U.S. Congressman Mast Speaker and Walk Master at Community Event
Jupiter, FL –United States Representative Brian Mast will serve as Honorary Walk Master and an esteemed speaker at Generation Stand UP’s “Neon Nights #Glow2Know that #weRcommunity Walk” a unique health awareness family event with teen musical performances on Friday, March 3, 6pm-10pm at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, FL.
Teen leaders from the nonprofit organization Stand UP Foundation have designed a walk to promote awareness and prevention related to social and emotional wellness with stations along the walking route providing neon bracelets and information on topics such as depression, anxiety, anti-bullying/positive relationships, eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, suicide prevention, grief and loss, and infant mental health.
U.S. Congressman Mast will address and join the walkers sharing his personal reflections on leadership, as well as social and emotional health and wellness from a veteran’s perspective. Keeping with the theme, he’ll also share how community can make for a strong support network. A U.S. Army Veteran, U.S. Congressman Mast served for 12 years and suffered catastrophic injuries, including the loss of both legs, while destroying an improvised explosive device.
“I believe in my heart that the trials we each face have little importance compared to what we do in response to each challenge that we face,” said U.S. Congressman Mast. “We as Americans do not curl up into a corner and quit when life gets tough. We own our challenges. We use those challenges as the tool to make us the strongest we have ever been.”
Stand UP Foundation is dedicated to offering the tools and skills for youth to manage and thrive though the social and emotional health challenges presented during adolescence for the overachiever or underachiever by providing innovative prevention, leadership and mentoring programs designed to build a strong generation of teens.
“We are honored to have U.S. Congressman Mast inspire us as well as other brave speakers who will enlighten us on their triumphs to overcome social and emotional health issues,” said Ashley Le Grange, director of Stand UP Foundation. “We must end social stigmas and assure all that it’s OK and desirable to ask for help.”
All proceeds from the #Glow2Know Walk will fund the continuation of Stand UP Foundation’s programs. Sponsors include FPL, Summit Performance Consulting, E.D.S. Air Conditioning and Plumbing, Schwed Law and several others. Sponsorships are still available.
Pet dogs, long regarded as beneficial companions for social and emotional wellness, are encouraged to participate with registered walkers. The Pawsitive Action Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will provide information on their highly-trained assistance dogs which help meet the needs of veterans and people with different abilities as ongoing support to enhance their quality of life –physically, emotionally and socially.
Register for the Walk at www.standupfoundationfl.org. Fees are $25 individual pre-event ($35 day of event); $85 for a family of 4; $5 additional for pet dog; $10 additional for VIP Party after the walk with live music in front of the amphitheater. For more information, contact Ashley Le Grange at (561) 260-6634. Follow on Twitter: #Glow2Know and #weRcommunity. Community Service hours available for registered teen walkers.
U.S. Congressman Brian Mast will serve as Honorary Walk Master and an esteemed speaker at Generation Stand UP’s Neon Nights #Glow2Know that #weRcommunity Walk on March 3 at Harbourside Place to benefit Stand UP Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering prevention, leadership and mentoring programs for teens in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. www.standupfoundationfl.org
(left to rt) (Charles Brenner, Alec Sullivan, Mark Hanna, Cameron Hanna and Director Ashley Le Grange with her baby, Medora Reilly), members of the nonprofit organization Stand UP Foundation, are organizing a Neon Nights #Glow2Know that #weRcommunity Walk on March 3 at Harbourside Place with U.S. Congressman Brian Mast serving as Honorary Walk Master and Speaker to promote awareness and prevention related to social and emotional health topics. www.standupfoundationfl.org
Slumber Party Planning Tips
As much as you want to give your child a fun slumber party, let’s face it — inviting a bunch of kids into your home (not just to hang out for a few hours, but also to sleep overnight) can be daunting. You have to think about sleeping arrangements, food, activities and more. How can you minimize stress? What are some good tips for slumber party planning? To help answer these questions, here are some key ideas to keep in mind:
- Determine the guest list. Decide ahead of time how many kids you can logistically fit in your home, and ask your child who he or she wants to invite accordingly. If you already know your home can’t accommodate 12 kids, it’s best to say so upfront and minimize the guest list to the number you can handle. Likewise, if kids will need to sleep in more than one location, draw names about who sleeps where in order to avoid hurt feelings.
- Plan a simple, fun menu. Typically at a slumber party, you can expect to provide the evening’s dinner, a variety of snacks, and the next morning’s breakfast. Save yourself some stress by keeping the food simple: Find out if any kids have allergies ahead of time, and then create a kid-friendly menu. Dinner could be pizza or takeout. Snacks could be items that are easy to pick up at the store like chips, crackers, fruit, candy, desserts and so on. Then, in the morning, you can provide store-bought muffins, a prepped breakfast casserole you can pop in the oven, fruit, donuts, juice and milk.
- Stick to disposables. Especially if you’re planning a slumber party for lots of children, skip washing dishes and go with disposable plates and utensils. This will make cleanup easier and simplify meal times.
- Plan a few fun activities. There are lots of ways to keep kids entertained at a slumber party. You might ask your child to pick a movie or two that everyone can watch, or you could get everyone involved in meal prep by having them top their own pizzas or put together simple sandwiches. Set out board games and card games. Provide a stack of mad libs. Another idea is to have the kids take on some sort of DIY project like using fabric markers on T-shirts or making their own jewelry.
- Make nighttime less scary. For those kids who are afraid of the dark but embarrassed to say so, leaving a nightlight or hallway light on can be a real comfort. Likewise, you can make the party more fun and add illumination by ordering glow sticks or other glow-in-the-dark products that you hand out to participants.
- Communicate expectations. Be in touch with parents about your expectations — what time to drop off kids, what time to pick them up, what kids need to bring to the party, etc. The better you communicate, the less chance for misunderstandings. Likewise, make sure all the parents have your phone number and you have theirs in case something comes up and you need to reach them.
- Get backup. If you’re at all unsure about being able to handle the party alone, enlist backup by way of a spouse, friend or other parent. Having other adults on hand to manage logistics, answer questions, comfort kids, etc., will help ensure everything goes smoothly.
The good news, when it comes to a slumber party, is that you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the prospect. With ample preparation you can minimize stress and everyone can enjoy a safe, fun experience!
Author bio: Jeremy Thompson is a born entrepreneur and Partner at Premier Glow. His many businesses include a DJ company, selling bubble gum and novelty toys.
12 Amazing Reasons Why Dogs Are Good to Help Raise Children
It takes a village to raise a kid. That’s an old saying that holds true to this day. The extended family setup may have evolved and changed to mean day care, pre-school, and a baby sitter but the concept is unchanged. Another reliable “village member” that will help you care for your kid and keep him company is your dog.
Yes, it’s true; dogs have a soft spot for babies, and vice versa. Together, they make a household more fun, a little more chaotic, but certainly with more love to go around. Growing up with dogs will teach your kids a lot, including to be more generous with their time, space, food, and affection. They will know that they are not the center of their parents’ universes, and that there will be times that your child and your dog will have to rely on one another for companionship. They will grow up as inseparable buddies.
Dogs have incredible maternal instincts. They will protect the child as fiercely as they would their own pups. There have been many videos on YouTube and Facebook where dogs have saved the lives of their owners or their children. These are real-life stories, and we know that there are thousands more that have not been captured on film.
Our infographic illustrates how friendships between man and dog start at the tender years. Read on and prepare to shed a tear or two. There’s plenty of love to go around inside your home.
Tips For Cleaning Hockey Equipment
Parents have a hard enough time with all the other tasks they have in their lives. When a child participates in sports, it opens up a whole new set of responsibilities on both ends. One of those responsibilities comes in the form of laundry.
A lot of effort is put into the game of hockey. With that effort comes an increase in laundry and, in result, an increase in smell.
Taking care of your youth hockey player starts with taking care of their gear. It is important to wash gear so that you decrease the risk of infection. Gloves, in particular, should be washed every few days but drying the gear is simpler than you might think. Simply hang gear on a clothesline. Old fashioned, right?
Removing the soles of skates is another trick to proper drying and decreases the chance of infection. Compression products are recommended for bacteria prevention since they help soak up moisture.
Another way to control stench is through the purchase of new gear. All gear has a lifespan, and you don’t want to keep gear too long. If you start seeing mold or mildew forming on your son or daughter’s pads, it’s time for a change. Sticks break (and therefore are replaced) frequently, but the upgrade of other equipment tends to be overlooked.
Now that the equipment is clean or brand new, it is time to clean the hockey players them self. Make sure kids and teens clean themselves extensively to rehydrate skin and stay smelling fresh.
Even youth hockey players are right in the middle of the fight on smell. But don’t take my word for it … below is a complete guide by Pro Stock Hockey — with information from NHL trainers and staff — on how hockey players can defend against stench. For more info on stink Parent’s Guide To Hockey Equipment
AJ Lee is a Marketing Specialist for Pro Stock Hockey, an online resource for pro stock hockey equipment. He was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and has been a huge Blackhawks fan his entire life. AJ picked up his first hockey stick at age 3 and has yet to put it down. He went on to play hockey at the college level for Illinois State University while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
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Six Tips for a Healthy Winter Season with the Whole Family
As winter approaches, many parents are looking for ways to counter the often excess eating that comes with the holidays. It can be difficult to remain active in the cold weather, contributing to some extra winter weight. These simple steps can help you eat better and exercise more, based on proven principles and research from ChildObesity180 at Tufts University.
- Plan ahead to make sure healthy choices are always on-hand. Meal planning for the week ahead will not only ensure that you set up healthier options for day-to-day choices, but can also become a creative outlet for families to plan together. Plan for meals that have a balance of healthy fats, lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Try a “Meatless Monday” or similar theme night to simplify planning even more.
- Build a better lunch (together). Involving kids in the cooking process can get them more excited about what’s in their lunchbox and help you avoid calorie-dense fare in favor of more wholesome options. Try packing lunch-sized portions of fruits and veggies over the weekend to streamline lunchbox prep on cold winter school mornings.
- Join the “balanced plate” club. Instead of focusing on the “clean plate club”, which can send the message that portions don’t matter, talk to kids about how to set up a balanced plate. ChooseMyPlate.gov has resources and clear, colorful visuals. Challenge your family to serve themselves dinner and learn appropriate portions of fruits, veggies, grains, protein and dairy.
- Eat the rainbow. Foods that are (naturally) brightly colored are full of different antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—and they tend to be fruits and veggies. If you and your family “eat the rainbow” by including seasonal foods of every color between breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll be sure to get a mix of these essential nutrients. Younger children might have fun with a chart that helps them track their “rainbow foods” every day.
- Move more by making family activities physical activities. It’s easy to incorporate meaningful movement into typically sedentary activities. Try doing jumping jacks, pushups, or wall sits during TV time, especially in the commercial breaks. Make household chores a game, race, or obstacle course that encourages extra steps. Turn up the music and dance your way through dusting and vacuuming to increase the cardio impact – just don’t go too quickly to make sure you still pass the white glove test!
- Get out of the house to limit screen time. Especially in wintertime, the snow and cold can persuade us to keep warm indoors with our favorite shows. We all know it’s important to limit screen time, but it can be hard to cut back on a habit without building a new one. Making a rule to spend more time outside as a family – even just 20 minutes each day – can give you the extra push to stick with it. Try hiking, ice skating, basketball, or rock-climbing for a change of pace. Experimenting with new activities and adding a new spin to established routines will keep things interesting and increase your chances of finding activities that the whole family will enjoy. aabgsdfkdkdfkOver time it may even become second nature to head outside to play instead of straight toward the couch or the fridge.
Forming healthy habits like these early in a child’s life can help to prevent serious issues like obesity down the road—and they’ll last far longer than anything on your holiday shopping list. For more resources, visit www.ChildObesity180.org.
Social Media And Effects on Educational Standards
Social Media as a group of internet based application that allows the creation and exchange of user generated content. Social media sites are: Facebook, 2go, Blackberry TWITTER, Whatsapp, Friendster, MySpace and many others.
The Social Media and the Education sector have now become two great enemies. An old saying says “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. Most students dwell on this saying and they neglect their studies, there is not even a scheduled time for the social media activities. Hence, I will also say that “all play no work makes jack a stupid boy”
According to the research conducted by, Len Hart, Purcell, Smith and Zickuhr in 2010, indicates that 47% of American adults use social network. A national survey in 2009 found that 37% of online teenagers use social media sites which increased to 55% three years later. According to the survey in 2009, it is worthy to note that the rate at which teenagers, especially students access the social media without caution is alarming. From 2009 to 2010 there is a 16% increase in the use of the social media by students. How much time do these students have to focus on their studies, when most of their time is spent on Social Media activities?
There is already a division between Education and Social Media because most students now spend their time on social media activities which reduce the concentration and dedication they have for their studies, they forget their first assignment.
As of July 1999, 205 countries had at least one connection to internet. Estimate of the number of people on the internet seem to range between 50 and 80 million worldwide.(Retrieved from www.convince&convert.com)
It is obvious that Social Media has now become an integral part of students activities, in as it constitutes a major part of their livelihood. As useful as Social Media is; students still abuse the use of it. From the studies, it is revealed that students spend a lot of time on the Social Media which causes a divided attention between their academics and social life thereby resulting in neglect to their Studies
It is true that the existence of man now depends on the availability and accessibility to information and communication. Social Media will be of immense help when students learn when to shut it down.
BIO: Ikulajolu Adesola is a young writer and avid reader who loves delivering information and knowledge with Creativity and Originality alongside Timeliness and accuracy. He is devoted to freelance writing and researching. He has been featured in other magazines and sites.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Going back to school, or even going to school for the first time is a new chapter for every family. With so much information at our fingertips it can become rather confusing as to what we should prioritize for the months ahead and support our children to the level that they need us. So to make it really easy, as I’m sure right now you are running around buying school shoes and supplies, here is what I suggest you remember under the acronym of S-C-H-O-O-L.
And remember, it’s all about the long-term goals…
S – Schedule
Every family follows this in order to be consistent. Creating one will maintain all the cornerstones that create balance for us. Giving us enough energy to focus, sustain and achieve. Sleep for example and getting enough of it becomes the benefit of having one of these in place.
C – Communication
The only way to gauge how our children are when it comes to their well-being at school is to talk about their day. Collecting information makes us aware of the friends they are making, the teachers they have a rapport with, the classes they find challenging, and what they are enjoying. Making it a priority every day to talk about their day also helps them to share and off-load any worries they may have. The benefits of doing so keep you connected as a family.
H – Homework
We all get it, it’s how we handle it that’s important. Teaching them to manage and prep assignments so that our children can stay on top of deadlines is an important discipline to learn. Find areas in your home that promote good concentration, regulate screen and tabloid times. Go over homework that your children are unsure about so that we as parents can do our utmost in helping our children through those academic challenges.
O – Organize
Your child’s time table with them if not old enough to do it by themselves so they become more responsible and aware of their everyday activities. Ie: the books they need, PE (gym) kits, musical instruments, art supplies. All of this practice sharpens their memory skills and in its entirety it helps to run an effective household.
O – Outside
Because everybody needs the fresh air and the balance of school and home life! So up those play dates to develop your toddler’s socialization skills let the tween study together and have sleep overs. Carve time out for family time where you all can be active nd support the hobbies you all enjoy. A drizzle of rain never hurt anyone, let the kids play outside with other, after homework, before homework. Enroll, them in after-school clubs, remember being outside does wonders for our wellbeing and reduces stress, and in turn that helps a child with any school term.
L – Lunch
Maintaining fitness on any level is not just how we move our body it is about what we put in it. Reducing spiked blood sugar levels is critical to our health, and being consistent with our food plan and prepared with creative options is all part of keeping our body strong for he back to school season. So, prepare food the night before, get your kids involved in their options, freeze up homemade food, and keep those fruits and veggies flowing. Know what your kids are eating at school and change up your lunch boxes frequently.
HOMEWORK AND STUDY TIME: WHY PARENTS SHOULD BE INVOLVED
By Ikulajolu Adesola
Every parent wants his or her child to do well in school. The problem
is not that parents are not capable to help their children.
Afterall, not many parents have a background or training in
educational techniques, or child psychology. It is just that the parent
does not know the best way to help.
Here are some tips on how you can improve the likelihood of children’s
success in their education. Remember, these techniques take both time
and patience to show the desired and expected results Don’t expect
Teach them that learning is their job.
Parents often ask what they can do to get their child interested in a
particular subject or task. This part is so important. No one cares
whether or not a child is interested in something. Of course, children
learn better when they find the subject matter interesting, but what
children really need to learn is that they must also learn things
they do not find particularly interesting. That is the job children have.
You do not have to be an angry Mom or Dad to get your point across, but you
have to realize that parental expectation do have a huge impact on study performance.
If you don’t expect your child to do well,
your expectations will likely not be met.
Distinguish Learning from Study
It is rare for children to have done their
homework and to have also learned the lesson. By testing the child
with questions from the lesson. The child has a better chance at learning what the
lesson was really about. Though this gets harder as the child grows.
Prioritize study time
All children need down time, playing alone and with other
children is necessary for their intellectual growth and accumulation of social skills.
However, as a matter of priority, children should within reason, be
encouraged to work first before playing. It will pay-off in the long
run. Children should have a study hour in which they will need to
complete their school work. As the child gets older, his designated
study time should get longer.
Provide a proper homework environment
Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her
best. A desk, and a comfortable chair, good lighting, necessary school supplies (paper,
pen, calculator, computer, protractor, pencil.) Most importantly a quiet
place to work.
Let them figure things out on their own.
Have your children think about problems at length before asking for
your help. Remember when you tell a child the answers to a problem,
you have deprived that child the right to figure it out
by his or herself. At the same time, it is appropriate to help a
student who has made a legitimate, but unsuccessful effort to learn
something without assistance.
Teach proper Reading Comprehension skills.
So many children read without understanding what they have
read or understanding what it means. To aid in that gap to learning,
children should know that when reading they should not go to the next
paragraph until they have understood the previous paragraph.
If they do, they actually will not understand the
paragraph. You should also let children take note of what they read
(better still, they should keep an outline). Taking notes and outline,
rephrase what the child has learned from reading and will provide room
for the child to prepare for writing examinations.
Conclusively, You will agree that all these are important to a child’s
educational success. The issue now is for parents to put this into use
Parents should be involved in the training of their children.
Don’t rely on teachers alone. Parents should be happy to help
their children at home. Teach your children to reach for the sky. It will give them a clear advantage among their peers.
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Si… así como se lee… MURALEJA!
Ya sé que muchos de ustedes deben pensar que no sé cómo se escribe Moraleja, pero más adelante comprenderán de qué se trata.
En ésta oportunidad, quiero hablarles sobre un tema complejo, del que muchos hablan y que casi todos (o todos) experimentamos, un tema que afecta nuestra vida y sobre todo nuestras relaciones… Paradigmas!
“Un paradigma es el resultado de los usos, y costumbres, de creencias establecidas de verdades a medias; un paradigma es ley, hasta que es desbancado por otro nuevo. El Paradigma no solo nos envuelve sino nos controla, nos define, nos delimita todo lo que percibimos, y creemos que esa es la verdad. Define lo que es realidad y descalifica las demás opciones.”
Basada en la definición anterior, podría definir a los paradigmas como creencias limitantes! Seguramente la mayoría coincide con esa definición, pero realmente comprendemos de qué se trata? Cómo nos afecta?
La vida está llena de paradigmas y esquemas que limitan nuestras decisiones, nuestras acciones, nuestras actitudes y hasta nuestras aptitudes! Así entonces, limitamos nuestra vida.
Heredamos de nuestros padres algunos o todos los paradigmas que ellos consolidaron como hogar; y luego nosotros, como padres, tenemos tendencia a transmitir nuestros paradigmas, dejando a nuestros hijos presos, detrás de unos barrotes forjados en su inexistencia.
Nuestros hijos no seguirán nuestros consejos, sino nuestro ejemplo; por lo que nuestras limitaciones muy probablemente sean sus limitaciones, y entonces ellos van a ser programados por nosotros y afectados por nuestras experiencias. Son muros enormes que debemos alejar de nuestras vidas.
Pero, cómo podemos eliminar los paradigmas, superarlos o vencer esas creencias limitantes, cómo podemos derrumbar esos MUROS gigantes para evitar la herencia de paradigmas y ayudar a nuestros hijos?
Para romper paradigmas hay que aprender a mirar desde una perspectiva diferente, no me refiero a pararte de cabeza, aunque quizá, eso funcione. Hablo de considerar una realidad diferente. A continuación, 7 tips que te ayudarán a romper paradigmas:
- Identifica tus paradigmas: Es el paso más difícil, pero al lograrlo, tendrás la mitad del camino avanzado. Para identificar nuestros paradigmas, debemos mirar bien nuestro interior. Qué nos asusta? Qué nos hace dudar? Qué nos limita?
- Reta con frecuencia las ideas, creencias o dichos comunes. Dicen por ahí que… “Loro viejo no aprende a hablar”… y entonces aplicamos eso a nuestras vidas y nos encontramos en un mundo con complejo de Loros… que creen que después de cierta edad no pueden hacer nada. Por ejemplo, no pueden estudiar, no se pueden ejercitar. Estás seguro? Nada más errado que eso! Busca en internet la historia de Ernestine Shepherd y te sorprenderás!
- Evalúa tu entorno: Para crecer como seres humanos, es clave, valorar otros puntos de vista, de hecho, si tenemos un paradigma heredado, fue porque valoramos la percepción de quien nos heredó esa creencia; entonces por qué no mirar otras percepciones?
- Cree en ti mismo: Ya sé que es una frase trillada, pero es tan cierta como la existencia humana. Crees en la existencia de los humanos? Entonces debes también creer en el potencial infinito del humano. Personas sin piernas que caminan, sin visión capaces de mirar mejor que quien si puede “ver”, entre otras muestras de fe (auto-fe) de hecho. De pequeña me encantaba un comercial de TV con un mensaje que decía: “No digas que NO, si no lo has probado”.
- Confía en otros: No hablo de dejar tu billetera en la puerta de tu casa y creer que nadie va a tomarla (probablemente si, probablemente no). Hablo de confiar en las personas que te rodean, de confiar en el potencial de tus hijos, en sus aptitudes, en su libertad para creer, para sonar, para descubrir! La falta de confianza no solo destruye relaciones, sino afecta la auto-estima de tus hijos y recuerda… los obligas a vivir presos bajo tus barrotes!
- Experimenta: Todo cambio, implica riesgos; todo riesgo, implica aprendizajes; todo aprendizaje genera desarrollo. Atrévete a experimentar algo nuevo. Aprende de tus hijos esa maravillosa disposición para probar un tobogán diferente, para hacer nuevos amigos en cada nuevo año escolar, para explorar en las plantas hasta encontrar animales de distintos colores… en fin, aprende a Experimentar!
- Cúbrete de Actitud Positiva: Actitud positiva para el Cambio! Actitud positiva para aceptar nuevos retos! Actitud positiva para romper Paradigmas!
Ahora ya sabes cómo alejar esos muros? Entonces comienza ya! Aleja los Muros… Mur-aleja!
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Mis deseos para ti: Lágrimas de alegría, muchos abrazos, pero sobre todo hijos felices!
Para complementar el artículo, les comparto un extracto del Libro Los 7 hábitos de la Gente altamente efectiva:
«De adentro hacia afuera» significa empezar por la persona; más fundamentalmente, empezar por la parte más interior de la persona: los paradigmas, el carácter y los motivos»
También significa que si uno quiere tener un matrimonio feliz, tiene que ser el tipo de persona que genera energía positiva y elude la energía negativa en lugar de fortalecerla. Si uno quiere tener un hijo adolescente más agradable y cooperativo, debe ser un padre más comprensivo, empático, coherente, cariñoso. Si uno quiere tener más libertad, más margen en el trabajo, debe ser un empleado más responsable, más útil, más colaborador. Si uno quiere despertar confianza, debe ser digno de confianza. Si uno aspira a la grandeza secundaria del talento reconocido, debe centrarse primero en la grandeza primaria del carácter.
Explaining Graphic Design to a Five Year Old
Design 4 Kids
Kids are naturally curious about what their parents do for a living, and when we try to explain it to them (or even some adults) our explanations generally fall into one of two categories: lengthy and overly informative or hasty and placating. You have to find the middle ground.
This is even more important when you have to explain a job that’s a bit more abstract, like artist or psychologist. You have to go big with color and candy wrappers to keep them listening.
This dialogue is loosely taken from a conversation our creative director had with his daughter while driving to the grocery store.
Daddy, what exactly do you do?
I’m a graphic designer, honey.
I know, but what IS a graphic designer?
Graphic designers make pictures for things.
What kind of things?
See your juice box right there, someone like Daddy designed that. Things like board games, posters, candy wrappers and book covers, and a bunch of other cool stuff.
You mean like my Spider Book?
Yes, exactly. The cover of every book is designed.
Why do you need to design them?
Because people like when things look nice and are easier to understand.
I work with businesses to design cool things for them and solve problems.
How do you do that?
I use colors and letters and pictures. Then, I arrange them to make people feel a certain way. See that stop sign right there? That is designed to let us know that we have to stop to let other drivers go ahead of us. Someone like me designed that.
Why is it red?
It is red because the color red is easy to see. If it were blue, it would blend in with the sky. That’s what designers have to think about.
That sounds like fun.
Design is a fun way to help people communicate with each other. Graphic design is everywhere you look and nearly everything has some design on it. Daddy gets to help decide what to put on those things.
Did you design this store?
No, but do you see that package of cookies right there? The pictures and letters on the package is what daddy does. Same with the soup and the chocolate milk.
Daddy, what are you going to do today at work?
<Sigh> I’m going to make someone’s logo bigger.
Design is Everywhere
Graphic design is problem solving and communication in visual form. Like a piece of a puzzle, graphic design, from logos to advertisements should make the world a little easier through which to travel. By teaching your kids about design, you are giving them a glimpse into art, creativity, problem solving, business and branding.
Next time your child asks you what you do for a living, take a breath and try to explain in the simplest of terms. Explaining it in the most uncomplicated way can even help you see it in a new light.
Originally published at ardesign.us on August 3, 2016.