Four Christmas Gifts For Kids That Don’t Involve Video Games

More and more these days kids seem to be wanting video game systems for Christmas and if it’s not the video game systems then it is one of the many accessories or games that go with them. By the time we are done buying the system, the games, and everything else there is little room for more traditional gifts, those gifts that expand a child’s mind, that teach them important social skills, and that will help them learn about the importance of fair competition. We don’t want our children’s childhood to be all about sitting in front of a video game though so we need to give them gifts that will inspire them to do more than pick up a controller and live in a world that is all fantasy. Not only is it not healthy to be so inactive but it is not healthy to have such limited experience. Limited experience leads to limited point of view and ultimately limited opportunity, two things that we do not want to bestow on our children. We as parents have the responsibility of showing our children that there are other things out there for them to enjoy if they just take the time to discover what those things are. We can start by giving them creative Christmas gifts that will have them doing something besides pushing buttons and sitting in front of a television or computer monitor all day. Listed are four classic Christmas gifts that have nothing to do with video games and everything to do with important lessons and learning experiences.

Board Games – Board games are a great way to teach children about the value of a good, fair competition but many parents these days just assume that kids will not play board games because they have video games so they don’t buy them for them. The fact is if we do buy them and then actually play them with our children they will probably find that they enjoy the friendly competition and the time spent with the family.

Science Projects – Simple, safe science projects that can be found at most toy stores are a great way to expand your child’s mind. Such projects as volcanoes, home made tornadoes, and chemistry sets are a great way to instill a sense of wonder in your kids and they will have a great time completing the projects and so will you.

Models – Model cars, boats, airplanes, and motorcycles are another great way to expand your child’s mind. And the best part about these as that they will have a great new decoration for their room as well and they can show off their modeling skills at the same time.

Art Sets – Art sets will give your child what they need to explore their creative side before they get to the age where they just assume that they have no artistic talent. Whether it is painting supplies, drawing supplies, or anything else it will be a great way to …

Image Recruiting

All colleges have means of recruiting new students to their schools. Some use radio spots while others use mailers and even internet ads. There are numerous ways for college recruiting to take place in the digital age we currently live in.

Image recruiting requires a recruiter for each school. These recruiters are responsible for luring possible students to their schools using a variety of strategies. Some are allowed to use discounted application fees for persons who have served in the military, while others play on the possibility of scholarships and tuition being paid to get new students to join their establishments.

There are some college recruiting professionals that look specifically for those students that are inclined to play on their sports team such as baseball, soccer, football and basketball. These recruiters have fallen under scrutiny the last 10 years where unscrupulous schemes were used to lure students to their schools. This includes offering money, valuable gifts and the like to get a student to sign to their school. This is generally not done on those students who have prior college experience, but those who play high school sports and are new high school graduates with dreams of playing in the pro leagues.

However the college recruiting is done, the end result desired is the same: more students attending colleges. Colleges are able to get federal funding from the governing depending on the number of students that attend during any fiscal year. Many alumni of large colleges will leave a financial endowment to the school. An endowment is money or property that is donated to the school that must be invested in the school and the principal has to stay at the school for a specific time frame. This allows the endowment to have a longer impact on the school. Recruiters have to work sometimes very hard, because many alumni will require that the student count not fall below a certain number in order for their endowment to stay intact. So college recruiting is just as fierce as the race for public office.

The colleges with the most college recruiting efforts as well as the largest endowments are Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton and the University of Texas System in that order. With number one having a total endowment of over $ 34,000,000 it is no wonder college recruiting is such a fiercely market. Getting students to agree to a college that is too close or too far from home can be a job in itself. Many high school students have not ever ventured to many other states, and to others it is attractive to move far from home to attend. The type of student the recruiter is working with will determine how hard the recruiter has to work. For students whose family is active in helping them find a college to attend, the recruiter must work very hard. Impressing the parent (s) of a student is the first step in getting them to agree to allow their child to attend the …