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Your Baby in Danger: 5 Common Car Seat Mistakes

Baby in car seat for safetyBabies need to be in car seats. Basic information for parents, right? But did you know that 72 percent of people don’t use car seats correctly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proper car seat safety requires more than buckling your precious cargo into a car seat. Check out these common car seat mistakes to avoid so that your little one is always protected.

Old Car Seat

Avoid using hand-me-down car seats. Car seats actually have expiration dates — usually about six years after they were manufactured. Past the expiration date, the plastic starts to slowly decompose, and the car seat will under-perform in a crash. Also, you never know if a used car seat was involved in a previous crash, which makes it no longer effective. Continue reading Your Baby in Danger: 5 Common Car Seat Mistakes


Essentials for a Fun Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that life is journey, not a destination. Family road trips embrace the idea that the adventure to a place is equally or more important than arrival. Many factors go into a successful road trip: the comfort of the vehicle and clothes you wear, snack and beverage selections, and the activities planned for travel.

Start by choosing a road trip your family will love. Once you’ve made your plans, pack your bags with these road trip essentials.

Rent a Comfortable Ride

A comfortable ride can make or break your travel experience. Why rent? Road trips speed up wear-and-tear on vehicles and add quite a few miles. Rentals can be roughly $25 per day, which is affordable and worth avoiding damage to tires and clogged vehicle air-filters. A few suggestions from dealerships in Dallas: The Toyota Highlander is great for traveling rugged terrain. The Honda Pilot is known for its easy maneuverability, above-average fuel economy and interior comfort. Continue reading Essentials for a Fun Family Road Trip


How to Decorate Your Child’s Room So They Can Learn


I love decorating the house, particularly my children’s bedrooms. It just transports me back to my childhood and allows me to indulge in all the childish things an adult shouldn’t do and most of all it’s great fun!

When you’re decorating your child’s bedroom, do you ever think about their education? Probably not. I know that didn’t until I heard about how creating the right bedroom could actually help encourage my kids to learn.

A place for everything and everything in its place

Well, firstly, and I was guilty of this, is not to put too much in the room. It’s easy for kids to become overloaded with information, so by kitting out the space with loads of stuff is a bad idea.

Instead, you need to create an organised space that teaches them to respect their belongings and tidy up after themselves. Have a look for unique storage ideas that can make the room look clean and spacious, but also fun. Continue reading How to Decorate Your Child’s Room So They Can Learn


It’s a Good Time to Teach Thoughtful Gift Giving

Mom and daughter with flowers

Teaching your children different skills and actions is part of parenthood. Every mom and dad will ultimately spend time working on developing a child’s mental well-being as much as his or her physical well-being. When it comes to lessons that you’ll want to teach your children, thoughtfulness and empathy are among the most important. Teach your children to consider the feelings, needs and interests of others before giving a gift or taking any actions, really.

Teaching Children to Observe

Generally, people want to receive gifts that reflect them as an individual. Showing that you love someone means that you understand the personal interests, hobbies or nature that makes that individual unique.

The first skill that a child must learn when giving a thoughtful gift is the power of observation. It’s not possible to give a gift that will resonate with the recipient if that individual isn’t understood. For example, giving a loved one a yoga mat is a poor choice if that individual prefers running or biking for exercise.

Observation is a key part of understanding an individual. If a woman enjoys a glass of wine with her friends on the weekend, than wine gift baskets might be a good choice for that group of ladies. If that women prefers spending time listening to music and chooses not to drink wine, than a CD of a favorite artist is more appropriate.

Look for Special Interests

A special interest is something different from the basic objects that a loved one might enjoy receiving. According to The Cultureist, supporting a small business or giving a gift that’s related to a cause that a loved one supports is a great opportunity to give something meaningful.

Special interests are the areas that stand out as unique when it comes to gifts. Children need to think outside the box and learn to apply observation skills by obtaining a gift that’s truly meaningful for the individual.

When someone you love gives money to a charity or becomes passionate about a specific cause, such as fair wages in impoverished or underpaid areas, focus your gift on those interests. Buy items that set a portion of the profits for donation aside or find companies that are working to accomplish a goal that a loved one can support.

Fall Back on Something Uncommon

When it comes to giving a Mother’s Day gift or similar holiday to that an individual who has everything and doesn’t outwardly support specific causes, falling back on a gift that’s uncommon is a good idea. Uncommongoods.com provides gifts that are personalized and unexpected.

The key to finding a perfectly unique gift is focusing on interests and adding a personal touch to the item. A special note showing love or an item that’s personalized with engravings that are meaningful to the individual is a great touch when it’s hard to find the perfect gift. Even a fun experience, like going rock climbing or enjoying a family spa getaway, is a great gift idea when other ideas become impossible to consider.

Also, giving the gift of a shared joke that is relatively inexpensive will have more meaning to a loved one than a gift that’s expensive. Something that has meaning for two individuals will stand out more than some typical gift.

Giving a thoughtful gift is an art. Parents teach children these skills, so they’re able to make good choices when it comes to finding something that will always be appreciated. In the end, there will be a great benefit for you.


Poolside Safety For Children

Summer is just around the corner! For kids, nothing beats spending a hot summer day by the pool after the winter blahs. Besides being fun, swimming is also great exercise and a good way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Unfortunately, if proper precautions aren’t taken, a fun day of swimming can turn into a tragedy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury death among children.

Keep your kids safe by following these important tips:

Sign them up for swimming lessons

Kids who know how to swim are safer in the water. Formal swimming lessons will help your child become more comfortable in the water, learn about water safety, become confident swimmers, and learn how to tread water. Low-cost lessons are offered in most communities by the YMCA or local Parks and Recreation centers. Your kids can start swimming lessons as toddlers and work their way up through advanced levels each year.

Supervise children around water

Children should be closely supervised by an adult at all times near water—including bathtubs, swimming pools, rivers and lakes. Many children drown without an alerting scream or splash and every second counts. So, even when there is a lifeguard present, keep a close eye on your children and avoid distractions like reading and talking on the phone.

These are not adequate substitutions for adult supervision:

·  Flotation devices such as noodles and water wings

·  Older children watching younger children

·  A distracted adult

·  An adult periodically looking out the window at the pool area

·  Anyone who is drinking alcohol

Teens and young adults should always have a buddy when swimming.

Make your backyard pool safe

If you have a backyard pool it is extremely important to install barriers to make it safe for your children and also neighborhood children. Check your local ordinances, but the CDC recommends a fence at least 4 feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates. In addition, you’ll want to use alarm systems for extra safety.

Make sure to have proper safety equipment like life hooks, poles and rings. Have a working phone nearby to call 911 if necessary and learn CPR. Be sure to keep your pool drains in good working condition to avoid the risk of entrapment.

It is important to protect yourself with adequate insurance to cover the liability of a pool. Remember, you may be held liable even if someone sneaks into your pool without permission and drowns.

Think about safety when your kids are with friends

Remember to protect your children even when they aren’t in your care. Be cautious about letting children spend time at a friend’s home if there is a pool or they’ll be going to a pool. Certainly make sure safety precautions are in place and that your children will be properly supervised by an adult.

Swimming pool accidents may involve only minor injuries. Unfortunately, many times the accidents lead to life-altering injuries or even death. Should your child ever be injured you may need to consult a swimming pool accident lawyer for help, as legal liability issues can get thorny.

Hit the pool!

Don’t let the risks deter you from taking your kids swimming this summer. The CDC is a great resource for more safety tips.  By following safety precautions you can keep your kids safe while they have a great time swimming this summer!