Guest Post! Summertime Safety: “Keeping Kids Out Of Harm’s Way During Outdoor Activities,” By Sean Morris

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Kids look forward to summertime all year, waiting for the day when they can say goodbye to school routines and sleep in a little later, take vacations, and leave homework worries behind. But any parent knows that with the long, warm days also come activities that can present hazards to little ones, so it’s important to keep in mind a few safety measures that will keep accidents and worry at bay.

Bike rides, trips to the park, and fishing at the lake are all great examples of summertime fun that come with risk. Here are some tips on how to ensure your child is safe while he or she is having a blast.

Know the environment

If your child loves to play outside, chances are you’ll see some bug bites at the end of the day. Some kids aren’t bothered much by mosquitoes and other biting pests, but others are highly allergic and break out in large, itchy welts. You can protect your kiddo by having them avoid using scented perfumes or lotions, which attract many types of bugs, and spraying their skin with a safe insect repellent before they go out to play. In areas with high grass and brush, it’s a good idea to have them wear long pants tucked into boots to keep ticks at bay.

Use safety equipment

For bikers, skateboarders, and kids who ride scooters, it’s important to find the right safety gear. Helmets, knee and elbow pads, and even mouth guards are recommended depending on the child’s age, and finding the right fit is imperative. Let your child know that using equipment without being properly suited up is dangerous and that sometimes, borrowing items from friends won’t do any good because the fit will be off.

For many kids, these methods of transportation are essential in the summertime for getting around the neighborhood, but accidents can happen. Make sure your child knows what to do in the event of a spill, and it’s always a good idea to keep a first-aid kit around for scrapes and cuts. For mouth injuries, sometimes there’s nothing to do but call the dentist immediately.

Take extra precaution in the water

Water safety is something that should be taken very seriously no matter what the child’s age or experience level is. Whether they’re in an inflatable pool or at the lake, adult supervision is always recommended. Keep in mind that younger children can drown in mere inches of water, and that swimming pool rules–such as no running or diving–must be obeyed by everyone. Make sure life vests are in good shape and fit well. Teach your child the do’s and don’ts of swim safety well before they go into the water, then help them enforce the rules by being present without distractions.

Don’t rely on someone else supervising, especially at a crowded beach or pool. Even lifeguards can’t watch everyone at all times. As always when a child is outside, make sure they are well protected with sunblock, and don’t forget to keep them hydrated.

Make rest a priority

It’s also a good idea to make sure your child is well-rested before they play in the water, which can be tiring. Staying up late when school is out is part of the fun of summer break, but it can be dangerous when they need to focus. Making sure they put down their phone or laptop at least an hour before bed is a great start; studies show that this helps with a good night’s sleep.

Be careful when cooking outdoors

Many families enjoy fire pits, bonfires, and grilling during the summer, so it’s important to teach children how to be safe around all those flames. Keep grills well away from the house and out of heavily-trafficked areas. Always supervise cooking over an open flame; making s’mores can be great fun on a camping trip, but little ones should have help from an adult. If you use a gas grill, it can be helpful to set a timer–perhaps on your phone–to remind you to check and make sure it’s turned all the way off after cooking is finished.

Summertime is full of adventures for kids, and while some of them can include a bit of risk, it can be a relatively stress-free time for you if you plan accordingly.

About the Author

Sean Morris is a former social worker turned stay-at-home dad. He knows what it’s like to juggle family and career. He did it for years until deciding to become a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son. Though he loved his career in social work, he has found this additional time with his kids to be the most rewarding experience of his life. He began writing for LearnFit.org to share his experiences and to help guide anyone struggling to find the best path for their life, career, and/or family.

 

 

 

 

5 Keys in Dealing With Your Child’s Explosive Behavior by Guest Blogger Regina Due!

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Explosive behaviour in children is not a rare occurrence. Usually, such behaviour is caused by the childs inability to communicate properly and often this anger is directed at the caregiver. Whether you are out walking with your child in the stroller or in your own home, preparing yourself with a basic plan is key to knowing how to handle the situation once your child is behaving in this way.

The following are five essential points to help you deal with your childs explosive behaviour.

1) Remain calm: the more you shout, the less chance you have of calming your child down. As hard as it may be, instead of getting angry, you should speak to your child in monotone. This way, you will be showing him that screaming and being defiant is not the answer. Make sure the environment where your child is lashing out is safe remove any young children from the area and objects that can be of harm, so that if the child has to vent then he will be safe doing so.

2) Never give in: you cannot agree to what your child wants just to make the explosive behavior stop because if you do so, the child will keep up this form of lashing out. Moreover, dont give in to name calling, if the child is calling you names dont respond, instead leave him alone or send him to his room. Only later, when you are both calm, should you talk, as real communication requires a calm environment. See what your child needs and help him develop better communication skills so that when there is another problem the child wont need to turn to such behavior.

3) Discipline and rewards: when dealing with the aftermath of an explosive episode, you need to give your child time-outs or other forms of consequences for his behavior but not for his anger. In this way, you are showing your child that being angry is normal but behavior caused by anger like throwing things or verbal abuse is not acceptable.

4) Praise: despite how difficult it can be sometimes, you must praise the child when he calms down or when he tries to communicate with you verbally with what is bothering him. Praising him in this way will show that only proper communication leads to problem solving while explosive behaviour leads to no good. If your child does not have the proper verbal skills, then encourage him to draw out his problem or even draw out an apology to whoever he may have hurt.

5) Triggers: Sometimes explosive behaviour becomes predictable when the child starts to lash out during a certain time of day, for example, when it is time to stop playing or bath time. When such behaviour becomes a pattern, then you can take control of the situation to break the cycle by preparing your child in advance, such as bath time is in ten minutes.In this way, you will be easing your child in the situation and giving him a form of mental preparation thus avoiding the explosive behaviour.

Author Bio: A parenting writer, Regina empowers women through her writing and parenting tips. You can catch more of her work on Babyography.

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Sooooo Excited!! Guest Post Tomorrow!!!

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