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Tip of the Week: Anti-Alcohol

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With the snow this week, and the holiday displays hitting retail stores like crazy, conversations are quickly turning to the holidays. This time of year brings to mind many things: baking, family, friends and holiday parties. Depending on your opinions about alcohol, these parties may include drinking. Even in households where drinking is socially acceptable, it is important to set up guidelines with the children in your life about what is legal, appropriate and what you expect.

I can remember the girl in my class whose mom was home when my friends and I came over, and the alcohol came out. Not only does it send the wrong message when a parent hosts a party with teens where alcohol is being served, it is illegal. Declare your home a party safe house. Monitor the alcohol that is in your home and connect with other parents where your child spends time to ensure that they know what you expect.

Do you remember this old 80s ad: Do you know where your kids are? Who their friends are? Who their friend’s parents are and what is important to them? As my oldest entered middle school this year, this seems more ominous than ever. Activities after school, dances, youth group, this club, that group… these all crowd our calendar more than ever. And, at each one of these activities are people who influence our daughter’s choices.

This is part of her growing independence, however it is important that she knows what we expect of her. And the same is true in your child’s life. In a recent study, 64% of eighth graders said alcohol was “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get and one in three 8th graders reported drinking within the last year. One of the most important things you can do to influence your child’s response to drinking is to talk about it, and your family table is the perfect place to bring up the conversation. Need some ideas for how to start the conversation? There are a number of resources at Talk: They Hear You.

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Frances Brooks
Director of Operations and Business Development

Tip of the Week: 4th of July Safety

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Each and every summer, since I was a little bitty kid, our family and friends have gathered together to celebrate the Fourth of July. When I lived at home, my grandparents had a huge summer BBQ with grilled chicken and the best Texas Sheet Cake I can remember. As we’ve grown older, our annual tradition still involves swimming all day and eating! With all this food and fun about, the last thing you want to add to your holiday memories is a trip to the emergency room!

  • The National Fire Protection Association reported that the risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19.
  • Males are injured more than females.
  • 36% of the 2011 injuries were to individuals younger than 20 years of age!

To help your friends and family remember these tips, send a fun reminder about fireworks safety with Sparky Cards!

In addition to fireworks, hot grills and sun burns also can have a negative effect on your joyful plans.

  • Avoid running or playing around hot grills and camp fires.
  • All members of your family should apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to prevent exposure to the sun’s rays.
  • Be sure to remember to reapply sunscreen when swimming or sweating.

Looking for some great kid’s activities for tomorrow? Try Patriotic Bean Bag Toss or Healthy Flag Centerpieces. My kids love to add fruit to skewers!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a relaxing holiday, and a great celebration honoring all that our country has achieved!

Happy 4th of July!

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Frances Brooks, Director of Marketing and Operations, wife and mom of 2

Tip of the Week: Safe Halloween

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They’re dressed up, bundled up and have been told to not cross the street without looking. They’ve assured you that they want to walk the neighborhood by themselves – but your gut (that instinctive-parent savior) screams, “Not this year.”

So, how do you decide when your child(ren) or grandchildren, or nieces and nephews, are old enough to travel with their friends or siblings and collect the candy that will be rampantly available tonight?

If your kids are trick or treating, I found a great resource for family safety – SAFE HALLOWEEN – on the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that children should only visit homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Worried that your kids will pick up too much candy tonight? Some local dentists are participating in a program to send candy to our troops. Find our more here.

In response to my question above – I wish I knew. My kids are in elementary, and “all their friends” are doing it. My response this year, “Maybe next year, girls!” If you have a great tip – please share it on our Facebook page – my thought this go-’round – when I feel comfortable leaving you at home by yourself, then I will feel comfortable having you walk the neighborhood after dinner by yourself. Let’s hope that is before they graduate!

-Frances

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