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Tail-Wags Helmet Covers Blog — Teenagers

What Message Are We Giving Our Kids?

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For those of you who read my blog frequently, you'll know one of my pet peeves is parents who don't wear a safety helmet while biking, skiing and other active sports. This behaviour sends a very confusing message to kids and leaves them wondering if: * Adult brains don't need protecting? * Adults are invincible? Remember ... "Monkey See, Monkey Do"! Kids these days are smarter about helmet safety than a lot of grownups. But this is where the problem lies: When kids get older, they will often resort to the same behaviour as their parents. Hence, teens who ride...

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You Want To Do What?

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For those of you that haven’t heard, my eldest son is currently on a university 3rd year exchange program in Australia. It’s more play than work but he deserves it. He’s a great kid and an excellent student. But I wanted to share with you the conversation I had with him last week on a Skype call: Josh: Hi Mom! Me: How are you doing? It’s great hearing your voice! Josh: Everything is great but I just got some disappointing news. Me: What’s up? Josh: My skydiving trip got cancelled today due to poor weather conditions. Me: (silence) After my...

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Reduce Your Risk

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[caption id="attachment_2545" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Annika Vrklan never skateboards without proper safety equipment!"][/caption] Spring is definitely in the air. Depending on your sport, you’re either thrilled winter is over or disappointed the ski season was so short this year. Either way, it’s time to tune-up your bike, drag your roller blades or skateboards out of storage and make sure your hiking boots still fit. Soon the skateboard parks will be filling up again with lots of young people testing their limits and trying new tricks. It’s a pleasure to see so many teenagers enjoying their sport but it’s also a sight...

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Shopping Locally

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Why should I shop locally rather than at a big national chain? A dollar spent at a locally owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. From $1.00, you create $5.00 to $14.00 in value within that community. Spend $1.00 at a national chain store, and 80% of it leaves town immediately. Source: Tim Mitchell, E-magazine. Think of it this way: when you buy a locally made product, your money is generally re-spent locally. For example, my business Tail Wags Helmet Covers directly supports numerous other local businesses including fabric suppliers, sewers, marketing firms,...

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Extreme Sports

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The death of Sarah Burke, Olympic gold medalist in freestyle skiing, shook up a lot of people. How could this have happened to such a talented young athlete who has done this trick over and over again?  The risk is always there for extreme sports athletes because they are constantly pushing the boundaries and Sarah knew it. Sarah’s coach described her as an innovator. “She was always one to stand in the face of adversity and say, ‘Why not?’” said Peter Judge, head of a national freestyle group. “Innovators don’t accept limits and that is how the limits are breached.”...

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