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Is Your Child Ready for a Chess Tournament

Chess tournaments are an amazing opportunity for kids to gather with their peers to test their thinking and reasoning skills. First, tournaments are always exciting and it is common for parents to be nervous about whether their child is ready to handle the competition. As your son or daughter continues to develop their interest in chess, here are a few questions to consider that will help you gauge their readiness.

How Are Their Skills?

Participants in a chess tournament are usually sorted according to their ratings. As a first-time tournament participant, your child will be unrated, which means they will likely be paired with another child of the same age or grade level who may or may not have the same level of skills. Typically, the event’s organizers will try to pair new competitors with each other as much as possible. While everyone is welcome, it is best if your kid knows at least a few basics of the game such as how the pieces are allowed to move and capture. If your child takes lessons, then talk to their coach about their readiness or you can arrange for them to start learning the basics if they want to compete.

Have They Expressed an Interest?

Some kids relish competition while others prefer to enjoy the game of chess as a leisurely sport. If your kid has asked to participate in a competition, then they are likely ready. Explain to them the rules of the competition and talk to them about how they would handle winning and losing. Then, continue to help them practice their skills as they approach the date of the tournament while offering encouragement for their continued progress.

How Is Their Attention Span?

Parents are often surprised at how long a chess tournament can last. Instead of eliminating players as the day goes on, a chess tournament will involve having each player complete all of the rounds. This means that your child should be able to focus for at least a couple of hours as they work through each round. However, it’s also important to note that tournament hosts are very understanding and if, for any reason, your kid cannot complete the tournament, simply let the organizer know so that they can rearrange pairings.

Are They Able to Apply What They Learn?

Although kids often focus on winning, the main purpose of a chess tournament is to teach them new skills regarding their ability to reason and strategize. For this reason, it is important to follow up competitions by having them review their notations and analyze their overall games. It is also important to continue to develop your kid’s skills between competitions. For example, taking chess lessons at summer camp will allow your child to focus on their favorite sport when they have the most available free time.

Competition is an important part of childhood that can allow kids to test their skills in a safe and supportive environment. Chess tournaments are open for kids of every age and level and your kid will benefit from the moment they start playing in their very first one. By taking your child’s skills, temperament and motivation to practice into consideration, you can ensure that they are ready from the moment they sit down at the chess board.

Decline in Social Order

Good parenting is most pivotal for the good upbringing of your child. When a child becomes teen, it is not that easy to manage him as he is growing as an adult and there are lots of mental and physical changes that take place in him which is just a normal course. At this important stage, the parents must understand the child and his problems. Although some children get due care from their parents, yet most of them don’t get proper attention which lead them towards an aimless goal.

In this current generation, we are creating the crowd of the angry children due to their not so good way of thinking and endless eccentricity of their age. They want to get a thing then and there and to wait is not accepted to them. They are not willing to make sincere efforts in achieving their goals. As they want immediate results, they turn to negativity if they don’t get them in a desired way. There are many instances where parents fail to treat their children in a good way which results in making them disruptive and aggressive. The behavior of today’s youth is much different from the youth of the past. While the old generation was very keen in undertaking their goals with full enthusiasm and a zeal to get a respectable place in the society, today’s youth is in a hurry and is engulfed into several burning issues of the society such as unemployment, overpopulation, bad education scenario in the country, disparity in the social order and so on. That is why young people indulge in unsocial/illegal activities to fulfill their desires of attaining high place.

Consequently, crime reports display the negative attitude and the long-buried anxiety and depression emerging among the young generation due to the want of money and the non-availability of basic necessities of life. sometimes it is found out that some of the youngsters with good education backgrounds seem restless and commit heinous crimes to fulfill their immediate goals. To a greater extent several factors are responsible for the pitiable plight of youngsters such as apathy of teachers and parents towards their pupils/wards in regard to transforming high level human values, improper professional guidance, low moral attitude, negative impact of TV and Internet, Relationship. The lack of all these elements in youth lead them to robbery, road rage, cheating, being dropouts, misguiding people for their selfish motives.

Allocation of more and more funds in the field of education is quite inevitable so it is required that a desirable atmosphere of high level of educational system may be evoked. By that way,today’s younger generation will be able to get job according to their aspirations and will tend to make further high level researches in the field of medical science, nuclear science and a high level social order may evolve that will be a proper reward of honesty, fair and hard work. Undoubtedly, this new system will be a source of inspiration to those youngsters who become distracted and can move on a right track to meet real goals of life. Plus, the elders too can’t isolate themselves from the accountability and responsibility of proper upbringing of the young generation.

Every Storm Makes You Luckier!

It may be considered a little weird or at least a little different to be told that we are a little bit luckier now that we’ve had a big storm pass through our lives. One of the reasons that we are luckier is that we didn’t just have a storm pass through, but rather we just successfully weathered that storm! Hooray!

You see, a weathered storm cleanses us as they wash away the old and bring in the new. Storms can give us all a fresh start at something that formerly might have been a bad start. Sometimes storms will even unveil a clear vision for a new path or fresh start.

The blinding storms in our lives are truly fascinating and have an even greater degree of magic to them than the calmer, vision-clearing storms. When it’s raining too hard to see straight that’s exactly when our subconscious mind takes over and sees the mysterious lesson and a way out or at least through the storm. We usually end up under a shelter, sitting up there on that red picnic table, stronger and better prepared for the next storm, whether we know it or not.

Sadly, our conscious mind doesn’t always recognize the lesson that the storm is trying to teach us, but luckily for us, our subconscious mind does. The lessons residing in our subconscious mind may not shine through today, tomorrow, next Tuesday, or even during the next rainy season when we think that we really need it to shine through and speak to us. But be certain of one thing, the much-needed lesson will eventually shine through the tumultuous weather and the fresh start will emerge. Surprisingly, many times these life lessons will appear when we least expect it. So do not give up hope!

Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember, every storm brings a chance for a fresh start, while making us bigger, stronger, and luckier. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

Safeguarding Elementary School Kids From Abduction

Nothing can be more tormenting for a parent than having a child abducted and not knowing how they are and where they are. Most cases of abduction for school going kids happen when they are on their way to the school and on their way back home from school. Abduction of kids has become very real and it is up to the parents and the schools to come up with safety measures to reduce the cases and to keep the children safeguarded at all times. Even the simplest measures on the way to school and while in school can go a long way in protecting the children.

What parents can do

1. If possible make sure that you take your child to the bus stop and only leave when the child safely board the school bus. In cases where you have chosen not to use the school bus services, make sure you personally drop the child to school compared to leaving them to use public means to get to school.

2. Be attentive when your child talks about approaches from strangers and teach them about abduction in an easy to understand manner but with the seriousness it deserves. Teach them to ignore and avoid strangers, however friendly they might be.

3. Be very clear about who picks your child from school and always let the child know when someone else will be picking them up. They should never accept any other pickups unless you have told them that you will not be present to pick them up and designate a specific person for the task.

4. Work closely with the school about who drops and picks your child from school. The teachers and caregivers should never allow anyone to pick or drop your child unless you have communicated about such changes directly.

5. Ensure that your child knows their full names, home telephone number and address as well as the names of their parents. You however, should warn them about disclosing this information unless they are lost and seeking help reliable people like police officers.

What schools can do

1. Establish consistent school bus pick-up and drops so that parents and guardians are able to keep up with picking their children and dropping them at designated spots. Remember that a few minutes of waiting can lead to a regrettable situation.

2. Get a school visitor management system to ensure that all visits are from relevant people related to the child. Such a system can help you register new visitors and even check with watch lists for security purposes.

3. Never allow suspicious people to pick up kids from school unless you have received official communication from the parent. The same should go for strange characters that drop the kids to school; you should hold them until you talk to the parents and guardians about the drop off and you are sure about who they are.

4. Create some order on how children leave school and make sure they wait for the bus or individual pickups within the school and where you can clearly see all activities.