3 Steps to Creating a Kid-Friendly Yard

Plant a Green Space

Kids love to run and chase and play catch. All of those actions need a smooth, fall-safe landing zone. The best place to play soccer, freeze tag, and to lay down and look at the passing clouds is definitely a lawn. It doesn’t have to be an acre in size, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. You are raising kids, not grass, after all.

If you’re lucky enough to be starting from scratch, find a grass seed or sod that is drought tolerant. That way you won’t be a slave to watering. Also, seriously think about installing a sprinkler system so that you can water at the absolute best times. You could set the system to water the lawn early in the morning, before the sun can interfere by causing evaporation.

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Build a Hideaway

Create a kid-sized hideaway. There are so many ways you could do this: sheets from a thrift store over a clothesline make a great tent. For a temporary fort, a refrigerator or other large appliance box is fun, with the added bonus that it can be painted or drawn on with other various art supplies. If you’re super handy with tools, and have an appropriate tree, build a tree house. You could even make a growing teepee out of cut tree branches and green beans. Read More

Family Roadtrips: Are We There Yet?

Are you dreaming of escaping on your next family getaway? Ready to load the family up and take a vacation? If you ever took a road trip with your family, I am sure you remember. Whether your memories are good or bad, you remember. Families often have their own oral history and road trips are ideal times for storytelling. Family vacations are a fantastic way to build your relationships and your family’s story.

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Yellowstone National Park

This is an epic family destination. According to this blog post on ShopAdelaides.com, “It is one of the most visited of the US national parks and boasts an astounding number of wildlife, beautiful views, and truly amazing geological activity. Old Faithful and the rest of the geysers in the western region of the park are sights that will interest anyone with even a passing interest in earth and environmental science.” It appeals to kids of all ages, as well as the adult members of your family.

Visiting Yellowstone allows you to adapt your trip to meet your specific needs. Do you need to get out of the car and move? There are walking trails and small hikes at most of the features. The majority of these trails are stroller and wheelchair friendly. Do you have members of the family that would rather just ride in the car? Plenty of thermal features and all of the animals can be seen via the road. Kids can even earn a junior ranger patch. Read More

3 Easy Steps to a Great Medical Appointment

Making the most of your child’s medical exam takes a little preparation. When visiting a new medical provider, you not only have to reassure your child, but you also need to make sure the provider truly understands your child and his or her needs. You can take a few easy steps to make sure that you are prepared to do both.

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Understand Why You are Visiting the Provider

New medical professionals are sometimes frightening to a child. If you understand why you are visiting this new person, you may be able to better explain it to your child. You can either ask your referring professional or reach out to the new provider. You’ll need to know if the new provider is a specialist. If you don’t understand what the provider actually does, you can consult an online list that shows you the provider’s specialty. You’ll also want to understand why your child was referred to this provider, if he or she was. Knowing what you hope to gain from the visit to the provider will also let you explain the need for the visit to your child. Read More

Kid-Related Injuries that End Up in the ER

Each year, kids being brought to the emergency room for injuries are in the millions. It is estimated that almost nine million kids below the age of 15 are treated in the ER for various types of injuries. Of this figure, seven million had accidental injuries which, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign, are actually preventable.

In 2012, more than 1.3 million were also treated in the ER for sports injuries that included torn knee ligaments, sprained ankles and concussions in the head or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI often results from falls and more than 55 percent among kids aged 0 to 14 were affected from 2006 to 2010. For non-fatal TBI injuries, most ER visits were those from children aged 0 to 4 years during the same period. Most falls or 90 percent resulted from equipment-related injuries affecting the head and bones such as those in the arms, elbows and clavicles. According to the doctors, if only playgrounds were designed properly and kids playing
there are well supervised, these injuries can be prevented. Read More

3 Questions to Start a Family-Run Business

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Ready to start a family-run business? There are a few points to consider before you jump in. First, what would be the best business for your family? Second, what kind of funding will you need to get started? Third, how operating the business impact your family life?

Choose Wisely

According to Brad Sugars, online writer, you shouldn’t choose a business because its what you already know. Just because you were trained as a hairdresser, you don’t have to open a salon. Also, you shouldn’t pick a business just because you have a passion for it. You may really love shoveling snow, but if you live in southern California, snow shoveling is not a very profitable service. You should make sure that it is a product or service that customers will come back for again and again. It makes more sense to sell to returning customers than it does to spend time, energy and money on getting new customers.

Also, make sure there is a high profit margin. Plenty of businesses promise the cheapest prices and undercut their profit margin. If you chose a product or service that makes a very small profit margin, you’ll be working very hard to keep your business profitable. FInally, build a strong support team because having a great idea without a means of implementing that idea will not make a successful business. If you don’t have the knowledge or ability, find someone who does. Read More

Encouraging Creativity in Your Children

Public schools across the country are finding their arts and music programs cut due to budgetary problems. While art classes are the first to go when money is tight, this might not be best for children. Art actually offers many benefits in childhood development, and these benefits follow children into adulthood. Failing to foster creativity in children is ignoring some of the most important parts of their development.

Fortunately, school isn’t the only place your child can express his or her creativity. If you encourage artistic expression at home, your child will be able to develop important skills for his or her future. Confidence, diligence, and thinking outside of the box are just a few of the skills children develop from making art. Art also helps express feelings which may be difficult to be put into words. When you create an environment where your child feels safe and supported expressing herself creatively, you’re teaching her that her emotional world is important.

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If you’re not artistically inclined yourself, it can be difficult to think of how to encourage your children to make art. What are some ways you can help your child creatively? Read More

Who is Liable When Your Kid Gets Hurt in a Park Playground?

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Parks and playgrounds will always have an important role in a child’s life. They are places where great childhood memories are created. For parents, these open spaces also hold a special place in their hearts.

But sometimes, though, the unexpected can happen when you least expect it. A child can get hurt while playing at the park’s playground whether by himself or while in the company of other children. When this happens, who then is to be blamed?

Liability

While parks and playgrounds are responsible for providing people with a safe environment, liability for injuries incurred during a recreational activity can be difficult to prove. Parents need to take action right away and talk to an injury attorney about their particular case to determine if there’s a basis in filing a legal suit against the management. Read More

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Switching Your Children to an Organic Diet

Every responsible parent wants their children to grow up to be strong and healthy. Unfortunately, many of the food choices offered to children these days leaves much to be desired. Food manufacturing plants load their food products with all kinds of harmful chemicals and other nutritionally deficient ingredients. For this reason, many parents find themselves having to do a lot of research into food manufacturers to figure out which companies produce the best food products, like chicken, to serve their children at mealtime. Read More

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5 Home Problems to Look for to Protect the Family

When looking for a new home for your family, you can’t merely settle for the first affordable structure that you come across. Without examining the potential of the house or apartment, you could inadvertently put your children at risk. Although you would like to live in a perfect world, the fact remains that not everyone repairs damages to the home in a safe manner. This could be dangerous for your little ones. Read More