup style tournament named after Australian legend Rod Laver and set for September 2017 in Prague, with Europe playing the Rest of the World.Former greats Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe are captains of the respective teams, with long-time rivals Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal set to play doubles together.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans engage in competitive first practice of the week

first_imgIn their first practice since a 52-6 drubbing at the hands of No. 1 Alabama Saturday, the now unranked Trojans struggled to keep their focus on the field in advance of their upcoming home opener against Utah State this Saturday.Nick Entin | Daily TrojanCompetitive spirit · (From left) Redshirt senior offensive lineman Zach Banner and redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne were engaged in a very competitive practice, said head coach Clay Helton on Tuesday.On-the-Field DistractionsJunior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was involved in a physical altercation with a few defensive players. This was after Smith-Schuster left the field in frustration and was brought back by head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Tee Martin.“We’ve got a mad football team right now,” Helton said. “I wish we could play today to be honest with you.”Helton described Tuesday’s practice as ultra competitive and was not worried about the actions that Smith-Schuster took on the field.“JuJu reminds me of Marquise Lee, two of the most competitive men I’ve ever seen in my life,” Helton said. “When you have that much passion and competitiveness sometimes it spills over.Scuffles happen in football practice, but we’re all brothers out here.”Additionally, sophomore inside linebacker Osa Masina and redshirt sophomore defensive end Don Hill practiced on Tuesday, as permitted by the University, although neither will play against Utah State.In the trenchesThe offensive line was highly criticized after Saturday’s performance, in which the Trojans rushed for only 64 yards.Helton blamed missed assignment cues and a lack of physicality as the main reasons for the offensive lines’ struggles. Redshirt senior right tackle Zach Banner also noted the competitive nature of the practice and the fact that everyone was willing to get to work following the tough loss.“Everyone was here getting the extra lift in on Sunday, rather than waiting until Monday,” Banner said. “We had almost 70 players lifting Sunday afternoon and then after that, watching film. Loving up on each other, and getting ready to come out this week.”Injury ReportHelton clarified the status of players who were injured in Saturday’s game as well as during practice.Sophomore defensive tackle Noah Jefferson did not practice due to a shoulder sprain and Helton was unsure whether or not he would be available against Utah State.Senior inside linebacker Quinton Powell was sick and did not practice Tuesday.Redshirt senior tight end Taylor McNamara suffered an injured ankle during practice that Helton described as “not too bad.”Junior center Toa Lobendahn was also held out of practice due to some swelling on his non-surgically repaired knee, but Helton did not express too much concern.Helton expects redshirt junior defensive tackle Khalil Rodgers to return to action late this week after suffering a hamstring injury.last_img read more