Many parents think that child-resistant bottles of medication are childproof. They are NOT. The best way to protect your child from getting into medication is to store it properly. Keep medication out of sight and out of reach of children,preferably in a locked cabinet. Keep purses and bags, even those of guests in your home, out of reach of children. Approximately 60,000 children are brought to the emergency room each year because they got into medicine that was left within reach. Put the Poison Control Center's number in your cell phone and post it in your home (1-800-222-1222).
"Children are curious by nature, and it makes sense that they would be even more curious when it comes to medication. Many medications look and taste like candy. While it’s important to encourage our kids to explore and discover new things, when it comes to medication, we want to be careful to keep them safe. Here are a few tips to show you how.
Hard Facts about Medication Safety
Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. In 2013, over 59,000 children were seen in emergency room for medicine poisoning. That’s one child every nine minutes. Almost all of these visits are because the child got into medicines during a moment alone."
The above excerpt can be found in it's entirety at www.safekids.org/medicinesafety. Be sure to click the above link to learn more about Top Tips for Keeping Your Kids safe around Medication.
While you may think that the child resistant caps on your medicine are keeping your children safe, you'd be surprised to see just how quickly they are able to "crack" the code to opening those bottle. Check out the following videos to see just how easy it can be.
Joint attention is when two or more people focus attention on the same object or event. It is important to establish to help your toddler talk. As adults we need to focus not only on what we say but how we say it! Check out the following links to see videos created about this concept by Cari Ebert from cariebertseminars.com. Be sure to follow Cari on Facebook, as she posts amazing information for parents to help their children learn and develop. She also has an additional joint attention video that can only be found on her Facebook page, so be sure to check it out as well!
According to Wikipedia, "Baby sign language is the use of manual signing allowing infants and toddlers to communicate emotions, desires, and objects prior to spoken language development. With guidance and encouragement signing develops from a natural stage in infants development known as gesture."
There are many advantages to teaching your baby sign language, including the reduction of frustration by both the baby and parents, since babies have learned to share their wants and needs before verbally able to communicate.
Be sure to stop by our Resource Center where you can find Sign Language Resources to borrow and introduce your baby to a new way of communicating.
Check out this video of a sweet one year old showing the baby signs that she knows.
Have you used Baby Sign with your baby? What signs have worked best for you?
Bullying has been a hot topic lately in schools, sports and news. As parents and teachers we ask ourselves what should we say or do in a situation where other children are being mean to our own.. What should our expectations be for each child involved?. . This article from Conscious Discipline addresses this topic.
The following excerpt is from an article originally written by Amanda Bagwell and published on the Conscious Discipline Website.
CD for Parents: How do I Respond When Other Children are Being Mean to Mine?
“Sometimes when we are around family members or friends who do not have consistent behavior expectations for their children, their child has a tendency to be mean to my child. My first reaction is for “Mama Bear” to come out and jump all over that child. Usually though, I do nothing. What would be an appropriate and helpful way to respond to this type of behavior with other people’s children?”
BREATHE. As always, the first step to handling difficult behaviors is to pause and breathe. The skill of composure helps us to turn off the negative responses to our situations and refocus our energy in a positive direction. Take a moment to breathe deeply and calm yourself before responding to the situation.
ATTRIBUTE POSITIVE INTENT. When someone else’s child acts in a hurtful way towards your child, stay in your place of calm and attribute positive intent to the misbehavior. You do this by saying to yourself something like...
Click HERE for the rest of this excellent article helping parents navigate the pitfalls of how to handle a situation where other children are being mean to their own child.
What types of situations are difficult for you to navigate as it pertains to discipline?
We've all seen it, (maybe even done it)... A parent hands their cell phone or tablet to a small child while shopping for groceries or waiting for the doctor to help occupy them or keep them "entertained".
What effect is the extra tech exposure having on our kids? What could we do instead?
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HIGH GROVE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Join us for a night of hands on fun. We will have lots of messy activities where children will be learning as they play. The best part is that you won't have to clean up when they are finished.
Happy New Year to you all. It’s time to put into practice all those wishes that you were thinking about in moments of inspiration during the holidays. In this New Year, think positive and be proactive to set new goals and/or to change those that did not work well. The first step for setting goals for you and your family, could start by getting a 2018 calendar and start writing the weekly and monthly activities that you and your family plan to accomplish. I truly believe that if you write everything on your calendar, you will be able to manage time more wisely each month. There are many ideas on the interwebs to help you brainstorm and reach your goals, no matter what they are. Check out Ten resolution for families from Modern Parents Messy Kids. Try Setting These Goals for this New School Year shared by Atlanta Parent. You might also check out Top 10 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Parents from Bright Horizons. If your family has special needs or you'd like some ideas from other families with children with special needs, check out 25 Lofty New Year’s Resolutions for Parents of Kids with Special Needs from Friendship circle. Even kids can get in on the goal setting fun! Check out 10 New Year’s Resolutions your Kids Made from Parents.
Remember that in order to reach big goals, you will also need small ones. Little steps with consistency and persistence are the key for reaching your goals. Also, don't forget to think through options of what to do if/when things don't go as planned. Think about them ahead of time, so that you'll already have a plan when obstacles occur.
The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for the whole family. There are many things that can increase a child’s stress: parent’s stress, change of routine, family/strangers contact, missing meals, new environments.
Consider these tips to help you remain stress-free during the hectic holiday season.
· Evaluate and prioritize what really matters to you.
· Set limits and ask for help as needed.
· Be flexible. Focus on the joys of the holiday season.
· Plan a holiday budget and work to stay within it.
· Consider giving homemade gifts and focus on being in the moment
with those you love.
· Create new traditions. Life brings changes. Choose a few traditions
to hold onto and be open to creating new ones.
· Don’t abandon healthful habits. At the same time, allow yourself
to indulge a bit without judgement.
· Plan ahead. Procrastination is stressful.
· Don’t overschedule yourself. Allow some personal time to
enjoy peace and solitude. Say “no” to invitations you may regret.
· If you are a parent, recognize that children get very excited during
the holidays. Engaging in regular routines, as much as possible, can
help maintain balance.
· For some people the holiday season can leave one feeling depressed and anxious.
If you are having persistent problems with your daily routines, reach out for support and consider seeking mental health services.
Website links to information on holiday stress and enjoying the moment:
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