T Pierre's Blog

T Pierre's Blog

How to Teach Your Kids to Value Personal Accountability

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Vickie Jones

My child and I practice Karate together twice a week. Our Sensei is incredible and he always provides insight into life’s most challenging situations for parents and children. One of his favorites is accountability. He repeats this in nearly every class, “It’s much easier to teach your children personal accountability when they are young. If you want to really lose your mind as a parent, just wait until they are teenagers to start trying.”  . . . Learn More

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Thursday, December 07, 2017 Vickie Jones

The holiday season is upon us and there’s plenty of great food and deserts waiting around every corner. The average person will gain 1 - 3  pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and that includes our children. We’re all aware that gaining weight creates negative metabolic changes in our bodies that can lead to:  . . . Learn More

Helping Kids Cope with Separation and Divorce

Friday, November 03, 2017 Vickie Jones

The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old. At that age, many couples have already made the decision to have at least one child. When children are involved in a divorce, the complication and stress levels can become very difficult to manage. Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent's marriage. Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent's second marriage.  . . . Learn More

Important Safety Tips for Halloween

Friday, October 20, 2017 Vickie Jones

Your children are amped and ready for another exciting Halloween night. They have selected a costume and are ready to stockpile all the candy they will gather from neighbors. Before they leave the house, here are a few safety tips you need to review with them.   . . . Learn More

Should I Let My Child Specialize in a Single Sport?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Vickie Jones

High intensity, specialized competition has now trickled down to even the youngest athletes. Mini-camps, specialized coaching, and travel teams are now targeted at nearly every age group in just about every sport. In turn, coaching has become a valid career choice for many because parents have shown a burning desire to see their children excel at a particular sport against the best competition. Coaches are able to groom, mentor and assess these athletes for an extended time period which translates into the formation of “travel” teams that are all about winning in the most competitive environments. Certainly, there are benefits from focusing on one sport -- a defined offseason, competing against higher levels of competition, and even a shot at playing their sport at the collegiate level. But the negative impact of specialization on young athletes cannot go unnoticed.   . . . Learn More

Tips for Parents to Get Children Outdoors & Active

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Vickie Jones

It’s no secret that when humans engage in physical activity, in an outdoor setting, they feel better and produce at a higher level in many aspects of day-to-day life. Unfortunately, our children face a landscape of Xbox, Playstation, VR devices, smart phones, the web, and of course, the Television.   . . . Learn More

Zombie Preparedness Really Works

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Vickie Jones

You're probably thinking that a zombie attack sounds ridiculous, right? As a matter of fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has built an effective preparedness campaign on the backs of our brain-eating zombie friends. Zombies have been made a part of pop-culture through shows such as ‘The Walking Dead’, and people of all ages are now familiar with the horror and panic that would ensue if the zombies actually did attack. Unfortunately, about half of adults in the United States do not have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency.  . . . Learn More

How to Know If Your Child Is Ready for a Smartphone?

Friday, September 08, 2017 Vickie Jones

Before considering giving your child a smartphone, carefully determine its main use. Is the primary reason of giving them the phone the need to call them while you are at work? Is it a nagging request of the child so he can communicate more often with his classmates and friends? Will it be used as a supplement for learning?  . . . Learn More