5 reasons every kid should practice Martial arts

1. Self-Defense

This is the number one reason why most people decide to practice martial arts, many styles are a great way to learn how to defend yourself. Martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. Training also helps build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed.

2. Self-Confidence

As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets boosted big time. They become more self-assured and confident. Their Teacher’s or Coache’s encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Martial Arts Studio.

3. Discipline

Martial Arts training is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’. As Bruce Lee who is considered by many as the Master of Martial Arts, said: I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

In a class a student may execute a single movement or series of related movements, hundreds of times. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power – will come through endless repetition.

4. Gender Equality

I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.

Martial Artist also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).

5. Weight Control

Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent.

The typical martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring, as well as some active games. The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, takedowns, grappling, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems.

Sparadiset in Stockholm

Jag upptäckte ett grymt spa som heter Sparadiset. Det finns flera runt om stan. Jag gick till den i Östermalm torg. Det låg ganska nära tunnelbanan. Väldigt avslappnande och mysigt, precis det som behövs för att kunna stå emot mörkret och kylan ute. Ett tips om man ska ta med barn är att inte ta med ett barn som skriker mycket :) Elias var helt ok. Men helst skulle jag säga om du vill unna dig liten egen tid, skippa barnen helt :)

Det har vart rätt trist väder dom senaste veckorna, jag upptäckte ett grymt spa som heter Sparadiset. Det finns flera runt om stan. Jag gick till den i Östermals torg. Den låg ganska nära tunnelbanan. Väldigt avslappnande och mysigt, precis det som behövs för att kunna stå emot mörkret och kylan ute. Priserna var också helt rimliga, vi bokade 3 timmar jacuzzi rum. Ett tips om man ska ta med barn är att inte ta med ett barn som skriker mycket 🙂 Elias var helt ok. Men helst skulle jag säga om du vill unna dig liten egen tid, skippa barn helt 🙂

http://www.sparadiset.se

Dubai – Desert Safari with kids

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We thought we’d have one big, fairly expensive, touristy splurge evening in the desert, with camels, dune bashing, sand surfing, grill buffet, belly dancing, fire spitting, the full desert-camp extravaganza.
It cost us a fair bit, around $300, for 5 of us so it was totally worth it.

Are 4×4 Desert Safaris for Children ?

My 6 year old gets car sick occasionally, but i still decided to go for the dune bashing. I can say the kids did enjoy it.  I read that children struggle to see out of the back windows of the vehicles, but they had a full view. Elias was sitting on my lap and had the best time of his life =)  We stopped to take pictures in the Desert and it was amazing. We saw snake trails and tiny watermelons… Quad bikes are also available.

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Camel Riding at Sunset in the Desert with Kids

Camel – the ship of the desert. We wanted camels. Not on the beach ( you can do that in Dubai too), we wanted camel riding in the actual desert. The children were blown away by riding into the sunset on top of a camel.

What Was Included in the Dubai Desert Safari?

Pick up from our hotel. We had another family from our hotel with us.

Dune bashing, camel ride, grill and soft drinks, show (fire spitting, belly dance), Henna tattoos, pictures in a traditional Arabic dress holding a Falk…

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Our Verdict on the Dubai Camel Safari:

We loved it, specially the camels and the dunes. Dinner was great, lots of choice and plenty of food. The dancing wasn’t the highlight, I wouldn’t mind skipping it  =)

How to Book a Dubai Desert Safari with Camel Ride?

we booked it trough the tripadvisor website. Which was simple and straight forward.

Here’s a small Video of our Desert trip =)

Making S’mores with outdoor fire

I won’t sugar coat it, day camping is not always easy, specially when you’re accompanied by three children and its freezing cold outside. But at the same time it helps us all feel more relaxed while our body and mind can take a break from the hectic everyday schedule and readjust to the calm rhythm of nature: hiking in the woods makes time feel like its standing still and the best part for the kids is probably spotting animals (never gets borings to see their reaction!), embracing nature fully while hiking, and cooking simple things on a wood fire!

The is something natural almost instinctive that I experience every time we light up a wood fire as the sun is nearing sunset. We spend hours just gazing the vibrant fire, exuding such heat that can be felt on the face and warms up our my hands. Whatever thoughts was burdening your day don’t exist at that moment, all you can focus on is the moment. Pure joy, it warms your heart, literally!

I have wanted to make some proper American S’mores every since my kids watched it on Barneys & Friends. They were curios when they saw scouts make s’mores over an open fire. I promised them that we would have a go one day. The day has finally come.

I know that this recipe doesn’t require instructions, its pretty straight forwards. My reason for sharing our experience is to motivate you guys to do more outdoor activities. I hope our s’mores will tempt some of you guys to try it out with your families, or even alone.

Ingredients:
  • Graham crackers, broken into squares
  • Hershey’s plain milk chocolate bars
  • Large marshmallows
Equipment needed:
  • Long metal skewers (for roasting the marshmallows)
  • Bonfire, campfire, fire pit*
Instructions
  1. Take one large graham cracker and break it in half (one for the top, one for the bottom cracker).
  2. Cover one of chocolate cracker halves with chocolate pieces to fit the graham cracker.
  3. Put a marshmallow (or two) on the stick and hold it over the fire until roasted and slightly golden brown.
  4. Take the toasted (still on the stick), and lay it on the side of the graham cracker with the chocolate.
  5. Take the other half of the graham cracker and cover the hot marshmallow, pressing down firmly enough to pull out the stick.
  6. When the S’mores is fully assembled, wrap it in between two large sheets of foil placed on the corner of the campfire to keep warm, while making the remaining ones (it will also help the chocolate to melt a little bit more). Eat it warm while holding it like a sandwich.

5 Self defence tips for kids

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In the era of #metoo, it is more important that ever that we teach our kids ways in which they can speak up and stand up against bullies and harassment in all shape and forms.

if your child is unprepared and unaware of what bullying can look like, he or she might experience it and not be able to express whats happening. It doesn’t serve any child to be defenseless when it comes to bullying, and the best way to empower them is to prepare your child in advance. Have a conversation with your child on how to deal with bullying what the signs to look out for are before it happens.

When most people think of self-defense, they think of hitting back. the essence of self-defense has nothing to do using violence or striking someone. It’s about being aware of your surroundings, listening to your gut, knowing when to leave before a an issue gets out of hand and learning how to use a (confident) your voice and how to stand up for yourself. Here are five strategies children can use to defend themselves against bullies.

Trust your instinct.

Teach your kids to be aware of their surroundings. If something doesn’t feel right it’s important to be more vigilant. It is crucial that we teach our kids to listen to the inner voice and pay attention. Being aware of what’s going on around them will help them assess a situation based on the information their surroundings is giving them. Trusting their instincts will not only will help protect your child from bullying but it is also an important life skill. The earlier they can learn to be aware of it the easier it will be to trust their instincts.

Building Confidence.

A great way in preventing bullying is to build self-esteem in your child which will give them a boost in confidence. Having good posture, making eye contact and verbal assertiveness by speaking up when necessary. By contrast, if a child slouch and keep their eyes averted, it can make them appear to be an easy target. Work with your children on these techniques. And awaken the power that lies within so they don’t feel helpless.

Flight over Fight

Too often children have hard time realizing when asituation is heading in the wrong direction and when to walk away. Our job as a parents is to teach them that walking away from a bad situation is not being weak or cowardly. On the contrary, it takes courage to walk away from a situation that is escalating.

Using self-defense techniques

Although you shouldn’t encourage your child to fight, there are certain self-defense techniques they can use to protect themselves when attacked. For instance, there are techniques for blocking a punch that is thrown at them. There are also techniques for removing a bully’s fingers from their wrists as well as techniques on how to get free when being restrained. And there are techniques on how they can defend themselves from a group attack. All these strategies can be learned in a self-defense class.
Remember, when teaching your kids about self-defense skills against bullies, encourage them to diffuse the situation by using a strong voice or walking away. Also, Make sure your kids know that it is acceptable and encouraged to make a lot of noise if someone is threatening them or hurting them.

Taking a Self-defense class.

One great thing you can do is to enrol your child in a self-defense class. There are many options out there for kids of all ages, find one that suits your child and where they can have fun. Your child will not only learn how to defend themselves, but also build their confidence and teach them discipline. Most times, diffusing a verbal bullying involves knowing how to respond verbal assertiveness with confidence before it can ever evolve to physical bullying. These are the steps we can all take as parents to teach our kids how to stand up for themselves.

6 ways new dads can make family-life easier

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1. Be a tower of strength

After birth, many mothers experience roller coaster rides of emotions. When the hormones go crazy again, it’s important to keep calm. It takes time for the hormones to settle again. Even well-intentioned pep-talk can cross over. Respond to outbreaks calmly and understanding & give your wife some time for herself.

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2. Daddy does it differently!

Fathers treat their children differently than mothers. And that’s just as well! Babies love and need that difference. Listen to your heart and stomach and combine this natural intuition with helpful tips. How to find your own way. Treat yourself to pure daddy days. Only you and your baby. This makes the bond even stronger and you get to know your baby from a completely new side!

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3. VIP diaper session

Just sneak off to work in the morning? That would be too bad! Take your child on the arm and enjoy the time together. Wrap up your baby, chat with him a bit and then put him to bed to mom. So your partner can wake up gently and you can spend valuable time with your baby.

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4. The work has to stay outside

It may be difficult after a hard day at work to take on all the fatherly duties. Try to keep the stress in the office and turn it off on the way home. Walk a short distance and buy dinner on the way so you do not have to cook at home. So you have more time than family.

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5. Men’s evenings with your baby

Do you miss your male friendships? In order not to completely disappear from the scene, grab your baby and walk to a friend. A soothing coffee or sports treacle can not hurt men too. Absolutely think of the vial and the diapers. Fill the milk powder already in the bottle and take the warm water in the Thermo bottle. If the baby is breast-fed, you can easily transport a puff with breast milk in an insulated bag. So it works on the way with the food.

6. Theme changes are good 

After the birth, everything revolves around the new family member. This is a good thing. Nevertheless, make sure that even non-baby talks take place. Your partner is not only the mother of your child, but also a woman. Invite friends without children, then automatically other topics of conversation arise.

Brunch at Greasy Spoon

Founded by Brits and located at the heart of the hipster södermalm you find our go to brunch spot GREASY spoon. I come here almost everytime I’m in the mood for some good old brunch. They serve the brunch de la brunch, a hearty brunch and great coffee all day long, and best of all, no reservation needed! Come as you are, take a seat and get ready to leave with some food coma and unbuttoned jeans.