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Ride, Roll and Fun!

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By Teresa Schaeffer

Bicycles, tricycles, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards can be a great way for children to exercise, burn off some energy, have some fun and develop a sense of independence while improving their gross motor skills at the same time but these activities are not without risk. Apart from automobiles, these activities are related to more childhood injuries than any other consumer products. The consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there were nearly 240,000 accidents involving bicycles and tricycles alone last year.

Here are a few important things you can do to keep your child safe this summer:

  • Dress your child in bright or reflective clothing so that they can be seen easily and do not allow your child to ride when it is dark.
  • Never allow your child to wear headphones because they need to be able to hear oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
  • Make sure the equipment is the correct size for your child and that it matches your child’s abilities. The child’s feet should touch the ground when seated on a bike and it should be a good fit for their current age.
  • Make sure your child’s equipment is in good working order. It should be kept in good repair and inspected often. On bikes be sure to include the brakes, tire pressure, gears (if applicable) and check the tightness of the chain. If you don’t know much about the workings of a bike, find a local bike shop and ask for an annual tune-up.
  • If your child will be riding in the street, make sure they know the rules of the road to keep them safe. Riders should understand and obey all street signs, traffic lights and crossing signals and should always ride in the direction of traffic. Never against it. They also need to always be aware of cars coming out of driveways, parking spaces and parking lots. Make sure your child and knows the following hand signals so that they can effectively and safely communicate.
    • Left turn: Left arm extended straight out
    • Right turn: Left arm bent up at the elbow, or right arm extended straight out
    • Stopping: Left arm bent down at the elbow
  • Have your child wear a helmet every time they ride a bike. Be sure your child knows that riding with a helmet is non-negotiable and there are absolutely no exceptions to the rule and check to make sure that it fits properly and securely each time they ride.

Wearing a helmet is the easiest and most effective way to prevent injuries and provide life-saving protection for your child. A properly fitting helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85%. The catch is it that it has to actually be worn. With so many different designs you can find one that is not only comfortable for your child to wear but also fits their style. Look for vents in the helmet for an extra cool ride and a dial adjustment system to make sure it has a very secure and comfortable fit.

No matter what style you choose, check that the helmet has been safety tested. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test helmets to see if they comply with certain minimum standards and are ready to protect your child in the case of a fall or accident. Look for at least one of these certifications on any product you are considering purchasing for your child. If your child will also be skateboarding, be sure to get a dual certified helmet for both biking and skateboarding. A dual certified helmet will have stickers on the interior that say both CPSC and ASTM.

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Summer Safety Tip #2 Bug Off! Protecting Kids from Ticks and Lyme Disease

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By Teresa Schaeffer

As the weather warms up, bugs come out in full force and the disease spreading tick is one of the worst of the bunch. Don’t let their small size fool you. These creepy crawlies can pack a dangerous bite when it comes to disease.

When most people think of ticks, they think of Lyme disease which is common in the northeast but these pesky bugs can carry other diseases as well including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia. Symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, joint of muscle pain and a “bulls eye” looking rash or a splotchy rash and stomach pain in the case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

If you find an attached tick:

  1. Grasp the tick as close as you can to the skin's surface with fine tipped tweezers.
  2. Slowly and steadily pull straight up and away from the skin, applying steady pressure.
  3. Check to see if you left any of the tick's head or mouth in the bite.
  4. Clean the area with soap and water and follow up with triple antibiotic cream.

The best way to avoid Lyme and other diseases is to prevent tick bites. Ticks thrive in tall grass, brush and wooded areas. Avoiding these areas will lower your risk but not completely eliminate possible exposure. Just spending time outside, walking your dog or playing the back yard can bring you into contact with these creepy bugs. If you hike, stay in the center of the trail and away from the tips of branches where ticks gather. Use an insect repellant containing DEET on your skin, clothes and gear.

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Summer Safety Tip #1 Stay Cool and Stay Hydrated

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By Teresa Schaeffer

Summer is finally here which means it is time to get outside, explore the great outdoors and recharge our solar batteries. Sunlight is vital to healthy growth in children. It helps the body produce vitamin D which is necessary to absorb minerals essential to growth, development, and a healthy immune system. It helps the body take in calcium from the foods we eat and reduces the risk of infectious disease by turning on key peptides in your immune system that trigger a stronger immune response.

Being outdoors and spending time in the sun is an important part of a healthy childhood. But before you hit the local playground or send the kids outside to play, take a few minutes to consider summer’s unique safety challenges. The days are longer, hotter, more humid and infants and children are not able to regulate their body temperature as well as adults do. Before you send the kids out to play in the sun, learn how to protect your child against the dangers of heat and dehydration.

Kids are at higher risk of heat related illnesses because they have a larger surface area in comparison to their total weight. They also tend to be less aware of the risks the heat brings when they are playing and having fun. Our bodies create a lot of heat and as the temperature rises, our body produces sweat to stay cool. When your body can not cool itself, your temperature rises, and you can become seriously ill. In very hot and humid weather, children can quickly lose fluids through sweating which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration and hot temperatures can cause their natural cooling system to break down and allow the heat in the body to build to dangerous levels. This can cause heat related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Prevention of dehydration and heat related illnesses is very important when temperatures rise. When spending time outdoors:

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Computers, Tablets and Smartphones Oh My!

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Parenting today is very different than when we were kids and requires a whole new set of standards. Let’s face it, computers, tablets and smartphones are an integral part of our everyday lives and children have access to technology at a very young age. That isn’t going to change so what should we as parents and early educators do about it?

According to a joint statement by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning, when “used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are very effective tools to support learning and development.”

But how do we as educators and parents determine what is appropriate? Lisa Guernsey, author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media—From Baby Videos to Educational Software—Affects Your Young Child provides some positive guidance for families and early educators. She suggests that parents and educators determine when and how to use various technologies based on the Three C’s: the content, the context, and the needs of the individual child.

Parents should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Content—How does this help children learn, play, imagine, or explore?
  • Context—What kinds of social interactions are happening? Does it complement and not interrupt my child’s learning and play?
  • The Individual Child—What does this child need right now to enhance his or her growth and development? Is this technology an appropriate match with my child’s needs, abilities, interests, and development stage?

When monitoring and setting limits to your child’s use of electronic devices consider the following:

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5 Tips for Indoor Gardening With Children

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By Connie Pelton

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“I’m bored!” Most parents have heard that dreaded complaint from their child in the winter when kids are cooped up in the house. You can chase away your child’s boredom blues by creating an indoor garden together. You’ll get a jumpstart on the spring planting season and keep your kids busy. A gardening project provides children with the right combination of skills and tasks to further their development. Here are five tips to help your little gardener bring a little bit of the outdoors inside.

1. Create a Windowsill Garden

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Windowsill gardens are easy and kid-friendly. By using containers, kids can watch seeds grow into larger plants. Seasoned gardeners suggest growing herbs by using a long, narrow container to fit your windowsill and to catch drainage. But any leftover container you have around the house, including butter or margarine tubs or plastic cups, will work as well. You can find seeds and potting soil at your local garden store. Herbs are great for windowsill gardens as they grow pretty quickly, and you have a wide array of choices. Mint, rosemary, dill, oregano, and thyme will grow and thrive as long as you keep the soil damp and give the plants some sun. Add some natural mulch to the top to keep the plants moist.

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Are you wondering if your preschooler is ready for kindergarten?

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Hand-eye coordination, hand strength and visual motor integration are important parts of the learning process for young children. Hand-eye coordination and visual motor integration allow your child to track the movements of their hands with their eyes. Once they enter school, it impacts handwriting as they use their eyes to guide, direct and contro...
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How To Prepare Your Child For The Holidays - Tip 2

How To Prepare Your Child For The Holidays - Tip 2
Let's practice the behaviors that make you most proud.  This is such a fun activity for adults and kids alike! The Gifts Do you mind seeing your kids rip paper off presents one after another without so much as a thank you, or do you dream of the cute child you know your little one to be, who is usually so loving and thankful.  Here's the ...
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How To Prepare Your Child For The Holidays - TIP 1

How To Prepare Your Child For The Holidays - TIP 1
​As we all know, the holidays can be busy times, but with children, we always strive to make the Holidays  a magical experience. With guests coming, party invites and family gatherings, here's our first awesome tip to help prepare your children for the incoming crowd and busy schedule of the holidays. 1 - Keep Everyone Informed Be su...
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Holiday Events in the Roanoke Valley - With Event Links for Details!

Holiday Events in the Roanoke Valley - With Event Links for Details!
Ready for the Holidays? Here are some of our favorite Holiday events in the Roanoke Valley . . .  Wednesday, Dec. 5th - 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM -  Holiday Lights Tour - Grandin Village Thursday, Dec. 6th - 5:30 PM-8 PM - 2018 SML Christmas Celebration & Tree Lighting Thursday, Dec. 6th - 7 PM-10 PM - Vinton Christmas Parade - Sout...
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New Years At Noon - Roanoke

New Years At Noon - Roanoke
​ Celebrate at Noon - with a bouncy ball drop of 100,000 Balls! The BIGGEST and BEST KID FRIENDLY NEW YEARS CELEBRATION In The Roanoke Valley!   Family Friendly - Alcohol Free!  Tickets are $11 per person - $2 off COUPON AVAILABLE NOV 15-DEC 15 at ALL LOCAL KROGERS!  Children under 2 are free. ​Time December 31, 2018 -...
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5 Ways To Encourage A Picky Eater

5 Ways To Encourage A Picky Eater
As parents, we have all had to face the fears of feeding a picky eater. So here are some tips on how to get your picky eater to eat the healthy food you want. Let's start at the beginning. In order to produce good healthy eating habits, it's best to open your kids up to new foods at a young age. Most of the time, when a child says "no" to food, it'...
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Halloween Safety Tips

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Best Fall Hikes Around Roanoke For Kids - Hike 1 - GREEN HILL PARK, SALEM

​ With the beautiful fall colors approaching, we are taking you for a tour around Roanoke to find the best hiking trails for families with young children.  Our first stop is the fabulous Green Hill Park in Salem.  This is one of our favorite places to hike because of the year-round diversity of activities.  In spring, we hike up the ...
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5 Ways to Tame Your Child's Temper Tantrums

While parents often try to prevent temper tantrums, experts now suggest that tantrums are simply a mechanism for toddlers to release frustration and let off some steam when words are difficult to express.  Here's some expert advice on how to handle this behavior and teach your child other ways to steam: 1.       &...
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Yard Safety Tips for Spring

Check out our mini-guide as you review your yard for child safety this Spring.  Brought to you by HoneyTree Early Learning Centers,        
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National Car Seat Check

NATIONAL CAR SEAT CHECK THIS SATURDAY!
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3 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Around Fireworks

​ Fireworks Safety We know fireworks are fun and young kids look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can cause serious injuries to children, including devastating burns and other injuries. The best way to keep your children safe is to not use any fireworks at home. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to th...
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6 Water Safety Tips to Kick Off Summer!

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Is There a Difference Between Limit-Setting and Discipline?

In life, people use a lot of different words to describe the same thing. Discipline and limit-setting, for example, are two words parents like to use interchangeably. The question is – do they mean the same? The short answer – not really. As a parent, it is certainly in your best interest to know the difference between the two. This way, you can le...
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3 Musical Instruments You Can Make At Home With Your Children

3 Musical Instruments You Can Make At Home With Your Children
​ Children are huge fans of music; and they are huge fans of arts and crafts. What if you could blend the two together? What if you could sit down with your child and create homemade musical instruments together? With this guide, you can! In fact, here are three musical instruments you could make with your child. 1. Coffee Can Drums One of the easi...
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