The Secret to Smart Kids

Who doesn’t like their kids to be smart? However, we often find ourselves helpless when our children are having a hard time to learn something. We simply do not know what to do to improve their learning capabilities. Thankfully, this never happened to us, as my children have an amazing godmother in their aunt. My sister-in-law is a doctor. When we had our first child, she let us in on the secrets to a smart child. They have worked wonders on my both children, and I plan to share them with you. But, you should be equally willing to learn, and change yourself.

The first and foremost thing to do is to interact with the children as much as possible, especially during the infant phase. Kids who were not cuddled, loved, or played with, exhibit stunted growth in the later years. The loving connection between the infants or kids with their parents forms the basis for development of their higher thinking skills. For instance, children who have a lot of interaction with their parents, tend to learn to speak much earlier than others.

Inculcate reading habits in them. Remember, a well-read person is equipped with skills and knowledge that can take them far ahead in life. Instead of reading to them, read with them. Ask them to read a few lines or some dialogues in their own tone. I always brought books for my kids that stoked their imagination. I brought them a variety of books until they began to tell me what kind of books they liked in particular.

Provide them a peaceful atmosphere for sleeping. It is important that they get enough sleep, preferably around 7 to 8 hours a day. Compromising on sleep slows down the process of psychological development and makes them stupid. In some cases, a kid with deprived sleep may have a mental age up to 2 years younger than their physical age.

Scientists hold willpower on a higher pedestal than IQ. It is actually the willpower that decides between the success and failure of a person. Try and develop a strong sense of willpower in your kids. I and my wife often challenged our children to go a few hours, a day, or even a week, without playing on the Playstation. We have made a whole list of ways in which we encourage them to give up something that they would rather have enjoyed right then and there. Of course, they were rewarded for their efforts. As a result, they hardly throw any tantrums when we deny them something that they found fancy at the supermarket. They have better control over emotions.

Art lessons can have an unusual effect on children’s brains. Things like painting, music, dance, and so on can fire up parts of the brain that are otherwise not used much. Also, creative work involved in art helps build new neuron networks in the brain, which improves the ability of the brain to find innovative solutions to problems.

It is remarkable how a human brain works and not much about it is yet completely understood. But, the above techniques are known to have a positive impact on a child’s mind, and can make them really smart in the long run. At least, I and my children have enjoyed their benefits.

Why Every Family Should Have an Electric Smoker

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 3.42.55 PMHi, I am back with another blog post on something that is really useful and fancy to have in every household – an electric smoker. I always loved the barbeque Sundays with my dad, and cherish those memories. That delicious steak, learning the art of smoking, and spending time together as a family left me with a lifelong need for barbeque Sundays. Of course, I wanted my children to enjoy the bliss of barbeques. However, I did not have to struggle like my father did to smoke meat on a wood burning grill. I bought an electric smoker for its convenience and simply can’t list the so many reasons why I love it. Then I thought, why not share its awesomeness! So here you go.

The wood burning grills that my father used to work with, were a lot of work. They needed constant supervision to monitor. Sure, I enjoyed cooking with him, but after a few minutes, it would get quite monotonous with nothing to do but flipping the meat. On the other hand, an electric smoker can be the coolest thing in your home. I bought a Cajun Injector Electric Smoker, which costs even less than $300. I simply set the smoker to maintain a particular temperature and completely forget about it. I can set the timer on when the smoker should stop cooking. Amazing, isn’t it!

Now, I can have some personal time with my family, while their favorite meats are barbequing. We play in the pool or enjoy a couple hours of games on PS4, and the likes. This gives us extra time to bond, which I believe is most important in a family. My wife simply loves it as she gets a complete weekend day off. I do all the cooking, which isn’t pretty much in the first place. A digital thermometer is provided on the smoker, so that I can check the temperature inside if I need to.

Another advantage of my electric smoker is that it provides multiple racks. Again, my wife being the vegetarian, loves being able to not mix together her food with meat. We cook both meat, and my wife’s grilled onions, smoked mushrooms, and so on in one go on different racks. Of course, we have to remove them at different times, as each of them take different time intervals to cook.

The best thing about an electric smoker for a family with children is the safety feature. Unlike wood smokers, there is no risk of burning embers falling out of the smoker and accidentally coming in contact with the children. Neither do they burst open due to overheating. They come with advanced temperature control systems, which do not allow the electric smokers to overheat. This alone should be enough reason to buy an electric smoker.  And you can leave the house and go do your day or few days and come back without worrying about the place burning down.

We actually did a family fun excursion out when my in-laws came to visit.  I cranked up the smoker(by plugging it in), and after we stuffed if full of meat, we threw on our coats and hopped into a really cool limo to take us on an excursion.  It was a full day of fun, family and shopping.  Then, MEAT!  Yum.

I can go on and on about the beauty that is an electric smoker, but I hope you got my point. If you wish to forge some really long memories with your children, while simultaneously having great fun too, an electric smoker is the way to go.

iPhone 6S+ Review For The Average Human

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Yesterday I made the move.  I’m on the AT&T next 12 plan, which allows me to update every year.  I ended up taking a little extra time due to travelling and other circumstances.

But now I’m in the new iPhone club and I moved up in the world.  I went and upgraded from the 6 to the 6+.  When the 6+ first came out I was like NO WAY.  I have small hands and thought it was not something I would be able to navigate.

Well, after you get used to something for a period of time, then the next time, the move doesn’t seem so big.  That and I have a 14 day period to use it and decide if I actually like the larger iPhone.

So, let’s get into the reivew….and it won’t be that thorough, as I haven’t gotten to know all the bells and whistles yet.  I’m working on it.  Relax.  I’m sure there are plenty of other real big time bloggers that have their take on it.

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These guys and 1000’s more have offered their reivews before me.  So why read here?  Well, I guess because you’ll be getting the biased truth (I love apple products.  I’m an apple man).  And while I do have a Kindle, the Apple is the apple of my eye.

So, let’s get to it.

Size:  It’s big but not monsterous as it felt last year.  I have small hands but it’s still big.  Typing with one hand is no longer going to be very easy and I will definitely have to use the home button to drop the icons lower.  You know that trick, right?  Double tap on the home screen lightly and all the apps pull down 1/2 way.

You can use the zoom view if the screen setting is too small since it’s so large.  And what’s really great is the new landscape view of the home scren icons and when you use certain apps, like mail.  It’s very functional now.

Battery:  I did notice that the battery did run hot, but I might be over using it since I just got it.  And it did drain fast.  That might also be due to my settings, which I haven’t really gone and reconfigured yet.  That reminds me, don’t forget to turn off location services if you want to have a phone that lasts more than 1/2 a day.  It sucks the battery dry.  Glad I reminded myself that too.

3-D viewing:  This is new on this model.  I dig it, but don’t know which apps have it and which don’t.  Also, it’s a light tap on the icon, which can get confusing because sometimes I hold it too much and they all begin their jiggling like I want to delete something.  Or sometimes I just open them up accidentally.  When I do get them right, it’s pretty cool.  I’m sure with time that I’ll be using them more often.

Camera:  Best yet!  This thing is a monster and has such better capabilities.  I love that they finally worked a flash into the front of the camera.  No more hideos selfies!!  #yesyesyes.  There’s a new mode called Live.  I’m not 100% on what this does so I found this link for you: LIVE PHOTO REVIEW

Speed:  This thing is fast.  Noticeably.  I am not going to get into the proccessing speed and chips etc, because that’s not what you want to know.  This thing cooks.  That’s the good news.

This is my general basic review for you normal people out there who are converting from an iphone 6 to the 6S.  And if you are toying with the 6S+, try it.  I’m digging it and I’m only 2 days in.

On this very day, in this very year….a Blog was born

Welcome to the birth of Transworld Video, my new website and blog.  It is an exciting time to be a part of this very new creation.

I’ve been struggling with what I want this to be about.  Do I want to offer a site that is beneficiary in terms of what it offers?  Will I post quotes?  Do I do reviews?  Shall I give tips and tricks to what I’ve learned in life?  I’m so uncertain.  So I might make it a hodge podge of fancy and unfancy things in life.

See, having experienced as much as I have, I’m someone that has a variety to offer.

I’m fun! Like Big Time fun!  Soak me up with a Spongebob Fun.  And seriously, who what is the facination wiht Spongebob.  I’m sure i’ll find out soon enough.  With a little one in the house.  Oh, who just learned to walk.  So wish me a bunch of luck.

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I’m thinking today I’ll talk about family.  Most important thing you can have in life.  I’m sitting here with my sister in-law, daughter and husband.  Granted, I’m working, but getting to have family around is so fabulous.  Our daughter gets to see her grandparents (she has 6), aunts and uncles.  It’s pretty terrific.  Not only that, my daughter was able to meet her great-grandmother before she passed.  That was a special moment for me.  She’s too young to actually remember it, but now I get it.

Back to family.  For so long I’ve been focused on money, doing things, being productive.  Being a success.  Having a child of your own puts it all into perspective.you-attract-what-you-think

This isn’t meant to be something that foucses on sadness or death, but I realize by looking at my grandma, who was the matriarch of the family and the nucleus.  And when I was walking through her home the last time I was there, I saw there was 5 generations of family going on.  From her parents to my
parents to my daugther.

The history.  The love.  Overwhelmingly amazing.

What do you focus on?  I’ve heard this a lot–usually in business, but what you focus on becomes you reality.  So, take a look at your life and what you have is what you focus on.  I can promise you that.  And while I have wanted success and all that comes with it.  I can’t begin to tell you how the love of a child can quickly change the perspective.  I so look forward to having both an incredibly successful life and a loving and blooming family as well.  I do believe we can have it all.

This blog did not begin how I imagined it and I’m now thinking it’s going to go many different directions.  I like to tell stories.  Share memories.  And provide value.  So I will. I promise.  Today was about being heartfelt.  Next time, we’ll talk cool stuff.

Have an insanely awesome day, week, month and year!  And I’ll see you back here soon!