Letter from the Publisher
Dining Out with Lauren
Maze Mania coming to Lied Discovery Children’s Museum
Strive for Progress not perfection
Self-esteem as a Generator of Academic Achievement
Temperament and that Fiery Determination
Torino Ranch to Host Summer Camps for Critically Ill Children
Put Down the Cell Phone
Summer Camp Directory
Letter from the Publisher
One of the great business books of the late 20th century was called Peak Performers by Charles Garfield. In the book Garfield looked at dozens of successful business leaders from companies across the country and explained what all of these successful people shared in common. Out of the many ‘case studies’ in his book, I was most impressed with NASA. The story about how a team of dedicated players put men on the moon, and brought them safely back to earth, was amazing. For most of the flight from earth to the moon the rocket was actually off course. It was only through continuous ‘course correction’ that the team was successful.
Of all the traits that were shared by ‘Peak Performers’ what would you guess would be the most important ability or attribute in determining future success? According to Garfield the trait to be valued above all others is resilience. The ability to get back up after falling down was the number one most important attribute for successful people.
The lessons we teach our children should include how to bounce back from their disappointments. Sports provide kids a great chance to learn some critical life lessons, especially resilience. Hopefully you will find value in ParentsGuide of Las Vegas’ second annual sports issue.
Ah, Fourth of July… summer, parades, fireworks and food! Here in Las Vegas, we are in a real “Catch 22”; we don’t even want to think about turning on our oven during the hot summer months and with this 100+ degree heat, we’d rather stay inside than grill outdoors. The solution is to enjoy great barbeque in a nice, air conditioned restaurant, because when we think about summer and the July 4th holiday, we think about Barbeque!
Here are some of the top rated BBQ restaurants
in Las Vegas:
Famous Dave’s Twenty five years of tastin’ and cookin’ make Dave’s ‘Que the best ever. Dave’s ribs are classic, St. Louis-style spareribs, hickory smoked to perfection, and Dave’s award-winning Rich & Sassy sauce is made from a secret recipe – even his mother doesn’t know! His barbeque and restaurants have been showered in more awards than he has walls to hang ‘em on.
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ is an exciting, upscale restaurant offering the finest Southern Barbecue in the area, serving only Certified Angus beef products and smoking them slowly on premise daily. In addition to preparing mouthwatering ribs, chicken and tri tip they offer southern favorites such as-Blackened Catfish, Jambalaya and Gumbo. All of this in a fun and friendly environment while you listen to the best live blues music in town playing in the Flying Pig lounge every Friday and Saturday.
Slow cooking is the key to Memphis Championship Barbecue’s succulent specialties. The baby back ribs, chicken and brisket are cooked up to 20 hours over apple wood imported from Tennessee, resulting in remarkably tender meat smothered in the dark, smoky sauce and spicy sprinkles of “magic dust,” for food right out of a barbecue lover’s dream. Comfort-food side dishes are superb. The restaurant has a down-home feel, with Memphis artifacts on the walls and dozens of articles and awards honoring the culinary creations of owner Mike Mills, a third-generation barbecue chef. Anyone who thinks mom and pop restaurants are on the verge of extinction would do well to visit T.C.’s Rib Crib, a charming barbecue eatery, featuring entrees made from centuries-old family recipes. The owners are Hurricane Katrina evacuees who relocated to Las Vegas after losing everything in the disaster. Fortunately, the secrets to their unique tangy barbecue sauce, Big Sams Baked Beans, Cousin Joes Greens, and other specialties such as their potato
salad and fried okra all survived the New Orleans floods. I heartily applaud TC’s motto, “The way to a person’s heart is through the Ribs”.
For a restaurant with a unique take on BBQ, try the newly opened Chronic Wings and their July special: Brisket slow cooked with special southwestern flavor and smothered in their cattleman’s best bar-b-que sauced to perfection served with black beans, coleslaw and choice of fried green beans, sweet fries or signature chronic kettle chips. Don’t miss the namesake chicken wings that are slow smoked in their Southern style indoor smoker, melt in your mouth ribs, the best chicken & waffles and fish ‘n chips in the southwest.
Happy Birthday America!
Kids Dining Out Calendar
Buffalo Wild Wings
Wednesday: Kids menu meals just $.99. Movies on the Big Screen! 11am-8pm
Cadillac Ranch (in Town Square)
Sunday: *Free bull rides for kids under 12 every day of the week
Monday: Kids eat free with adult entrée purchase
Chevys Fresh Mex
Tuesday: Kids eat free on Tuesdays
Monday: 99 cent Kids Meal
Wednesday: Kids eat FREE!
Friday & Saturday: Carry Out Special: Family Pack $12.99; 2 Large 1 topping Pizzas & Large Dessert
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Saturday & Sunday: Kids meals are free with adult purchase
Kids eat free all day on Sundays
Monday: kids eat free! 4pm-9pm (this one’s unlimited!)
Monday: Kids eat free with paid adult entrée
Tuesday: Free Kids Meal with paid Adult meal
TC’s Rib Crib
Monday: Free Kids Meal with paid Adult meal
Tom Foolery Pub & Eatery
Saturday & Sunday: Kids eat free One free kids meal with each paying adult
Zaba’s Mexican Grill
(Rampart & W. Flamingo locations)
Saturday & Sunday: Free Kids meal with paying adult.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum has another fun, interactive exhibition for Southern Nevada children and families. Maze Mania, created by Catawba Science Center, challenges visitors with exciting mazes of varying types and levels of difficulty. It will be on display in the Donor Gallery until September 12.
Maze Mania provides users with an immersive and positively puzzling experience, including a 680-foot fabric banner maze, a rope maze strung between six poles, a labyrinth, and a build-your-own-maze activity, among others.
Maze Mania is the third featured exhibition to open at Lied Discovery Children’s Museum this year. The museum’s new entrance, opened in the fall of 2009, allowed for expanded exhibit space in the Donor Gallery, where Little Builders has been on display from January 30 through May 9. Growing Up with The Berenstain Bears is also on display in the Cultural Gallery from through September 12.
Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is located at 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North in downtown Las Vegas and features over 100 interactive exhibits based on science, art and culture for children and families. In 2010, the museum is celebrating 20 years of educating and inspiring Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.ldcm.org or call (702) 382-3445.
By Cassie Rice
Perfection sounds like a worthy goal for parents or kids to work towards or try to achieve, but in reality, it can sometimes do more harm than good. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to improve, strive to better yourself, strive to be smarter, more efficient, stronger, healthier etc. But perfection is usually an unattainable goal that can put a quick halt to progress.
Kids are works in progress and our society tends to idolize and admire the best in sports, arts or professionals, which can put an overly strong importance on reaching the very top. This, along with the inevitable mistakes that are made in learning, can lead to making perfection the enemy of progress, making the goal of perfection too difficult so why try at all?
Some kids and parents in an effort to strive towards perfection will focus on the problems or mistakes and making these a negative. It is so important that kids and parents understand mistakes are the best way to learn, improve or progress and MUST occur. Allow yourself mistakes and help your child accept and embrace mistakes as a necessary part of learning.
Several athletes I coach focus on what they have done wrong and not on the progress being made and a lot of parents watch their child in a competition and focus on what went wrong. This puts an emphasis on results instead of progress. In school, sports, or in your job, you should focus on the progress you or others make and not just the results at any particular time. There will be ups and downs in life and sometimes you cannot see far enough ahead to predict how much progress you or your child will make, so incremental progress and short term smaller goals are necessary.
If a child or parent has the overzealous goal of perfection, they will impinge progress by focusing too much on not reaching the perfection instead of the incremental progress, which will get you a lot closer to your goals.
I urge parents to look for signs of perfectionism in your young children and do everything you can to teach your child that mistakes are great learning experiences, are necessary and WILL happen. If you don’t deal well with things going wrong, then your kids will have a hard time dealing with mistakes. If you lose it when things are not going the way you want them to, they will learn this behavior as well. Help your child re-focus their perfectionism towards incremental progress and small improvements instead of just their ultimate goal because with this life skill they WILL do great things in life.
Cassie Rice is the owner of Gymcats in Henderson and a regular contributor to ParentGuide of Las Vegas. She was an All-American gymnast at the University of Oklahoma and has been to the Summer Olympics twice as a coach. This article originally appeared in the March 2010 issue of PGLV.