5 Ways Parents Can Introduce Their Kids to Coding

CODING – A GOOD CAREER OPTION?

Coding is fast gaining popularity with more parents wanting their kids to get into it, and why not? It’s a great career filled opportunities and good money. HTML, Java, CSS, etc., sound so complicated and to imagine that young minds that work with seems so absurd, right? But due to help from YouTube, coding camps, websites, it’s quite possible.

When your kid learns to code, he/ she is basically learning how to speak and write in a computer’s language. This language (code) will help them build websites, video games, applications, etc. A little complicated but very interesting.

INTRODUCING YOUR KIDS TO THE WORLD OF CODING

Here are some ways using which you can get your child interested in coding and experience the joy of programming.

  1. Explain Coding as Simply as You Can

Don’t we like to know what any course or business is about before we actually dip our fingers into it? In the same manner, your kids would also want to know about coding. Now, you’ll have to explain the world of coding is really simple terms so that they can get a gist of it. Remember to make it sound as fascinating as you can for the little mind.

You can tell them about how it’s like telling the computer what they’d want it to do, how they’d want it to done. Or something around the lines of them being the boss and their computer being the employee. Just things like this can help in catching their attention.

  1. Purchase Coding Games and Toys for Them

Every kid loves to play games or with toys. Here, half of your battle is already won. The games are designed in such a manner that kids, from just four- years old can understand and play them. There are different games and toys related to coding, for different age groups. Robot Turtles, Dash & Dots, etc. are great examples of such games.

In the world of video games, traditional board games and toys still haven’t lost their appeal, and in our case, are really effective in making a child interested in coding.

  1. Coding Books Should Find its Place on Their Study

There are such amazing books on coding available in the market right now that will leave you amazed! Appropriate for children above the age of seven, these books explain everything code in a very efficient and understandable manner. They contain information, little tests, tricks, etc., which can really help your child understand code better.

“Coding for kids should be introduced as young as possible. Not only does it teach skills that will be immediately relevant in tomorrow’s job market, it helps strengthen skills in a number of corollary areas such as math, reading, spelling, and problem-solving. Later on it will help kids develop skills in geometry, trigonometry, statistics, data analysis, physics, and more.” according to David Dodge, CEO of Codakid

  1. Bring in the Big Guns – Robots

There is a huge chance that the aforementioned steps might backfire. But you don’t need to lose hope. Kids find robots really interesting and often have a lot of questions about this ‘not-breathing-but-realistic’ device.

When your kids start asking about their functioning then you can relate it to code. This will surely make them listen. Best part? There are tiny, cheaper robots available in the market.

  1. Get Them an Inexpensive Computer for Them to Practice On

If your kid shows interest and wants to learn more about coding, then he’ll definitely want to practice it. You don’t need to splurge on a computer, you can opt for the inexpensive variety and install an operating system in it. They can teach themselves programming language on it, by watching videos/following steps on website blogs, etc.

Every parent wants the best for the child and there’s nothing wrong with trying to generate their interest in coding. That being said, if your child doesn’t develop interest then they shouldn’t be forced to do what they don’t want to. But, if they fall in love with it? Mission accomplished.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Kids and Chaos: Three Ways to Take a Break When Your Day Gets Manic

As parents, our kids are of course the most important people in our lives; we’d do anything for them and their health and happiness truly is our number one priority. However, as anyone with kids will tell you, sometimes they can seriously stress you out. At the end of the day we’re only human, and a day of crying, moaning and bad behaviour is enough to grind anyone down. Sometimes all we need is a short break to clear our head, compose ourselves and get back to it. Here are a few ideas for things you can do get a quick break when your kids are driving you bonkers!

A hot  shower

Baths are great- the hot water eases tense muscles, it reduces blood pressure and it’s a quiet place to think and relax. But as busy parents, we don’t always have time to luxuriate in the bathtub and so it’s all about quick showers instead. While they might not be as relaxing as submerging in water, showers can also reduce stress and so are a good option when you’re feeling a bit irritated and overwhelmed. Once you’re out and feeling fresh, you might well find tackling any issues you come up against is that bit easier.

A cup of tea

There’s nothing quite like a soothing cup of tea when things aren’t going your way. If the kids are scrapping and moaning and are generally getting on your last tether, step outside and give yourself five minutes to enjoy a brew. Whether you take milk and two sugars or prefer green or herbal tea, there’s something relaxing and refreshing about sipping the hot liquid and again you can return to what you were doing with a much clearer head! If you’re flagging and your stress is being added to by tiredness then go with a coffee instead, sometimes we a caffeine boost is what’s needed to get through the tough days!

A game of something fun

Sometimes a fun distraction is what you need, to take your mind off things and lower your stress levels. Whether console games or live casino sites are your thing, taking a break to enjoy a game could be just what the doctor ordered when your day gets chaotic. You might not have time to sit and watch a full movie or even a full tv episode, but you can play a quick game of something you enjoy and it could help to balance your mood again.

Instead of losing your temper or getting into a mood yourself, when things get stressful just give yourself a few minutes. One day your kids will be all grown up, and you’d do anything to hear them fight, moan and cry for your attention again! For now, take a break when you need it and then return to your duties with a smile on your face.

How do you deal with things when your kids are driving you up the wall?!

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Tips For Creating The Ultimate Man Cave

Do you have a man cave in your home? If not, you really should. Having your very own space, you will have the freedom to express yourself, whether you want to unlock your inner child with games and play activities, or if you want to focus on the more serious side of you, with space to read, work, and contemplate the life, universe, and everything!

The first thing to consider is where to build your man cave. While often rooted in the garage or basement, you could also take over any other spare room not used by anybody else in your house. Whatever the case, it should be the room where you have full control over, filling it with the things you need to create your perfect ‘me space.’ Now, we have some ideas for what could go into your man cave, for those of you looking for inspiration, but if you choose to ignore us and do your thing, that’s okay. It is your space, after all.

Here are our ideas for what to include in the ultimate man cave.

Somewhere to sit. Whether it’s to read, watch tv, or to chill with any of the friends you invite over, you will need to have something to sit on. For you, it could be a recliner, something to relax on while you’re trying to unwind. For those other people you allow into your designated space, you may want to purchase a small couch or a few bean bags. Whatever the case, comfort is key, so consider the range of seating options available to you.

Something to watch. Rather than endure your partner’s cookery programmes or movie musical DVDs (forgive our general assumptions), you should have your very own tv. The bigger, the better, of course, as well as a fully-amped sound system or (and thinking of your family and neighbors), a set of wireless TV headphones to go with it. Sitting back in your recliner, you can watch whatever you want, from top tv series such as The Americans and Game of Thrones, to the big sporting events that occur every year.

Something to eat and drink. You don’t want to uproot yourself too often, so negate the need for those long trips to the kitchen. Instead, get yourself a mini fridge, topped up with everything you need to keep you replenished, and if you have the space, set up your own bar area too. Perfect for you, and perfect for any social engagements you hold in your man cave.

Something to play. If you’re a video gamer, you might want to invest in one of the latest games consoles, be that the Xbox One X or the PlayStation Pro, giving you the ability to play some of the newest games available. Alternatively, you might prefer something retro. Choose from one of the video game consoles of times past, from the NES to the much-underrated Sega Dreamcast, or set up an arcade cabinet in the corner of the room. Of course, you may not be into video games at all, so board games may be your thing, or sports equipment, such as a pool table or darts board may be your preferred option. And also… Think about your decor; including the colours you like, and the posters you may want to jazz up your walls. Consider personal items that will make you feel like it’s your space, such as collectibles or awards and accreditations you may have won. Choose as much or as little as you want for your space. It’s your man cave, and you can do with it as you please.  And if we have missed something out that you would consider essential, be sure to let us know!

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The Future of Gaming Looks Like This!

Video gaming is one of the most developing industries in the world. More people than ever before are discovering and embracing the world of video games. There are so many things that are going to happen in the world of gaming over the next few years, and it’s an exciting time to be a gamer. The future of the gaming world is one that is difficult to predict, as we aren’t sure what technologies will have become dominant in the industry in the future.

Indeed, with things like virtual reality gaming and augmented reality gaming set to become mainstream, this could have a big bearing. However, in the more recent future, we can look at some of the ways the industry is evolving for the better. These are some of the things you need to keep in mind when it comes to looking at what the future of gaming holds.

Mobile

Mobile gaming is something that has picked up in a big way in the past 5 years. Ever since smartphones became more appealing and more widespread, mobile gaming has become more ubiquitous. This is going to grow even more in the future, and we certainly need to look out for the range of mobile games increasing in the future too.

Another Console War?

The console wars originally raged in the 1990s between Sega and Nintendo, and then later in the 2000s between Microsoft and Sony. It seems like we could well be heading toward another console war in the future. It seems like Microsoft is losing the current console war to Sony, but the release of the Xbox One Scorpio could really shake things up in the future.

A Way of Life

One thing that is certain is that gaming in the future will become much more a way of life. There are a lot of things you have to keep in mind that will help you to improve and enhance this and make gaming a part of your daily life. One of the best ways of achieving this will be to look into buying a gaming chair. Check out gaming chair reviews online so that you can pick the best one to suit your needs.

ESports

ESports have become big business over the past few years, and they seem as though they are going to become even more mainstream in the future. This is where gamers compete globally playing specific games and scooping cash prizes. The public can even pay to watch eSports events, and this is increasing in popularity as well. Watch this space because eSports are definitely going to play a big role in the future of the video game industry.

It’s clear that the future of the gaming industry will continue to evolve and grow, and this is important. There are a lot of changes that may have an impact on how we experience gaming, and the sorts of games we can play in the future. Consider what direction the world of gaming is going to take in the future, and this is something you need to assess and keep in mind going forward.

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