What Technology Can’t Teach Our Kids

What Technology Can’t Teach Our Kids

 

Technology is practically a part of every facet of life these days—we use it to wake up, get the news, drive our cars, browse online, and even cook. For our children, technology is also commonplace.

From “smart classrooms” to the latest video game console, technology is perhaps even more intertwined in their lives than it is ours. Despite the overabundance of technology, there are still many things our children cannot learn from a computer or smartphone.

Raising Kids in a Digital Era

With technology practically everywhere, it’s important to know how and when to limit technology’s presence in your child’s life.

There’s no one right way to find a balance for your child’s technology usage—it is something that requires observation and time.

Do you know how to spot the signs of unhealthy tech usage in a child? Some of those signs can include:

  • Complaining of being bored or unhappy when they don’t have access to technology
  • Tantrum or resistance to screen time limits
  • Screen time that interferes with sleep, school and face-to-face communication

If these signs are being displayed by your child, it is probably time to create some healthier technology boundaries.

What Technology Can’t Teach

Despite the many benefits of technology, there are some drawbacks to too much technology in a child’s life.

Some of those drawbacks include:

  • Disturbed sleep patterns and insomnia
  • Slower development in social and life skills
  • Decrease in physical health, including weight gain
  • Damage to the development of key relationships
  • Problems with self-confidence/anxiety issues

It is the many social and emotional interactions that children need to learn that technology cannot teach. These include how to interact with their peers and adults, understanding their own emotional health, and things like confidence.

Coping skills aren’t being taught through technology, nor are the aspects of healthy expectations of one’s self. This is why human interaction, including lessons from parents and outside sources, are still a vital part of a child’s upbringing.  It is through face-to-face interaction that children learn important skills, such as communicating, being aware of others’ feelings and knowing how to relate to those with different opinions.

Many life skills still must be learned the “old-fashioned way,” through human interaction and practice. Drama Kids International is proud to provide drama programs that get children away from the screens and focused on interacting with those around them.  For more information about Drama Kids summer camps and school year programs, visit your local Drama Kids website by clicking here, and select the “Class Schedule” option at the top of the page.

15 Ideas for the Next Time You Hear “I’m Bored”

 

“I’m bored.”

Every parent’s nightmare phrase, right? Don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas that can keep those words from exiting your child’s mouth quite so frequently!

Battling Boredom

When you hear your kids mention being bored, take a moment to have them think about the following things:

  • Have you been creative?
  • Have you played outside?
  • Have you read a book?
  • Have you exercised for 20 minutes?
  • Have you done something helpful?

An easy way to remember these is through the acronym BORED: been creative, outside play, read a book, exercised, done something helpful.

After your kids have thought about these aspects, they may just find that they’re not bored after all or could find something new to occupy their time.

If the feeling of boredom persists, there are plenty of ways you can help your children combat their feelings of boredom.

Here are 15 ideas that can help eliminate boredom at home for your kids while inspiring physical activity or creativity:

  1. Go on a family bike ride.
  2. Have them help wash the car or help with some other “grownup” chores.
  3. Have a dance party.
  4. Make an obstacle course in the backyard.
  5. Write a story.
  6. Put on a play.
  7. Create a gratitude or vision board.
  8. Put together a time capsule.
  9. Bake tasty treats.
  10. Create some snack art.
  11. Draw chalk murals outside.
  12. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  13. Try a YouTube art challenge.
  14. Collect and paint rocks.
  15. Write a letter to a grandparent.

When Boredom Is a Good Thing

Remember, boredom isn’t always a negative thing for kids and can actually help them in many ways.

Being bored helps children:

  • Develop their sense of identity
  • Foster creativity
  • Discover life passions
  • Learn time management
  • Get more physical activity
  • Form peer relationships
  • Develop problem-solving skills

Boredom can help children become more content, as a life that is too full of excitement can become exhausting and lead to the need for more and more stimuli. Boredom can also serve as a motivator for our children, inspiring them to think outside of the box to come up with ideas to bust the “boring.”

A bored child can be a less than ideal situation for any parent, but don’t forget to look at both sides of the coin. If boredom remains a common theme, consider enrolling your child in one of Drama Kids International’s exciting and educational drama programs!

How Focusing on *Your* Self-Esteem Will Help Your Child

 

We all know how important having high self-esteem is for our children and have even taken an in-depth look at how to help them build up those self-esteem and confidence levels.

But did you realize that one of the most important ways to help your child build up his or her self-esteem is by taking the time to be sure your self-esteem is at a high level? Yes—your self-esteem level can directly impact your child’s.

Boosting Your Self-Esteem

Until you’ve rectified your own self-esteem deficiencies, it’s rather unrealistic to think that you’ll be able to help your children with theirs.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can work to improve your self-esteem.

First, you should stop the habit of avoidance. Have you ever found yourself putting something off because of fears or anxieties related to not being successful? This is a form of avoidance that can be toxic to your self-esteem.

Avoidance of some things can become a form of self-protection, but ultimately, is harming your confidence and self-esteem. Instead of coping with a perhaps difficult situation, avoidance provides a way to put off or not do something altogether.

Learn to cope with changes. Life is change, and if you’re unable or unwilling to cope with those changes, it could hurt your self-esteem. We’re constantly encouraging our children to adapt to change and expect changes to occur through life, but if you’re not practicing what you preach, it’s unlikely to help your child.

Here are a few more steps you can take to improve your self-esteem:

  1. Identify troubling conditions or situations that can impact your self-esteem.
  2. Become more aware of thoughts and beliefs.
  3. Challenge negative or inaccurate ways of thinking.
  4. Adjust your thoughts and beliefs by replacing negative/inaccurate thoughts with more constructive thoughts.

You can also positively impact your self-esteem by remembering to take care of yourself. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, eat healthier foods and take some time to do things you enjoy. Lastly, be sure you’re spending quality time with those who make you happy.

Drama Kids International is proud to provide children with the opportunity for continued self-esteem building through fun and educational drama classes. Contact the Drama Kids location nearest you to learn more about our drama programs.

How Parents Can Help Children With Bullying Issues

Bullying is something that is unfortunately present in all areas of life, especially for our children.

Thankfully, efforts made at home, school and through afterschool programs, such as those that Drama Kids International offers, can help children learn how to overcome bullying.

The Impact Parents Have in Bullying Situations

recent study by the University of Maryland’s College of Education found that parental involvement can lessen the effects of bullying on middle schoolers.  This study found that middle school students who felt their parents were more involved in their education had fewer mental health struggles, which included fewer suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Having open lines of communication can make quite a difference—this includes communication between educators and parents, as well as parents and their children.

Helping Your Child Overcome Bullying

Before we can help prevent bullying, it is important to know the three defining characteristics of bullying:

  • Deliberate. It is their intention to hurt someone.
  • Repeated. This behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated.
  • Power imbalance. Bullies choose victims who are perceived as vulnerable.

Knowing that bullying can take many forms, including physical, verbal, relational and cyberbullying, you can then begin watching for signs of being bullied in your children. Keep in mind that many children are hesitant to tell adults about bullying for various reasons:

  • They are ashamed.
  • They are afraid of retaliation.
  • They think nothing can be done/no one can help.
  • They think “telling” isn’t cool.

Teaching your children appropriate ways to respond to bullying is extremely important.

You can help them improve their social skills and learn the importance of their words. When children can stick up for themselves verbally and be assertive, it can drastically improve the situation. These commanding words and sentences include things like:

  • “I want a turn now.”
  • “I don’t like this.”
  • “No.”
  • “Stop.”
  • “Cut it out.”

Other ways to help your child can be modeling positivity, instilling a healthy self-esteem, emphasizing friendship skills, and teaching them positive self-talk and how to learn from mistakes. You can also role-play various bullying scenarios so your child will be ready and prepared to handle them if it were to happen.

Drama Kids International is proud to offer ACT UP! to Stop Bullying, a series of anti-bullying workshops that is designed with 3rd through 5th grade students in mind. If you are interested in learning more about this drama program and how it can be brought to your school, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Healthy Habits Children Need to Develop

Leading a healthy life consists of many different facets, including those related to our physical, mental and emotional health. As adults, we know what needs to be done to take care of ourselves, but for healthy habits to truly stick, it is best to begin encouraging them from an early age.

Healthy Habits for Kids

There are many healthy habits that children can benefit from starting at a young age.

  1. Embrace colorful eating.Not only does a colorful meal look great, it can also have many health benefits! Teaching children to“eat the rainbow”, candy not included, can help set them up to enjoy colorful fruits and vegetables. Having a colorful diet can also help keep food from becoming standard and routine, with each meal being different and vibrant.
  2. Don’t skip out on breakfast.We’ve long heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for good reason—it truly is. A healthy breakfast can help supply energy, build strength and keep diseases at bay. Harvard Medical School has also found that skipping breakfast correlates with four times the likelihood of obesity.
  3. Drink plenty of water.Water gives us life, and not getting enough in can be detrimental. Instead of allowing an overabundance of sugary drinks to be consumed, encourage an appreciation and enjoyment of drinking water in your home.
  4. Emphasize quality sleep.Children need plenty of sleep, there’s just no way around it. Sleep helps the body recover, refuel and energize for growth. For children ages 3 to 5, the recommended amount is 11 to 13 hours. Children ages 5 to 10 need 10 to 11 hours, and children ages 10 to 17 need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night.
  5. Teach how to read food labels.Part of eating healthier means understanding just what exactly is in food. You can take some time to point out various nutritional facts of foods on labels when shopping with your children, highlighting areas to watch for such as calories, sugars and fats.
  6. Stay positive.Have you ever considered positivity a habit? You should! Teaching children to be positive can help them learn resilience and encourage the development of healthy self-esteem and positive mindsets.

The development of healthy habits starts at home for children, but there is always the opportunity for those habits to be reinforced through curricular and extracurricular activities. Drama Kids International is proud to have the opportunity to help further instill healthy habits in children.

Drama Kids blog March 15 2019

Getting Into the “Spring” of Things With Your Kids

Drama Kids blog March 15 2019

Springtime is always a welcome season—Mother Nature puts on a lovely display and there’s just a sense of “newness” that seems to come along with it.

There are plenty of ways you can get into the spring of things creatively with your family, from crafts to various activities!

Springtime Activities for Kids

If you live in an area where winter has been harsh, spring can provide the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without having to bundle up head to toe. In areas that don’t suffer from frigid winters, there are still plenty of opportunities to embrace the changes that come with the season.

It may seem simple, but one way to enjoy time outside with your kids can be by blowing bubbles or even having bubble parties. You can mix up your own bubbles with six cups of distilled water, one cup of dish soap, and one tablespoon of glycerin or ¼ cup of corn syrup.

There will be some new birds coming around as the season changes, and you can help your child create a cozy birdhouse for new feathered friends. Birdhouses can be built with repurposed items, like mailboxes, milk cartons or even old shoes!

If you’re looking to help your child embrace his or her imagination, you could always construct some upcycled fairy wings that can easily be worn while running around outside. If fairies are not in your child’s wheelhouse, you could switch up the design to be butterfly or other bug wings—perhaps even bird wings.

Another way to embrace the great outdoors with your child is to organize an exciting nature scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt could take place in your yard, or be a larger scale activity that takes your family on a journey to the park.

The opportunities for exciting and educational activities are endless in the spring, and no matter what ideas you come up with, it’s sure to be an excellent source of quality family time!

With spring knocking on our door, that means it’s also time to begin thinking about the summer camp programs your child will be involved with. If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to stimulate your child’s creativity and help him or her build life skills, consider contacting the Drama Kids International location nearest you to learn more about the summer drama camps that will be held this year!

Ideas for Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is not just an issue that impacts adults—it’s also often experienced by school-age children.

There are different kinds of anxiety disorders that can affect children and teens: generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, specific phobia and selective mutism. Fortunately, there are ways we can help our children cope with or overcome anxiety.

It’s important to remember anxiety can stem from many different things, like genetics, brain chemistry, life situations and learn behaviors, so it’s always wise to reach out to a trained professional for a definitive diagnosis and advice for addressing your child’s situation.

Common Signs of Anxiety in Children

While some signs of anxiety may not be easily picked up on, there are plenty that can be quickly identified.

Some of common signs of anxiety in children include:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Inattention (poor focus)
  • Somatic symptoms like headaches or stomach aches
  • Avoidance
  • Tantrums
  • Crying
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Emotional meltdowns
  • Difficulties with transitions within school and between school and an activity
  • Difficulty settling down for bed
  • Having excessively high expectations for school work, homework and extracurricular performance

How You Can Help

One of the first things you should consider doing is taking your child to talk with a trained and reputable therapist. He or she will be able to talk and listen to what your child says and will know the best way to handle the various aspects of anxiety and anxiety disorders.

There are also many ways you can help your child outside of seeking professional help.  You can work to anticipate situations that may cause anxiety for your child, and may find that gradually exposing your child to the cause of his or her anxiety can help ease the situation. Unfortunately, avoiding anxiety-causing situations is usually not the long-term answer.

Be sure you are not downplaying your child’s anxiety and be self-aware about how you’re reacting to it. You mean well, but there could be a circumstance where your reaction is still making things worse for your child. Don’t forget to also make sure that your own needs are met, as your anxiety level could be impacting that of your child’s.

Some other suggestions to help kids cope with anxiety are:

  • Practicing relaxation strategies such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation
  • Having them write down their worries and anxious feelings
  • Teaching them to “talk back” to anxious thoughts, which ultimately helps give them control over the situation

At Drama Kids, we welcome children with various anxiety disorders.  In fact – our classes and programs are designed to offer ALL kids great benefits, including helping kids who are experiencing anxiety overcome their fears and anxieties and “come out of their shells”.  Shy, introverted children soon gain in confidence and are able to express themselves more fluently.  They learn to relax and interact more easily with other people, thus paving the way to a happier, more fulfilling life.  Energetic extroverts learn the importance of being able to focus their energy and enthusiasm into controlled situations and so produce worthwhile results. 

For more information, visit our website at www.dramakids.com

Keeping Our Kids Safe in This Digital Age

From smartphones and tablets to video game consoles and smart TVs, there is no shortage of technology these days. And with that increased access to technology comes an increased risk of danger, especially to our kids.

There are many dangers out there in the digital world that we must work to protect our children from, but fortunately, educating them about safe technology practices doesn’t have to be difficult!

Digital Danger

It can seem like a new online threat pops up in the news almost weekly, but it’s important to sort out which ones pose the greatest risk to our children.

Some of the threats that we should be extremely cautious of include:

Cyberbullying. It’s estimated that 43% of kids have been bullied online, with one in four having it happen more than once. Even more alarming is that only one in 10 kids will inform a parent or trusted adult if they are a victim of cyberbullying.

Cyberpredators. These predators can be found lurking online, on social media or game sites, and are waiting to prey on a child’s innocence. You can use these tips from the FBI to help teach your kids safe online practices, but also, be sure you’re talking to them about what is going on in their lives to help detect potential problems.

Posting private information. Our children don’t always understand social boundaries and may not realize that posting personal information on public sites can give out too much information to the wrong people. Make sure your children’s profiles are all set to private and remind them that if you can see it, others can too.

Phishing, scams & accidentally downloading malware. It’s always wise to educate a child on the dangers presented by unknown email addresses and downloading from sketchy sites.

Posting something that can come back to haunt them later. It has become commonplace to see celebrities, politicians and other public figures suffer the consequences of ill-humored and offensive jokes/content on their social media pages. Be sure to discuss smart posting practices with your child, and stress the importance of remembering that once something has been posted online, it can always be found again.

Ways to Protect Your Child

They may be living in a digital world, but there are still ways we as parents can help protect our children when they’re online.

Start healthy tech habits from a young age by setting limits for screen time and ensuring that your child isn’t alone while online. It is always wise to know who your child’s online friends are, and be sure you are modeling the same safe tech practices you are preaching.

Most importantly, never forget the value of face-to-face communication!

Drama Kids International is here to help children learn and establish valuable communication techniques through drama.

Drama Kids International Ranked Best Children’s Enrichment Franchise For Under $50,000 In Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500®

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jan. 18, 2019 – PRLog — Drama Kids International, the nation’s largest after-school drama program, announced that it has once again been ranked the Best Children’s Enrichment Franchise For Under $50,000 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500®. In addition, the company was again ranked in the top 200 franchise systems worldwide among over 1000 franchise brands evaluated. Of the 111 child-related franchises considered, only 46 made the list of top 500 brands.

“We are very honored and proud that the nation’s top business magazine for current and aspiring small business owners has once again recognized the success and excellence of the Drama Kids organization. The growing demand for our classes nationwide signifies that students and parents are seeking fun and enriching ways to build students’ self-confidence, public speaking and communication skills, as well as their creative thinking abilities through the fun of developmental drama. We are the nation’s largest after-school drama program because we develop important life skills in children to help them discover their full potential.” said Drama Kids President, Charlie Kerr.

Kerr also pointed out that in the lead-in article to the rankings in the January edition of the magazine, Entrepreneur editors noted that franchises aimed at kids have been growing steadily recently, and that children’s enrichment businesses continue to perform well.

“Drama Kids is the perfect low-cost, home based franchise business opportunity for anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of children”, noted Kerr. “We are poised for even greater success in 2019, with plans to award approximately 20 new franchises throughout the U.S.”

Recognized by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® is the world’s first, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

To view Drama Kids International in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January 2019 print issue of Entrepreneur available now on newsstands.

About Drama Kids
Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the USA with over 15,000 students currently enrolled. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of development that enables students of different ages and abilities to progress at their own rate. Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama and other after-school programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, public speaking, and collaboration skills regardless of age or prior experience level.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 4 through 17 years old. Classes meet once each week for one hour at locations throughout the country. The program allows for new enrollments throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Drama Kids Summer Camps, DKI Acting Academy and Drama Kids At School, an in-school program for elementary and middle schools that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the schools as part of the school’s after-school program. For more information, visit www.dramakids.com. For franchise information visit www.dramakidsfranchises.com.

Contact
Charlie Kerr
***@dramakids.com
866-809-1055 Ext. 201

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City/Town Fort Myers
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Country United States
Industry Business, Consumer, Education
Tags Childrens Franchise, After-school, Low Cost Franchise, Drama Franchise, Acting Franchise, Low
Investment Franchise, Home Based Franchise
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Building Life Skills That Will Help Kids Find Success

 

Helping a child become the best version of his or herself is something all parents strive for. While it may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to become overwhelming. You can help your children be successful in life’s journey simply by setting them up with valuable life skills.

What Life Skills Should Our Kids Possess?

At Drama Kids International, we often talk about the value of skills like leadership and creative thinking. While these skills can make quite a positive impact on a child, there are others that can be just as important.

Problem-solving is a skill that can help your child get a leg up in this competitive world, as thinking critically can help kids observe, analyze and come up with solutions to complex issues.

One way you can help encourage strong problem-solving skills in your child is by turning questions into projects. When he or she asks a question, find a way to flip it around, presenting the opportunity to come up with theories and do some research to find the answer.

Another skill children need to grasp is understanding money. Having a solid understanding of how to handle money is one thing that could make or break your child once he or she reaches adulthood.  It may not always seem fun or easy to discuss financial topics with your child, but the sooner you are able to instill habits like saving or valuing money in your child, the better. Don’t shy away from giving your older children the opportunity to manage their money, as this hands-on education can truly show them how everything works.

Don’t Forget Those Common Skills

Your child should also master some common tasks that can be done around the house before adulthood.  Does your child know how to do the laundry or cook a simple meal? There’s no time like the present to have him or her learn! How about hammering a nail or cleaning the bathroom? These skills may seem basic, but ultimately, they can pay off dividends later on in your child’s life.

There are many other life skills that children will learn and master as they grow up, and fortunately, most of them will come from watching you! At the end of the day, you can “teach” your child the most important of life skills simply by modeling them on a daily basis.

Drama Kids International takes the process of teaching children valuable skills seriously, and is excited to partner alongside you as they journey through life. Want to know more about how our drama programs for kids can help them blossom into successful adults? We’d love to discuss them with you.