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-Looking for ways to nurture your kid's creative side? Well get ready because our class is in session. -We teach art. We teach them basics - drawing, painting, collage, how to mix colors, how to glue. They use different medium, they use watercolors, they use tempera, they use fingerpaints. -At Kids At Art NYC in New York everyday is a masterpiece in the making. -You can learn how to paint. -And how to draw -I know how to carry on the paintbrush. -I make pink. -How do you do that? -With some red and white. -I think it's a great way for them to let out all their feelings and to express themselves. It's very interesting when you ask someone to draw a picture of their family and what they draw, and-- and animals, and just-- you can tell their various interest and they develop new ones too if you say "Okay let's not do that again, let's pick a new topic" and-- and kind of open up different areas of their-- their mind. -Artist Wendy Miller started Kids At Art to give children more exposure to the world of art and imagination. -I love working with kids and find it very inspirational, and I don't think that the schools' given of art instruction or the instruction that they have isn't as creative as it could be. -She engages children ages 2 to 11 in fun projects that get their creative juices flowing. -The kids have the freedom to use the materials as they wish but they end up with a finished product and I think that makes them feel good about what they've done. It-- let's say, we'll cut something out and then it's in the shape of a person or a bird or something, so when they're finished it will look like something even though they have the freedom to paint it any which way. I make sure that there are st-- there are different stages of-- of the process, like they won't just paint the whole class. They'll paint, and then they'll glue, and then they'll draw, and so even, you know, one project - that could come out with little different things on it. It's not just a painting. It's not just a drawing. -Wendy says art not only helps the children express themselves, it also helps them socially. -I have some classes where it sits a big coffee patch and they're just like painting and talking and I think that's a big-- that's important. And I think I li-- I've-- I have a table because I think it is good to see what other people are doing. -And gives them skills to grow on. -I don't believe you can do anything until you can draw, you know, from life really. It's just the looking thing. It's important to learn how to look. That's a big thing in art that I try to teach them and that really can go on anywhere in the world, you know, just seeing things. -Not to mention the sense of accomplishment each child gets upon completing his or her work of art. -Look at his big toe. -I did like that one that I-- that one that I made myself out. -Because my mom says I'm the best artist. -But how do you know when your little artist is ready to pick up a paintbrush? -You can sort of tell if the child can stick with something for, you know, up to their amount of time because our 2 to 4-year old classes are 45 minutes, and pretty much all the kids who come can sit at the table for 45 minutes and focused. -And they should be able to tell difference between a mess and a masterpiece. -I don't think art is making a mess. I think, you know, there are skills involved no matter what age you are. And there are right ways to do things and wrong ways to do things, and right ways to treat the medium. Like, you know, this is paint, this isn't dirt, and then they should know that it's not just making a mess so, I think that they need to be at a point where they can kind of grasp that a little. -When they grasp that they're ready to grab a brush and hit the canvass. There are also things you can do at home to spark your child's creativity, like having them draw with crayons or markers, or having them paint with watercolors. Or even a special project like this. -A ladybug puppet and it is made out of 2 paper plates which we usually don't connect until the end but I happen to have one that is put together here, a smaller one. So, what we need to do is cut out the head and the legs, and the dots which we glue on later. So first, we're gonna pick a color for our ladybug and I think I'll make it yellow. So what I usually do is have dots cut out already for the children to glue on. Gonna put the glue on the back of the dot because we always glue the back not-- not the thing that we're gluing it on to but the-- the actual thing because then you know the glue is in the right place. Tap, tap, tap. We need a face for our ladybug so we're gonna pick some googly eyes 'cause they're always fun. One, two, and we use this poppy shape as a nose and a pasta mouth. He's ready to fly. -Whether your child is ready to slap on a smock or you're taking your chances at home, making works of art is a great way to get creative. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families. Our lives.
The ancient game of chess is teaching children new skills they can use at school, at home and with everyone they meet. Parents TV's Kim Singer reports on "Chess for Success" in life.
-Welcome to Parents TV On Demand. A place for parents to learn, share and develop a healthy family together. Parents TV, our families, our lives. -Hi, my name is Dawn White, from Mountain Creek, Vernon, New Jersey. If you wanna get your kids skiing, I'm gonna show you how to do it. -I started taking lessons, I think when I was 2. I think, the most fun part is meeting a lot of new kids and learning on new tricks, skills. -When parents are looking for ski instructor, they should look for someone who's got a friendly smile, who has a little bit of energy going and can relate one-on-one with the child. We accept children in Kids Camp at age 4. Simply because their attention span is a little more mature than a 2-year old or a 3-year old. If you bring a 2-year old or 3-year old to the mountain, you should really start them off with a private because of their attention span and because it's more-- it's one-on-one. If they come to Kids Camp, they're gonna be in a large group. There's a few things that you want your child to have on before they come out to the ski mountain, one is a warm pair of socks, just one; you don't want layering in this-- in the boot, long jumps, a good pair of long jumps. You want them to have a pair of waterproof pants, preferably ski pants or snow pants, and a good warm jacket, maybe a fleece underneath, and that's probably it for the body. Either a helmet or a ski hat, a knit hat. On their hands, the mittens are better than gloves, because it keeps their little fingers warm. -Let's try the ski on you okay? So first of all, we're gonna make sure-- let's see, how many pairs of socks do you have on today? It's taking the line are out and making sure that the child's foot is the right size, because they're not gonna tell you, yes or no, because they don't know how fit. They might like the color more than it fit. It's best to rent equipment at the ski school because one is that the instructors are better at fitting kids usually than their local rental shop. And if there's a problem with the equipment, they have the vary to go on and change it on the fly, 'cause if it hurts their foot or something there, they're not wanna go skiing again. And our job is to turn them on to the sport and make sure they have a good first experience. So they come back and, you know, starts with their year. See that should come right to about your chin. Does that come to your chin? Yeah? Then that's the right length for you, okay? And it's a-- until they're ground, equipment's so good these days. It's easier to just rent, you don't have to haul it around. We can keep it for you, just better option to do it after school. Okay, you look like a really good skier. -Who's ready to go outside and go skiing? Everybody? How about you Bella? -They start off just learning how to walk around in boots because they are so form, there's nothing like putting on a pair of sneakers. To all those in first, line your heel up, now step down hard on the heel. Great. We go from there to putting on one ski, they scoot around on one ski, change the foot to the other ski, scoot around on the other ski and then we go to two skis. And that's all incorporated into games then to try to play with them and almost trick them into getting in to the right positions. -I'm gonna give every one of you, a piece of a tone bubble gum. Okay? They insist that they know how to make turns here in the school yard, this is the school yard here, before we take them anywhere out slope in the mountain because they have to have that control. Watch. I'm gonna make my feet little bit smaller, so I can start sliding, and then I'm gonna make it bigger, bigger, bigger until I stop. We don't use poles in the beginning because they just get in the way. They end up flailing them all over the place, so our-- using them to stop instead of their leg muscle and we find that as much easier and better without the poles. If we get a child who does gymnastics or ballet, it's almost a slam dunk. It's so much easier to teach because their leg muscles are stronger. If we get a child who sits in front of the TV and just playing video games all day, and never does any kind of sports, they take a little bit longer. I want you to look at me. Start sliding towards me, hold your ice cream cones up. And the closer you get, I want you make that feet bigger until you stop. Perfect. Excellent. The best part of my job is just working with the kids. They can be so much fun and so enthusiastic about being out in the snow. They rarely complain about the cold because they are-- for some reason kids don't feel the cold like adults do. And so, it's just having fun with kids and being silly yourself. Everybody did such a good job today. Did you have fun on the snow? -Yeah. -Yeah. You guys did a great job. Give me five, everybody. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.
-Whether they're in tutus, or tap shoes, these little dancers are showing their stuff. Anna Kaiser teaches ballet and basic tap to little one 18 months to five years old as part of her program called Creating Station. -They learn different dances. Some of the class-- the two, three's class-- incorporate both ballet and tap so it's a half hour session of ballet and then a 15-minute session of tap. We not only incorporate the ballet movement and the ballet vocabulary, they're able to recite, you know, I would say about 10 different positions by the end of class. But, they are also able to move freely and just really enjoy dancing and being creative in the space. So it doesn't just have to do with learning ballet at a young age, but also just exploring movement. -Krista Rowe says dance class is a great way to get you and your little one out of the house. -I'm a stay-at-home mom for the most part with her, and so I think all of these classes for women like me are a way for them to socialize, to get out and for them to play really. And, it's also a great way for stay-at-home moms to meet other people and, you know, to avoid going absolutely crazy at home. -And Krista loves seeing her daughter, Leia, get moving. -It's a great exercise in learning to listen. And even the things that-- if she won't participate in class, I find when we get home, she'll do the moves, she'll do her plies and passes and perform for her father. -Mom, Mariella Shirak, says her daughter, Arianna, brings the lessons she learns in dance class home as well. -She has a little tutu at home and she's always asking for the tutu when the music's on. She's like, "Tutu. Tutu." And so, she'll put on the tutu and she'll dance around. -Which shows that Arianna is actually absorbing what she does in dance class. -What I loved about it was they actually have to listen and pay attention and at first I was hesitant. I was-- oh, I don't know if she's really gonna pay attention. And by the end, she got more accustomed to it. She was actually listening. And she'll do it at home too, some of the stuff. So she'll do some of the positions so-- Really more, she is paying attention. -Creation Station classes take place several times a week here at Apple Seeds, a place for children to learn and play in New York City. Apple Seeds is an all-in-one play space for families with children zero to five. We have a bunch of businesses all under one roof. Founders Allison Schlanger and Alison Qualter Berna made ballet a priority when choosing the classes Apple Seeds would offer. -The reason why we took ballet-- largely, people do it as a memory of their own childhood taking ballet. But there really is no more beautiful thing, more fun thing, more sort of hilarious thing when you see little children coming in their tutus and their magic wands, and their tiaras. The dress-up factor at this age for young girls and young boys is tremendous. And so, when you can actually have a class that allows them to do that, and actually encourages them to do that, it's just-- it's a joy for you as a parent, but it's so much fun for the child. -But your child doesn't have to have a tutu to get started in dance classes. All they need is a pair of tap shoes or ballet slippers and of course, the desire to dance. -The leotard is more-- not necessary, but ballet shoes actually help to keep the traction 'cause when we actually didn't have them, she kinda slipped. She wanted-- she was just on socks. The ballet shoes are definitely helpful. -When choosing a dance class for your child, Anna says to look for something fun and exciting. -Definitely something that's still fun for the child so that they enjoy doing it and it's not too serious in terms of just learning technique and positions, that they really just enjoy moving because that's what's going to keep them dancing throughout their life. And then as they get older, look for a place that has a diverse dance background. So not only ballet, but tap or jazz or swing dancing or, you know, different things to keep them excited and versatile. -Because while it might not look like much now, your little one could be more than just getting a tutu from taking dance class. -It's being comfortable and confident with yourself. And some people and some kids will take that on and go further with it and become dancers because they really love it. And some will just use that confidence to, you know, be a capable person in the world in many different aspects. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.
-Hi. I'm Whitney Kraft, the doctor of tennis of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, the world's largest public tennis facility and home of the U.S. Open. If you're looking to get your child involved in tennis, we're here today to give you tips on how to get started. Tennis is one of the few sports that you can play from womb to the tomb. -This is the time when they are like 3 and 5-year-olds that you can make sure that they have to create motion of what they have to do to be best at tennis. -Playing tennis is so much fun. It's an active sport instead of being lazy, it's a fun sport also and it centers as an easy game. -Equipment necessary for youngsters to start tennis again are simply a tennis racket. Now that racket needs to be correctly sized for the individual. Today we're gonna show parents how to properly size up a youth racket. Christopher is 8 years old, so I'm thinking that maybe a 25 or 23-inch would be right for him. Now if you'll notice the racket is touching the ground and then some. So, Christopher, we're gonna bump you into a 23-inch racket. There we go. You see? So Christopher would be best suited for a 23-inch racket. As important is the length of a tennis racket, so too is the grip size and the ball that youngsters are learning with. When they hold the racket comfortably, you'd like for there to be one space, your index finger space between where his middle finger ends and where the pad of his thumb begins. So here we can clearly see that the 25-inch racket is demonstratively too big for Christopher. So we got back to the 23-inch racket that we felt was better suited for Christopher, then sure enough he has an easier time handling it with less space between one of the finger and the thumb pad begins. A standard tennis ball is like a cannon ball for a youngster under 11, it's too heavy, it's too fast. So thus alternative balls, many manufacturers make them. They're low compression. They're lighter. They slow down the game and breed more success. The good news too, Christopher, as you know when you get hit with this-- -It doesn't hurt. -So, Christopher, happy hitting, buddy, and good luck at the home of the U.S. Open. -It's good in these targets so it's a bit more gentle. Well done, getting better. -Turn, make sure you rotate. That's good, come on. Turn. Nice and easy, just pop it in there and nice try. -When you're looking for a tennis facility for your youngsters, look for one that's close to your house. From there, inquire amongst friends and neighbors as to who has the reputation of a facility that works well with youngsters. -We take some of the classes with Marilyn. She's a really fun teacher. You know she gets the kids motivated. She plays music during the class. -It's a good format to teach kids the right way of moving, the right way of listening, the right way of learning math, science, any kind of educational programs that they have outside there because some of the little kids when they learn things at school, they come here and implement it into their tennis. -All right. Everybody is gonna get 3 turns so how many balls is that? How many balls you gonna get? Three 2's are, three 2's are-- -6. -6, exactly. Good. -Public parks absolutely are an option and one that I highly recommend. First of all they tend to be much less cost-prohibitive and had embraced tennis as a loose sport that starts in the parks, and many of the greatest players in the world have started in public parks. -In the spring or summer, I practice in the park. I play with my mom and dad and brother. -When I'm not taking lessons, I usually play with my dad and some of his friends. -The USTA in March is rolling out a tennis format called QuickStart. It'll be a national rollout but localized to each market. There will be an opportunity for you to find a program close to home to get started with this great initiative. -A lot of times people don't do a lot of technical stuff, and I like a lot of rhythm and the technical stuff helps me to do that. On QuickStart here is like a nice little format that will put that in place so it'll give me a little bit of time and energy to put to watch the little kids. -And QuickStart is taking the very best that we've learned from the other youth sports, and that is practices versus lessons, changing the size of the courts, changing the ball, and changing the length of the racket to match the youngster's size and strength. -Good fellow. Well done. Well done. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.
-I'm Nicole Rizzo and I'm 11-years old. I've been taking karate lessons about 6 years. I'm in the process of training for my second degree black belt. Karate gives me confidence and helps me with my-- helps me with my sports. -I've been training martial arts for 30 years now. I started on 1979 and fifth-degree black belt and taekwondo. My name is Charlie DiGirolano and we're at Northern Valley Martial Arts in Norwood, New Jersey. Parents should actually look for an instructor who has children, number one. A clean, safe environment and I believe someone that has a staff that has some nurturing towards children. I think instructor who has children definitely is a better martial arts teacher because they have a little bit more patience and they understand what children really need. You gotta be a leader, you gotta teach these kids that, you know, they have to become leaders also. And the adults just needs to give them a good work out and you want them to be discipline and has got to be a stress-relief. You need to actually go and watch a sparring class. If there's gonna be contact, make sure that they're wearing the right equipment and, you know, contact isn't over excessive. -My name is Jordana Arkus and I'm 13. I've been taking karate for about five years. I'm a first-degree black belt. I may continue karate lessons because it's helped me a lot and it's been good 'cause it kept me in shape. -Face front. Bow. -Yes sir. -You advance body belts and you're normally taking a belt test every couple of months and a perfect world, you can get a black belt in four years. My youngest black belts been I think 7 or 8 years old. We have a bunch of kids that, you know, did a little ninjas at 5-years old, 6-years old, 7-years old and, you know, then they're doing the freshman class and they're moving up in rank. And a lot of times you have an entire group, the kids started together and they're actually, graduating black belt together at age, you know, 7, 8, 9, depending on when they started. -Alright. Good. Nice. Johan. -Can I be-- -Blue ring in the back and you're with Terrence, you're in the front. Terrence and Johan. The big guy and the smaller guy. Jack in the back. Actually we send something home with the parents because we definitely need the parents' cooperation and kids gonna go through peaks and valleys. The main thing about our school with kids, it has to be fun. If they're not having fun, they're not gonna want to come to class. -Pull. Terrence, pull that way. Terrence, pull that way. Terrence pull the other way. There you go. -Keep going Terrence. -Come on Terrence, pull. Come on guys. -I think both parents-- especially being a parent, I want my daughters-- especially I have three daughters to be disciplined, I don't want them to be picked on at school. I really think it's a great confidence building for them -- I have a lot of self-esteem and not only that, they're gonna be very, very physically fit by doing this. -Number one, it gets the kids out of the house for my wife, number one. Number two, it gives them coordination, it gives them strength, it gives them confidence, it gives them agility, it improves their interaction with other kids, it's all around. There's whole positives. -At home, he definitely is more focused, he definitely listens better, he responds better at home. He's definitely a different child since he started. -In my opinion, I think all the children that do taekwondo or karate or any type of martial art that really stick with it, have the edge on all the other kids. I think they're all a lot more discipline. They're definitely in excellent, excellent shape, their mind is focus, they're used to doing hard things and, you know, striving towards their goal. And I gotta tell you, kids that do this they-- all the kids that, you know, they-- they're not smoking, they're not drinking, they're really staying out of trouble, they're really good kids. -Nine. -Taekwondo. -Ten. -Taekwondo. -Everyone back straight position. -Yes sir. -Obviously, you can practice at home. I, you know, I always say, you know, pushups are probably the best exercise. I do pushups at home, I stretch at home, and the forms you do in class you can actually practice at home if you have the room. The biggest kick that I get out of it, it's so self-gratifying coming in here and really doing something to give love every single day. My biggest joys, taking a kid that's a little challenged as a white belt and you're giving them black belt 4 years later, and I gotta tell you, totally different kid four years down the line when you get that black belt. -Ready? Okay? -Mom give me a hug. -Okay. -We want karate. -Thank you for watching Parents TV; our families, our lives.
-If you're looking for a great way to spend quality time with your daughter then soccer is the answer. It will help you create a bond and a healthy lifestyle. I'm Ashley Hammond, co-author of the book, Goal, The Ultimate Guide in Soccer for Moms and Dads. And we're going to tell you and show you how and why moms should get involved with their daughters in soccer to play the beautiful game of soccer. -My name Patrick, I'm 17 and I've been playing soccer since I was about 4. Just-- it's a great sport; it's a lot of fun. I like become best friend with most of the girls on the team. I love going, it's always, it's not just soccer and a sport but it's also, you know, social and you get to have fun with your friends. -I'm Olivia. I'm 16, and I've been playing soccer for 11 years, and was kind of always stocking as I kept playing. I'd like it more and more and I was learning more about it and I've just gotten a lot better now. It's fun to play, it's a good game. -I'm Madeline Charity. I'm 13, almost 14 and I've been playing soccer since I was 5. I do love playing soccer, I enjoy it, I have load of friends so it's like a social hour too. -My name is Annie Galor and I've been playing since I was 6 years old so about 10 years now. I love playing soccer because it keeps me focused, keeps me with my friends, energized, athletic, healthy and keeps me in touch with my family. -I got to spend an incredible amount of time with Annie because I got-- I took up the sport also when started to play. -It just gave me something to do, something to keep in touch with my family. I play with my daughters in the backyard, and with my mom and my stepdad so got me connected to him. -I find that my wife and my daughter, they talk us peers as it relates to soccer. Fortunately my wife has learned about the game, knows how to play the game, and I'll often find them talking about certain things that she may do on the field, and they enjoy talking about that kind of stuff. -Managing the schedule has been somewhat difficult over the years but the great thing about it is that my husband is the coach so that we're able to spend our time together. And that has also been a huge advantage because it has kept us together as a unit; all of our brothers go to all of her games so that way we can stay together as a family. -When she plays soccer like she can relate to some of the things that I'm doing, and there's been plenty of hours like car rides and plane trips, and hotel room that, you know, we just stay and laugh. -We have a lot of fun and it's like a little road trips, I mean there's always a story, there's always a memory, there's always-- we can isolate each tournament like oh this is what happened here, this is what happened in the restaurant, just remember the field and I've been running through the mud, and [unk] rainstorm, and there's always a story and we really been able to develop great memories in the years and years that we've been doing this. -My mother and I have become really close to soccer. She's always been involved whether it's-- she's been my manager, for my team she's been my coach at one point I think, and she's always at the games, she's always supportive and she-- since she knows the game she can always help me like improve my game. -It's a good time that I spend with them and I don't try to make it so intense at times because kids these days have so much going on. -When I was younger my mom coached my team and we bonded a lot and she helped me out, and then my sister was always by my side when we played. And sometimes we're on the same team like on town league so we got really close to each other. -I realized once I start to play how difficult it was, and I think when you begin as a parent on the sidelines not knowing the scores, you get enthusiastic and you go and you're shouting at them, and run harder and when you play it yourself you realize how difficult the game can be and how much energy you need to really execute the sport, and I made that realization as I started to play and I understood on from their point of view how difficult it was as a sport. -It is truly, truly one of the hardest games to stay in shape for. You have a 110 yard long field by 70 yards wide, and you can be anywhere on that field and are expected to be. It is truly a cardio workout of any description but then when you throw on top of that jumping folding being hit, tackling, sliding, all those kinds of things, it's very difficult and truly when, especially when moms would come to the game late and start with their daughter's first play they realize just how hard it is. Okay, stop. So, let's listen for my instructions, right? So you're gonna be dribbling [unk] you focus right here, when I say go, you dribble, listen very carefully. Some retro coaching, right? Retro coaching, some-- back from the old days, right? It's less last one on one leg. Training young women for me is always a pleasure, they listen, and they're just as good and they're just as athletic and they're just as coachable. How to get your child involved in the sport is initially to contact both either direct program, almost invariably a town [unk] program has a soccer program, and if they don't then you start one. So, with regards to equipment that's needed for soccer, one of the most important things is shoes and then of course the protection for the legs and shin guards. Minimal equipment and for the rest of it the coaches will deal with it. The most common injury in the soccer is generally speaking an ankle injury and there's no question that they can occur, however when we found and what will typically be reflected in the statistics is the fit you are, the more active you are and the more regularly you play, less likely you are to be injured. -I do not discourage any sort of sports as long as they feel they can commit to it and they can juggle school work also with it. -Nutrition has played a huge part in this development as an athlete and that when you're playing in a 20 minute when you're playing four games against the top competition you need to keep yourself nutritionally sound. -The benefits of girls and daughters playing soccer has been there's a sense of accomplishment and a sense of self-confidence that you gain when you're successful and you play and you're part of a team. -When you play soccer you're involved all the time, you play offense, you can play defense, you always have to be moving and you're in the play, and but also I think the friendships and the people that you meet along the way is probably the most interesting and fun things, and the things you'll remember for the longest. -I have a lot of [unk] soccer friends than I do school friends. I'd rather hang out with them to be honest because I'm with them all the time and they-- we both, you know, we all give each other compliments and we keep each other going so it's really good bond, and you don't have to prove yourself to them, you can just be yourself and that's really great. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.