The Best Way To Teach A Child To Ride A Bike

Mom and dad, it’s time to stop punishing your child by teaching them to ride a bicycle using training wheels.  There’s an alternative method that will have your child riding a bike faster and without the fear that most kids experience as part of the learning process.

Using a balance bike

The secret is teaching your child to ride a bike using a balance bike, a pedal-less bicycle that’s designed to teach kids as young as two to how to ride.  The reason this method is so successful is that it puts the focus on balance and steering.

Simplifying the process of learning to ride a bike accelerates the learning curve.  Kids don’t have to master multiple gross motor skills simultaneously, so they are more comfortable with the learning process and make faster strides.

Kids push the bikes with their feet to propel the bike forward similar to how they would ride a scooter or skateboard, but with both feet.  This “striding” motion is at the heart of the balance bike method and how one of the most popular balance bike models, the Strider ST-3, earned its name.

Other distinguishing features of a balance bike include the light weight and low seat height.   While a 12” pedal bike found at Walmart will probably weigh in the neighborhood of 20 lbs, most balance bikes weigh less than 10 lbs.  That’s a huge difference.  Kids feel much more in control on the lighter balance bike.

Balance bikes are also built with a very small frame and low seat height.  Some adjust to as low as 11 inches.  This helps a child maneuver more easily on the bicycle and allows kids two and under to start learning to ride.

The best time to teach them

While it might seem crazy to try and teach a child who’s barely learned to walk how to ride a bike, it’s actually a great time to do it.  While kid’s motor skills vary, most two-year-olds can balance a bicycle as long as it’s not too heavy.  Young kids are also less fearful.  They don’t focus on the risk and dangers of bike riding the way older kids do.

The low profile and light weight of a balance bike also make it a safer alternative to heavy pedal bikes with training wheels.  Bikes with training wheels tend to wobble and can tip over.  The low-profile balance bike keeps a child close to the ground and makes it easier to recover when they do lose balance.

The best part of the balance bike method for a parent is that their child will teach themselves how to ride a bike.  No bending over and trying to keep the bike upright.  No frustration for parent or child.  You won’t spend weeks, months or years trying to teach your child to ride.  They’ll learn quickly and naturally on a balance bike.

The transition to a pedal bike will be swift and painless with the mastery of balance that comes with this method.  Don’t expect your child to give up their balance bike in a hurry, though.  Most kids enjoy the freedom and fun of a balance bike for a year or two before making the move to a pedal bike.

So ditch the training wheels and discover a new way to teach your son or daughter to ride a bike that’s more effective and fun.  Your child and your back will thank you. server ip . Conssymroycupo . Crazaberamer


Car Seats, A friendly reminder


Car Seats, a friendly reminder

Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.

In the United States, car accidents represent the highest cause of death for children above the age of 3 and are responsible for over 140,000 children’s visits to the emergency room each year.

What is the best car seat for my kid?

No one seat is the “best” or “safest.” The best seat is the one that fits your child’s size, is correctly installed, fits well in your vehicle, and is used properly every time you drive.

Typically infants and toddlers up to about 2 yrs of age should be in rear facing seats installed on the rear of the car and away from the air bags.  Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an active front passenger air bag. If the air bag inflates, it will hit the back of the car seat, right where your baby’s head is, and could cause serious injury or death.

Older toddlers and pre schoolers should be seated in forward facing seats, again in the rear of the vehicle and away from the airbags.  Once again, if at all possible, it is best to keep children away from the airbags in the front so the forward facing seat is installed on the rear of the vehicle.  If a car seat must be used in the front, move it as far back as possible and way from the airbag.

When they are too big for a car seat

School age children sho0uld use a belt positioning booster seat for as long as possible up to usually about 4 ft 9 in height, so typically 8 to 12 years  old

Obviously, once the child is big enough for a seat belt to fit snuggly,   that is where they belong – Car Seats: Information for Families for 2012 › Safety & PreventionOn The Go

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Child Support Awareness Month

 Todays topic is child support.

In a previous video I discussed some of the financial considerations surrounding divorce but did you know that August is Child Support Awareness Month in many states.  The purpose is to raise awareness concerning the issues around child support.  The newest statistics are in and they are not good.

Less than half (actually about 41%) of the custodial parents who have been awarded child support are getting the full amount.  Almost 30% are getting no child support at all and another approximately 30% get some money but again, not all.

I experienced both sides

Personally, I was on both sides of this issue.  There was a time when I was paying child support before the kids came to live with me.  I know it is tough sometimes but you guys (and girls) who owe child support need to be paying it.  Your kids deserve it.

For you parents who are owed child support and are not getting it, you can contact the local child support agency in you state and seek help.  There is more information in my written blog about how to do that.

Some women prefer not to pursue child support

Many times I have spoken with parents, especially woman, who do not want to pursue child support for fear that will encourage the ex boy friend back into the picture.

But consider your child.  Isn’t your child is being deprived financially if they are not getting the support they deserve?  Consider also the future.  How will you cope with your child’s needs as they grow unless you have the support to do it?

Can you really do it alone?

Can you support your child on your own all the way through high school and college.  Can they participate in activities that will keep them occupied and off the streets (see my video on alcohol for example).  As I mentioned in prior videos on alcohol and drug use the children mist likely to stay clean are those who are very active in other things after school. And the after school hours are the time when kids get into alcohol and drugs initially.

And not applying for child support now does not guarantee the absent parent will not return in the future and demand rights anyhow.  It simply guarantees you child is not getting what he or she deserves now.  So think about it and go for it.  Get what is yours and what is your child’s.

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Further information:

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

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Camping – A Wonderful Family Outdoor Activity

Ahhh! The great outdoors!

Every summer thousands of enthusiastic campers enjoy weekends in the great outdoors. Lots of people love hiking and backpacking excursions and spend their vacations exploring the countryside. Camping is a great way of bonding with family and friends, it offers people some real quality time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

While many people love camping out in tents, other people prefer to have a little more comfort during their trips and choose an RV or a camper trailer. It really doesn’t matter which you prefer as it does depend on your budget.

Camping is a great experience

Camping is a great experience, whether it’s just a weekend away or a couple of weeks touring around different regions. Many retired people choose to spend time travelling around the country in their RV, they like this camping lifestyle because it offers them the chance to visit places. It’s a great way of spending a few years enjoying the freedom it gives them.

In the US there are over 12,000 camp sites, some of which are in areas of outstanding natural beauty, like National and State Parks. Everywhere you travel to there is a camping ground close by you can stay at which is the great thing about camping.

How about a quiet weekend in the country?

If you want to get away for a quiet weekend in the country, you don’t need a camping trailer or RV because a good tent and the right accessories will be perfect for your trip. There are some great tents around these days, smaller ones or large family sized ones, so as your family grows you can find the right sized tent to suit your camping needs and have a great time enjoying the nature around you.

If you are new to camping, there is a lot of information about tents and camping equipment on the Internet. You can read reviews about anything you might be thinking of buying which helps you can make an informed decision. If you don’t want to buy any camping equipment, then you might like to rent a log cabin for the weekend. Although this is not strictly ‘camping’ it will give you the chance of getting back in touch with nature and all the wonderful things associated with it.

Oh Boy! National hamburger month!

Anyone who feels they need to get out of the city and relax in a natural environment without any pressures then camping is fast becoming a very popular pastime. A camping holiday is a great way to bond with family and friends, it’s relaxing and it’s great fun because you get to cook in the great outdoors. With events like the National Hamburger Month and National Barbecue Month taking place in May, camping out is a great way of celebrating a few of the most popular pastimes around.


Teens and Sexually Transmitted Disease

Sexually transmitted disease

Welcome to this video, part 4 of my 3 part series on Talking to your teens about sex. I felt the need for an additional video discussing Sexually transmitted disease or STD.

In a previous video I mentioned the fact that teens appear to be waiting longer to have sex and more seem to be using some protection, but is that good enough? Absolutely no!

First a young person contacts a sexually transmitted disease once every 8 seconds in the US, that’s 10 million per year approximately. 10% of young people who claim no sexual activity test positive for std’s.

How STD’s spread

One reason STDs spread is because people think they can only be infected if they have sexual intercourse. That’s wrong. A person can get some STDs, like herpes or genital warts, through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore.

Another myth about STDs is that you can’t get them if you have oral or anal sex. That’s also wrong because the viruses or bacteria that cause STDs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth and anus, as well as the genitals.

STDs also spread easily because you can’t tell whether someone has an infection. In fact, some people with STDs don’t even know that they have them. These people are in danger of passing an infection on to their sex partners without even realizing it.

The first line of defense is education!

So once again as parents what can we do to protect our kids. The first line of defense is education. If we want our children to have our values, our morals then we must teach them ourselves.

Studies show that kids want sex education from their own moms, dads and guardians. But did you know that when you teach your child the facts about sex, your child is:
 less likely to have sexual intercourse as a teen
 less likely to become pregnant or get someone pregnant as a teen
 more likely to talk to you about other important issues in their life.

The time to start talking is now!

As I said in a previous video, the time to start talking is today even if your kids are preschool. Again I have seen articles where the advice was, if you are too embarrassed to have the talk yourself, ask a doctor or clergyman or someone else to do it”. No! You do it! If you are embarrassed say, “I am embarrassed” and do it anyway. Your child’s life may depend on you. So it’s time to start talking. For an excellent guide on “How to have the sex talk at any age” see the website by Jennifer Wolf, “About Single” I have provided a link to this site and many more valuable resources in my written blog which can be found at
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“Talking with your teen about sex” part 3 (sexting)

Hi, It’s Len. The creator of and author of the book, “Adventures in Single Parenting”.
Welcome to this video, part 3 of my 3 part series on Talking to your teens about sex. Today I want to cover the topic of sexting.

Wikipedia defines Sexting as “The act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones”. This is a rather recent concept first reported in 2005 and depends on the advent of Smart Phones and the new high speed mobile technology and networks. What is surprising is the rapidity with which it is gaining popularity and apparent social acceptance.

In a recent study published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers questioned a culturally diverse sample of 964 Houston-area students between the ages of 14 and 19 from seven public high schools and amongst other things found that 27.6% of teens reported having texted or emailed a naked picture of themselves. Of course as you might expect, girls were asked to send a naked picture of themselves much more frequently than boys.

If your teenager’s phone has naked pictures in the sent folder, there’s a pretty good chance they’re doing a lot more than just that. The study found that 77 percent of girls and 82 percent of boys who are sexting are no longer virgins. It had especially bad news for the girls sending naked pictures.
“(T)een girls who engaged in sexting behaviors also had a higher prevalence of risky sex behaviors, including multiple partners and using drugs or alcohol before sex,” the study found. “Thus, among girls, the use of sexting behaviors appears to coincide with much higher engagement in risky sex behaviors.”


As parents, need to know what all the settings are on the different services that our children are using. We can join and have our own accounts on facebook, Twitter etc

We also need to talk to our kids about the risks of having a social media account. Some risks include being stalked by a predator. Some girls have learned the hard way that their boyfriends cannot be trusted with nude photos, anything on the web (that includes the cell phone network) is public information.

We can follow our kids and have them follow us back.

If the kids protest, remind them that social media is public viewing gallery and anything they put out there can and will be visible for years.

The following site can help us stay in touch with what our kids are doing on line.

Finally there is the legal implication. In most states and many countries possession of nude pictures of someone under 18 is illegal and can and has been prosecuted as a felony, even if you yourself and under 18 and it is a picture of you. Again from Wikipedia, “Some teenagers who have texted photographs of themselves, or of their friends or partners, have been charged with distribution of child pornography, while those who have received the images have been charged with possession of child pornography; in some cases, the possession charge has been applied to school administrators who have investigated sexting incidents as well.”

Finally as parents, we need to be aware of the “lingo” our kids are using so we can interpret their messages. The list below comes from:
Common Sexting Slang Terms
Warning: some of these terms are vulgar. This list is nowhere close to exhaustive, words can be combined, removed, and invented on the fly.
8 Oral Sex
143 I Love You
cu46 See You For Sex
DUM Do You Masturbate?
GNOC Get Naked On Cam
GYPO Get Your Pants Off
GNRN Get Naked right Now
FMH Fuck Me Harder
IWS I Want Sex
IIT Is It Tight?
Q2C Quick To Come
RUH Are You Horny?
TDTM Talk Dirty To Me
S2R Send To Receive
NIFOC Naked In Front Of Computer
SorG Straight Or Gay?
JO Jerk Off
PAW Parents Are Watching
PIR Parent In Room
POS Parent Over Shoulder
YWS You Want Sex
WYCM Will You Call M?e
RU18 Are You 18?
CD9 / Code 9 Parent / Adult around
NALOPKT Not A Lot Of People Know This

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“Talking with Your Teens About Sex” Part 2 (Teen pregnancy)


The number of teens giving birth in the U.S. dropped again in 2010, according to a government report, with nearly every state seeing a decrease. Nationally, the rate fell 9 percent to about 34 per 1,000 girls ages 15 through 19, and the drop was seen among all racial and ethnic groups. Mississippi continues to have the highest teen birth rate, with 55 births per 1,000 girls. New Hampshire has the lowest rate at just under 16 births per 1,000 girls.

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on Apr 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

This is the lowest national rate for teen births since the Centers for Disease Control began tracking it in 1940, and CDC officials attributed the decline to pregnancy prevention efforts. Other reports show that teenagers are having less sex and using contraception more often. Studies have backed this up. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.”

But 37 states require sex education that includes abstinence, 26 of which require that abstinence be stressed as the best method. Additionally, research shows that abstinence-only strategies could deter contraceptive use among teenagers, thus increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy.

For example, take the states with the highest and lowest teen pregnancy rates. Mississippi does not require sex education in schools, but when it is taught, abstinence-only education is the state standard. New Mexico, which has the second highest teen birth rate, does not require sex ed and has no requirements on what should be included when it is taught. server ip . New Hampshire, on the other hand, requires comprehensive sex education in schools that includes abstinence and information about condoms and contraception.

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“Teens and Sex” Part 1 (Talking about sex with your teen)

There are, to be sure, lots of books on the subject of sexuality, and lots of studies into the awakening awareness of the opposite sex. Let’s start with, “Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health, February 2012”, Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

The good news is teens are waiting longer to have sex and more are using birth control during their first sexual encounter.  In 1995 some 19% of teens reported having sex before age 15.  That number declined to 11% for females and 14% for males in 2006 – 2008.

Although only an average of 13% of teens have had sex by age 15, most initiate sex in their later teen years.  By their 19th birthday, 70% of teens, both male and female, have had sexual intercourse.

Another piece of good news is that 78% of females and 85% of males reported using contraceptives the first time they had sex.

So it all boils down to one simple undeniable fact.

People have sex and your child’s first sexual experience will probably be in the next few years.  It may have happened already.

So the next question is, “When should I talk to my child about sex”? The answer may shock some of you.  Now is the time to start the conversation.

There is considerable information and a fine resource starting with,  Sex Talk – Have the Sex Talk With Kids of Any Age.

We live in a world that is immersed in, and preoccupied with sex. We use it to sell perfume, cars, clothes and every other commodity.  The television and newspapers are full of it.  The magazine rack is covered with overt sexuality.  If your children don’t see the playboy channel at your house, because you happen to have higher ideals than to permit it in your house, then they will see it at the neighbor’s house.

For some reason, our society seems to have evolved with a belief that if we hide something away from our children, they won’t get into it.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We persist with some silly notion that educating our children properly will hasten the onset of sexual awareness.  Believe me, nothing is sillier.  The onset of sexual awareness is taken care of by the natural flow of hormones rampaging unchecked through the teen age body.  And nothing is destined to cause you more trouble as a parent than to try to hide things from your children.

So now is the time to start talking.  It should be open, frank, and honest.  Babies don’t come from the stork and your children will get educated, if not by you, then by someone else who may or may not teach them the values you wan them to have.  So best to start talking now! Crazaberamer .


The Family Poopie (So you want a pet huh?)

So you are thinking maybe a family pet or two is a good idea. Before you make a final decision, consider some facts.

The average 50-pound dog will live 10-12 years

“The estimated average life span of indoor-only cat is 15-18 years but can be as long as 20 to 25 years

The typical goldfish lives anywhere between 5 days and 25 years.

THE AVERAGE BOA CONSTRICTOR LIVES 20-30 years but there is a boa that has been 40 years old

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Preventing Child Abuse

Hi, It’s Len.  The creator of and author of the book, “Adventures in Single Parenting”.

I would like to talk a little about child abuse today.  There have been two compelling events in recent times that have forced this topic to the headlines.  One is the conviction of Jerry Sandusky on 45 counts of child abuse.  The other is the introduction of a bill in Wisconsin, one feature of which was to declare that single parent families are more likely to have child abuse occur than two parent families are.

While I do not wish to enter the controversy over the Wisconsin bill there does appear to be support for the notion that children in single parent homes have potentially more exposure to abuse than children in two parent families.  Partially this is due to more reliance on child care providers and babysitters.

Scanning the news, it is not hard to find stories of children injured by their mother’s boyfriend as one example.

But this brings us to a crucial conclusion well supported by evidence.  Most physical and sexual abuse of children comes from people we know and trust, not from random acts of violence by strangers.  Sure there are kidnappings, rapes and pother random acts by strangers but that is not the norm.  One estimate is that 90% of child sexual abuse is from someone we know and trust.

Just to throw around some statistics, the graph on the next screen shows that the number of deaths due to child abuse and neglect has been rising steadily and now stands near 5 deaths per day in the united States.  This is an incredible number.



The next graph shows the types of child abuse and indicates that 78 % is neglect while 9.2% is sexual abuse and 17.6% is physical abuse.

Huge numbers! Now what can we as parents do and especially as single parents? What is our first line of defense?  First and foremost, be aware.  In my particular case, my children where both subjected to totally inappropriate, sexually explicit behavior by a baby sitter who was the teen daughter of a close family friend and business acquaintance and was therefore highly trusted. It was many years after the fact when I became aware of the behavior.

So first and foremost, we need to listen to our kids and pay close attention to them if they don’t want to stay with a particular babysitter, friend, or Uncle Bob.  Unfortunately we need to be suspicious of anyone who wants to spend time alone with our kids no matter what the reason. I am not suggesting paranoia, just good common sense.

The Boy Scouts have a program where no adult is permitted alone with one child for any reason at all.  There must always be at least another child present; good program.

So my advice: listen carefully, observe appropriately and encourage your kids to talk to you.  Make sure they are aware of what constitutes inappropriate behavior and touching and be sure they feel safe with you that they can tell you anything without fear of reprisal.  And if they do tell you Uncle Bob is misbehaving, believe them and take action as necessary to nip it In the bud.  I hope you never have to have Uncle Bob arrested but if you do, your kids are worth it.

Now go ahead and subscribe to my channel.  Also leave me a comment and tell me what you think or ask a question.  Let’s talk.  Finally, go check out my website  Let’s get to know each other.

Good luck in the days, months and years ahead!

My wish for you is that your children grow up healthy, wealthy and strong and contribute to society in a positive way and that you maintain your sanity in the process.

We will talk again.  Bye for now!