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Archive for April, 2012

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Posted by Barack Levin on 13th April 2012

The other day I was hurrying to a meeting as my eye caught a glance of this picture. A mother was walking on the other side of the sidewalk. She seemed to be in her late 30′ or may be early 40′. The mother struck me as a well dressed woman. She had stylish shoes, a complementing outfit and each hair strand knew its place in her hairdo. She was not a super model but she was well dressed and thin. The impression I got from her was that she is well aware of her looks;  she probably goes to the gym to keep her figure and definitely watches her diet to remain in her current waist size. The mother was holding a water of water in one hand and her daughter in her other hand.

Her girl was about 8 or 9 years old. She was also dressed up nicely and was chatting with her mom. The girl however was chubby and held a bottle of soda in her other hand.

“So, what’s wrong with the picture?” I asked myself and you – the reader.

I can not understand, for the life of me, why would a mom who is so well aware of her body image, her health and diet, let her girl live this way. I do not understand why this girl needs to go through life with improper nutrition, inadequate body image and over all enter the overwhelming statistics of overweight kids in the USA.

My expectation from parents is to treat their kids differently – save them from a miserable future – give them the best tools possible that you yourself use on a daily basis.

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Losing a Kid in the Park

Posted by Barack Levin on 3rd April 2012

Parents reading this post will agree – losing a kid in the park can be a nightmare. It starts with that sinking feeling that you have not seen your kid for quite some time. After that there is the anticipation of spotting his red or blonde hair somewhere far from you but when this does not happen fear and hysteria takes place – where is my child? What happened to him?

Here is a story that happened to us in the park last weekend. We went over with some friends. The adults were chatting and the kids were playing. My son (almost 8 ) was riding his bikes with his friends. This particular park has a bike trail that continues on for miles along the river. My son requested to ride until the bridge over the creek and I let him. Although it is not near us and I can not keep my eyes on him, I trust him. Time went buy and it was time to pack and leave – time to go back home. My wife and I turn to look for my son and he is gone. He simply vanished – disappeared into thin air.

My wife started to get worried but I know my son and most importantly – I trust him. I know he will not just vanish without a good cause. Suddenly we remembered that one of friends went for a walk with their kids along the bike trail. One of their kids is my son’s best friends. A quick call to our friends and we find out that my son indeed decided to continue riding his bike along the river with them. We asked them to send him back from about a mile and half away and he rode on his bike all by himself back to us.

On our way home we explained to him that we have no problem with him changing his mind when he is away from us and wants to continue the ride with his friend but in the future to simply tell the parents to call us and let us know.

I put so much trust in my kids and know that they are very responsible. I had no doubt in my mind that he knew what decision to make and use his analytical skills to make the right decision. I have also added another skill set – inform your parents when you change your plans, not because they go crazy when they do not see you, because they would like to know where you are.

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