latchkey kidsWho are latchkey kids? Millions of children who let themselves in or out of empty houses and supervise themselves for an hour or more each day. With summer about to start, many children will find themselves home in an empty house.

In order to be left alone, children should want to assume the responsibility, should not be afraid to stay alone, and should be able to follow directions.   Make sure they can agree to certain rules like completing their homework and accomplishing chores. Have them participate in the planning process. They should have some ability to solve problems independently.  The simplest thing is to ask a child if he or she wants to stay alone. Most will answer truthfully.

 teamworkA positive sports environment will look different for all groups involved; including the athlete, family, and coach. Player participation and fun increase when all groups influencing the athlete work in harmony. The group cohesion then leads to the establishment of a positive sports environment.
A positive sports environment is a byproduct of the leadership of the team, group, or organization intentionally determining that positive relationships and actions within athletic endeavors have an effect of creating an increased opportunity for lifetime success for the athlete. This process does not happen magically and is often overlooked by coaches and organizational leaders. Only through intentional actions, such as enacting the Educated Coaches Core Values, can the environment be shaped to have such a dramatic impact on the participant.

sports youthAs players throughout the country begin to train and play games in their respective spring sports, three ideas should be front and center for all coaches and parents (and one of them is not winning). These ideas are transformational youth sport truths, and if established on your team or with your group at any level, success as you define it will follow.

kids in kayaksIn the late 1990‘s two local middle school environmental science teachers, Lois Lewis and Susan Dee, had a bold idea: to allow their students “to learn about nature in nature.” Their idea was to take their classrooms outside to allow their students to experience the surrounding ecosystem first hand - to kayak the beautiful tidal creeks and salt marshes, to immerse their hands in the glorious “pluff mud,” and to observe, examine, and discuss the abundant marine life. Through the efforts of these teachers, along with a few local kayak companies, as well as the non-profit “The Friends of the Rivers,” the “Kids in Kayaks” program was created. When The Outside Foundation (TOF) was formed in 2014 providing leadership, structure, and financial support to the “Kids in Kayaks” program quickly became a top priority.

What to ReadBeaufort County Library system

At the library, I meet readers of all different ages and skill levels, but the readers that I often gravitate toward are the ones that shy away from reading. I love working with these kids and families because there is no magic quite like the spark of happiness in a child’s eye when they find THE book--the one that makes them read constantly until they find another book they connect with just as fiercely. I have found that no matter a person’s reading ability, a graphic novel is a great first step to finding their reading niche.