One of the Oldest Traditions of the American West: The Dude RanchWritten by Dani Martin
E-DudeRanch.com presents a brand new Website showcasing one of America's oldest types of holiday resorts. Whether you're interested in getting your hands dirty working ranch, or vacationing, E-DudeRanch.com will help you choose ranch that's right for you.
Dude Ranches first gained popularity in 1920s, in large part due to writings of Teddy Roosevelt. Working as a ranch man himself, Roosevelt not only spent time herding cattle, but he also urged Americans to explore for themselves. The popularity of dude ranch increased after WWII and soon became a main tourist attraction in Rocky Mountain area around 20's and 30's.
Now a days Dude Ranches have become a staple of American culture, right along side baseball and apple pie. Many tourists are drawn to Dude Ranches for same reasons they were at beginning of 20th century: a sense of adventure, a desire to experience another way of life, and chance for a wholesome and healthy good time. If you're looking to truly get away from it all, and make memories to last a lifetime, look no further than a Dude Ranch vacation.
Parents, Teach Thought-Stopping! Fix Crooked Thinking CapsWritten by Jean Tracy
Does your child pout, blame and brood? Does he gripe, groan, and grumble? Do you worry about your childís attitude? If so, maybe your childís thinking cap is crooked. If it is, you can help. First, understand whatís going haywire under that cap. Second, learn how too many crooked thoughts create crummy thinking habits. Third, teach your child how to straighten his thinking cap and grow into a person of character. Does your child look, talk, and, feel sad? Perhaps you said ďNoĒ to watching TV, or didnít buy a toy she wanted, or you had to cancel a fun event. Itís perfectly OK for your child to feel sad. Itís not OK when your child broods and feels deeply depressed over every hurt and disappointment. Itís time to help her adjust her thinking cap.
Perhaps your child looks, talks, and feels angry. Maybe you restricted him because of fighting, or told him to quit sassing, or caught him bullying his little brother. Itís natural for a child to feel frustrated when things donít go his way but it is not all right for him to fuel his frustrations with grudges and hateful thoughts. Itís time to help him adjust his thinking cap.
Letís say your child looks, talks, and feels worthless for making mistakes. Maybe your child tries to be too perfect and feels regretful when she is not. Maybe she thinks youíll be disappointed if her report card isnít excellent, or if she breaks a dish or spills her milk. Itís OK if she feels regret but expanding her regrets into crushing guilt is not. Itís time to help her adjust her thinking cap.
Does your child look, talk, and feel worried? Does he play it safe and avoid challenges? Is he unwilling to try new things? Does he care too much how others think of him? Itís OK for him to feel concern about taking tests, speaking before his class, or when trying to make new friends but inflating his concerns into a habit of worry and fear is not. Itís time to help him adjust his thinking cap.
Occasionally your child may slip into depression, anger, guilt or fear. To stay depressed, angry, guilty or fearful, your child will have to think a lot of negative thoughts. Lots of negative thoughts create a crooked thinking cap.
Perhaps you know adults with ďbadĒ attitudes. Maybe they pity themselves and blame others. Perhaps they look for insults and exaggerate hurts. Maybe they belittle themselves and apologize for every tiny mistake. These adults definitely have crooked thinking caps. To avoid this kind of future for your child and all pain such thinking causes, letís find out two ways to adjust your childís thinking cap.