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4 Trampoline Games Your Family Will Love

4 Trampoline Games Your Family Will Love

Whether a boy or a girl, a trampoline is always included in a child’s wish list. However, because they are generally considered expensive and require a big amount of open space to put up, parents are hesitant in buying one. A trampoline is an investment, it’s going to eat space in your backyard and even your quiet time sunbathing on the lawn, but when you give in to the urge of buying one, remember to be an intelligent consumer.

Choosing the perfect trampoline

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When a family yields to the urge and pleas of their children, we should be cautious in choosing what brand and kind of trampoline you would want their family to play with. There are factors you should consider prior to buying a trampoline- it’s safety features, durability, and ease of installation. These are some of the things you should look into that can be accessed online. Parents who bought their trampolines from online shopping sites post reviews and you can analyze each one for you to weigh which product you’ll invest in. The perfect trampoline differs in every household because they may be utilized differently, so be sure to look at all the factors before compromising savings over your child’s safety.

Let’s get jumpy!

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Once you’ve set up your new toy, here are some games you can introduce to the kids so they’ll love you more and appreciate the trouble you’ve gone through for providing the trampoline:

Poison Balls

One of the few classic games that is still addictive in the trampoline arena is poison balls. This is achieved by putting some balls inside the trampoline and getting the kids to bounce around without the balls touching them. Once a player is touched by a ball, he is considered poisoned and must therefore sit his way through the game. It’s also a lot more fun if you toss in other smaller items such as plush toys.

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Bum Wars

From the word itself, bum wars is played using nothing but  a player’s bum. The rule is that the last player standing wins the round. The participants jump around the trampoline and upon agreement, must drop down to the mat with their bums first and bounce back in the air and land on their feet. There’s no extra bounce and extra landing allowed, meaning the player with the best balance capability wins!

Tag, You’re It

This game is as simple as it gets. The usual tag you’re it requires a player to be the ‘it’ and chase down all its prey. With this trampoline version, the players are required to bounce around instead of run around the arena. The game ends when the ‘it’ player has tagged everyone in the trampoline and another ‘it’ is chosen. This is better played in a bigger trampoline, but be sure to watch them so they don’t stick their foot in between the springs.

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Camp Trampoline

Instead of pitching a tent in the grass lawn, why not place it inside the trampoline? The mat will act as the bedding itself and provide your kids with a cushioned-type sleeping mattress. The wonders of the outside world is a constant adventure for kids, you can satisfy their cravings outdoors by simply letting them camp on your backyard where you can keep constant watch and attend to their needs such as food and blankets. To make it a little more interesting, you can provide additional bed covers outside their tents, atop the mat of the trampoline itself. When they feel like it, they can simply lie down under the sheets and gaze at the stars. This game is your best friend in providing that outside adventure!

Having a trampoline in the household makes for a fun summer activity not only for kids but even for adults too. It is important however to understand that playing with the equipment requires adult supervision and that you are sure the parts are properly installed. Over time, your kids will be able to create new games using their trampoline, it’s worth the investment  because it fuels the imagination of the child while developing his muscles. Just remember to choose the right trampoline and always brief your kids on how to use it safely!

Featured photo credit: Turn Your Trampoline Into A Storytelling Space via springfreetrampoline.co.uk

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Published on January 30, 2019

How to Support a Working Mother as a Working Father

How to Support a Working Mother as a Working Father

In roughly 60 percent of two-parent households with children under the age of 18, both parents work full time. But who takes time off work when the kids are sick in your house? And if you are a manager, how do you react when a man says he needs time to take his baby to the pediatrician?

The sad truth is, the default in many companies and families is to value the man’s work over the woman’s—even when there is no significant difference in their professional obligations or compensation. This translates into stereotypes in the workplace that women are the primary caregivers, which can negatively impact women’s success on the job and their upward mobility.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of long-term time-use data (1965–2011), fathers in dual-income couples devote significantly less time than mothers do to child care.[1] Dads are doing more than twice as much housework as they used to (from an average of about four hours per week to about 10 hours), but there is still a significant imbalance.

This is not just an issue between spouses; it’s a workplace culture issue. In many offices, it is still taboo for dads to openly express that they have family obligations that need their attention. In contrast, the assumption that moms will be on the front lines of any family crisis is one that runs deep.

Consider an example from my company. A few years back, one of our team members joined us for an off-site meeting soon after returning from maternity leave. Not even two hours into her trip, her husband called to say that the baby had been crying nonstop. While there was little our colleague could practically do to help with the situation, this call was clearly unsettling, and the result was that her attention was divided for the rest of an important business dinner.

This was her first night away since the baby’s birth, and I know that her spouse had already been on several business trips before this event. Yet, I doubt she called him during his conferences to ask child-care questions. Like so many moms everywhere, she was expected to figure things out on her own.

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The numbers show that this story is far from the exception. In another Pew survey, 47 percent of dual-income parents agreed that the moms take on more of the work when a child gets sick.[2] In addition, 39 percent of working mothers said they had taken a significant amount of time off from work to care for their child compared to just 24 percent of working fathers. Mothers are also more likely than fathers (27 percent to 10 percent) to say they had quit their job at some point for family reasons.

Before any amazing stay-at-home-dads post an angry rebuttal comment, I want to be very clear that I am not judging how families choose to divide and conquer their personal and professional responsibilities; that’s 100 percent their prerogative. Rather, I am taking aim at the culture of inequity that persists even when spouses have similar or identical professional responsibilities. This is an important issue for all of us because we are leaving untapped business and human potential on the table.

What’s more, I think my fellow men can do a lot about this. For those out there who still privately think that being a good dad just means helping out mom, it’s time to man up. Stop expecting working partners—who have similar professional responsibilities—to bear the majority of the child-care responsibilities as well.

Consider these ways to support your working spouse:

1. Have higher expectations for yourself as a father; you are a parent, not a babysitter.

Know who your pediatrician is and how to reach him or her. Have a back-up plan for transportation and emergency coverage.

Don’t simply expect your partner to manage all these invisible tasks on her own. Parenting takes effort and preparation for the unexpected.

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As in other areas of life, the way to build confidence is to learn by doing. Moms aren’t born knowing how to do this stuff any more than dads are.

2. Treat your partner the way you’d want to be treated.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard a man on a business trip say to his wife on a call something to the effect of, “I am in the middle of a meeting. What do you want me to do about it?”

However, when the tables are turned, men often make that same call at the first sign of trouble.

Distractions like this make it difficult to focus and engage with work, which perpetuates the stereotype that working moms aren’t sufficiently committed.

When you’re in charge of the kids, do what she would do: Figure it out.

3. When you need to take care of your kids, don’t make an excuse that revolves around your partner’s availability.

This implies that the children are her first priority and your second.

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I admit I have been guilty in the past of telling clients, “I have the kids today because my wife had something she could not move.” What I should have said was, “I’m taking care of my kids today.”

Why is it so hard for men to admit they have personal responsibilities? Remember that you are setting an example for your sons and daughters, and do the right thing.

4. As a manager, be supportive of both your male and female colleagues when unexpected situations arise at home.

No one likes or wants disruptions, but life happens, and everyone will face a day when the troubling phone call comes from his sitter, her school nurse, or even elderly parents.

Accommodating personal needs is not a sign of weakness as a leader. Employees will be more likely to do great work if they know that you care about their personal obligations and family—and show them that you care about your own.

5. Don’t keep score or track time.

At home, it’s juvenile to get into debates about who last changed a diaper or did the dishes; everyone needs to contribute, but the big picture is what matters. Is everyone healthy and getting enough sleep? Are you enjoying each other’s company?

In business, too, avoid the trap of punching a clock. The focus should be on outcomes and performance rather than effort and inputs. That’s the way to maintain momentum toward overall goals.

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The Bottom Line

To be clear, I recognize that a great many working dads are doing a terrific job both on the home front and in their professional lives. My concern is that these standouts often aren’t visible to their colleagues; they intentionally or inadvertently let their work as parents fly under the radar. Dads need to be open and honest about family responsibilities to change perceptions in the workplace.

The question “How do you balance it all?” should not be something that’s just asked of women. Frankly, no one can answer that question. Juggling a career and parental responsibilities is tough. At times, really tough.

But it’s something that more parents should be doing together, as a team. This can be a real bonus for the couple relationship as well, because nothing gets in the way of good partnership faster than feelings of inequity.

On the plus side, I can tell you that parenting skills really do get better with practice—and that’s great for people of both sexes. I think our cultural expectations that women are the “nurturers” and men are the “providers” needs to evolve. Expanding these definitions will open the doors to richer contributions from everyone, because women can and should be both—and so should men.

Featured photo credit: NeONBRAND via unsplash.com

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