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Are You Searching For an Easy and Fun Fall Activity for the Whole Family? We Have One Right Here...

The fall is here. Kids are spending more time indoors and sometimes are bored because they have nothing to do. Here is a fun and easy activity which will bring the whole family together. We found this super easy and fun craft to do with your kids at  www.thebestideasforkids.com and really wanted to share it. 

"Owl Handprint


Supplies Needed to Make this Handprint Owl Craft

Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green cardstock
Newspaper
Brown Paint
White Cardstock – 12×12 size to fit the tree branches
Feathers
Sharpie


Owl Craft for Kids
1. First, make your tree and branches by taking strips of newspaper and rolling them up to the size you’d like them to be. Make your trunk much wider than your branches. Scrunch up the paper when you’re rolling them to give the tree trunk and branches a little bit of depth.

Tape or glue your newspaper to your white 12×12 cardstock.

You can paint the branches and tree after you have placed them on your paper or you can paint your newspaper before you place on your paper. For more advanced painters and older kids it may be easier to paint after you place the newspaper down. For younger kids it would be easier to have them paint the newspaper first and then make your tree and branches.


2. Trace your handprints and glue to your branches. You can also make your owls first and then glue them at the end.

To make your owl, you’ll also need:

2 white eyes (we traced around a glue stick for size).
A small beak – use yellow cardstock and draw a triangle. Fold it over and then cut it out and glue to your owl.
Cut out two small triangles for the owl’s ears and glue behind the handprint.
Draw small eyes with a black marker or sharpie.
Glue your feathers to the thumb and pinky finger.

3. For a finishing touch, cut out 4 leaves from your green cardstock and glue to your paper.


You can make the owls any colors you’d like! We love the way the orange and blue look together but you could also do pink and blue or orange and red for Fall colors.

For teachers, you can make a large display of owls and get the kids to help create the tree and branches from newspaper."

 

All of the images were taken directly from www.thebestideasforkids.com

Need Some Interesting Fall Activity Ideas for Your Family? We Got You Covered...

We found this amazing post on www.moms.com, written by Mel Bailey and wanted to share. Enjoy your time with family this fall and spend time outdoors. 

"10 Fall Activities To Get Your Kids Outdoors

BY

MEL BAILEY 

The fall season is upon us. The leaves are turning, the back-to-school bells chiming. Still, just because the kids have to sit several hours a day in class and a few hours extra finishing up their homework, it doesn't mean that outside play has to come to a halt.

Contrary to popular belief, autumn is a great time to get the kids to venture outside. It is true, however, that parents have to get a bit more creative when considering fall activities since trusty fallbacks like the beach are really just summertime activities. Luckily, we've compiled a list of 10 awesome fall activities that will make the kids beg to go outside! Enjoy.

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NATURE WALK

Fall is often when nature is at its prettiest. Unlike spring, when things begin to bloom, fall is nature's wind-down. The leaves begin to shed and the air gets crisp, ready to start anew next year. Why not get the kids excited about the change by getting them up and out of the house for a nature walk?

Nature walks are perfect for children who like to explore what Mother Nature is up to. Encourage kids to take pictures, or make drawings of what they see later on once they are back inside. This can also be a great time to explore comparisons. Explain to little ones how things looked during summer versus how they look now.

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COLOR WALK

Are you excited about teaching your little ones their colors? Will all the amazing colors fall has to offer, from bright red apples to multi-colored squash, pick a color and get outside. Let your little one pick out all the things that are the color of the day.

Encourage them to find at least 10 things, so they spend a decent amount of time indoors. It will also help them learn about colors and teach them patience when looking for different things in the world. Don't be shy about challenging them to expand their vocabulary and question their choices. Consider asking things like, "Is that really red or is it more of a magenta?"

8
SCAVENGER HUNT

Set out a list of common bugs and types of leaves that are easy to find in your area and pick them out. After they've been identified, take them back home and have a blast putting each treasure in its designated space on the scavenger chart you created. Outdoor activities are also a great chance to explore crafts with your kids.
Scavenger hunts also help children advance their memory. Try to keep the scavenger hunt item list to a minimum, as you don't want to overwhelm your child. For the most fun, get some neighborhood friends involved in the hunt too.

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RAKE THE LEAVES

Then jump! After you let the kids help rake up the leaves, let them jump in the pile. This fun fall activity is bound to have them jumping about for hours. Not to mention burn off some of that extra energy they are sure to have from being in school all day.
The kids will also feel delighted to help out with more adult activities like yard work, so really do your best to enjoy that and compliment them on what a great job they are doing. Even if you need to come behind them later to get up those last bits.

6
APPLE-PICKING

Heading to an apple orchard for a family fall outdoor activity doesn't have to be as much of a feat as you may think. There are orchards all over, sure to excite and entice your little one. It'll also give mom and dad some much-needed produce to enjoy around the house!
Apple-picking is a really fun activity that can take the entire day. With all the fun things families can concoct with apples, why not spend a day learning about how and where apples grow? Apple-picking will be a very rewarding and educational experience for kids, especially since they can brag to all their kids at school that they picked that apple in their lunch themselves!

5
PUMPKIN PATCHING

Pumpkins are THE fall staple. Pumpkin-flavored things just give us that fall feeling. As such, heading to an actual pumpkin patch to pick out one of those huge pumpkins yourselves will be a huge success.
With all the fun things one can do with a pumpkin, why not? Many pumpkin patches also offer an inclusive hayride and some food perks while your family is visiting their patch. So why not take the time to venture outside and do something the whole family will enjoy? Just save us some of those roasted pumpkin seeds!

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BONFIRE AND SMORES

Yet another essential fall childhood classic is smores. No matter what your preference for chocolate or gram cracker, smores are the go-to for many kids during fall. So, to get the kids excited about the new season (and to get them outside in the fresh air), consider a daytime or nighttime bonfire and smore-roasting session and let their sweet tooth do the talking.
If you are particularly concerned that school will keep them indoors, consider inviting over a few classmates to enjoy the fun.

3
VISIT HAUNTED HOUSES

If you live in an area where there aren't any haunted houses, or maybe they just seem a bit too spooky for your little ones, consider making one of your own. Haunted houses can be around for longer than just the month of October and really add a fall holiday feeling into any home.
Consider just how old your little ones are before visiting or creating your own haunted house. Once you get it down, though, your house will be sure to be the hit of the neighborhood. Your little one will love trips out looking for decorations or visiting other haunted houses for inspiration.

2
BIRD SPOTTING

The birds will be flying south for the winter, so this is a great time to spot the cool ones with different colors. Give your little one a pair of fun binoculars that are just his or her size. Then, see if they can spot out birds flying high in their V-shaped patterns, and birds sitting low, perched in the trees.
Do a bit of research for older children to help them learn about the types of birds in your area. If you see a rare one, that will be even more exciting. Fall is an excellent time to witness birds' migratory patterns.

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AN ADVENTURE THROUGH A CORN MAZE

If you don't happen to have a corn maze near you, have no fear, there are tons of corn mazes worth taking a family weekend outdoor trip to. Corn mazes are amazing for kids who love to run and have a lot of energy. Just don't get lost!
Consider your child's age and the area of the maze before making a final decision. Corn mazes can also help children learn about agriculture and plant life cycles. Not to mention all of the amazing corn you and the family can throw on the grill once the day is done! If you're looking for great fall outdoor activity, look no further."

Do You Want Your Kids to Be More Independent? Here is What You Can Do...

We found these 8 tips for teaching kids to be more independent on www.todaysparent.com and wanted to share.


BY JACKIE GILLARD | SEP 29, 2016


"Do you do too much for your kids? It’s time to flip the script.

It’s 7:55 a.m. and my six-year-old daughter is singing Pharrell’s “Happy” in her pyjamas while bopping to the beat. I’m not happy, knowing that the school bell rings in 15 minutes. I pull her PJs off like they’re on fire and tug up her tights so brusquely that I practically lift her off the floor. We make it, barely.

I know she can dress herself, but my blood pressure starts to spike watching her stalling shenanigans, and I often end up doing it for her to avoid facing yet another late slip.

Sound familiar? Jeanne Williams, an Edmonton psychologist, sees many parents coping with the time crunch by using a “parenting to get through the day” approach: They worry about what needs to be done in the here and now, not about the long-term effects of these daily choices. “I’d go so far as to say that all parents do this at some point,” she says.

Well, if we’re all doing it, it can’t be that bad. Right?

Unfortunately, this isn’t a strength-in-numbers thing. “Habitually doing things for your child that she’s capable of doing herself sends an inadvertent message that you don’t have confidence in her abilities,” Williams warns. The outcome is a child who lacks independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills and who can’t—or won’t—do age-appropriate tasks. This is sometimes called “learned helplessness.” Learned from whom? You guessed it.

But Williams doesn’t want us to feel guilty. She knows we’re just trying to keep all those balls in the air and explains that this problem is fixable—and there’s huge payoff: confident, capable kids, and tasks removed from your plate. Here are eight tips for teaching kids to be more independent:

1. Give notice
Get your child on board by encouraging her to help “you” change. When Williams realized she was doing way more for her son than was necessary, she told him, “I’m sorry. I’ve been treating you like a little kid when you are ready to do some big-kid jobs!” She warns against using phrases like “You’re not a baby anymore”; baby can be a sensitive word in this age group.

2. Identify opportunities
Make a list of things she could be doing herself. Mine had 13 tasks, including brushing her teeth (gah!). Ask her which duties she feels she’s big enough to take on—it’s likely to increase her willingness to try.

3. Target priorities
Tackle one item at a time, so you don’t overwhelm her.

4. Make time
If it takes her 10 minutes to brush her own hair, start your morning 10 minutes earlier (and put down the brush!). When she’s not being micromanaged, she may surprise you with her co-operation, and you’ll be a calmer influence when you’re not racing against the clock.

5. Negotiate compromise
If she digs in her heels, compromise and inject some fun. For a few days, I took shirt duty, and she did the bottoms. I said that her tree branches (arms) needed their leaves (her shirt) and that she did a great job—and would also be awesome at putting on her own shirt.

6. Forget perfection
Accept that she won’t do the task as well as you. If the milk spills, show her how to clean it up without criticism and assure her it happens to everyone.

7. Praise something
Instead of pointing out that her shoes are on the wrong feet, say, “You put on your own shoes! Good job!” She’ll discover the discomfort on her own. Give positive follow-up like, “I bet you’ll get them on the right feet tomorrow.”

8. Consider circumstances
If kids are tired, sick, stressed or adjusting to a change, it’s not the time to introduce new responsibilities. And don’t be discouraged if they regress, wanting you to do a task after they’ve mastered it. This is normal. Temporarily sharing the load can help them bounce back more quickly than if you scold or criticize them.

Don’t rush in to solve minor issues when they crop up, says psychologist Jeanne Williams. Encourage your child’s problem-solving skills by asking if she can come up with a fix. If she’s stumped, give her time to think before offering up your ideas.

Try to stay relaxed. Like me, you may find more messy beds and puddles of milk, but hearing your child proudly say, “I did it all by myself!” is so worth it."

Do You Need Some Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids in August?

Did You Know About National Smile Week? We didn't.

Taken from www.thespruce.com, written by Apryl Duncan

"National Smile Week


By Apryl Duncan


National Smile Week is celebrated during the 2nd week of August. There are a number of different ways you can celebrate and craft with your family for the occasion, including:

Make a list of things that make you smile.
Make a fun Emoji-themed craft.
Make a collage using pictures of smiles cut out of magazines.
Make smiley face masks using yellow paint and paper plates.
Have a smile-off. See who can smile the longest. To make it harder, see who can smile the longest without laughing!
Hold a non-smiling competition. Everyone sits and stares at each other without smiling. Whoever smiles is out. The last person not smiling wins.
Have apple or orange "smiles" (slices) for a snack.
Have a "Biggest Smile Contest.""

 

How Do You Know When to See a Doctor Regarding Your Child's Knee Pain? We Can Help!

We hope you find these  "8 Signs Your Child's Knee Needs To Be Examined", taken directly from www.nationwidechildrens.org to be helpful. Let's have a great and safe summer!

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"Knee Injuries
The knee is giving out and feels like it can’t support the weight.
The kneecap feels like it slides out of place.
The knee does not have full motion.
There is a painful “popping” or clicking sound.
There is knee pain without an injury; it hurts during or after activity.
The knee is “locking,” or getting stuck, and is not able to move.
The knee does not have good strength.
The knee is swelling–with or without a traumatic (sudden) injury.
While at home, initial treatment should be RICE:
REST
ICE
COMPRESSION
ELEVATION"

Hiking With Kids? Here is What You Need to Know...

Spring is officially here and the weather is just right for hiking. We found these simple awesome tips on hiking with kids at www.hikeitbaby.com, written by Ana Dimmick, and wanted to share. Have fun and be safe!

Written by Ana Dimmick

"We adventure with our kids to make memories, but many fear about safety on the trail. The good news is, families can minimize many risks by following some simple guidelines when hiking with kids. What are they? Here are seven tips for safety on trail with kids.

1. SHARE YOUR PLANS WITH OTHERS
Always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Leave a copy of the trail map and mark your route with a highlighter so others will know where you’re headed. Once you’re at the trail head, be sure to sign in at the trail register if there is one.

2. BRING MORE FOOD AND WATER THAN YOU NEED
Pack more food and water than you think you’ll need on your hike. Water is key, and how much you need varies with terrain, temperature and age. A general guideline to follow is 4 cups (1 liter) of water per adult for every hour of hiking; and children need 1-2 cups for every hour of hiking. You may also want to carry a Lifestraw or water filter as a backup. Encourage children to stay hydrated by letting them carry a pack with a bladder inside. Or make sure to stop for family water breaks at certain intervals, or even add a little something flavorful to their water. Energy bars are a great way to carry extra food without a lot of bulk. Look for bars specifically made for kids.


3. BE PREPARED FOR BIG CHANGES IN WEATHER
If you’re hiking in the mountains, make sure every person in the group has at least one extra layer (like a fleece jacket) and a stocking cap. If rain is even a remote possibility, bring rain gear – a backup rain poncho can do the trick and it is light and small to carry. For young children, packing an entire set of extra clothing or several extra pairs of socks can be a lifesaver. If you’re carrying your child, dress them warmer than if they were walking.

4. BRING A FIRST AID KIT AND KNOW HOW TO USE IT
You can purchase kits from companies like Adventure Medical Kits, which provide supplies you’ll need for a safe hike, or you can assemble your own at home. A few essentials that should be in every kit are Easy Access Bandages, antibacterial ointment, wound-closing tape, gauze, tweezers, an ace bandage, moleskin for blisters, ibuprofen and an antihistamine (be sure to pack these in both adult and children dosages). You should know how to use every item in your kit before you go hiking with it, so be sure to read up on some basic first aid skills, such as how to stop bleeding, how to wrap a sprain and how to remove splinters. Kids can even assemble a small kit for their own packs.

5. EQUIP YOUR CHILDREN FOR SAFETY, TOO
Give each child their own small pack to carry. It can be a small backpack or a fanny pack, and it should have, at a minimum, an emergency whistle, a jacket or extra layer of some kind, a few snacks and water. If a child gets separated from you, they’ll have at some survival gear with them.

6. STAY TOGETHER
Teach your kids to keep you in sight at all times, to stop at all trail junctions to wait for the rest of the group, and to stay on the trail. Also, dress everyone in bright colors (no camouflage on hiking day!) to make it easier to see one another.


7. TEACH YOUR KIDS WHAT TO DO IF THEY GET LOST
Preparation is key to this skill. At home, in a low-pressure setting, teach them to stop, find a tree, make a nest and stay put until help arrives. Teach them how to use their emergency whistle – three sharp blasts is the universal distress signal. Remind them that the whistle is only to be used during an emergency — and check out previous blog posts below for more tips on what to do if they’re lost on trail.

And last, but not least, model safe behavior at all times. Don’t take chances. Don’t ignore posted warning signs. Show your kids what it looks like to stay on the trail. Trail safety for your kids always begins with you."

Kids and Seasonal Allergies - What Can We Do to Help?

It's spring. Seasonal allergies are upon us. We found this article on www.kidshealth.org, reviewed by Jordan C. Smallwood, MD and wanted to share it with you. Be safe and enjoy spring :)! 

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"About Seasonal Allergies
"Achoo!" It's your son's third sneezing fit of the morning, and as you hand him another tissue you wonder if these cold-like symptoms — the sneezing, congestion, and runny nose — have something to do with the recent weather change. If he gets similar symptoms at the same time every year, you're likely right: seasonal allergies are at work.

Seasonal allergies, sometimes called "hay fever" or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor molds release their spores, and trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants.

The immune systems of people who are allergic to mold spores or pollen treat these particles (called allergens) as invaders and release chemicals, including histamine, into the bloodstream to defend against them. It's the release of these chemicals that causes allergy symptoms.

People can be allergic to one or more types of pollen or mold. The type someone is allergic to determines when symptoms happen. For example, in the mid-Atlantic states, tree pollination is February through May, grass pollen runs from May through June, and weed pollen is from August through October — so kids with these allergies are likely to have increased symptoms at those times. Mold spores tend to peak midsummer through the fall, depending on location.

Even kids who have never had seasonal allergies in years past can develop them. Seasonal allergies can start at almost any age, though they usually develop by the time someone is 10 years old and reach their peak in the early twenties, with symptoms often disappearing later in adulthood.
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Signs and Symptoms
If your child develops a "cold" at the same time every year, seasonal allergies might be to blame. Allergy symptoms, which usually come on suddenly and last as long as a person is exposed to the allergen, can include:

sneezing
itchy nose and/or throat
nasal congestion
clear, runny nose
coughing
These symptoms often come with itchy, watery, and/or red eyes, which is called allergic conjunctivitis. Kids who have wheezing and shortness of breath in addition to these symptoms might have allergies that trigger asthma.
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Diagnosis
Seasonal allergies are fairly easy to identify because the pattern of symptoms returns from year to year following exposure to an allergen.

Talk to your doctor if you think your child might have allergies. The doctor will ask about symptoms and when they appear and, based on the answers and a physical exam, should be able to make a diagnosis. If not, the doctor may refer you to an allergist for blood tests or allergy skin tests.

To find an allergy's cause, allergists usually do skin tests in one of two ways:

A drop of a purified liquid form of the allergen is dropped onto the skin and the area is pricked with a small pricking device. If a child reacts to the allergen, the skin will swell a little in that area.
A small amount of allergen is injected just under the skin. This test stings a little but isn't extremely painful. After about 15 minutes, if a lump surrounded by a reddish area appears (like a mosquito bite) at the injection site, the test is positive.
Even if a skin test or a blood test shows an allergy, a child must also have symptoms to be definitively diagnosed with an allergy. For example, a child who has a positive test for grass pollen and sneezes a lot while playing in the grass would be considered allergic to grass pollen.
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Treatment
There are many ways to treat seasonal allergies, depending on how severe the symptoms are. The most important part of treatment is knowing what allergens are at work. Some kids can get relief by reducing or eliminating exposure to allergens that bother them.

If certain seasons cause symptoms, keep the windows closed, use air conditioning if possible, and stay indoors when pollen/mold/weed counts are high. It's also a good idea for kids with seasonal allergies to wash their hands or shower and change clothing after playing outside.

If reducing exposure isn't possible or is ineffective, medicines can help ease allergy symptoms. These may include decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal spray steroids. If symptoms can't be managed with medicines, the doctor may recommend taking your child to an allergist or immunologist for evaluation for allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can help desensitize kids to specific allergens."

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Do You Know How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From the Extreme Temperatures?

Sharing these life-saving tips with anyone who may need them. Found on www.vitals.lifehacker.com, written by Beth Skwarecki, Health Editor

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by Beth Skwarecki

"Record cold temperatures are hitting much of the US this week. In some places, it’s possible you’ll experience weather that’s colder than you’ve seen in your lifetime. Here’s what to know when the chill hits.

Dress Warm
Okay, you knew that. But in case you haven’t had to really bundle up in a while, don’t forget that:

Many thinner layers can be just as good as a single really warm one. Maybe you don’t have a warm enough coat, but you could put on a shirt, a sweater, a hoodie, and then your jacket. Wear tights or leggings under your pants.
Mittens are warmer than gloves.
One of your outer layers should be windproof. A thin rain jacket plus a bunch of sweaters may work better than a single warmish coat that’s not windproof.
Cover as much exposed skin as possible when you go outside. Consider a balaclava or scarf for your face.
A hat really helps, even indoors.

Watch the Wind Chill
Temperature isn’t everything. If you’re concerned about frostbite, the wind chill takes temperature and wind speed into account for a more accurate picture of how cold the winter air will feel on your skin.

Weather services often have their own calculations (RealFeel, “feels like”) that take other factors like sun and humidity into account, but the idea is roughly the same. If it’s -4 but “feels like” -21, pay more attention to that second number.

Don’t stay outside long when the wind chill is particularly chilly. If you must stay outside, protect your skin from the cold—even turning to face away from the wind will help a little. Here’s a handy chart from the National Weather Service, or check out their calculator here.

A wind chill advisory means that your area is expecting dangerous levels of wind chill (where frostbite could occur within minutes). Slightly less urgent is a wind chill warning, meaning that dangerous levels of wind chill are possible, and a wind chill watch, meaning that very cold weather is expected.

Paying attention to very cold wind chill or “feels like” numbers can help you plan your time outside to avoid the risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

Avoiding Frostbite
What It Is
Damage to the body (most commonly the face, ears, fingers, or toes) caused by freezing. In extreme cases, frostbite can require amputation. Frostbite is more likely if you have poor circulation, but anybody can get it.

Signs to Watch Out For
You might not notice frostbite on yourself, because your face or fingers may go numb before any of the signs of frostbite show up.

To spot frostbite on others, look for skin that appears white or grayish-yellow, or that seems firm or waxy.

Redness or pain is a sign to get out of the cold immediately.

What to Do
If somebody has frostbite, the CDC notes that you need to ask yourself two important questions:

Can I get this person medical help?
Do they also have hypothermia? (Hypothermia is a medical emergency, and should be your top priority.)
If you’re reading this at home, rather than in the remote arctic wilderness, you should head to the local emergency room or urgent care clinic rather than trying to treat frostbite on your own.

But one way or another, you need to slowly and carefully warm up the affected body parts. Don’t walk on frostbitten toes if you can help it; that causes more damage. But do get to a warm location if you can.

Then, use warm (not hot) water, or other gentle warmth such as putting your frotstbitten fingers under your arms to warm them with body heat. The process of thawing out your frozen tissue can be painful. Eric Mack wrote about his experience at Forbes:

I remember a man asked me to hold out my hands. He squeezed the frozen tips of my fingers and I felt nothing. There was no sensation, just the numbness that I’d been feeling since the middle of the journey.

At this point, a bowl of lukewarm water was placed in my lap and I began the long and painful process of thawing out my eight frozen fingertips. For what seemed like hours, but was probably just 20 minutes, my fingers throbbed and thawed as shooting pains marked the awakening of my nerves.

Avoiding Hypothermia
What It Is
Hypothermia is low body temperature. Normally our bodies generate heat to keep our core temperature constant, but if you’re in the cold for too long, you might lose more heat than you can produce.

Hypothermia isn’t just a winter danger; it can also happen in cool temperatures if a person is wet (for example, after falling into a lake, or sweating through an athletic event).

Signs to Watch Out For
Low body temperature affects the brain’s function, so a person with hypothermia might not be aware that something is wrong. Some signs that another person can observe, according to the CDC:

Confusion, slurred speech
Shivering
Exhaustion
Trouble moving, such as fumbling hands
In infants, red cold skin and low energy.
Take the person’s temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit is an emergency. If the person becomes unconscious, they need immediate medical help; if they don’t have a pulse or if they seem to stop breathing, perform CPR while waiting for help.

What to Do
Again, this is a situation for medical help, but if help is not available, you would want to slowly and carefully warm the person up.

Get to a warm place
Remove any wet clothing
Warm up their torso first, ideally with electric blankets. Skin to skin contact (under blankets) can also work.
If they’re able to drink, offer warm, non-alcoholic beverages like tea. (This can help to warm up their body.)
Once their temperature has returned to normal, keep them covered with blankets and dry clothing, including the head and neck.

Staying Safe Indoors
Keep Your Home Warm
Your heater might not be able to keep up in extremely cold weather, especially if your home is not well insulated.

If you lose heat, or if your heater can’t keep up, close off rooms you don’t need. Space heaters can come in handy but keep them away from anything flammable.

Never to run a generator indoors or use a gas oven to heat your home. Both of these practices can fill your home with carbon monoxide, a deadly gas with no noticeable smell. You should have a carbon monoxide detector already; if not, get one.

Don’t Let Pipes Freeze
Pipes in the outer walls of your house can freeze. Know how to shut off the water if necessary, and if possible locate your pipes and figure out whether they are insulated. If your pipes have frozen in the past, don’t be surprised if it happens again.

To reduce the chances pipes might freeze, let hot and cold taps trickle water all night, and open cabinet doors that are near pipes (for example, the pipes under your sink). This lets a little more of the house’s heat near the pipes.

If pipes do freeze, use a hair dryer to warm them up, never an open flame. Setting your house on fire is not the kind of warmth you are looking for."

 

Would You Like to Make Your Kids Feel Special? Here is how..

We found these helpful tips on how to make your kids feel special in www.parents.com, written by By Devan McGuinness and wanted to share :). 

"6 Small Ways to Make Each of Your Kids Feel Special

By Devan McGuinness

Parenthood is the ultimate juggling act, and at no time is that more clear than when you're trying to spread your time and attention among your children. Striking this delicate balance involves satisfying the needs of each kid while at the same making sure no one feels left out.


It's a worthwhile endeavor. Helping your child feel loved and special apart from his siblings can mold his identity and set him up for a healthy sense of self-worth and self-esteem in the future. On the flip side, kids who don't feel that special attachment with their parents may act out later in life, points out Laura Kauffman, Ph.D., a licensed child psychologist in Menlo Park, California. "These children are less likely to follow the rules of the household, and they are likely to vie for their parent's attention in less positive ways, including picking fights with siblings or acting out at school," she says.

Ultimately, "our goal [as parents] is to convey unconditional love through focused attention with clear limits and boundaries that will allow them to tolerate the inevitable breaks in our attention," Dr. Kauffman adds. The balance will help them understand that there will be times when they can have your full attention—and times when they won't.

Tricky? Yes, but doable. Here are six simple but powerful ways to make each of your children feel like a VIP.

Make eye contact. We may believe we can listen to what our kid is saying while we dash off a work e-mail, but in reality, dividing your attention can make your child feel like you're placing her second. So the next time she wants to talk to you, put down what you're doing and give your child your full eye contact and complete attention. Ask a question or two that shows you're truly listening and are present. If you can't drop what you're doing at that moment, say so. Ask your child to give you a moment to wrap up your task, then be sure to follow up with her, Dr. Kauffman says.

Spend some uninterrupted time together every day. You don't need to carve out large chunks of time; even 10 minutes a day is okay. Let your child decide what you do together and, if possible, turn the phone off or—better yet—leave it in another room so you're not tempted to check your Twitter feed.

Ask caring questions. Go beyond the generic "How was school?" conversation and instead ask your kids pointed questions that show you're invested in what's going on in their lives, Dr. Kauffman says. For example, ask them about their spelling test or what happened on their favorite TV show.

Create meaningful traditions. No need to construct anything elaborate; this is really about spending quality, one-on-one time together and creating lasting memories. Get in the kitchen with your child and make a pancake breakfast for the family on Sundays. Set a monthly date where you treat your kid to a favorite treat and an hour at the playground. Invite your child to accompany you to your standing salon appointment, and stay for mani-pedis afterward. Such simple traditions can go a long way toward building that special parent-child connection.

Be affectionate. A kiss on the cheek, a bear hug before bedtime—showing your affection makes kids feel loved. Not a "hugging" family? Create your own special handshake or come up with a fun code word with each kid.

Love what they love. Sure, you're probably not as excited about the newest collection of Shopkins as they are, but loving what your kids love is a great way to show they're important to you. Listen with enthusiasm as they explain the inner workings of their Lego castle, and make yourself available to help foster their hobby. Dr. Kauffman says sharing in your children's passions not only helps them feel supported, it also allows them to "feel they are important enough to dedicate your valuable time to them."

 

How to Keep Kids Safe and Warm in Winter?

The weather is getting colder. How do we keep our kids safe and warm, while letting them enjoy winter activities to the fullest? The article below, taken from
www.healthychildren.org, will provide us with some very useful tips. 

"Tips to Keep Kids Warm All Winter

Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.

What to Wear
Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Always remember warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.

The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.

When riding in the car, babies and children should wear thin, snug layers rather than thick, bulky coats or snowsuits. See Winter Car Seat Safety Tips for additional information.

Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant's sleeping environment because they are associated with suffocation deaths. It is better to use sleep clothing like one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets.

If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be thin and tucked under the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby's chest, so the infant's face is less likely to become covered by bedding materials.

Hypothermia
Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a child is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than in adults.

As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. Speech may become slurred and body temperature will decline in more severe cases.

If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him in blankets or warm clothes.

Frostbite
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose. They may become pale, gray and blistered. At the same time, the child may complain that his/her skin burns or has become numb.

If frostbite occurs, bring the child indoors and place the frostbitten parts of her body in warm (not hot) water. 104° Fahrenheit (about the temperature of most hot tubs) is recommended. Warm washcloths may be applied to frostbitten nose, ears and lips.

Do not rub the frozen areas.

After a few minutes, dry and cover the child with clothing or blankets. Give him/her something warm to drink.

If the numbness continues for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.



Safe Winter Sports and Activities
Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Have children come inside periodically to warm up.

Using alcohol or drugs before any winter activity, like snowmobiling or skiing, is dangerous and should not be permitted in any situation.

Ice Skating
Allow children to skate only on approved surfaces. Check for signs posted by local police or recreation departments, or call your local police department to find out which areas have been approved.

Advise your child to:

Skate in the same direction as the crowd

Avoid darting across the ice

Never skate alone

Not chew gum or eat candy while skating

Consider having your child wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads, especially while learning to skate to keep them safe.

Sledding
Keep sledders away from motor vehicles.

Children should be supervised while sledding.

Keep young children separated from older children.

Sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first, may prevent head injuries.

Consider having your child wear a helmet while sledding.

Use steerable sleds, not snow disks or inner tubes.

Sleds should be structurally sound and free of sharp edges and splinters, and the steering mechanism should be well lubricated.

Sled slopes should be free of obstructions like trees or fences, be covered in snow (not ice), not be too steep (slope of less than 30º), and end with a flat runoff.

Avoid sledding in crowded areas.

Snow Skiing and Snowboarding
Children should be taught to ski or snowboard by a qualified instructor in a program designed for children.

Never ski or snowboard alone.

Young children should always be supervised by an adult. Older children's need for adult supervision depends on their maturity and skill. If older children are not with an adult, they should always at least be accompanied by a friend.

All skiers and snowboarders should wear helmets. Ski facilities should require helmet use, but if they do not, parents should enforce the requirement for their children.

Equipment should fit the child. Skiers should wear safety bindings that are adjusted at least every year. Snowboarders should wear gloves with built-in wrist guards. Eye protection or goggles should also be used.

Slopes should fit the ability and experience of the skier or snowboarder. Avoid crowded slopes.

Avoid skiing in areas with trees and other obstacles.

Snowmobiling
The AAP recommends that children under age 16 do not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles.

Do not use a snowmobile to pull a sled or skiers.

Wear goggles and a safety helmet approved for use on motorized vehicles like motorcycles.

Travel at safe speeds.

Never snowmobile alone or at night.

Stay on marked trails, away from roads, water, railroads, and pedestrians."

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics