Posts Tagged ‘make time for family’

Justin Tuck Holds Celebrity Billiards Tournament to Raise Funds for Literacy

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In 2008 New York Giants defensive end, Justin Tuck, and his wife, Lauran Tuck, launched a fundraising charity with the goal of providing reading materials to children in communities of New York, New Jersey and Alabama, encouraging them to read. Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy inspires children to Read, Understand, Succeed and Hope.

Since this program began, books have been delivered into the hands of as many as 10,000 children. As well, schools and homes have been the recipients of over 50,000 books. And as of June 2011 Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy has raised over $1 million. Most recently, Justin Tuck held a celebrity billiards tournament, continuing his efforts to raise funds and promote education for kids in America.

The statistics illustrate that a great percentage of children do not have access to books and that fewer children prioritize reading as they advance through school. Families, too, are shown to be an essential component in the success of children reading. Given these statistics, the importance of Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy campaign is evident.

Nowadays families can enjoy a number of activities that bring families closer together and promote physical fitness. Family members can find amusement in a game of pool, shooting darts and merely watching a favorite movie with homemade popcorn. Mental fitness, however, is as important as physical and emotional well-being. Reading exercises your brain and promotes mental fitness. This, too, gives your family something to share together as you talk about new ideas and challenge one another in trivia games that test your knowledge.

I applaud Justin Tuck’s efforts to raise our awareness of the importance of literacy, as well as his ongoing efforts to raise funds for children who do not have access to books. His endeavor is a reminder to all of us that sometimes the simplest activities are the most fun . . . and the most important.

Learn more: http://www.justintuck.com/Charities.aspx

Summer Time Doesn’t Have to Mean Vacation When It Can Mean STAYcation

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Average gas prices this summer are predicted to spike just in time for the travel season. While they won’t reach as high as last summer’s prices, which were upwards of $4 per gallon around most of the U.S., the gas prices are expected to hover between $3.53 and $3.88 per gallon.

Who wants to spend time on the road in the middle of the summer heat and construction, while also paying a hefty price for gas and hotels? If you’re looking for a getaway that costs less but doesn’t prevent your family from having fun, why not enjoy a staycation? A staycation can be an ideal way to spend your time off, especially if you have been trying to find a way to reconnect with your family.

The perfect staycation begins with disconnecting from your regular routine. You have to actually create a vacation-like environment. Don’t work, don’t answer the phone, and by all means, do not do laundry! Leave the bed unmade every morning, and pick things to do with your kids each day that make it feel like you’re away from home.

Spend time exploring your home town. Go to museums you normally overlook; spend time discovering the history where you live. Be sure to plan plenty of downtime. See a movie, play some foosball, and have some friends over for a backyard barbecue where you can enjoy a friendly game of outdoor table tennis.

If a home project is more your style, you can use your time off to create the perfect game room, filling it with all of your favorite game tables and accessories. Staycations can be a great alternative to a complicated out-of-town vacation. You can have just as much – if not more – fun and relaxation as you would on the road.

Log Off and Stay Connected

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Your children probably cannot conceive of a world in which they cannot connect to friends through social media platforms. The relationships they build and the games that they play are filtered through wireless technology. Many (if not most) of us begin our day by connecting to check email, send IMs or post tweets. Some of us never log off or disconnect. Ironically, because of technology, we can become less connected.

Technology is forcing us to communicate, work and play faster, and while technology tends to make our lives easier in many respects, it also robs us of a simplicity that was once commonplace.

Some of us have forgotten that before iPods, there were jukeboxes. Before video games, there was foosball. Before social media, we socialized while playing pool or shuffleboard. Instead of exploring the vastness of the World Wide Web, we explored the expanse of the great outdoors. We have, at times, replaced meaningful relationships with digital connections. For everything we have gained, we have also given something up.

You can get back what you have lost.

Rekindle relationships with your family and friends by disconnecting for a spell and enjoying some family fun. Board games are becoming popular again. Tournaments are held for pool, table tennis and a variety of other activities that force you to unplug from the Internet. Social media is a wonderful tool that is opening many doors and helping us connect with others. But you don’t have to stop being social and sacrifice those connections that are closest to you and closest to home.

Now get up and go play!