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Safety Concerns With Certain Age Groups

Toys come with a recommended age range for a few reasons. First of all, it has a lot to do with development levels. If a book is recommended for a twelve year old or older, that doesn’t mean that your eight year old can’t handle it, just that most eight year olds cannot. If your kid has already graduated from Doctor Seuss and Golden Books, they might be ready for the real literary experience waiting for them in the pages of Lord of the Flies or Winnie the Pooh.
Another reason for the age range is, of course, safety. Safety has more to do with physical development than mental or emotional development. The Haynes Internal Combustion engine is great for a kid who has grown strong enough to handle simple tools and carry slightly heavy parts. It’s recommended for kids aged eight to sixteen for reasons of both physical and mental development. A six year old would probably find it a bit cumbersome to put together when the engine block itself ways almost as much as they do.
If your six year old is the size of an eight year old, though, then you don’t have that to worry about. Safety issues are different from child to child just as mental development is different from child to child.
Under six years or so, though, you should probably be willing to treat these safety concerns as the gospel. Choking hazards are a very real threat, as are pointy, heavy, and delicate objects.
To break safety concerns down into age groups…
For baby toys, you really do want to regard the safety precautions with a lot of respect. Every toy you give a kid aged zero to twelve months needs to be a number of things in order to be safe. It has to be soft, it has to be devoid of anything like buttons that can easily snap off, and it has to be comfortable to cuddle with.
With toddlers, you want to avoid getting too complex with the toys. They can now handle plenty of toys with moving parts, but nothing easily broken, nothing with a lot of pointy corners, nothing that’s too heavy for them to safely lift, and you still want to be aware of choking hazards.
Small Children
Now it starts to get a little trickier. Some kids shoot up a foot or two between the ages of four and five, while others stay around the same size until they’re nearly seven or eight years old. At this point, you have to look at the safety precautions on the package and then exercise your own knowledge of your child’s development levels, physical and mental. And be honest with yourself! We all want to believe our kids are geniuses, but most five year olds just aren’t ready for a Technics Lego toy just yet. So try to stick to the recommended age range for now.
Here’s kind of a silly rule, but it’s a good gauge of your child’s physical growth. Next time you go grocery shopping, if your kid can easily carry a gallon of milk into the house and put it in the fridge without dropping it, he or she may be ready for toys recommended for eight year olds, but still, make sure to practice common sense and don’t give them anything that would make you nervous!…

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How to Help a Friend Who Has Lost a Family Member Without Making Things Worse

Sooner or later you will need advice for helping a friend who has lost a family member- and when the time comes, this book is one of the best on the topic. The title sums it up well:
Don’t Ask for the Dead Man’s Golf Clubs – What to Do and Say (and What Not to) When a Friend Loses a Loved One.
This book by Lynn Kelly is written in short sections formed from interviews with those who have personal experiences with loss. I bought it when my friend’s father was dying of cancer, and my own father had been diagnosed with lymphoma. (And, no I didn’t ask for his golf clubs.) It was a great help.
Lynn Kelly covers what really eased the pain for people who had lost a loved one. It also covers very clearly what others said and did which brought more hurt to them. However, isn’t it better to know what not to say? Sometimes when friends experience a tragedy we say little or nothing, or even pull away, maybe telling ourselves that they need time alone to grieve. We may fear that we will say or do the wrong thing. This book helps solve these problems. You’ll know what helped others and read samples of what it is better not to say. You won’t leave your friend feeling abandoned.
One point that is covered well is that promises should be kept. The person may really depend on your taking their kids to an event now and then, if you said that you would, and the kids may really look forward to it. But sometimes promises like that are forgotten by the one who made them, disappointing the young person. It is not always 100% convenient to keep a promise but in this case it is much more important than usual.
Sometimes we think that the person who suffered a loss would prefer not to have the name of their loved one come up in conversations and random memories. Yet family members have not forgotten their loved one and never will. They generally don’t mind hearing good memories which include their loved one, and feel better knowing that someone else remembers them as well.
Some loses are within the range of events that we expect to happen sooner or later in life- such as the loss of an elderly parent. At those times we still need the encouragement and support of friends. However if a family member is lost “before their time” the remaining members need the support and care of friends even more — though friends might be more uncertain of what to say and do. This book covers these topics well.…

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Scenario: Missing Family Member

What Should I Do?
When discovering that a loved one is missing, the feelings of devastation and loss are hard to overcome. By following the simple steps below, you will gain some control in locating your missing loved one. Do not hesitate to seek outside assistance because, often, the missing will be returned safely and unharmed if you take action immediately. Avoid doing nothing because this action (no action) could present more danger for your missing loved one.
1. Don’t panic! You need to be clear headed to consider your actions, options and resources.
2. Gather recent photos and dental records, if possible.
3. Write down the date of disappearance and a description of the missing person; height, weight, color of eyes and hair, age and birthdate, birthmarks and other identifying items; scars, tatoos, rings. The clothing the missing was wearing could also be important. Worn clothing can provide DNA. Even interests and talents could be helpful in locating your missing person.
4. Write down names, addresses and phone numbers of people who the missing was with the last time they were seen and where the loved one was when they disappeared.
5. If a child or adult has just wandered away from home, you need to call law enforcement and/or an agency who can help you do a physical search immediately.
6. Now report your missing loved one to the agencies who can help you. There are many organizations who can help. Do not try to bear this crisis alone. You need some outside support for your sanity and assistance.
7. If internet savvy, check the missing’s email communications. Amber Alert, Porchlight International, Peace4 The Missing, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Runaway Switchboard are just some of the internet and public organizations which can help. Most of these organizations offer service for free. You could publish information about your missing family member on Squidoo, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, My Space and any other social networks, also free.
8. Stay busy and avoid unnecessary worry. Worry increases your stress level which may be a detriment to locating your missing person.
9. Report any new communications from or locations of the missing to the selected advocate or law enforcement agencies.
10. If your missing person was a runaway and has since returned home, please visit and direct your loved one to some of the organizations which can help the person avoid future disappearances. These services are especially directed to teens and free.
Operation L.A.P. Foundation, Inc., aka Wisconsin Center 4 Missing Children & Adults (WCMCA) is an organization ready to help you. They will do physical searches. Their services are free and they are a registered 501(3)(c) charity. The organization is completely staffed by unpaid volunteers. If contacted as 1st responder, WCMCA will even report your missing loved one to your local law enforcement and act as your liaison, coordinating the search. WCMCA has helped 100’s of families.…

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A Homemakers’ Resume

In today’s ever-changing economy, I believe it is a good idea to have a resume on-hand at all times. It doesn’t matter whether you are a CEO of an outside company (other than your home) or if you are the CEO of Your Home (“A Seasoned Homemaker”) — a job I consider to be the hardest of them all! That is exactly why I wanted to write this article and share my heart with you.

I want you to feel confident about what you do as a Homemaker and how you affect the world around you. We are not just “stay-at-home-moms,” as I have heard derogatorily put now-a-days, but rather we are Momma-preneurs in every sense of the word!


Manage schedules and logistics for a family of five.

Create and balance priorities.

Create and implement a cost-effective budget.

Motivate, coach and counsel children.

Teach and implement model of work and moral ethics.

Work closely with teachers to monitor academic performance of each child within the home environment.

To plan, organize, co-supervise and execute extracurricular activities, both in and out of the home.

Mediate disputes among family member and to facilitate solutions for those disputes.

To be responsible for the purchasing of: clothing, food and supplies. Plan, prepare and serve nutritious meals for a family of five.

Coordinate and execute medical care for all family members.

To co-establish, execute and enforce the loving discipline of the children.

To chauffeur children to: school(s), team sport(s), music lesson(s), play date(s) and more!

Negotiating with suppliers, to pay invoices, reconcile accounts and negotiate savings.

Oversee and organize the arrangements for home and vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Create and maintain a clean home and everything in it for the family.

Meal planning and to create delicious dinners to entertain mate’s employers, clients, and friends.

And, finally to assist my hubby with the management of all family finances and investments.

Summary of Skills

*Effectively perform housekeeping and home management duties in a timely manner.

*Over fourteen year’s child care experience.

*Management, implementation and coordination of multiple activities and schedules.

*Ability to provide stress management strategies to meet Psychological and/or emotional needs of each family member.

*Excellent in problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills

Relevant Skills and Qualifications

Director of Domestic Management – skills include, but are not limited to, performing daily routine housekeeping such as: washing and drying of dishes, maintaining laundry, making of beds, changing of sheets, organizing rooms, general cleaning, disinfecting, and polishing kitchen, baths, bedrooms, laundry facilities and basements. To sweep, mop, wash, wax and polish floors, household trim, walls, furniture and more. Dusting of furniture and vacuuming of carpeting. Pick up debris for the household and empty trash containers. Responsible for implementing tasks for her staff (“the children”) to also assist her with these duties.

Machine Operator – skills/duties include, but are not limited to: washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, garage disposals, electrical equipment, and more.

Home Improvement Supervisor – skills/duties include, but are not limited to: do-it-yourself home improvement projects, painting, general up-keep and maintenance of your structural home, and more. If need be, interview and meet with prospective sub-contractors to assist in home improvement projects.

Director of Account and Financial Services – skills/duties include, but are not limited to: Budget Planning, Accounting; and Financial Management of the families’ daily, weekly, monthly and yearly living expenses. Financial planning and budgeting, coordinating and conducting of all household activities and purchases: such as groceries, clothing, field trips, sports trips, subscriptions, prescriptions and more! Negotiate prices, discounts, credit terms, and transportation arrangements for purchase of household merchandise. To ascertain savings and to use them to the best of her ability.

Secretarial skills/duties include, but are not limited to: maintaining multiple lines of communication, schedules, events, appointments and activities for your family.

Domestic Nursing – skills/duties include, but are not limited to: assessing, implementing and coordinating medical care for each and every family member (including pets) of the household. Being able to monitor, record, and report any symptoms of change of health of a family member (including pets). Administer medication and treatment as prescribed by a nurse practitioner, doctor and/or vet. Being able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient (and pet) care on a 24/7 basis.

Planning and Events Coordinator – skills/duties include, but are not limited to: meal planning, preparation, and cooking of daily meals catered to individual family members’ tastes and preferences. Plan mealtime menus and determine size of food portions. Estimate food requirements, costs, nutritional value, and monitor and order supplies as needed. Serve meals timely and pleasantly. Planning of family activities, such as: vacation time, play dates, special events, sporting events, etc.

Social Work Coordinator – skills/duties include, but are not limited to: providing the best possible counsel to assist family members in developing skills. To deal with and resolve social, personal …

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Your Baby and Sleep Habits

Newborn babies sleep a lot. They typically sleep 14 to 18 hours a day during their first week of life. By the time they are a month old their hours of sleep drops down to 12 to 16 hours. Even though they sleep so many hours, most babies don’t stay asleep for more than 2 to 4 hours at a time during their first few weeks of life. You may ask, why do newborn babies sleep for such short, irregular periods of time? Baby sleep cycles are much shorter than those of adults. Babies spend more time in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is a lighter sleep than non-REM sleep, and is also more easily disrupted. At six to eight weeks old, most babies begin to sleep for shorter periods of time during the day, and longer periods at night. They still will continue to wake up for a feeding during the night. They also have shorter periods of REM sleep and longer periods of deep, non-REM sleep.
Some babies early on get their days and nights mixed up. They are wide awake just when mom and dad are ready to go to sleep. Once your baby is about one month old, you can begin to help him or her distinguish between night and day. When your baby is awake during the day play with him as much as you can. Don’t worry about common household noises such as the television, phone, or washing machine. If he’s sleeping through feeding times, wake him up. At night, when he wakes for a feeding, try not to stimulate him. Keep the lights low, feed him, change him than put him right back into his crib to sleep. Before long your baby should realize that night time is for sleeping.
Establishing a sleep routine for your new baby is very important. How babies sleep is based a large part on habit. Their little bodies use signals that it is time to sleep. Always putting your baby in the crib for sleeping will help signal to him that this is the place for sleep. Keep your baby’s bedtime routine simple. Change them, sing a quiet lullaby, and give them a kiss goodnight. By the time your baby is six to eight weeks old, you can start giving them a chance to fall asleep on their own. Put him down when he’s sleepy, but still awake. If you rock or nurse her at this young age, it will be difficult to change this routine later on.
Creating a secure, comfortable sleep environment; coupled with developing a consistent routine, will help create healthy sleep habits for your new baby.…

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A Little About Newborn Baby Clothes

Every new baby needs newborn baby clothes. Before you are even permitted to take the baby out of the hospital you have to make sure that you have a change of clothes ready for the baby. Most families purchase their newborn baby clothes long before the baby is even born.
While some families may wait until they know which gender the baby will be others prefer not knowing the baby’s gender until birth and therefore purchase newborn baby clothes which can be used by either gender. But no matter how you choose to look at it is important to know that before you even go into the hospital for the delivery of the child you have to make sure that you already have newborn baby clothes on hand.
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to getting these clothes for your baby. You will be needing things like hats and that as well as booties, shorts and shirts. Furthermore, you will also need things like blankets and towels as well. While these may not seem to be part of your standard concept of what makes newborn baby clothes, you’ll come to a realization the moment you received the list of things that you will need from the doctor that these two particular items will also need to be included with your purchases.
Is important to make sure that what you get is all natural cotton fabric because they newborn baby may be allergic to certain types of fabrics and you do not need the baby to develop an allergic reaction before you even take it home. The good news is though, that generally the first couple of sets of clothing that you will purchase for your baby are actually affordable. Just make sure that they are easy to use because your baby will be wearing diapers as well as still have the umbilical cord attached for the first couple of weeks after the birth.…

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Why You Should Teach Your Kids About Money

As a parent, you want to raise your children to be financially independent and to understand the value of a dollar. If your child does not understand the importance of being frugal and saving for a rainy day, chances are they will continue with those same bad habits into adulthood. Everyone wants the best for their children, so teaching them about money at an early age should make a positive impact on their lives. Let’s talk about some simple ways that you can teach your children the value of a dollar and hopefully set them on a path to financial prosperity.
1. Start when they are very young. You are presented with the perfect opportunity to introduce children to money when they are learning to count. After the child learns that 2 plus 2 equals 4, ask them to add 2 dollars plus 2 dollars. This will get the ball rolling and help them understand the correlation between money and numbers.
2. Teach the child the difference between need and want. This is a simple lesson that even a 4 year old can understand. If you break it down into terms that they can recognize, they should easily grasp the concept.
3. Teach them the value of saving. Saving money is a habit that many adults do not understand. This is because they were probably not taught as children the importance of saving money. If you explain to the child that if they spend all of their money on candy, they will not have enough to buy that one toy that they have been hoping for.
4. Give them an allowance. If you simply buy everything for your children and don’t make them spend their own money, they will never understand the value of a dollar. When they want something, tell the child that they will have to buy it with their own money. The child should have an understanding about what is expected of them when it comes to household chores and grades at school, so if they are holding up their end of the bargain and fulfilling their obligations, they deserve an allowance. Encourage them to save a portion of their allowance for the things that they might need and to use the rest for the things that they want.
5. Open a bank account. Take your child to the bank and open a savings account in their name. This will give them an opportunity to understand how banking works. The increase in their balance every week will reinforce the idea that saving money is important and possible.
6. Let them make mistakes. It is important to let children have a little freedom to choose how they will spend their money. This will give them the opportunity to make some mistakes. This may seem counter productive to the lesson you are trying to teach, but everybody makes and learns from their mistakes.
7. Teach them about the dangers of borrowing money. Understanding that borrowing money can have a negative impact on your financial well being is a concept that many adults do not understand. Teach your children the pitfalls of spending money that they do not have so that they will avoid doing so in the future.
Using these tips should set your children on a path to financial security.…