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Self-Defense for Children

We, as adults, do have the ability to sense if something is not right. It’s an instinct that’s being developed as we grow, it’s natural for us to turn on our “alert system” when someone is lurking around our home or when a newly met friend said something inappropriate. However, children who are always covered by a loving family, relatives and friends don’t assume that someone might want to do harm to them. That’s why it’s crucial that we teach our kids self-defense.

However, teaching self-defense to our kids doesn’t necessarily meant teaching them to do a spinning kick, or something like that. Though that could also be extremely helpful, our focus is not only about fighting back, but also trying to avoid fights and physical combat as we can.

Here are some of the tips to help you teach self-defense for children:

At home and/or public places:

  • Teach them that it’s not normal for adults to seek help to children. They should be seeking other adult’s help if they needed it.
  • Tell your children that no one is allowed to touch their body parts that are covered when wearing bathing suits and no one is allowed to see them get undressed.
  • Make sure that they do not talk to other adults unless they have a guardian or a parent with them, and if someone tried to talk to them, they should tell it to you immediately.
  • Tell your children that if they are being pulled away from public places, they are to scream something like “It’s not my dad”, “I’m being kidnapped” or “Kidnap”. This will draw the attention of other adults who will then know that your kid isn’t just throwing a tantrum but rather not wanting to leave with the person assumed to be their parent/relative.
  • If they are grabbed, tell them to yell, wiggle and squirm. Jab their eyes with a self defence weapon or hands, kick their shin and scream “Stranger! Stranger!”
  • Teach them some physical self-defense and give them the tools by enrolling them in martial arts classes like taekwondo which will not only arm them with the skills but will also keep them in a better shape and learn self-control.
  • Teach your child awareness. The first rule of self-defense for children (and adults too!) is not to be there. It’s simple… If you avoid trouble you don’t have to deal with it. Explain this to your kids. Talk to them about ways to avoid confrontation at school. Teach them to be aware of other people’s behavior.
  • If they’re at school, tell them to stay in a group. This will prevent them from being targeted by bullies. If your kid doesn’t have friends, work with him to develop friends.
  • Become confident by having a healthy self-esteem. Having self-confidence will keep them from being bullied and it involves having a good posture, walking with purpose and making eye contact with those around them.
  • Use a strong voice. If your kid finds himself in a bullying situation, using a strong voice and being assertive can help them diffuse the situation.
  • Focus on flight, not fight. It’s not always recommended to fight back, instead, teach them to just walk away. Tell them that it’s not being a coward, but it takes a lot of courage to walk away from an escalating situation.

Meditation Education

pic1.20140527140655Whether you are in school or out and whether your goals are to grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, or spiritually, one of the best activities you can do is meditation. A common practice in the East for thousands of years, meditation is now gaining popularity across the globe.

The reasons are simple – it makes you feel better. So the pay off is immediate. But recent research studies show that even a little bit of meditation in a period as short as two weeks has surprising results in many other areas as well. For students, mediation is proving a valuable tool. It makes you smarter because regular practice actually changes the brain by growing grey matter and strengthening brain cell connections. Regular meditation also increases your ability to concentrate, even in high stress situations. Students that meditate before a lecture are able to retain more of the lecture afterwards. Studies have also shown that students who meditate get better grades than students that don’t.

Meditation Medication

The health benefits of meditation are just as impressive. Whatever your goals, you’ll get there faster with a healthy mind and body and meditation can help with both. A flood of new studies now shows that there is almost no medical issue that meditation doesn’t help:

  • Lowers stress and boosts your immune system
  • Lessens the severity of the common cold
  • Helps controls your weight by breaking old eating patterns
  • Reduces arthritis and inflammation
  • Helps manage symptoms of cancer

Researchers have found that meditation helps many other medical conditions: fertility, irritable bowel syndrome, blood pressure, sleep disorders, anxiety, asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and pain.

How Do You Do It?

There are so many different ways to meditate that there is sure to be a method for everyone. Many people are reluctant to try it because they think their minds are too restless, too chaotic – but this is the way all human minds are, especially before any sort of training. Fortunately, there is no way to meditate wrong and the benefits come even when you don’t think you are very good at it.

The easiest way to try it is to sit quietly on the floor or in a chair with your eyes closed. Some people like to lie down but because you may become extremely relaxed, you might fall asleep. Set up a timer (so you are not looking at a clock) for any period – one minute, five minutes, fifteen, or thirty. You will find you can increase the time as you go.

Then, just relax any muscle tension in your body and pay attention to your breathing. You do not need to breathe in any special way. Just focus your attention on your breath. Most people will notice that thoughts will arise on their own – everything will come up from car insurance quotes, plans for the beach, cheap baby stuff, conversations you had twelve years ago, and on and on. That’s okay. This is called the monkey chatter of the mind. Notice the thoughts but then let them go as you return your attention to your breath. You are giving your brain a much-needed rest, releasing stress, and developing your ever-present, non-judgmental awareness.

That’s all there is to it.

Gear to Wear When Riding a Motorcycle

Everyone knows that it is very important to learn how to operate and ride a motorcycle safely, but one area that I frequently see being overlooked is the necessity of wearing proper gear and clothing when you are out on the road. Riding a motorcycle is not like riding a car and requires more protection to your body than regular clothes can provide as you don’t have the protection of a large vehicle surrounding you. If you happen to get into a crash there is nothing between you and asphalt besides your clothes, so it is best to make sure you are fully covered from head to toe.

You will obviously need a good quality helmet to protect your head should you fall off your motorcycle or crash. There are a few different types of helmet on the market to choose from. There are half shell helmets that are the least desirable type since they really only protect the top of your head. That won’t do you much good if your face hits the pavement. A sport helmet that covers your entire face and encases your head is ideal and truly provides the most coverage.

You will also want to make sure that your arms and legs are covered appropriately. Jeans seem to be the best way to cover your legs when riding a motorcycle since they are thick and more durable that most other pants. Obviously don’t wear shorts or a dress for the same reason you don’t want to wear a half skull helmet. You are leaving yourself open to even further injury if your skin isn’t covered. Wearing a long sleeved shirt is highly advisable under a motorcycle jacket with internal plating. The internal plating provides very important protection to your chest, ribs, back and spine. This is a lifesaving piece of gear that really shouldn’t be left out.

An area of real importance that is overlooked so often is what you wear on your feet. I see motorcyclist wearing sandals or other shoes with very thin fabric all the time. Your feet are going to be the first thing injured during most crashes and must be protected properly. With shoes you have several different options, but I advise wearing a good quality athletic shoe or a sturdy boot. Both are made of quality and strong materials that will protect your feet relatively well. Be sure to wear thick socks as well as every extra bit of protection and coverage is important.

Of course you will also want to protect your hands with heavy duty, durable gloves. As I mentioned about your feet being one of the first body parts to retain injury during a crash, the same goes for your hands. There are many different types of gloves available and most are perfectly suitable for great protection. The most common gloves are made of durable mesh or leather and are tear resistant and fire resistant. You can’t go wrong with those ones, but there are some gloves on the market that only cover half of your fingers and are made of thin material. Steer clear of these ones as they provide very little actual protection.

Becoming a Private Investigator – Education Path

Inspiration to be a Private Investigator

As a child, I was obsessed with mystery stories- particularly Nancy Drew, although I never limited myself this series. I even started to take it upon myself to solve the little mysteries of my childhood, like who ate the piece of cake I had saved for myself, and who kept stealing my pencils. My obsession with these mysteries, both in real life and in stories, led me to my current profession as a private investigator. Who would have known I would carrying a gun and keep important documents (passports) in a biometric fingerprint safe.

Luckily for me, I didn’t really need any special training to become a private investigator, although I did need some impressive credentials. My first steps toward this career may have been fostered in my childhood, but the real deciding factor began in college. I was one of those young adults who simply couldn’t decide on a track for my life, and nothing could satisfy me. So, I chose a major that sounded fun and exciting – criminal justice.

College Wasn’t For Me…

Now, I want to take a moment to point out what might be the obvious- my major was definitely not as fun and exciting as the title alludes. In the end, I didn’t finish my degree. However, this was crucial to my success in becoming a private investigator that I have some substantial evidence to show my future clients proof that I was the mystery solving woman for them.

Once I was a college drop-out, and still I had no idea what I was going to do with my life, I began browsing local career classes that might be of interest for me. There was one that struck my attention- Become a Private Detective. The class was only three months if I passed all the requirements, and I signed up immediately. While I knew the classroom wasn’t for me, these classes provided me with exactly what I needed to get my investigator’s license- proper expertise. This is what gave me the motivation to sit through the three months of classes three days a week, and I was released from the course with top marks.

Gun Laws For Detectives

During that time, I became familiar with gun and carrying laws in my state, and even took additional time to practice at a shooting range with my new pistol. It was necessary, I learned, to have the ability to protect myself if it was ever needed in my future career. I wanted to have the best possible training, and my criminal justice background was just the icing on top of the cake.

Once I had passed the class, I received a certificate, I know that doesn’t sound like anything too amazing, but it was exactly what I needed. In order to get your investigator’s license, you must be able to provide proof of expertise in the area. Unfortunately, half of a criminal justice degree doesn’t even get you close.

In the end, I had everything I needed to get the license. I decided to work for myself, and it was also my impressive track record that landed me my very first client. Over the years, I have continued to work for myself and have gained a much larger client base. I’ve even been contacted from potential clients across the country.

Motorcycle Training and Why It Is Important

motorcycle helmet and safety trainingThese days, many people take driver training before they get their full driver’s license. This is a fairly new occurrence, of course, but we’re seeing it benefit people by giving them the outlet they may not have to actually get on the road and drive. People who’s parents don’t have a vehicle for whatever reason (cost, downtown living, etc.) or who’s parents do not wish for their child to drive their car still need a way to practice, and so driver training comes in handy. Young people also see their insurance premiums go down if they have training under their belt.

Motorcycle training is along the same lines, but perhaps more necessary than driver’s training. Most people have cars, and most people have driven in cars their entire lives, so there is some level of familiarity. However, fewer people drive motorcycles than cars (it’s said that perhaps 7 million people hop onto a road bike at least once per year in the USA versus perhaps up to 100 million people in cars ever day).

You can see why it’s vital for people who have never sat on a motorcycle before to take training to get themselves used to it, and do as much reading as possible on the history of bikes, how to ride them properly, safety tips, safety tips like info on the best motorcycle helmets and reviews, and much more.

Training usually takes place first in a classroom, where an instructor will go over the basics. Starting from the very bottom, the students will be taken through the various stages of motorcycle learning, from what a motorcycle is, where it was developed, why it is used, to safety equipment like helmets, padded jackets, and boots, to the laws surrounding bike riding in the particular state in which the education session is taking place.

After a few hours of ‘school’ training, you will be taken out onto a test track where you will actually be able to practice your motorcycle riding. This of course has many different levels, tasks, tests, and differences depending on where you are and how much you know. You will likely be given quite a bit of test track time before you are taken out onto the road, if you are even taken onto the road at all. You may have to enlist the help of another class or school to get the road time you need once you have taken your basic training test.

Importance of proper training

Like with all things, and especially those that potentially deal in life and death situations, it is so important to train properly and become as good and as proficient as possible. In the same vein, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got good riding gear before going out on the road. The better the gear, the less you’ll be uncomfortable, which means the more you will be paying attention to the road. The HJC CL-16 is a really good helmet at a great price point for beginners.

Like we mentioned talking about CCW classes, you owe it to yourself to be the best rider you can be because your life (and the life of your passenger, if applicable) could be at stake.

There are a lot of good instructors and courses across the country, and there are some great organization out there who genuinely want to see more people take up riding, so you should look in your state for the best places to train and sign up right away.

How To Become A Home Health Aide

home health aide training

Becoming a home health aide can be a very rewarding decision, and it’s not very difficult to do. In most states, you simply need to take home health aide training, pass a fairly simple test, and get registered. All of these steps can take only a few months and will not cost more than a few hundred dollars in most cases.

Because demand is so high in this field right now – job growth is expected to be as much as 70% over the next 10 years – there are great opportunities, particularly because the barrier to entry is so low.

Basically what you’ll need to do is visit a website like http://www.thehomehealthaidetraininghq.com, find your state’s requirements for training to become a HHA, and then get trained, either at an educational facility or by your employer. Yes, some employers will actually hire you and then train you!

The opportunities in this field are excellent, as you can work with an agency and have benefits and consistency, or you can be an independent HHA and do everything yourself, meaning higher margins but less security. Read More →

Should I take a Concealed Carry Class if I’m new to firearms?

  • September 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Concealed carry classes are helpful and in most states mandatory training courses designed to give you the skills necessary to confidently and legally carry a concealed firearm on your person.

These courses, particularly the state-mandated and beginners courses, are suitable for anyone who is interested in carrying concealed. Whether you’ve had a firearm for years or have never even seen one in person, you will fit right into any beginner’s or state-mandated training course. The aim is to take you from square one, which is usually a lesson on your state’s laws, to the very end, which in many cases is an actual shooting drill. Between those two ends, you’ll get plenty of in-class instruction and maybe even some hands-on interaction with dummy weapons.

The point is, there will be people from all levels taking the class with you, so you don’t need to feel intimidated or like you’re the odd one out, if you are on the beginner side of the scale.

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Everyone should take training courses and further their education as often as possible, particularly in such an important and sensitive subject as personal safety. Therefore, get into the habit of training yearly, with frequent practice every month. This skill could save your life one day. If you aren’t confident, you might not be able to defend yourself, or you might miss a shot and hit an innocent bystander. The difference between someone who practices and has training versus someone who just took the minimum requirements may very well be life or death.

No matter your skill range, beginner to advanced, you should take a CCW course and you should continue your training to ensure you’re always comfortable and always confident.

Find out more about courses in your state at http://www.concealedcarryclass.net.


Is training at something like a concealed carry class worth it?

  • September 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Training and education can be a real drag for some people, because many of us never want to think of learning anything in a formal setting once we have finished going to high school or college. Therefore, the thought of taking something like a concealed carry class as an education component to improve your skills is usually not highly desired.

However, think about the basis of training and the outcomes for a moment. When you see pro golfers, pro basketball players, or anyone who is a professional or is elite at what they do, do you think they practice? The answer, as you know, is of course they do. They practice to the extreme. While this is not to say you need to spend 6 hours every day practicing what you’re trying to become good at, it goes to show that practicing does count and it does make you better.

When you need to take a course or training program, whether it be for a job or for a certification, think of it like practice. You are getting a chance to hone your skills in a very relevant environment where you will receive instruction and possibly even feedback. You owe it to yourself and those who will be impacted by your performance either on the job or as a certificate holder to become the absolute best you can be. Training, classes and courses will ensure that you are always sure of your performance and you are always up on the latest trends, tips, advice and tricks. Read More →