Jones & Hill - July 2018

WARNING SIGNS YOU CAN’T IGNORE IS YOUR CHILD BEING BULLIED?

Somewhere along the line, our society accepted bullying as a social norm for children. “How can kids learn to cope with the real world if they can’t handle a bully?” is a common misguided justification. Kids who don’t meet the standards of what they are socially expected to be aren’t accepted among their peers. Rather, they are treated like emotional punching bags for anyone deemed more culturally acceptable. But the life of a child is truly a special force in this world, and just because someone differs from physical, social, or cultural normativity doesn’t give anyone the right to treat them poorly. Differences should be celebrated, and bullying needs to be eradicated. The best way we can start is by making an effort to notice bullying and put a stop to it. Here are three warning signs. Headaches and Stomach Aches Anxiety is a complex emotion that tends to manifest itself in physical ways. If you notice your child has stress-related symptoms like headaches, ask them about their emotional well-being. An open-ended question like, “I’ve noticed you haven’t been feeling well a lot lately — can you tell me more about that?” will help open lines of communication. Change in Friends There are bound to be changes in friend groups throughout your child’s life, but that doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t take notice when this

Camping Stove Whether you’re backpacking or car camping, lugging a massive barbecue around can be a significant inconvenience. That’s why camping stoves serve as a great alternative. They’re light, compact, and easy to use. Most of them come equipped with a simple fuel hookup that will have you ready to cook in no time. It makes cooking that freshly caught fish as easy as it would be at home. Open Fire You can get as fancy as you want with charcoal or propane setups, but why bother? Just dig a hole, throw some kindling down, and light ‘er up. Cooking while camping doesn’t need to be domesticated. Instead, you can harness the raw landscape and use it to cook your food. You won’t have to worry about lack of grill space, utensils, or packing. Just throw your food on a stick and let your campfire do the trick. Whether it’s out in the bayou or in the untamed woods of the great state of Louisiana, good food while camping is all about how you cook it. Don’t settle for dried food or bland meals ready to eat when you can have a quality meal at the strike of a match. happens. When a child expresses disinterest in spending time with specific people, it could be a sign of bullying. Connecting with other parents who have children in the same circle could be a way to gauge the pulse of your child’s friend group. Confidence Issues Bullying has the potential to drop kids into a volatile cycle of confidence- killing self-talk. Bullying may produce external damage, but what goes on internally can be catastrophic for children. The continually progressing, technology-based environment our children live in nearly outpaces their ability to adjust and cope. Children often internalize their emotions, and when they are being bullied by someone online, their distress can be even harder to detect. The best way to be aware of how your children are feeling is to talk to them openly about their social interactions both online and offline. Summer is the perfect opportunity to discuss these issues with your child because they likely will be relaxed, comfortable, and out of school, where bullying often occurs. Then they can approach the new school year with confidence and self-worth. What parent doesn’t want that?

GREAT MEALS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

When you’re out experiencing the beauty of Mother Nature, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice a good meal. Camping often includes fellowship with good people and developing peaceful memories that last a lifetime. When you’re sitting under the night sky of a thousand stars, you shouldn’t be limited to dried food or a can of beans. Good food is just as important as the good company. That’s why we’ve provided two ways for you to make a meal that looks as satisfying as the sights of nature itself.

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