Monday, June 24, 2013

How To Help Your Toddler Get A Great Start On Their Education

A great education is one of the most valuable things that any parent can ever give to a child. Children are able to learn much more than you realize. Many studies have proven that people with advanced degrees in education usually enjoy their lives more and make over one-million dollars more in a lifetime. These are two of the best reasons to promote your child's education. 

Great Preschool

One of the most important parts of an education is to get your child started early in a classroom environment. You should take the time that is necessary to find the best center for your child to be involved in. When looking for a great educational facility, you need to check the curriculum and make certain that it is taught with rigor and relevance. The school should offer a great balance between education, social skills and play to allow the most learning to take place.

Learn a Foreign Language

This is also the best time to teach your child a foreign language. Children have the ability to learn many things at this age, and a foreign language will help your child to develop a mastery of multiple languages. Language development uses a variety of different areas of the brain to enhance any person's understanding and intelligence. 

 Math Mastery

Begin teaching your child the foundations of the four mathematical operations as soon as can. Make connections to math in all that you do to provide your child with the prerequisite skills needed for advanced math skills. If your child is accelerated beyond that of his/her peers, be proactive to be sure that your child's teacher continues the great foundation that you have set. These math skills will be valuable throughout life, and they are necessary aspects for anyone that wants to someday enter a math field. 

Read, Read, Read

Countless research has been done that states that reading is the most important building block for success in school and life. Take the time to read with your child as long as you can each day. Take them to the library and let them choose some books to foster the enjoyment of reading even more.

Friday, June 21, 2013

5 Things to Teach Your Kids about Strangers

Teaching your kids to deal with strangers is more important than ever before. You should start teaching them as toddlers about how to manage contact with people they don't know.

1. Teach your children not to talk with strangers unless the trusted adult they are with is present and gives them permission, even if they are talking only on the phone or on the internet. This protects your children from being targeted for abduction. 

2. Teach your children to never get into a car with a stranger and to never be within five feet of a car with a stranger sitting in it. If they are passing by a car that is on the street and a stranger starts to talk with them, they should be taught to run away, rather than speaking with strangers, who may lure them over to the car to facilitate abduction

3. Teach your children to lock doors and windows and set security alarms when they are home alone. These are important basics for older children and those who are babysitting. Doors should not be unlocked and alarms should not be disarmed unless they know the person on the other side. Code words can be established to indicate to a child when it is safe to open the door.

4. Teach your children to use the panic button on your home alarm system appropriately. Children should know that the panic button is not a toy and should only be used for emergencies, yet they should not be afraid to use it if they feel threatened by a stranger in their home or if there is a critical situation at hand. Give children concrete examples for use, such as finding a stranger in the house or discovering that they are unable to wake up a parent

5. Teach your children to seek out help from trusted adults if they are approached by strangers or believe that there is another critical emergency in the home or in public.
Children should know how to dial 911 and should know their address, phone number and their parents first and last names by memory. 

This will help them give important information to dispatchers. In public, children should be taught to seek out an adult if another adult is perceived as threatening them.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Talking to Your Kids About the Importance of Home Security

Arrange Family Meetings

Talking to kids frequently about home safety to prevent break-ins is vitally important. Children and teenagers often forget to lock doors and windows securely leading to dangerous situations such as home invasions. Arranging a family meeting to discuss safety and home security concerns is a great plan. Choose a time when family members are not distracted by other things such as television or computer games. Parents must make sure that kids are really listening to information. Plan carefully to have a mixture of good information and practical training to show kids how to keep a home secure. Just lecturing about locking doors and windows will not usually make an impression on kids. 

Memorize Security Pass Codes

Visit a local library to see if it has DVDs about safety precautions to use around a home. While burglaries and home invasions are one aspect of staying safe, there are also other measures to consider. For instance, children need to keep track of household keys while away from home. 

It is easy for a criminal to use keys found in a backpack or purse to enter a home. Finding the home’s address is simple because identification including a driver’s license is inside a wallet. In addition, thieves know how to make copies of keys to use to steal from homes, so children must never leave keys unattended. 

Many homeowners now also have security systems installed in a home. Entering or leaving a house can require specialized pass codes. Kids must memorize those codes without revealing the information to others. At a family meeting, discuss keeping security codes and keys away from criminals. 

Protect Information While Talking On the Phone 

We recommend walking around the outside of the house to show kids the various ways thieves can break into a house. Show children where landline or cell phones are located inside the home to call for emergency assistance. If a burglar enters a home, then a child needs to know how to exit the home quickly to go to a safe location nearby. 

Alternatively, teaching a child how to hide inside a home away from danger is also necessary. At the home security meeting, discuss what children should do when a stranger calls on the phone. Individuals planning to break into a home often call first to learn if anyone is home. Children and teenagers must avoid telling strangers that parents are not home. 


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hot Tub Safety: How Young is Too Young?

Your hot tub is the perfect place to unwind or bond with your significant other, but is it safe for your children to join in? When you have children, it's your duty as a parent to keep them safe, and it's not always safe for a child to use a hot tub. Find out when it's okay to let your child use the hot tub, and what you need to know to be sure that your child is always safe as they are enjoying the water and the bubbles.

Infants and Toddlers Should Not Use a Hot Tub

After swimming in a cold pool, it might be tempting to pick your infant or toddler up and take them in the hot tub to warm up. This is not recommended because children under the age of 5 are much more sensitive to dehydration and overheating. Even a short period in the hot tub can leave your toddler dehydrated. It's best to consult your physician and ask what the youngest age for a child to use a hot tub is before you remove the restriction. Your doctor should be able to tell you the guidelines based on the temperature of the water.

Precautions When Allowing Children in the Hot Tub

If you have an older child who is trying to exercise their independence, you're going to hear a lot of begging if you try and tell them no. Older children, generally ages six and up, can use the hot tub in small time increments. When your children are using the hot tub you should lower the temperature setting to 102 degrees or lower. This is a safer setting and better for your child's sensitive skin. Younger children between 6 and 10, should only be in the hot tun for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Those in their pre-teens may be able to relax safely for 20 minutes at a time.

Other Safety Tips to Consider

Never leave your little one alone in the hot tub, even if they are a proficient swimmer. You should be in the hot tub or sitting close by to watch out for emergencies. It's very easy for hair to get tangled in a drain cover or a suction fitting, so it's best to have your child's hair tied back in a bun.

Now that you know some of the guidelines, set aside some time to bond with your children in the hot tub if they are old enough. The two of your can relax, talk about school, and enjoy one of the best features of your backyard.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Five Emergency Preparedness Items To Keep In Your Home

Almost every day, it seems, another disaster hits an area of the country. However, prepared home owners are better able to deal with emergency situations. Here are five ways home owners can prepare for an emergency.

Bring the Light

Home owners need to be prepared with alternate light sources. The most obvious source of light is the flashlight. Keep on hand several intense light flashlights with lots of extra batteries. Change out batteries on occasion to keep them fresh and usable. There are also lanterns available that give off very good light, have remote switches and that last for long periods of time on batteries. It does not hurt to keep candles and matches on hand as well. However, keep in mind the danger of an open flame to people and property and never use candles if a gas leak is suspected.

Feed the Body

Food is a critical emergency item. But this needs to be consumables that are easily accessible, easily opened and that do not require refrigeration or heat. Think in terms of what will safely sustain each family member when choosing not only the type of products, but also the quantity. In flood areas, it is important to also protect food products from water either by buying packages that will not be damaged or placing the food into protected containers. Water is part of food emergency items. Keep an emergency supply of water on hand.

Medical Needs

A first aid kit is essential for emergency situations. This kit needs to hold more than the basics. A first aid kit needs to be assembled that meets the medicals needs of the family. They may include special medications or other needed supplies.


Without heat, homes may get cold. If rain or flooding is a problem, a change of clothing is important. Also put aside ponchos and space blankets for each member of the family. It doesn't hurt to have a waterproof backpack ready for go for each member of the family.


Staying in contact with the outside world, helps keep a person oriented and lets a person know when emergency instructions are being given. Keep a radio that can be wound up or that uses solar power. Also keep pen and paper on hand in case a message needs to be conveyed by hand.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Top 5 Worst Foods for Your Children's Teeth

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, it’s important for kids to eat foods that enhance the health of their teeth. Unfortunately, many things that kids love to eat can spoil their smiles. The bacteria that live in our mouths need sugar to grow, and if our diets our unhealthy, these bacteria tend to thrive. When bacteria consume sugar, they create acid, and this acid destroys tooth enamel and creates cavities. Here, then, are the worst five foods for kids’ teeth that you as a parent need to be aware of.

Dried fruits

Many parents think of these dehydrated treats as being a healthy snack compared to other, more processed sweets. This is certainly true. However, dried fruits are much higher in sugar than their hydrated counterparts, and these sugars will coat teeth and promote bacteria growth in the mouth. This bacteria can lead to dental issues, so be sure that your kids brush their teeth after eating all variety of dried fruits.

Hard candies

Like soda, sucking on a hard candy coats the teeth with a problematic layer of acid. Unfortunately, these candies remain in our mouths until they’ve disintegrated, allowing their sugars to stick to the teeth for longer periods of time. Try to keep your kids’ hard candy intake to a minimum, and if possible, cut them out completely.

High sugar beverages

If your kids are consuming lots of sugary sodas, sports drinks, or juices, it’s time to rethink your trips to the grocery store. Sodas and sports drinks especially coat the teeth with a layer of acid, which, as you can imagine, can lead to all kinds of dental trouble down the road. It’s best to skip these kinds of drinks altogether.

Citrus fruits

Although these foods – oranges, tomatoes, lemons – contain nourishing nutrients, their high acid content can lend to tooth decay. Sucking on lemons or limes is also problematic, as prolonged exposure can lead to glossy teeth – a sign that the tooth enamel is wearing down. It’s fine for kinds to consume these fruits, however, as long as they flush them down with lots of water, which will serve to buffer the effects of the acids.

Foods high in starch

These foods – white breads, potato chips, white rice – not only seep into the spaces between teeth but provide sustenance for growing bacteria as well. The bacteria that enjoys consuming starch is the very same living substance that creates plaque. If your kids love to eat macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, or baloney sandwiches on white bread, make sure they brush their teeth and floss regularly.