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Winter Family Fun at Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

Less than an hour north of our sun-drenched city is Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR), a magical winter oasis that sits amid the Ponderosa pine and Aspen trees in Lee Canyon on Mt. Charleston. For more than 50 years, parents and children have enjoyed winter days skiing and snowboarding at LVSSR. With a multi-million-dollar expansion plan underway, LVSSR has added two new quad chair lifts, made upgrades to its base area and added new winter amenities.

Last year, LVSSR unveiled its snow tubing area, that’s a great option for non-skiing and snowboarding families who want to enjoy a fun yet safe snow play area. Offering two lanes of snow sliding exciting and a special lift that transports tubers uphill after a thrilling ride, snow tubing is available on weekends and holiday periods throughout the winter season. Parents can also host private events, like a child’s birthday party, on non-holiday weekdays.

Also new is Bluebird, a quad chair lift that replaced the 32 year-old Chair Two. The addition of this lift means shorter lift lines as this quad has twice the capacity and speed as it predecessor.

Families who are curious about learning to ski or snowboard or who want to tune up their skills, LVSSR is the perfect place to do both. As one of the only resorts in the United States to offer complimentary coaching services, LVSSR’s seasoned professionals are on hand to offer quick refreshers on skills like turning and stopping. Coaches are available on Rabbit Peak to work with guests (guests must have a season pass or daily lift ticket), and those who would like a more in-depth learning experience can book private lessons.

For first-time skiers or snowboarders, LVSSR also offers ski/snowboarding clothing rentals as well as gear rentals, including high performance skis and snowboards. For a savings on lift tickets, families can purchase lift tickets online at www.skilasvegas.com.

Whether a child has big dreams of being an Olympian or he or she just wants more consistent instruction, LVSSR offers youth ski and snowboarding programs. LVSSR’s Mountaineers Program caters to skiers who 3 to 6 years old and its Freeride Program is for both snowboarders and skiers ages 7 to 14. Both programs emphasize fun, safety, and skill development.

Whether your family is a group of seasoned snow veterans or you’re looking to introduce your kids to the magic of skiing or snowboarding, LVSSR truly has something for everyone. For more information, to buy lift tickets or to book a program session visit www.skilasvegas.com or call 702‑385‑2754.

Age-appropriate Chores & Responsibilities for Children

At a recent birthday party, a three-year-old was in complete awe when she unwrapped a toy vacuum cleaner. When turned on, the vacuum made noises, and inside swirled colorful particles imitating a real vacuum. The child was captivated by the play vacuum, and immediately began vacuuming the carpet, while completely ignoring her other presents. Why are young children fascinated by the most mundane chores adults do? What piques their interest at such a young age to imitate their parents? What can parents do to accommodate this and engage children in helping around the house?

During a child’s development, there are many factors (physical, mental, social, emotional) that contribute to a child’s curiosity and learning. Taking these into consideration, parents can implement age-appropriate expectations and responsibilities.

The opportunity to work is a gift parents give their children—one that helps them toward reaching their full potential. Chores instill values, facilitate healthy development, and foster a sense of responsibility. A parent who doesn’t help a child learn to work will hinder their growth and development. If children are not given responsibility and don’t learn to do their part in the family, they may become lazy, entitled, and motivated only by self-interest.

Some examples of realistic, age-appropriate chores:

  • Newborn-12 months: nothing…they are infants!
  • 2-3 years old: organizing/stacking toys, “clean up,” sorting laundry by colors, giving water to pets/plants
  • 4 years old: putting away clothes, sorting recycle items, put away toys
  • 5 years old: putting away the groceries, making the bed, cleaning/organizing their bedroom
  • 6-8 years old: setting/clearing the table, dusting, helping to create a grocery list
  • 9-11 years old: food preparation, helping wash the car, loading/unloading the dishwasher or doing dishes
  • Over 11 years old: cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming/cleaning floors, caring for pets

When assigning chores, parents should take time to teach their children how to do them properly. Leading by example is a way parents can engage and encourage children. Be patient—it may take a few tries before children get the hang of it. Also, keep expectations age-appropriate; it is unrealistic to expect a child to complete chores as well as an adult.

Responsibilities can be divided between siblings and changed periodically to ensure a variety for children. Parents can create a daily or weekly schedule and implement a reward system, such as tracking (stickers), having an allowance, going out for a special treat, or participating in a fun activity. Positively reinforcing children by acknowledging their efforts and complementing their work may help foster intrinsic motivation to do a good job.

As parents, we understand that kids don’t like chores—not because they are bad kids, but because they are kids. They may not be naturally inclined to hard work. They may complain, make excuses, and try to get out of their chores. However, we are not doing our kids or ourselves any favors in the long run if we cave in—this only reinforces the complaining and fails to teach the importance of work. Having firm and realistic expectations is a manifestation of parental love.

Dr. Stephen Fife is an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at UNLV. Cherelle Ola is a graduate student in the MFT Program. E-mail Dr. Fife at stephen.fife@unlv.edu.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada remodel featured on the Property Brothers on HGTV!

Drew Scott, Jonathan Silver Scott and JD Scott have donated all of the proceeds from their #BroVsBro show to the project! Thanks to Property Brothers, HGTV, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, Cox Communications, MGM Resorts International, Sherwin-Williams, Ruiter Construction & Expert Flooring Solutions for your help making the Club look amazing for the kids. Special thanks to Carolyn Goodman for Mayor for stopping by to share this day.

Community Hits Hole In One for Youth at 7th Annual Golf Classic

This year’s Natalie Gulbis Golf Classic hosted 100 golfers at Rio Secco Golf Club for a scramble format tournament. Golfers enjoyed a golf clinic by world renown golf coach, Butch Harmon and LPGA Pro Natalie Gulbis. PGA Pro Ryan Moore was also in attendance and played as a fifth player with one lucky foursome.

Ryan Moore was a member of this year’s USA Ryder Cup team. Each member of the team gets to designate $100,000 to their charity of choice. During the awards reception at the Golf Classic Ryan announced that his charity of choice was BGCSNV!

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Cox Communications, PGA Pro Ryan Moore and Butch Harmon. A very special thank you is expressed to Natalie Gulbis for her commitment to youth in Southern Nevada.

Meet Mojave Max!

Mojave Max! is the official mascot for the Clark County Desert Conservation Program and its partners. Since 1995 Max has been telling folks about native species, what they can do to protect their local environments, and how to safely explore and enjoy our desert!

Did you know that Mojave Max is a live desert tortoise who lives at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area? Like other Southern Nevada reptiles, Max enters a burrow to brumate (the reptilian form of hibernation) every winter and emerges every spring. Mojave Max’s emergence marks the unofficial start of spring in Southern Nevada. Mojave Max was born in 1990 and calls Red Rock Canyon his home.

The Mojave Max mascot visits schools and teaches students about the Mojave Desert that we live in, all about desert tortoises like himself, and he also tells students all about the Mojave Max Emergence contest.

Find out how Mojave Max can visit your school and more at www.mojavemax.com or call Elsa Romero at 702-258-7097.

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