New Safety Concerns

Posted by admin on July 10, 2017

New Safety Concerns How many times have you charged your phone off a torn or frayed charger cord? How many times has your child? These days we have all new safety concerns. Thirty years ago, parents never imagined having to worry about a child’s safety while charging a phone. The phone was connected to the wall and we stretched that cord as far as it could go, then would spend many hours unwinding that curly stretched cord as we sat in the floor below the phone. The biggest threat was the cutting off of circulation as you wrapped the cord around and around your finger. Today, however, as you can see from the image above, the safety is very real. This child’s bed could have gone up in flames! Children these days plug in not only cellphones, but tablets, laptops, and games leaving them close to them as they sleep. As a general rule… there should be nothing plugged in and laying on the bed, couch, chair or any such furniture that is easily ignitable. Secure your home What other relatively new safety concerns are lurking out there? How about those nice big flat screen TV’s? Years ago, it took a whole team of movers to pick up one of those old clunky TV’s and move it across the room. Nowadays, however, those high-tech wonders can tip right over on your child. A child has been seen in ER’s around the world every 45 minutes due to TV’s and furniture
Independence Day, July 4, 2017 Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” –Thomas Jefferson In June 1776, the Continental Congresses efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence separating the 13 colonies from England. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After various changes, a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 – Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained. The document was signed into act by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The pursuit of happiness, as mentioned by Thomas Jefferson, can often lead us on an unending journey causing us to turn right, then left, and even sometimes go in circles searching for that elusive happiness. Throughout history, it has been proven, time and time again, that you cannot make 100% of the people happy 100% of the time. Look at the

Water Safety

Posted by admin on June 26, 2017

Water Safety Many years ago, there was a national ad campaign featuring a little elderly lady running rampant, screaming, “Where’s the beef!”. Well, when those summer time temps hit, you see everyone doing something similar… “Where’s the water!” Everyone feels the need to find the nearest source of water and dive in. While being cool and wet is a great experience in summer, we also have to remember it’s a fantastic time to push out those water safety protocols! It’s all about protecting those we love. Not to make you paranoid or overly protective, but drowning is the third leading cause of deaths in children and is the number one cause for those under the age of four. That number alone will put things into perspective about safety. BE SAFE!! Water safety at home Any place water can collect is potentially dangerous for very young children. A baby can drown in just an inch of water. Things you can do to protect your child around the house include: Never leave a young child or baby unattended around water. Close toilet lids and use toilet locks when very young children are in the home. Empty all bathtubs, buckets and wading pools after using them. Flip containers over after use and store them away from kids. Close bathroom and laundry room doors after use. Water safety at the pool A swimming pool is a great place for kids to cool off. It’s also a great place to get into trouble when no

Big Body Play

Posted by admin on June 9, 2017

Big Body Play “STOP! Someone is going to get hurt!” “Don’t do that!” “Calm down!” “Don’t be so rough!” How many times have you said or heard those statements? If you have ever spent any time around two or more children you have probably heard those more times than you can count. True? Children love to get rough and physical in their play, it’s just a fact. But, what is big body play and is it necessary? Today, we take a look at Big Body Play written by Frances M. Carlson. What is big body play? Carlson defines it as, “Rolling, running, climbing, chasing, pushing, banging, tagging, falling, tumbling, rough-and-tumble, rowdy, roughhousing, horseplay, and play-fighting. These are just some of the names that adults give to the boisterous, large motor, very physical activity that young children naturally seem to crave. All are forms of big body play—a play style that gives children the opportunities they need for optimum development across all domains from physical to cognitive and language to social and emotional.” So, there is actually a name and purpose for all that chaos. As you were watching two boys play fighting, did that thought ever occur to you? It sure didn’t to me, a mother of four boys and two girls. Big body play is started before birth with rolling, kicking, and the waving of arms. This process advances with age into full blown wrestling in the yard. This form of play is utilized by animals as well as humans. Big

Help! My Child Got Bitten!

Posted by admin on May 15, 2017

Category: Children
Help! My Child Got Bitten! Biting is a common occurrence in young children from the age of teething to approximately three-years of age. Does that make it any less painful to the bitten child? Any less upsetting to you, when your child gets bitten? It sure doesn’t. However, I can tell you one thing… the bitten child is far less upset about it than you are. Yes, the bite may swell and be painful, and in some instances, may even bleed, but within 5-minutes of the bite, the child is already playing with the perpetrator again, and once again they are BFF’s. As a parent, you put on the defender’s cape and rush to the rescue of your bitten child. You comfort him gently in your arms and feel, very deeply, his pain. Your first instinct is to reprimand the biting child and have a nice firmly worded conversation with that child’s parents. That’s a normal reaction for most parents. Is it, however, the best reaction? Probably not. In a childcare setting, there are lots of personalities and stages of development with which to cope. There are anywhere between 10 – 20 children, on average, depending the age from 6-weeks to age 3, in a classroom. There are no less than two teachers’ in a room at any given point, as per state ratio regulations. The teachers are on high alert at all times and stay within arm’s reach of the students the majority of the day. However, accidents still

Optical Illusions

Posted by admin on April 13, 2017

Category: Just for fun
Optical Illusions “An illusion is proof that you don’t always see what you think you do — because of the way your brain and your entire visual system perceive and interpret an image. Optical illusions occur due to properties of the visual areas of the brain as they receive and process information. In other words, your perception of an illusion has more to do with how your brain works — and less to do with the optics of your eye,” ABC News reports. I find optical illusions fascinating. Not only do they amaze me, but also in my study of them I determined they are actually relaxing. There is one drawback however; if too much time is spent lost in a daze, it may result in symptoms of inebriation. So, as you gaze upon the psychedelic wonders below, remember to limit the amount of time you spend lost in the world of optical illusion. I discovered that, while fascinating to watch for entertainment, illusions are actually useful in many ways in society. For instance, at a particularly dangerous curve in the road, in an attempt to slow drivers, one city decided to paint yellow dashes closer together on the road, which gave the driver the illusion they were traveling faster than they actually were. Drivers, in turn, slowed before the curve, thereby reducing the number of accidents. In some career fields, such as aircraft pilots, employees are actually trained to recognize optical illusions. Typically, when you think of illusions, you think

Critical Thinking

Posted by admin on April 9, 2017

Category: Learning
Critical Thinking Ok, I have to ask… did you just read that quote, look at the picture, and think “WHAT!”? Or, did you possibly just accept it for what it said? Now, if you apply critical thinking here, the first thought that pops into your head is that there was no internet during Abraham Lincoln’s lifetime. Correct? Secondly, is that a picture of Abraham Lincoln? No, it’s out first president, George Washington. Learning about critical thinking could save you a little embarrassment down the line. What is critical thinking? According to The National Council for Excellence, critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skilfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. Simply put, it is the opposite of seeing, hearing, and accepting information without questioning it. What does it take to be a critical thinker? (As provided by Be open-minded and mindful of alternatives. Desires to be, and is, well-informed. Judges the credibility of sources. Identifies reasons, assumptions, and conclusions. Asks appropriate clarifying questions. Judges the quality of an argument, including its reasons, assumptions, evidence, and the degree of support for the conclusion. Can develop and defend a reasonable position regarding a belief or an action, doing justice to challenges. Formulates plausible hypotheses. Plans and conducts experiments well. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context. Draws conclusions when warranted – but with caution. Integrates all of

Teaching Soft and Hard Skills

Posted by admin on April 4, 2017

Category: Children, Parents
Teaching Soft and Hard Skills I recently read an interesting article on soft skills verses hard skills. I have to say, I’m a little disturbed by the thought that both can’t be taught simultaneously. Are we so closed minded to learning new things and new ways that we are impacting the workforce? I would like to believe that we are constantly growing and learning as a society. So, why not broaden our horizons and start teaching both soft and hard skills starting with the alphabet? Soft skills, as defined by Investopedia are, “The character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationships with other people. In the workplace, soft skills are considered a complement to hard skills, which refer to a person’s knowledge and occupational skills.” Soft skills include being adaptable, business minded, confidant, dedicated, effective… etc. Do you see what I did there? A, B, C, D, E… etc! Bear with me as I explain. Hard skills, as defined by SearchCIO are, “specific, teachable abilities that may be required in a given context, such as a job or university application.” Hard skills include profitability, quickness, reading, security, typing, utilization, volubility, writing … etc. And, there it is again… P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, and W. So how does the alphabet relate to soft and hard skills that are required for employment and life in general? Easy, everything starts with the alphabet. Learning the alphabet is just opening the door to the rest of the world and