Although we as parents spend plenty of time on social media, it can sometimes be nerve wracking that our kids are venturing out into the cyber world as well. While some parents believe allowing kids to have a social media account of any kinds is absurd, the reality is that many kids today have one as soon as they’re old enough to. All too often, kids get a Facebook, Myspace, Twitter or Instagram account even before they’re old enough simply by lying about their age and going behind their parents’ backs. Parents tend to work long hours, leaving their children home alone, in the care of a relative or friend or waiting at a local library after school. Even parents that are home with their children may not be aware that their children are online and chatting with hundreds of strangers online each and every day. Whether you allow your children to be online or not, the best choice is to be proactive and provide them with ways to be safe online while they’re at home, at school o r at a friend’s house. Below are my top 5 social media tips for kids, compiled with information from the FBI and the Amber Alert GPS website:
1. NEVER give out personal information. If your parents allow you to get a Facebook account, it is ebcause they trust that you’ll be responsible and keep your family’s safety in mind. In order to do this, you have to be sure not to share any personal information on your Facebook page that may tell a stranger where you live, how to contact you or what your full name is. You can have a nickname on your Facebook profile that your family and friends will recognize to protect your identity from strangers.
2. DON’T add anyone that you don’t personally know and consider a good friend. If someone sends you a friend request and you don’t know them personally, do not accept them as a friend. Believe it or not, many people on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are lying about who they are and the pictures they use are not really them. They may look cute, they may say they go to your high school but all of it may be lies. Bottom line is, if you don’t recognize the picture and don’t know for sure who they person really is, do not add them as a friend. Someone that says they are a 16 year old boy on their page may really be a 60 year old man waiting for the chance to cause you harm.
3. NEVER agree to meet anyone in person. If your friends on Facebook and Twitter are really your friends, they’ll call you when they want to meet you at the mall, go to a movie or hang out at the park. Do not agree to meet anyone that you meet online, regardless of what they may offer. Some perpetrators (people that want to cause harm to others) lie and say they are directors, producers and celebrities that want to hire you as a model or actor. Do not believe this and immediately stop all contact with this individual.
4. TELL. If you encounter anyone online, whether in a chat room, on Facebook or in an email, that scares you and makes you feel uncomfortable, immediately tell an adult. Not only will you be saving yourself and your family from harm but you’ll also be helping protect other children online, If you do not feel comfortable telling your parents, tell an adult. It can be a teacher, a counselor, a police officer or anyone that you and your parents would trust.
5. DON’T TAG PHOTOS and don’t allow others to tag you. This may be a really fun feature on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but what it really does is tell strangers where you are, where you live, what area you hang out in and where they can find you. Set your account settings to prevent anyone from tagging you on their photos and do not ever tag yourself. Your friends will know where you are by simply seeing the photo and asking you in person.
Eating healthy may come easy to some but, for most of us, it is a difficult task to accomplish with all the temptation that surrounds us on a daily basis. There are the notorious office potlucks, the ever easy fast food drive through, a quick microwaveable dinner and the unavoidable holiday parties that we encounter year after year. When you throw in a full time job and kids into the mix, eating healthy and making good choices for meals can seem impossible. Believe it or not, there are ways to eat healthy and make it convenient. The important thing to remember is to incorporate foods you love so you don’t feel deprived and find healthier ways to make them. Below are some examples of foods and meal times when temptation and convenience may get the best of us. Immediately following these examples, you’ll find ways to solve the problem and make better, healthier choices for yourself and your family.
Breakfast is the meal that is skipped by more children and adults across the country than any other meal of the day. The mornings tend to be so busy and rushed that there’s hardly time to grab a cup of coffee. Because of the lack of time, we tend to rely on unhealthy options such as bagels, donuts, toaster pastries and sausage sandwiches. These options are laden with carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. They are also missing the key ingredient to keeping you full until lunch, protein!
How do you eat healthy in the mornings and have time to drop the kids off before work? Start with quick, healthy options such as the ones below:
—Shakeology (my personal favorite!)
–whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter
–an apple and Greek yogurt with honey
–whole oats with dried fruit and chopped nuts
–a handful of almonds and a string cheese
–your favorite yogurt with granola and favorite fruit
All of the options above have the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to give you the energy to start your day and help keep you full until it’s time for lunch. Most can also be eaten on the go.
Lunch is also a meal that is rushed, either because it is only 30 minutes, you choose to work through it and sneak out of work early or you run errands and opt for a fast food burger in between. Eating a healthy lunch doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen the night before preparing it. There are healthy lunch options you can take with you and also some you can pick up at your favorite fast food restaurant. Instead of a greasy double cheeseburger, opt for:
–an apple, string cheese and a protein bar
–a veggie burger
–a grilled chicken sandwich sans mayo with mustard instead
–a grilled chicken salad with balsamic dressing
–Believe it or not, a kid’s meal from any of the popular fast food chains. Kid’s meals tend to have smaller portions (mini burgers) and offer healthy options for sides such as sliced apples. If you’re desperate and not in the mood for a salad, this can be an option.
All of the options above are available at just about any fast food restaurant and most cost less than $3.
If you’re the type of person that snacks all day long, carrying a small lunch box with you throughout the day, while at work or running errands, is a great way to avoid temptations. Fill it with plenty of water, nuts, fruit, string cheese, whole wheat crackers and dried fruit. This way you’ll have food on hand when the hunger pangs begin and you won’t be tempted to reach for those tempting mall pretzels or sugar filled cinnamon rolls.
When it comes to dinner, there are endless options for healthy meals that taste as good as options you find in a restaurant. All you need to do is find healthy ingredients to make them with. If you’re craving tacos, make them at home with ground turkey. Less fat, just as much protein and a fun family dinner you can make together. If fried chicken is one of your favorite meal time staples, try baking it instead. Opt for breasts since white meat has less than half the fat of dark meat and use whole wheat or panko bread crumbs for a healthier alternative.
Dessert after dinner is almost always a must and one of our biggest diet pitfalls. Luckily today there are many varieties of desserts that offer low fat, low sugar options. Many of our favorite ice cream flavors are available with half the fat. If you want milk and cookies or a slice of cake, make them at home and use applesauce instead of oil and eggs to lower the fat content.
No matter what you’re craving, if it’s unhealthy, there’s most likely a healthier option out there waiting for you to find it. All you need to do is make the choice to live a healthier, happier life by choosing to eat the right foods.
Meet Kelle Friesen
I had the pleasure of meeting Kelle at our annual Team Beachbody Summit in Las Vegas. She flew all the way down here from Canada with her coach Lara Curry and a crew of All Star Canadian coaches. Kelle has a big heart and is always super helpful to anyone who needs help on the team. She is ALWAYS striving to be better which is so inspirational to me. She is a true leader.
Here is Kelle’s story she recently shared in our team page
I’ve struggled with being chubby for most of my adult life. I turned to food as a comfort after my dad died when I was 17. It became a coping mechanism for me. Throughout the years, I tried (and failed) many different ways to lose weight. It was in August, 2013 that I began a journey of health and fitness that I had no idea would lead me into becoming a Beachbody coach. I signed up for a challenge group to help lose weight and learn healthy habits. I ate alright, but needed help in being held accountable to exercising. Exercise was something that I did very sporadically, probably because I hadn’t found something that I loved to do. I fell in love with Turbofire! I completed my program and became a coach, because I wanted to share with others something I knew worked. I also wanted to pay it forward, just like my coach did with me.
Health and fitness have become very important to me. I love that I get to be an example to my 4.5 year old son. That I get to teach him how to make healthy choices and it pray he won’t have the same struggle I had with food. Also, I’m passionate about helping others achieve their goals. It’s very rewarding to help others reach their goals. I love sharing in their victories! If I just help one person, then I’ve done what I set out to do.
You can Find Kelle HERE
Meet Heather Murray one of our newer coaches on the team with a big huge WHY!
I met Heather trough another coach of mine Leila, and she was someone that just stood out to me as really wanting something better for herself and her life. So, when the time came Heather committed to herself and to her life as a Team Beachbody Coach. She is a teacher who loves what she does and is someone with a huge heart and a Never Give up attitude. She loves to share healthy recipes on her page in order to inspire others to make a change. She is such a pleasure to have on the team and in my eyes is a leader because she just never gives up and encourages others to do the same.
What Heather shared on our Private Team Page
Here is a little about me and my why!! A year ago today my husband moved out of our family home. I was really sad and hopeful that he would want to go to therapy to work on our marriage as we had been together for 13 years. While waiting for him to realize what he was missing out I decided to join a team challenge in October that was ran by Leila and Anna! I loved having the accountability, especially when I wasn’t losing actual weight on the scale doing T25. Eventually I ended up losing a lot of inches. While doing the challenge it was nice to have positivity in my life especially going through a tough divorce and being a newly single mother to 2 little boys (age 3 and 6). I loved all of the support I was getting and it started to feel like I had another family. I finished T25 and immediately started doing Turbo Jam. I began drinking shakeology everyday and was feeling confident for the first time in my life. Most of my childhood I felt bad about my weight because I was always encouraged to be skinny. “Skinny is beautiful” was my family’s motto and I felt guilty every time I wanted to eat junk food so I began sneaking it. It took me awhile to decide to be a coach (May of this year), but I am glad that I decided to take the leap. I have ran 2 successful free challenges. I am going to keep pushing because I want to be a good role model for my 2 boys! I want to encourage them to eat healthy and feel good about themselves. I have been going through a lot of changes, but my goal is to be more consistent and keep pushing on!! I hope my story inspires those of you whom also are “slow to start”!!
Connect with Heather Here
Michael Clobes is one special guy on this team. He has a heart of gold and a gift for caring. He is a Father of 2 and a devote husband to his wife Kelly. He recently won an E-Bay Auction to bring the CEO of Beachbody Carl Daikeler to his home town on Sept 27th for a Super Saturday event he will be hosting. He won this bet as it was a donation to a charity near and dear to his heart. He even sold his old mustang to experience this.
Michael has stepped up as a leader in the Team Victory All Stars team and recently hosted our Team Call that occurs weekly which gives the team a solid tips and training every week. He is building his own team of coaches called the Mustangs and they are taking the midwest by storm.
Here is Micheal’s Story he recently shared in our Private Team Group
What makes me tick? As it is the first of the month take note that the entire coach network is at 0. 0 success club points, 0 commissions, 0 new coach enrollments, but we have the whole month ahead of us. What do we have to offer people? A way to start from 0! 0Lbs lost, 0 inches lost, 0 muscle gained, but they have the rest of their lives in front of them. I love the fact that we have all the tools provided to us as coaches to become successful. Just as we offer the people we are helping threw tools to get killer results. We use these tools for ourselves in addition to our customers. We provide the support and accountability that they need to become success stories.
I love people. I love to hang out and enjoy life with great people. You might say I’m a social butterfly. I thoroughly enjoy building relationships with people. Being a musician a lot of what I do is networking. The music side of what I do us probably 49% of my why. I want to have that time back that I’m spending at my day gig to spend focusing on music. I want to be able to go on the road or vacation and not have to ask permission from anyone but my wife. Which leads me to the other 51% of why I’m a coach, and that is my family. Like our super leader, Anna, who has made it to that point that she can take her girls to and from school, I want to do the same for my girls. Anna goes on vacations when she wants and it works with her family schedule, I too want that lifestyle.
My why has morphed over time as I have been a coach for 15 months and have watched people walk across the stage and be recognized for their success. I’ve watched people gain the freedom to leave their day gig, get out of debt and choose what the rest of their lives will look like just as we have the choice today, “Labor/Leader Day,” to stomp on the gas and make this our best month yet! Writing this has gotten me so fired up I’m going to bust out my power of 3 right now and work a power hour to schedule my month! #itsgonnabeabigone
You can find Michael HERE