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Does Your Child Experience Stress? Here is How You Can Help!

Found on www.kidshealth.org

"Helping Kids Cope with Stress.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD

To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can't protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.

Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what's bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles.

But it's not always easy for parents to know what to do for a child who's feeling stressed.

Here are a few ideas:

Notice out loud. Tell your child when you notice that something's bothering him or her. If you can, name the feeling you think your child is experiencing. ("It seems like you're still mad about what happened at the playground.") This shouldn't sound like an accusation (as in, "OK, what happened now? Are you still mad about that?") or put a child on the spot. It's just a casual observation that you're interested in hearing more about your child's concern. Be sympathetic and show you care and want to understand.

Listen to your child. Ask your child to tell you what's wrong. Listen attentively and calmly — with interest, patience, openness, and caring. Avoid any urge to judge, blame, lecture, or say what you think your child should have done instead. The idea is to let your child's concerns (and feelings) be heard. Try to get the whole story by asking questions like "And then what happened?" Take your time. And let your child take his or her time, too.

Comment briefly on the feelings you think your child was experiencing. For example, you might say "That must have been upsetting," "No wonder you felt mad when they wouldn't let you in the game," or "That must have seemed unfair to you." Doing this shows that you understand what your child felt, why, and that you care. Feeling understood and listened to helps your child feel supported by you, and that is especially important in times of stress.

Put a label on it. Many younger kids do not yet have words for their feelings. If your child seems angry or frustrated, use those words to help him or her learn to identify the emotions by name. Putting feelings into words helps kids communicate and develop emotional awareness — the ability to recognize their own emotional states. Kids who can do so are less likely to reach the behavioral boiling point where strong emotions come out through behaviors rather than communicated with words.

Help your child think of things to do. If there's a specific problem that's causing stress, talk together about what to do. Encourage your child to think of a couple of ideas. You can start the brainstorming if necessary, but don't do all the work. Your child's active participation will build confidence. Support the good ideas and add to them as needed. Ask, "How do you think this will work?"

Listen and move on. Sometimes talking and listening and feeling understood is all that's needed to help a child's frustrations begin to melt away. Afterward, try changing the subject and moving on to something more positive and relaxing. Help your child think of something to do to feel better. Don't give the problem more attention than it deserves.

Limit stress where possible. If certain situations are causing stress, see if there are ways to change things. For instance, if too many after-school activities consistently cause homework stress, it might be necessary to limit activities to leave time and energy for homework.

Just be there. Kids don't always feel like talking about what's bothering them. Sometimes that's OK. Let your kids know you'll be there when they do feel like talking. Even when kids don't want to talk, they usually don't want parents to leave them alone. You can help your child feel better just by being there — keeping him or her company, spending time together. So if you notice that your child seems to be down in the dumps, stressed, or having a bad day — but doesn't feel like talking — initiate something you can do together. Take a walk, watch a movie, shoot some hoops, or bake some cookies. Isn't it nice to know that your presence really counts?

Be patient. As a parent, it hurts to see your child unhappy or stressed. But try to resist the urge to fix every problem. Instead, focus on helping your child, slowly but surely, grow into a good problem-solver — a kid who knows how to roll with life's ups and downs, put feelings into words, calm down when needed, and bounce back to try again.

Parents can't solve every problem as kids go through life. But by teaching healthy coping strategies, you'll prepare your kids to manage the stresses that come in the future."




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Safety During Holiday Season - What do We Need to Know?

We just love the holiday season. But, in light of some recent unfortunate events in our neighborhood, due to unsafe holiday items, we wanted to share some important holiday safety tips, which we found on www.kidssafety.org and really wanted to share with everyone. Be safe and enjoy the holidays :)!

"HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

On the Road

Watch out for Distracted Drivers and Pedestrians

Watch out for small kids and distracted drivers in parking lots that are busier than usual during the holidays.

Remind your inexperienced teen driver to be extra alert during the holidays when people are more distracted and the weather can be tricky.

Avoid distractions while driving. No text message or playlist is worth the risk of taking your eyes off the road. Set your GPS to voice activated so you can concentrate on driving without having to look at your phone.

Make Sure Every Passenger has a Seat Belt, Car Seat or Booster Seat

Everybody needs their own restraint. Make it a rule: everyone buckled, every ride, every time, whether it’s the long trip to visit family or around the block to the mall.

If you are flying, take your car seat with you and use it on the plane. It will be a benefit to have it with you at your destination and when you travel to and from the airport.

Check your car seat before holiday travel. Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so check it before you hit the road. Here’s a quick car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work.

Safety in the car goes beyond your little ones. Kids who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat are not ready for a seat belt or front seat yet. They are safest in a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly. Even when children have graduated from booster seats, they should remain in the back seat until they reach the age of 13.

Expect the Unexpected on the Road

Have an Exit Strategy on the Road. So now the car is packed, the kids are in the right seat, the seats are installed properly, and you’re on the open road. Nothing can stop you now, right? Wrong. That’s when you hear that all too familiar “howl" that means “I want food” or “Change my diaper.” When it happens, please don’t worry about making good time. Instead, get off at the next exit and find a safe area to feed or change your child.

Expect the unexpected. Secure loose objects. Put hot foods, large gifts and anything that could fly around in a crash in the trunk.

Plan to use a driver or car service to make sure you get home safely if you drink alcohol.

In the Home

Decorate Your Tree With Your Kids in Mind

Kids are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well prepare. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks towards the top of the tree. That makes room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids.

Water the Tree Regularly
Natural trees look beautiful and smell great, but if they’re not watered regularly, needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Make sure your tree has plenty of water by checking it regularly.

Check the Lights
Lights are one of the best parts of holiday decorating. Take a look at the ones on your tree and in and around your home for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.

Blow Out Candles and Store Matches Out of Reach
Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
Make a habit of placing matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children's reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.

Keep Harmful Plants Out of Reach
Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep those that may be poisonous out of reach of children or pets. This includes mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry.
In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 1- 800-222-1222.

Find the Perfect Toy for the Right Age
Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game this holiday season. It’s worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure the gift is just right.
Before you’ve settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards.

Keep Button Batteries Away from Young Kids
Keep a special eye on small pieces, including button batteries that may be included in electronic toys. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.

Don’t Forget a Helmet for New Bikes or Other Toys
If your child’s heart is set on a bike, skateboard or scooter this holiday season, be sure to include a helmet to keep them safe while they’re having fun.

Prevent Spills with Pot Handles
Kids love to reach, so to prevent burns from hot holiday food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.

Avoid Placing Foods on an Open Oven Door
Your oven door may not be as strong as you think. To prevent oven tip-overs, place heavy foods or other items on a countertop out of the reach of young children, and not on an open oven door.
An anti-tip bracket is a valuable tool to prevent oven tip-overs. If you have one, simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install and use properly.

Engage Older Kids in Cooking
Teach older responsible kids how to cook safely. Teach them never to leave the kitchen while they’re using the stove or oven. Instruct older kids to use oven mitts or potholders to remove items from the oven or stove and teach them how to use a microwave safely."

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Holiday Toy Safety - What do We Need to Know?

It's the winter holiday season :). Toys are on almost everyone's list. But what do we know about toy safety?  Especially, the riding toy safety? We found this helpful short article and video and thought we should share. Found on www.onsafety.cpsc.gov.

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"Top Toy Lists Start with Safety

by CPSC Blogger November 16, 2017

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It’s holiday time and as a gift giver, you may be receiving your child’s top toy wish list. While buying the hottest and trendiest toys for your child may be the first thing that crosses your mind, CPSC wants to remind you that safety should always come first.

Every year, CPSC receives many reports of kids younger than 15 who end up in hospital emergency rooms with toy-related injuries. Last year, there were more than 174,100 toy-related ER-treated injuries and 7 deaths associated with toys to children younger than 15 years of age.

Riding toys, specifically non-motorized scooters, were the toy category associated with the most injuries and nearly half of toy-related deaths in 2016. Most of the toy-related injuries involved cuts and bruises with the head and face being the most commonly affected parts of the body.

Before you buy, follow these simple tips to help your holiday gifts be a source of joy rather than pain:

Check the label: Choose age-appropriate toys by reading the age label on the toy. For children younger than 3, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking. In particular, avoid deflated or broken balloons, small parts or small balls.
Get safety gear: With scooters and other riding toys, helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit. Avoid riding a scooter on a street or roadway with other motor vehicles.
Be careful with magnets: High powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children under 14. Building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.

Practice toy safety at home. Supervise your child’s playtime. Keep up-to-date on toy recalls by signing up at www.CPSC.gov for free recall announcements sent to your email inbox. If your child has a recalled toy, be sure to remove it and get your refund, replacement or repair right away.

Toy safety is a top priority at CPSC, as we work to keep consumers, especially our smallest consumers – kids – safe. Play it Safe and watch our toy safety video. For more toy and product safety information, don’t forget to visit www.cpsc.gov."

 

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Do You Know How to Dress Your Baby for Winter?

It's getting colder. Being outside is very beneficial for babies. But do you know how to dress them appropriately?  We wanted to share an article, which should help answer some questions, found on www.parents.com

 

"Dressing Your Baby for Winter

By Renee Sagiv Riebling from Parents Magazine

Don't worry about cold weather -- we've got tips for keeping your infant cozy and warm. Whether you're playing outside, driving in the car, or staying indoors, these wardrobe tips will help you keep your baby comfortable this winter.
When Kathryn Pratt, of Falmouth, Maine, gave birth to her third child, Brendan, last January, she thought she knew a thing or two about babies. But when she was discharged from the hospital, the nurse said that her car seat, which Pratt had used to take her first two children home from the hospital, was unsafe because it had an attachable sleeping bag -- and she wouldn't let Pratt put her newborn in it. Pratt had in fact used the snuggly car-seat liner with both her older kids because she had never heard that it wasn't recommended. "The whole experience made me afraid to take Brendan outside until April," Pratt laments. Although dressing your baby for winter weather can seem like a daunting task, these expert tips will keep your little bundle safe and warm both indoors and out.

In the Car

Bulky coats, bunting, and sleeping bags (or "cozies") that attach to the bottom and inside back of the car seat are now considered big no-nos, because they can compress in a crash, increasing a baby's risk of injury. However, the good news is that the American Academy of Pediatrics considers these products to be unnecessary anyway. Instead, dress your baby in thin layers and tuck a blanket around her after she's buckled in. On very cold days, try a long-sleeved one-piece under a one-piece footed fleece outfit, suggests Carole Kramer-Arsenault, R.N., founder of Boston Baby Nurse and author of The Baby Nurse Bible. Depending on the weather, you can add a cotton sweater. Use thick or multiple blankets if you're transporting her to the car in her seat and have to walk a few blocks. You can also use her coat instead of a blanket, but put her arms into it backwards, after she's buckled in. Once the car heats up, remove the blanket or coat if your baby seems warm.

On a Walk

Fresh air is important for your baby, even when the weather is chilly. As long as he was born full term, is at least 3 weeks old, and weighs 12 pounds, taking a 15- to 30-minute walk when it's 25°F or higher can do wonders for you both, says Kramer-Arsenault. (If your baby was preterm or has a medical condition, consult your pediatrician first.) Since babies lose heat more rapidly than adults do, experts agree that a good rule of thumb is to dress your child in one more layer than you would wear in the same conditions. So if you're going out in a long-sleeved T-shirt and a winter jacket, add a sweater to your baby's long-sleeved outfit, plus a bunting or a coat. Top it off with mittens, a snug-fitting hat, and warm boots if the bunting doesn't cover his feet. An attachable sleeping bag is fine for a walk in a stroller, but, again, do not use it during a car ride. Adding a stroller windscreen will help protect your baby's delicate skin from windburn, but avoid walks if the wind is biting.

You'll know your baby has had enough if his eyes tear and he becomes fussy or cries. Also watch for signs of hypothermia, such as blue lips, shivering, or an unusually pale appearance to the nose or ears -- and cut your outing short so that you can get somewhere warm quickly, suggests David Hill, M.D., a pediatrician in Wilmington, North Carolina, and author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro.

Playing in the Snow

Outfitting a kid of any age for snow play can be a hassle, but don't let that prevent your little explorer from experiencing one of winter's greatest pleasures. By 6 months, even before she can walk, she will probably be excited by snow's novel texture, says Dr. Hill. The rules for dress should be the same as for any cold weather, but with a bigger emphasis on staying dry. A waterproof snowsuit with attached feet -- or a snow jacket and waterproof pants and boots -- are a must, says Dr. Hill. Don't forget a hat and waterproof mittens, though you can take them off momentarily to allow your baby to feel the snow with her bare hands. Of course, you'll need to be ready to dry and warm them quickly afterward. Also add sunscreen and sunglasses to your list, since the sun's rays reflect off snow. There is no set limit on the amount of time she can play, says Dr. Hill, so use your best judgment and take her inside at the first sign of discomfort.

Staying Indoors

You may be tempted to bundle your baby up even when you're inside, but don't go overboard. "The ideal temperature is between 68° and 72°F, and the one-more-layer rule of thumb applies indoors
too -- so if you're comfortable in two layers, your baby needs three," says Kramer-Arsenault. A good way to check to see if he's too hot or cold is to put a hand on his tummy or back, which should be warm but not sweaty. Keeping your baby from becoming too warm is especially important when he's sleeping, since overheating can contribute to SIDS. At bedtime, zip him into a sleep sack (or a receiving blanket that is carefully swaddled and stays below his armpits) instead of using a blanket, which also increases the risk of SIDS. Sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, and rapid breathing are all signs of overheating, so if you observe them, remove a layer of clothing. But there's no need to go crazy checking on him every five minutes. If he's sleeping soundly, his crib is clear of loose bedding, and the temperature is set to the appropriate range, he's probably just right."

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Do You Want to Make Your Child Smile? These Tips Can Help!

Sharing these helpful parenting tips from www.parents.com.

"While these gestures may seem trivial to adults, they go a long way with your little ones. Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile.

By Margery D. Rosen from Parents Magazine 

30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids 

1. Wear that macaroni necklace to work. Well, at least until you're safely out the door.
2. Tape a family mantra or slogan (Unstoppable! We can, we will! We've got this!) to your refrigerator door and invoke it whenever your child feels discouraged.
3. Go for a walk with just one child.
4. Slip a note (and an occasional piece of chocolate) into her lunch box.
5. Build your own Minecraft world alongside his.
6. Say "yes" to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter.
7. Show as much enthusiasm on amusement-park rides as they do.
8. If you quarrel in front of your child, make sure that he also sees you make up.
9. When her room looks like a tsunami swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.
10. Skype or do FaceTime with Grandma every now and then.
11. If your child has given it a good try, but he's still miserable and anxious and really, truly wants to quit the team, give him your blessing.
12. Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stomp in every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots.
13. Get out the glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.
14. Take in a pet that needs a home—and a child's love.
15. Give your toddler a chance to fight his own battles in the sandbox or on the playground before you intervene.
16. Hold off with the barrage of how-was-your-day questions if your child comes home from school grumpy and tired. You can always get the rundown at the dinner table.
17. Cultivate your own rituals and traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, apple picking every fall.
18. Ask your kid to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a good teacher he is.
19. Let your child wear her dress-up clothes to the supermarket. All month if she wants to.
20. Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about her.
21. Stay up late to see the full moon. There's one on October 27.
22. Print their childhood photos so they have something physical to look at one day.
23. Don't be in a hurry to tell your kid to let it go. He needs to vent too.
24. Cook heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
25. Crank up the music in the middle of homework and have a dance party.
26. Make a secret family handshake.
27. Hang a whiteboard in her room to leave messages for each other.
28. Start a pillow fight.
29. Share your old diaries, photos, and letters from when you were her age.
30. Thank your child when he does a chore on his own—even if it's just hanging up a wet towel without prompting or refilling the empty water pitcher."

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Do You Know How to Dress Your Kids for the Cold?

Cold weather is upon us. How should our kids be dressed in cold weather for the optimum warmth and enjoyment? We found this helpful article on www.kindercare.com and really wanted to share. Enjoy the weather and stay warm :)!

"Winter Rules: The Art of Dressing Your Kids for the Cold

Written by KinderCare

Younger children are more susceptible to cold for a simple reason: Their smaller bodies lose heat rapidly. Younger children also are less likely to actually realize they’re getting cold, which means the job of keeping them warm (and knowing the signs it’s time to go inside) falls to parents.

Here’s how to make sure your kids are not too hot, not too cold, but just right—which is especially important during cold weather.

Winter Rule #1: Even for babies, layering is the way to go.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this rule of thumb for winter weather dressing: Put babies and children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. That’s because pockets of air between clothing layers actually help trap heat. Layering also allows kids to remove a jacket or sweater, instead of choosing between being overheated or freezing. (In other words, don’t just throw on a parka over those PJs!)

Winter Rule #2: But not too many layers…

See the rule of thumb above. Layering your child with too much outerwear can actually make them colder. That’s because excess layers can cause your child to sweat, which makes their clothes wet, which allows the cold and wind to bring their temperature down.

Winter Rule #3: Learn layering 101.

There are three basic layers you should know—and materials that are good for each. While it can seem overwhelming if you’re not, say, an alpine climber, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Here are the basics you need to know:

1. Base layers (the layer right next to your child’s skin)

What it does: wicks moisture
Materials to look for: wool or synthetic fabric such as polyester
The right fit: snug
2. Middle layers (goes over the base layer)

What it does: insulates
Materials to look for: wool, down, or fleece
The right fit: close to body without restraining movement
3. Outer layer (the outermost layer)

What it does: protects your child from rain, snow, and wind
Materials to look for: a waterproof jacket or shell; outerwear that’s also breathable (such as those made from Gore-Tex) are key if your child will be physically active
The right fit: allows easy movement and has plenty of room for layers
Winter Rule #4: Nix the cotton.

You know that jeans and cotton pants absorb rain and snow, but even in cold, dry conditions, cotton absorbs sweat. And wet cotton + cold weather=very cold kids. If it’s cold out, it’s best to avoid cotton altogether.

Winter Rule #5: Fingers, toes, and faces need extra TLC.

According to kidshealth.org, your child’s head, face, ears, hands, and feet are most prone to cold exposure and frostbite, so keep your eye on these extremities. Heavy, non-cotton socks, waterproof boots, waterproof gloves, a scarf, and a hat all are key to keeping everyone truly warm on cold days. For very cold weather, earmuffs and facemasks add extra protection.

Winter Rule #6: Make sure clothes (still) fit.

As tempting as it is to squeeze those tootsies into last year’s bootsies, feet need room to wiggle. Shoes and jackets that are too tight can limit circulation, contributing to cold limbs.

Winter Rule #7: Pack a dry bag.

You know that it’s always good to have extra clothes on hand for kids. In the winter, extra clothes are essential. One jubilant splash in a puddle or one wet (or lost) mitten and not only could your day of fun be done, but you could set your kids up for a case of frost nip. Pack a cold-clothes emergency kit with extra gloves, socks, pants, and shirt.

Winter Rule #8: Know when to head inside.

Frostbite starts as a frost nip—red and tingly skin that has been exposed to cold air or snow. If you notice frost nip on cheeks, fingers or anywhere—or if your child’s teeth start to chatter—it’s definitely time to head for a warm place.

Winter Rule#9: Always have cocoa in your pantry.

Okay, it’s not really a rule. But does anything taste better than a cup of hot chocolate after a jaunt in the cold?"