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Halloween Safety

From www.healthfinder.gov

There’s no trick to staying safe on Halloween, safety experts say.

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. It’s best if children wear light-colored costumes and face paint or make-up instead of potentially vision-obstructing masks, according to SafeKids Worldwide.

Costumes should be the proper size to prevent trips and falls. Children should carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. Don’t let children use electronic devices while walking and teach them to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

Instruct children to cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. They need to look left, right and then left again when crossing and keep looking as they cross. They should walk, not run, across the street.

Children should walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, they should walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. They should follow a direct route with the fewest street crossings.

Teach youngsters to watch for cars that are turning or backing up, and to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Children younger than 12 should have adult supervision while trick or treating. Those old enough to be out without adult supervision should stay in familiar areas that are well-lit and travel in groups, SafeKids said.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on Halloween safety.

AAP Updates Child Car Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued an updated policy statement in Pediatrics advising that children use rear-facing car safety seats until they reach the height and weight limits recommended by manufacturers and use forward-facing seats with harnesses until recommended limits are reached once they have outgrown rear-facing seats. The guidance also urged the use of belt-positioning booster seats for those who exceeded the limit for forward-facing seat use and said that all children younger than 13 should sit in the back seat of a car.  Read more.

What’s on the menu?

Let children help decide, such as choosing a vegetable side dish. Let them draw or write their choice to get them involved in meal planning.

Get Kids Moving!

Create a backyard obstacle course complete with pool noodle balance beam, hula hoop hopscotch, and a jump rope station.

Tips to Help Your Kids Prepare a Healthy Meal

Take a break from cooking one night and let them plan and prepare a healthy meal.

Healthy Summer Challenge

Encourage your kids to take the Healthy Summer Challenge form the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Summer is a time to relax and enjoy downtime, but don’t forget that staying active and eating healthy is still Important. Getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is essential to child health. These fun calendars challenge kids to stay active and eat healthy over summer break.

Summer Calendars

Keep Your Fridge Stocked

Make sure your fridge has healthy drinks ready to go. When kids open the fridge and see cold water, they’ll be more likely grab it.

 

Get Kids Cooking

Having kids help in the kitchen is a great activity for families. Try a new recipe or invent your own!

Strengthen Your Family’s Bonds

Happy families have strong family bonds. Create a firm foundation by committing to these practices that will strengthen your family’s relationships:

Schedule Family Time

Try to make a regular night, maybe once a week, when the entire family gets together for a fun activity. By keeping it on a regular schedule, everyone will know that they need to keep that night clear for family times.

Eat Meals Together

Studies have shown that eating meals together helps reinforce communication. Don’t allow phones or other electronics, either.  If you unable to get together as a family for dinner because of busy schedules, try breakfast.

Do Chores as a Family

Make cleaning your home or caring for the yard a responsibility of the whole family.

Create a Mission Statement

It may seem a little corny or too business-like, but it works.  A family mission statement can remind every family member about your core values or what you love most about each other. It is simple and fun to develop as a family (it’s a great project for family night). Place your mission statement in a predominant place in your home. Read it and talk about it often.

Have Family Meetings

Family meetings are a good time for everyone to check in with each other, air grievances, or discuss future plans (like a vacation!). These can be scheduled events or you can make them impromptu and allow any member of the family to call a meeting if they feel the need. Start each of these meetings by reading your family mission statement.

Encourage Support

Encourage everyone to learn about things that are important to everyone else and to support each other through good and bad times. Share when something goes well at work. Ask your child how their test went. Commiserate when your kid’s team loses a game. Celebrate good grades and reward good behavior by doing something special together.

Take Time for Yourself

Parenting is a huge responsibility that you are required to fulfill every day.  The reality is that you will be a better parent when you take some time just for you. Do something you enjoy, even if only for a few minutes.

Volunteer

Giving your time to make someone else’s life better is always a powerful learning experience. Spending a day at the local food bank or a weekend building a home for charity will be valuable experiences you can share throughout your life.

Get Involved in Your Child’s Interests

You don’t have to be the coach, but you can help out with a fundraiser or be in charge of snacks for the bus on an away game night. Ask where you can help, it will show your child you care about what they are interested in.

Join Other Families

Being with other families will strengthen your own family bonds.