Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Built to Amaze Show

My family received complimentary tickets to attend this show. All opinions are my own.

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The girls, Lee and I went to see a beautiful show put on by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in the beginning of the month. It was a fun time with music, dancing and colorful times. I recall there being more animal shows back in the day of attending this once as a child, but times have changed. There was so much entertainment for us to keep our attention span over on the stage the full time of the show.

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We were able to watch this woman shown above be thrown out of this human catapult machine as she landed on the other side of the stage perfectly. This show was seriously Built to Amaze. The girls had a blast at the show and I was so happy to show Chey what we enjoy doing as a family. Chey is new to living here, so it was nice to give her a piece of the benefits the family has from my blogging work.

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Setting Rules With Smartphone for Children

We live in this day and age where things like a smartphone are expected. There are parents out there who genuinely feel guilty if their child is the only one amongst their friend circle that doesn’t have a cell phone or the freedom to walk around town aimlessly. I never feel guilty. I parent my children the way I parent them, other children have nothing to do with my rules nor my children. With that being said, if a child is willing to work for extra items, such as a smartphone, or if the situation calls for a child needing a cell phone, I am all for it. I also firmly believe that a cell phone or smartphone is an extra privilege that needs to be earned, whether this is a necessary item or not, does not matter – it is still an earned privilege in my opinion.

Setting Rules For Teens with Smartphone

Set Very Clear Expectations For Child

Set clear cut rules for the child who has the smartphone/cell phone. Let the child know what you will expect them to do for you as a means to pay for their cell phone line. If the child is old enough, they may use cash from their paycheck. If the child is not old enough, they may work to do chores or other tasks around the home to pay for their cell or smartphone line. Some ideas of expectations you may set are:

  • If self employed — assign child a small task each day that works to pay for their cell phone.
  • Chores – daily dish washing, folding laundry, washing/drying laundry, organizing family room, cleaning bathroom, etc
  • Assign Consequence – if said duty is not completed then the cell or smartphone is gone for 24 hours as a first warning. IF chores/duties not completed a second time, loss of cell or smartphone can go for longer period of time.
  • Suggestion/Tip- make sure the chore or ask required is fair to the amount per month that the cell or smartphone costs. Do not over work your child, break down the monthly rate into a weekly rate to see what tasks would accommodate that amount of cash if you were paying them cash.

Set Rules For Phone Usage

Be very clear about when and how your child is to use this cell phone or smartphone. Some examples of rules you may want to enforce are:

  • App Usage –  require that the child ask the parent for permission before installing any apps onto their phone.
  • Messages/Emails – require that the child not delete any messages or emails sent other people so that you may monitor who they are speaking to as well as glance to ensure the conversation is age appropriate.
  • Set Time Constraints – require that the cell phone or smartphone is not in their bedroom after bedtime, be sure that they know that family comes first so there is to be no “eyes all in cell phone 24/7″ or they lose their phone for remainder of that evening.

Teaches Trust, Respect and Responsibility

When you do more than just hand over a cell or smartphone to your child, such as setting expectations for them ahead of time, you are teaching them so many skills, the key is to stand firm with the list you assigned your child, so they know the real world does have consequences if both parties don’t keep up their end of the deal. Setting clear cut tasks to pay for cell or smartphone in addition to having a clear cut consequence setup for failure to do said task, teaches your children the following life lessons:

  • Trust – by simply having your child be allowed a cell phone or smartphone is showing a huge level of trust in them. They now have an expensive piece of equipment with them every day. They have more freedom to talk to whoever or surf the web, or what not.
  • Respect – by having set tasks for the child to complete as a means to keep their cell line open for usage, they are learning to have respect for their parental units, as well as for their own self. Having expectations set forth and the child following them is a sign of respect both ways which can really boost self esteem in child.
  • Responsibility – by having expectations set forth you are showing your child that they must be responsible for their own actions and they must be responsible to keep said cell phone or smartphone safe from damage or theft.

Handing over a cell phone or smartphone to your child is a huge deal. This decision should not be taken lightly and you should communicate with your child as to what you expect from them before you even hand over a cell phone or smartphone to them. The child must realize this is a huge trust thing and if they break that trust you are giving them, then their life as they know it will cease to exist. I am a firm believer in building trust, so if you feel the same, this is a great way to introduce a cell phone or smartphone into your child’s life while building trust between the two of you.

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Good People, Make Bad Decisions

I look all over the Internet from Twitter to Facebook to Alexa hot list of links each day, every single day. One thing that I am seeing a lot of is this finger pointing. Did you know that when I was 18 years old that I got a DWI? How about my drinking of alcohol that started well before I even want to admit to anyone, because I know someday my children may read this and they do not need to know an age I started. My children do know that I started drinking alcohol and had sex way too young and it made me go down a rough, nearly self destructive path, but they don’t know an “age” because that just is too much truth/information.

Good people, make bad decisions.

The key to good people making bad decisions, is that good people eventually actually learn from those bad decisions. A good person will make many mistakes in their lifetime. Who doesn’t make mistakes? I guess in my world, I usually go all in or not at all with mistakes, but I do learn from them. This is a lesson I try to teach my children. I do not want my children so wound tight that they don’t think they will ever make a mistake. Seriously. They will. Mistakes will be made, that is if they are outgoing and live life to the fullest, which is what I encourage them to do.

Good people, make bad decisions.

The key to knowing whether someone is a good person or not is to watch their mistakes. If the same person is making the same mistakes over and over again, without showing much remorse by making an effort to change their ways, then? They are not good people. They have an issue. You cannot fix these people. These are the kind of people, who may not be bad people, but are bad to have in your life. Do not make excuses for people who truly just make mistake after mistake and spiral downhill, you deserve better than that.

Good people, make bad decisions.

This is all about those people who truly are good people, they have the best of intentions but made a mistake. I think that we tend to hold others to a higher standard than we hold our own self to. It makes sense, we don’t like being vulnerable, we don’t like to get hurt. It’s hard to accept that our loved ones {be it family or a friend} can actually make a mistake that can hurt us or disappoint us. Humans are so full of error though, in my opinion, it’s what makes life so beautiful and rich.

Good people, make bad decisions.

The next time you want to post on FB or Tweet out on Twitter about someone who made a mistake and vent away in a public forum, why don’t you stop for a moment and think about how you would feel having your dirty laundry aired? I am sure if each one of us looked in to that mirror, we could see our own flaws and realize that we are just like every other human being on this Earth – we all make mistakes, we all make bad decisions.

The point I am trying to make clear is that if we make those same repetitive mistakes over and over again, then we are not falling under that good people, make bad decisions theme. We are broken and need to fix our own self. Teach our children, this next generation, that society places so many stressors on us to be perfect that many cave into those pressures and make bad decisions, but with help and a lot of love those same people can climb back up and be better. They can learn from those bad decisions, we all can.

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I received product sampling, all opinions are my own.

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