Keep Kids Safe

The best way is to see your home from the eyes of your kids. It is recommended that you get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. This will enable you to see hazards you might not have recognize. Keeping your home safe for kids at all times is one of your greatest concerns and responsibilities. There is so much to consider and it is very easy to overlook something that might be fairly obvious to some but escape others.

Q. What is the best way to approach to safety for our kids at home?

The best way is to see your home from the eyes of your kids. It is recommended that you get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. This will enable you to see hazards you might not have recognized at your full height. Are electrical outlets in baby’s reach or are there electric cords hanging down that your kids can pull on or get tangled in? Does your furniture have sharp corners? Are there precious items at your baby’s level that should be put up out of reach?

Q. What is the most hazardous situation for my kids?

Any situation that places your kids in harm’s way is the worst situation for your child. The most hazardous situation for your kids is choking or anything that might cause him to stop breathing. The most hazardous situation for you child is one that caused an injury that could have been prevented.

Q. What are some things I need to consider when I am child-proofing our home?

There are many things to consider. Your kids are quick movers so it is never safe to leave him unattended if at all possible. Consider putting up all valuables and breakable items out of reach of your child. Anything that is small enough to fit in his mouth should be removed. If in doubt as to whether any one item is small enough to fit in your child’s mouth and pose a choking hazard take an empty toilet paper roll. If it fits inside the tube, it goes in his mouth and possibly harm him.

Q. Why do I need baby safety gates?

Safety gates can be placed in doorways or at the top and bottom of staircases. The gates can prevent your kids from getting into the kitchen or bathroom. They can also prevent your child from tumbling down the stairs or climbing the stairs and falling. The mesh or the holes in the gate should not be large enough for your child to put his toes through to climb the gate. Gates now are being made to operate hands-free or one handed. There are gates being made with the bars going vertical instead of horizontal reducing the chances of your child being able to climb the gate.

Q. What are electric outlet covers or locks?

Electric outlet covers look like plastic plugs when they are inserted and prevent your kids from sticking his fingers or something else in the outlet and getting a serious shock. Electric outlet lock plates can replace typical outlets and in order to insert anything into the outlet the plug has to be inserted and turned.

Q. It was suggested to me that I have motion alarms on our doors and windows, why would I need them?

Some kids are very active and able to do things you would be very surprise about. Children have been known to open windows and fall through screens and become seriously injured. There are many news stories where toddlers have gotten up in the night and unknown to their parents open the door and go outside. Some are found wandering around and others are not so lucky. Some windows now come with a mechanism to prevent the window from being opened more than an inch or two. The alarms will alert you to the door opening and you can intervene before something tragic happens.

Q. What kind of child-proofing products are available?

There all kinds of child products available and most are reasonably priced. There are motion sensors, corner cushions for sharp corners on furniture. There are electric outlet covers, cabinet and drawer locks of different types and cord protectors for window blinds.

Q. Is there anything available to protect my child from getting in between banister posts?

There is netting available that can be attached with screws that will prevent your kids from getting between the banister posts. This product is similar to the deck netting available for outdoor decks.

Q. Are there child proofing checklists available?

Yes, there are baby-proofing checklists available. You can locate them online and they are printable. Specialty stores, hospitals, and pediatricians are all possible sources for such checklists.

Q. How can I child proof my nursery?

You can child proof your nursery by keeping your baby’s crib away from windows and blinds cords. Put outlet protectors on all outlets. Make certain to dress your baby in sleepers rather than using blankets. When your baby begins sitting up place the mattress in the lowest position. Do not put stuffed animals or pillows in the crib with your little one, they could nestle up to them and suffocate.

Q. How can I child proof my kitchen?

Put all cleaners or chemicals up out of reach of your child. Make sure all drawers and cabinet doors. While cooking put all pot handles toward the rear of the stove. Do not allow electric cords to hang over counters where your child can pull on them. Better still, if possible unless you are feeding your baby keep him out of the kitchen.

Q. How can I child proof my car?

You can child proof your car by making sure the car seat your kids will ride in is installed correctly and that it is the correct one for your child. Remove all loose items that could become missiles in a crash or quick stop, and place them in the trunk. Follow these simple step to keep your children safe from harm.

Kids and Obesity
Along with the increase of obesity in adult, obesity in kids is on the rise. Around 15.5 percent of adolescents in the United States, aged 12 to 19 are obese. Even more alarming, about 15.3 percent of kids ages 6 to 11 are obese. These kids are developing Type II Diabetes and high blood pressure at an early age. They are placing themselves at increased risk for heart disease and other obesity-related diseases. Their weight also makes them the target of bullies and children who insult and taunt them about their weight. This can ruin their self-esteem and put them at risk for depression.

Today kids make up the digital generation. They’ve been surrounded by electronics their entire life and are not as physically active as kids of past generations. Instead of going outside and playing, they tend to bet indoors, watching TV and playing computer, cell phones and video games. Along with lack of physical activity comes the convenience of fast food. There are fast food restaurants virtually around every corner, and they have easy access to snack foods full of saturated fats and sugars. In addition, obese parents are more likely to have obese children. The reason for this is two-fold. First, obese parents probably pass down their poor habits to their children. Second, genetics plays a role in obesity.

It’s important when parenting to be role models to their kids and emphasize the importance of physical activity and healthy eating. Proper parenting can create healthy environments for their children by doing regular physical activities, such as biking, swimming, or walking together. They should encourage their children to participate in sports, dance, martial arts, and other high energy activities. This allows children to develop an appreciation of physical activity and enjoy exercising.

When it comes to eating, parenting skills need to implement diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. They can make eating enjoyable and healthy by preparing food together and eating together as a family. Fast-food should be limited and reserved for special occasions. When parenting it is important to help kids who are learning about diet to practice in preparation of meals. Way too often, we reward ourselves for a job well done with food. Kids who create their own meals can learn to reward themselves with healthy food. Learning to cook can give kids opportunities to enjoy new healthy diet choices.

International Adoption

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International adoption is a good alternative for couples wishing to adopt a young child. The number of young children around the world who are available for adoption is vast. China has a one child policy for its citizens therefore, many children are available for adoption, especially girls and boys with impairments and health issue. Other countries have many children up for adoption that have been orphaned.

The large number of orphans around the world means that you generally get to greater control over the process of adoption. Things also happen more quickly than in domestic agencies, and are more final once a decision has been made. With international adoption you may have more choice in the of selection of a child based on your specific preference of age, gender, race, and health.

Children in most foreign agencies have already been abandoned by their birth parents. This means that international adoption procedures have minimal input from the birth parents. In most cases, this will be a plus and speed up the process. As an adoptive parent you want to get on with your life and your new child with as little parental interference as possible.

During the international adoption process, you will need to be qualified as a good parent, which simply means that you will need to meet the requirements of the foreign government. Your privacy will be protected in most cases, but international adoption is never something to be taken for granted. Local agencies will perform a home inspection, check references, income, and do a family evaluation. You may also be required to attend classes or meeting while the qualification takes place.

The are some difficulties you will encounter when deciding on international adoption. If there is no local support agency in your area there may be difficulty communicating with the foreign agency. There may also be very little information available. You will need to make decisions about the health and developmental status of your child. The information given by international agencies may not be accurate or deceiving. Consult an expert for advice on international adoption agencies and orphanages and be sure to check out the reference of these agencies. Locate a pediatrician with experience in international adoption he may also be able to direct you to reputable adoption organizations. Many experts have screened international adoption organizations and can help you stay informed of risks and other dangers involved.

By staying informed you can keep your options open. Staying informed, your international adoption experience will result in a positive experience for you to begin a new family with your adopted child.

Teens and Alcohol


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Alcohol is the standard at weekend parties: a case of beer, a keg, many hard liquor bottles and mixed drinks. Alcohol is widespread these days, and teens can’t get enough off it. Teens are getting drunk most every weekend during the school year, and much more during the summer.

Why do teens insist on drinking? Could it be peer pressure? Or the thrill of doing something illegal? Do they think it will make accepted in the eyes of others? Most likely, it’s a combination of these reasons. Teens can be easily pressured into things. They want to be accepted, and are willing to do what ever it takes to gain acceptance. Even the honor students in school have been know to be giving in to peer pressure, drinking, doing drugs, and having promiscuous sex.

Most Parents wouldn’t like to think of their child is giving in to pressure from their friends. “My child knows better than that,” they say. While your child may be very intelligent, it takes a real commitment for a teen to just say “no.” The fact is that most teens give in to peer pressure at one time or another, whether it be with alcohol or something else. And many teens surrender to the pressure every time it is present.
Parents need to be careful and continue to watch their teens. Make sure you know where they’re going and verify that parents are going to be there and check with other parents. This is the only way to assure that drinking will not take place, although it is still a possibility. Make sure your teen knows the consequences and dangers of alcohol over-consumption on their health. Teen take on different attitudes about it if their parents explain to them the effects of alcohol. Parents are a strong influence on their teen and can be more personal than health classes at school.

Remember to check up on your teen. It is better to be safe than be sorry. The parents of other teen are just as worried as you and will welcome your support. Never be afraid to call and check up on your child.

Baby Massage has Benefits for Sleeping and Thinking
baby massage Totsy Developing a regular and restful sleep pattern for a new baby is often very frustrating and confusing for many new parents. Research shows that hospitalized infants grow and sleep better when correctly massaged. This is due to the fact that massaged babies actually spent more time being quiet and calm, yet alert, and that when they did sleep, it was more deeply and restful. Destination Maternity Corporation
This resulted in a routine that resulted in a good sleep pattern, as well as longer sleeping periods at night. Giving a massage right after getting home from work will help a parent reconnect with baby after a hard day, and will help both baby and parent relax and unwind. Once you and the baby has developed a routine you will be able to calm and quiet your upset child. There are times when this is just what baby needs; not food, not a fresh diaper, but soothing, relaxing touch that you can give to your little one.
When circumstances cause a change in baby’s routine or environment, a daily massage can have a calming effect on your baby’s nighttime routine and give touches that helps them prepare to fall into a deep, restful, restorative sleep. Learning to relax in our busy world is a skill parents need to nurture for themselves as well as for their baby.
Studies show that the positive effects of practicing infant massage are just as important to the parent’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being as they are for baby. Baby massage has also been shown to positively benefit infants with eating, gastrointestinal, bonding, attachment, weight gain, overall development, which can also affect a baby’s overall sleeping patterns. Massage also helps infants tune in to their body and stimulates brain function.
The interaction between parent and child during themassage can stimulate the child’s mental abilities as well, resulting in increased mental capacity. Enjoy you time with your baby and let him enjoy your caring touch. The time you spend with him during these calm time will benefit you and baby a lifetime. If you have a fussy baby and all his needs have been met,massage may be the answer to achieve relaxation.