Monday, June 28, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Safety Basics

Safety Tips below are for 'Big Kids ages 5-9 at Home' but this site lets you choose any age group, any risk area and any location. Check it out for more tips:

Burn Prevention for Big Kids At Home

Flame burns (caused by direct contact with fire) are more common among older children. Because young children have thinner skin than older children and adults, their skin burns at lower temperatures and more deeply. There are several precautions parents and caregivers can take to keep children safe from burns.
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Falls Prevention for Big Kids At Home

As children get older, they become more active and play in larger groups. But even when little kids grow bigger, their motor skills are still developing. Head injuries are associated with most deaths and severe injuries resulting from falls. Learn how to keep your child safe from fall-related injuries.
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Fire Prevention for Big Kids At Home

Big kids are curious about fire. Teaching your children about the hazards of playing with matches and other flammable materials, as well as practicing a fire escape route with your family, can help prevent accidents and injuries.
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Poison Prevention for Big Kids At Home

Big kids may spend more time without adult supervision. You can best protect your children by keeping harmful substances out of their sight and reach, and by testing for lead and carbon monoxide.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Sanity Tips for Eating Out With the Kids

By Marion Winik

Believe me when I tell you that the young gentlemen of my household, ages 12 and 9, are not cosmopolitan or gourmands. The best thing you could ever pack in their lunch boxes is a nice cold package of Lunchables, and they love beef jerky, french fries, and pizza. But - here's the surprise - they also sometimes get a yen for sushi, tofu, fried calamari, artichokes, Mexican food, or dim sum. They love to eat out, and they love to eat well.

I'm afraid I can't attribute their tastes to any exceptional quality of their attitudes or palates. I guess it's simply a result of continued exposure to these foods and environments. According to Isobel Contento, a professor of nutrition education at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City, "Continued exposure to new foods is extremely important. Research suggests that children sometimes need to be exposed to food ten to fifteen times before they develop a liking to the food."

Research by Contento and many of her colleagues supports my hunch: Any kid can learn to dine out and enjoy a broader range of foods, if given the chance. Unfortunately, resisting the temptation to feed kids only "kid food" ordered from "kid menus" at "kid-friendly" restaurants is no piece of Tastycake. But if you don't, you wind up with kids whose narrow palates and general cluelessness about restaurant behavior are the self-fulfilling prophecies of Ronald, Wendy, and the Colonel.

I love going out to eat, but I don't love anything that comes in a nugget or is served in molded plastic. My solution is this: While we do consume our share of burgers and pizza, our family also patronizes real restaurants. If you're ready to try something a little more civilized and adventurous than another trip to KFC, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Tasting Tips for Kids

The journey of a thousand meals begins with a single bite - or something like that. Here are some clues to guiding that first morsel safely into the hangar.

* Don't make a huge deal out of the new food in question. Start simply - just let your kids see the grown-ups eating and enjoying it.

* While you don't want to flat-out lie, remember the old "tastes like chicken" ploy. You might say in your most casual tone, "Want a bite?" Then, when you're asked what it is, say, "It's like steak" (in other words, it's venison). Or try, "Taste a bite and see if you can guess."

* Never eschew bribes: "A quarter for the first person who can guess what it is." "Taste it and you can pick the dessert."

* If they absolutely hate it, do not make them eat it. If they're not sure, you might suggest a second taste, perhaps with soy sauce, pepper, or lemon to personalize the flavor.

Rules for Restaurants

Want to get your kids through an eating-out experience without a meltdown? Here are a few guidelines to make it more fun for everyone.

* Do keep paper and crayons or pens in your purse at all times. This way, the gimmick of kid-friendly restaurants is yours anywhere. Older kids can play hangman and "dots."

* Don't make a federal case about dressing up. Most restaurants these days don't mind casual clothes, and by choosing one with a relaxed dress code, you'll eliminate one area of dissent.

* Don't let kids have too much sugary soda before the food arrives.

* Don't let the waitperson serve meals to the kids first. If you do, the timing will get screwed up: They'll lose patience before you've finished your main course.

* Don't bring other kids who have more limited palates than your own do. You don't want to get an "ew" thing going.

* Do allow a field trip or two to the bathroom or the lobby. Accompany your kids the first time to demonstrate acceptable behavior.

* Don't let your child order some expensive item she's never had before without having her first try an appetizer or tasting portion.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


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