Children and Sports – Keeping Score

I believe the current trend of not keeping score at children’s sporting events is doing more harm than good.  Playing team sports teaches children valuable life lessons and keeping score plays a major role in teaching these lessons.

  • Keeping score teaches children the benefits of hard work.  If everyone receives the same reward, no matter how hard they try, it takes away any incentive to put forth their best effort.
  • Failure is a fact of life and children need to learn how to lose.  It’s much easier to learn the basics of overcoming defeat as a child on the playing field than as an adult in the work force.
  • Children also need to learn how to win.  Personality goes a long way in the world.  If you are an obnoxious brat, employers will not want to keep you around.  You must learn to be a gracious winner.

 

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Why Play Video Games

According to the American Psychological Association (Feb 2014, Vol 45, No 2, Pg 10), playing video games can be good for you.

Video games help people:
• Improve cognitive skills, such as reasoning and memory
• Improve problem solving skills
• Improve their mood

Therefore, when I spend a day playing video games, I am not wasting time.  Actually, I am enhancing my cognitive abilities, improving my emotional well-being, and saving the world from killer zombies.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

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Attitude Is Your Paintbrush by James Moore

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I agree with the author’s premise.  There are many situations we cannot change in our life.  However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.

The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events.  Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes:  gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.

 

 

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man was published in 1951, and it is considered a classic.

The book is about a man whose body is covered in magical tattoos.  The tattoos move and  play out stores of various people living in the future.

Each chapter of the book contains a science-fiction story, in which technology has a massive impact on human behavior.  The characters for each story relatable, even if you end up hating them.

The stories often have surprise endings that may leave you feeling baffled or dejected.  Despite the dismal endings and the pessimistic feelings aroused by the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

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The book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, was written by Dr. John Gray.  It was published in the 1990’s, and is still popular today.

To be honest, I didn’t like the book.  I found it to be stereotypical and redundant.  The aspect that bothered me the most was the repetitiveness of each concept.  I felt like I was reading the same information in each chapter, with only a slight variation in wording.

Have you read this book?  What did you think about it?