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Safety Skills for the Whole Family

 

Safety is one issue us parents worry about, and equipping your child on what to do in different scenarios can definitely ease the apprehensions. More so, when your child is ready, an experience can alter from a traumatic encounter into an empowering one! HeyMom compiles safety tips for situations relevant today that you can go over with your little one. Keep them handy this coming school year and rainy season!

 

 

MALL STRATEGIES

Your child's natural curiosity may make them wander away while in the mall. Being lost is scary no matter what age, so here are things you can teach him when he gets separated from you or his caregiver.

 

1. Teach your child that when this happens, he should stop where he is and keep calm.

2. He should look around for grown-ups, because they’re usually nearby looking for him too.

3. If the adult is not visible, then teach him to yell out the adult’s name. Practice this at home to boost your child's confidence in doing so.

4. Show him how to identify mall employees and security officers that can be of help.

5. If he can't locate any, he can ask a woman with children or grandparents for help. They’re least likely to harm a child.

 

Parent Tip:  Dress your child in bright clothes to easily spot him. Put identification badges in their pockets and have them memorize your phone number. Go back to the last place you were with your child. Ask for the mall's security for help immediately to speed up the search. You can also assign a meet-up place with your child in every mall you visit.

 

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STRANGER KNOW-HOW

Children's innocence makes them an easy target for people with bad intentions. Educate your child on what to do when strangers approach him or hover too close for comfort.

 

1. Tell your child to always ask permission from you, or a trusted adult like his teacher, caregiver, or close relative, before talking or getting close to a stranger.

2. Advise him to never give personal information to a stranger. He must trust his gut feel and stay away from anyone who makes him feel uncomfortable.

3. Practice saying “NO” with him and teach him to stay away from people who are offering treats, a ride, or asking help with a task (like finding a lost pet). He must immediately report this to a safe grownup. Teach your kids to identify "safe grownups", such as a school authority, security guard, co-parent, and the like.

4. If an abductor is already grabbing your child, he should kick, bite, scream, fight, and make as much as noise as he can.

 

Parent Tip: Explaining different stranger scenarios can frighten your child, so speak in a calm manner and reiterate that these are safety precautions. Know where he is at all times. Have him go out with an adult or a friend you know. Being in a group is also safer for your child. This buddy system keeps your child in check as well.

 

By Red Cross [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

HOME SAFETY

There are unforeseeable circumstances that may happen even at home such as a power outage or natural calamities. Give your child tips on how to handle these situations.

 

1. Have the emergency kit handy and accessible to the entire family, especially your child. Instruct him how to use flashlights, cellular phones, and the portable radio. Safe drinking water, easy open canned goods, and first aid should be readily available in the kit. Show your child where the kit is stored, detailing responsible and proper usage of the items inside.

2. Remind your child not to play with fire and teach him how to use the fire extinguisher for small flames. Thoroughly brief him the emergency escape plan as well.

3. During black outs, earthquakes, or flooding inside the house, guide him on how to unplug sensitive electrical equipment to avoid damage to appliances. Teach this to older kids who may be of help when everyone in the family is working on the situation.

4. Post emergency numbers near the landline that your child can call to get help. If the phone lines are down, let him know that a car charger or power bank can be used for charging cellphones.

5. In cases of strong typhoon winds or earthquakes, show them the safest and sturdiest location in your home away from glass windows. When shaking starts, he must drop down and take cover underneath tables and protect his head. He should remain inside the house until it is safe to exit.

 

Image by Shayan (USA) from flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)

 

LATE PICK-UP TIPS

We sometimes can't prevent being late from fetching our child in school, at a friend’s house, or at a play area. Reduce the panic and teach your child these tips.

 

1. Lend him a phone with your and your chosen fetchers' numbers stored in it. Alternatively, have him keep a list of numbers and important details in his bag or clothing. He can hand this to a trusted adult assigned to look after him if he can't access a phone.

2. Tell your child to stay inside the premises and not to wander away until you arrive. He shouldn't ride with other adults or children without your strict permission.

 

Parent Tip: Speak to his school administration, friend's caregiver, or play area manager of the people who can fetch him in case you can't. Let them know immediately if you can’t pick your child up on time. Advise your relatives or trusted friends that they're your chosen fetchers. Your child will feel secure knowing that he can count on Tita or Lolo to pick him up when you're not available.

 

Image by Barney Moss from flicker.com (CC BY 2.0)

 

BASIC FIRST AID

With school starting and the rainy season approaching, equip your child with basic first aid knowledge in case of sickness and accidents.

 

1. If he slips and hits his head hard, he should be careful not to shake his head and call for help immediately. Advise him to tell you if he is sleepy, nauseous, couldn’t see well, or has a severe headache (and get professional help right away). If he is bleeding from the slip but no head injury, and an adult is still on the way, teach him to apply pressure on the wound until help arrives.

2. If he hurts his extremities such as his leg, teach him to manage with RICE until an adult can look after him:

R-est the sprained or strained area

I-ce the affected area

C-ompress by wrapping an elastic bandage lightly around the injured site

E-levate above heart level

3. After playing in the rain, he must dry himself off and remove wet clothing. If he feels cold or develop chills, he can warm up safely by wrapping himself in warm and dry clothes, drink warm beverages, and apply hot packs wrapped with cloth to his skin. He can only take a warm shower once his temperature is regulated.

4. If your child develops colds, advise him to drink lots of water. For a toddler, teach him how to blow his nose to relieve congestion. Your child can also use more pillows to elevate his head and to sleep comfortably.

 

Parent Tip: If your child is gasping or is unresponsive, call for professional help immediately and start CPR for children. Always have first aid kits at home, in your travel bag, and in your car, and have a guide readily available as well.

 

There you have it, safety tips that you and your child can count on in relevant situations today. Do you have other recommendations you can share with fellow moms? Sound it off at the comments section!

 

Father’s Day Activities for the Family

 

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Father’s Day is nearing and it’s time for the whole family to let good ol’ Dad know just how important he is. Typically, Father’s Day doesn’t get as much fanfare as Mother’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change that. This year, show him you care with one of these activities and gift ideas for the most important man in your life.

 

1. Make a video.

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These days, making a video is as easy as tapping ‘record’ on your smartphone. With the variety of fun editing apps available, you can easily include funny filters and text to your recording. Film each member of the family giving a short dedication, cut it together using some basic editing software, and don’t forget to include Dad’s favorite song for the background and you’re good to go. Make sure to get the whole family together to watch it. Not only is it a great way of showing your appreciation for your husband but it’ll open channels of communication that may not have been there previously.

 

2. Make a meal.

Photo from oohsncoos.com

 

Whip up something in the kitchen for him. Together with your kids, cook his favorite dish. You know what they say about the fastest way to a man’s heart. Give your kids safe kitchen responsibilities like grating the cheese, stirring the sauce and tearing up the herbs with their hands. Go a step further and include a handmade card made by the kids to present with the meal.

 

3. Daddy Spa Day

Spa days aren’t just for stressed out mommies, let hardworking Dad get in on the R&R action, too. Let your kids help you set up a spa-like retreat in your own home. Put on some relaxing music, light some candles, and bust out the monogrammed bathrobe for the man of the day.

 

Here are a few simple spa treatments you can do at home for Dad:

 

Honey mask - Apply one to two teaspoons of honey to the face (make sure it’s clean) and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Then rub skin in a gentle, circular motion to help exfoliate it. Let sit another five minutes then clean off with a damp washcloth.

Photo from coconut-merchant.com

 

Coconut oil treatment - Moisturize those tired hands with some coconut oil. Coat his hands in coconut oil and place hands in disposable vinyl gloves, which you can find in drug stores. Let them sit in the gloves for 10 to 15 minutes then remove and clean with a damp washcloth.

 

Cucumber slices for eyes -Help reduce puffiness and revitalize tired eyes by placing cool cucumber slices on both eyes for at least 30 minutes.

 

4. Go bowling.

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Nothing brings a family together quite like a friendly game of bowling. Head over to the nearest bowling center and see who can bowl a strike first. Bowling’s a great game for the family because it’s easy to learn and even beginners can enjoy it. It also fosters a healthy spirit of competition and makes for a fun-filled day for the entire family.

 

5. Go offline.

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When’s the last time you had some quiet time with the family, away from technology and the internet? Chances are it’s been a while. This Father’s Day encourage the whole family to put away all devices and spend some quality time with Dad. This means it’s time for the kids to turn off their video games and tablets and focus on catching up on everyone’s lives and simply enjoying this time with each other, without the distractions, after all, the best gift you can give your husband is time well spent.

 

 

Help your child stay mentally alert with Nutroplex

 

These days, a lot of emphasis has been placed on the importance of a healthy body. We exercise and eat a balanced diet of whole foods and grains but what about when it comes to our brain? As a parent, you play an important role in making sure your child’s brain is in tip-top shape. Here are a few ways you can make sure your child is mentally alert and ready for any challenge that comes his way.

 

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Prepare a diet rich in "brain foods". Incorporate oily fish like salmon, mackerel, or sardines into his diet; these fish contain essential fatty acids that assist in brain function as well as help keep the heart and joints healthy. Not all fruits are created equal, studies have shown that the consumption of blueberries may delay short term memory loss so stock up on frozen blueberries for a fun and tasty treat. As for veggies, broccoli, which is high in vitamin K, can enhance cognitive function and boost brainpower. As for mid-day snacking foods, nuts might be the answer as they are a good source of vitamin E, which can help prevent cognitive decline.

 

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Play brain training games with your child. Play time isn’t just about running around and being active, mental games are just as important. Let him solve some word search games and crossword puzzles, these help build his vocabulary and encourages mental focus. Memory games are also excellent at keeping kids’ brains working at an optimum level through focus and information retention, a useful skill not only for doing well in school but for practical things like memorizing important details like emergency phone numbers and directions for getting home. As he grows older, challenge him further by introducing games like chess to encourage him to think two steps ahead.

 

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Teach him the importance of staying hydrated. A study done by the University of East London has shown that drinking a glass of water before a specific mental task can help your brain work 14 percent faster. They believe it’s because when you drink water, especially when you’re thirsty and dehydrated, you’re freeing up precious brain resources that were busy processing the sensations of thirst, allowing you to focus better on the matter at hand. Give your child a BPA-free water bottle to take with him when he goes off to school. Refill it when he gets back and see to it that he’s finishes it before going to bed.

 

 

Make sure he takes his vitamins. Even if your child may have a healthy diet and is mentally active, it is best to integrate a vitamin supplement into his daily routine to ensure he’s getting proper nutrition. Nutroplex is rich in Iron, Vitamin B-complex and Vitamin A, the essential vitamins and minerals that help enhance mental alertness and quick thinking. With that you are confident that he can be independent and can face life’s everyday challenges even when you are not around.

 

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