A beautiful story

I was shared this short but very inspiring story today which really gets you thinking.

Goethe once said: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

In order to achieve that you need to give them one essential part of your life: Time!

That story really made me think, do I really give my kids enough quality time? Or am I just there… well here is the story:

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “How much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”
The father was furious and said, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day for my money.”
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.
The man went to the door of the little boy’s room, and opened the door and asked his son if he was awake and the boy replied that he was.
DAD: “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, smiling, and said, “Oh, thank you daddy!”
Then, reaching under his pillow the boy pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. As the little boy slowly counted out his money, his father asked, “Why do you want more money if you already have some?”
SON: “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do. Daddy, I have $100 now; can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

Interesting way to make you think about your priorities in life huh? Like they say, don’t forget the reason you are earning money in the first place. Time is the most precious commodity you have to give to those that are close to you.

Staycation is the new Vacation – Stockholm

Some of the most common VACATION concerns people have now a days:

– No time – Cant find anyone to go with – No money – Scared to fly – Afraid of the risks –

My advice to them is to take a staycation. What is a staycation?

A staycation is a vacation spent in the town you life in rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

Over the last year, Elias and I have been taking plenty staycations. As you might know we just had a staycation at a Yacht in Bockholmen. It’s an Island in Stockholm we hadn’t even heard of. It’s pretty great what you can discover in your own backyard. It was just one Bus ride away!

There are several reasons to choose a staycation for your next getaway.

My top 7 reasons are:

  1. It is Eco friendly meaning less carbon foot print.
  2. You save Money, we all love a great bargain.
  3. Know your heritage – After all, foreigners visit YOUR country too!
  4. Your friends and family are likely to join you!
  5. You start to appreciate your Hometown (the gras is not greener on the other side)
  6. Support your local Economy
  7. Up your tour guide game, you might wanna impress someone 😉

 

I am officially a Latte Pappa

In Stockholm, it’s common to see dads with expensive strollers hanging out in the park, in tight jeans, just-right white shirts and a nice beard.

The boom of latte papas can not be attributed to a trend, the credit goes to Sweden’s generous family leave program as well as Swedish fathers adopting a  hands on parenting model in which fathers get the chance bond with their babies. Each couple receives  480 days of paid parental leave for each child, which can be taken up until the child turns eight. Most of those days can be shared between the parents.

Let’s go to the definition of the word: Latte Pappa

– a humorous term for a Scandinavian father

The result? Head to any Swedish cafe during the week and you’ll come across the country’s notorious ‘latte pappas’ enjoying a coffee break, before heading to the park with their kids o strolling around town for some shopping

Coming from a more traditional part of Germany, I can say every child needs a “Latte Pappa” – during the early years of  their life.

Children with involved dads generally do better in life not to mention are less likely to break the law or drop out of school.

When fathers are actively part of their children life , children do better – that’s a fact!

Next time you see a so called “Latte Pappa” just know, drinking that coffee is part of him being a great dad.

 

 

 

 

7 reasons to spend more time outdoors with your kids

  • It builds confidence.
  • The way that kids play in nature has a lot less structure than most types of indoor play. There are infinite ways to interact with outdoor environments, from the backyard to the park to the local hiking trail or lake, and letting your child choose how he treats nature means he has the power to control his own actions.
  • It promotes creativity and imagination.
  • This unstructured style of play also allows kids to interact meaningfully with their surroundings. They can think more freely, design their own activities, and approach the world in inventive ways.
  • It teaches responsibility.
  • Living things die if mistreated or not taken care of properly, and entrusting a child to take care of the living parts of their environment means they’ll learn what happens when they forget to water a plant, or pull a flower out by its roots.
  • It provides different stimulation.
  • Nature may seem less stimulating than your son’s violent video game, but in reality, it activates more senses—you can see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments. As the young spend less and less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow and this reduces the richness of human experience.
  • It gets kids moving.
  • Most ways of interacting with nature involve more exercise than sitting on the couch. Your kid doesn’t have to be joining the local soccer team or riding a bike through the park—even a walk will get her blood pumping. Not only is exercise good for kids’ bodies, but it seems to make them more focused, which is especially beneficial for kids with ADHD.
  • It makes them think.
  • Nature creates a unique sense of wonder for kids that no other environment can provide. The phenomena that occur naturally in backyards and parks everyday make kids ask questions about the earth and the life that it supports.
  • It reduces stress and fatigue.
  • According to the Attention Restoration Theory, urban environments require what’s called directed attention, which forces us to ignore distractions and exhausts our brains. In natural environments, we practice an effortless type of attention known as soft fascination that creates feelings of pleasure, not fatigue.

Life lesson

 

This is a life lesson, from one of my most favourite books – The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

“It is similar to one brother asking another, “Why did you grow up to be a drunk?” The answer is “Because Dad was a drunk.” The second brother then asks, “Why didn’t you grow up to be a drunk?” The answer is “Because Dad was a drunk.” Some more complete answers are found in Robert Ressler’s classic book Whoever Fights Monsters. He speaks of the tremendous importance of the early puberty period for boys. Before then, the anger of these boys might have been submerged and without focus, perhaps turned inward in the form of depression, perhaps (as in most cases) just denied, to emerge later. But during puberty, this anger collides with another powerful force, one of the most powerful in nature: sexuality. Even at this point, say Ressler and others, these potential hosts of monsters can be turned around through the (often unintentional) intervention of people who show kindness, support, or even just interest. I can say from experience that it doesn’t take much.”
Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

 

My weekend training routine

  • Med-Ball Punch 3 times 2 Minutes
  • Punching Bag 3 times 3 Minutes
  • Wall-Pad 2 times 2 Minutes
  • Assault Air Bike 3 times 1 Minute – full speed
  • Chin ups leather 1-10-1
  • Bulgarian Bag 3 times 30 seconds – each side
  • Push ups leather 10-50-10
  • Weighted chin ups – as many as possible – give it all
  • Weighted Sit-Ups – as many as possible – if it dosent hurt, it dosent count
  • Rope Jumping approx. 5 Minutes
  • Cool down – stretching

 

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.

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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.

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 =)

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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.