1. How to Manage Your Child’s Food Allergies at School

    food-allergies-previewkid food allergies infographicIf your child has food allergies, you already know how closely the situation needs to be monitored. Ingredients must be constantly checked, cooking utensils must be meticulously cleaned, and menus must be scanned when dining out.

    Sending your child to school, where he or she will be under someone else’s supervision, understandably can be worrying. Will teachers be as mindful as you are? Will administrators be able to keep track of the different needs of all students?

    When the time to send your child to school arrives, you want to be as prepared as you can be, so consider these tips that we’ve compiled to help manage your child’s food allergies at school:

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  2. Family Safety Tips for the 4th of July

    Fireworks Injuries on the 4th of JulyFireworks Injuries InfographicEvery 4th of July, Americans across the country observe our nation’s independence, celebrating with water activities and barbeques with family and friends. At nightfall, we “ooh” and “aah” as a municipal fireworks display explodes high over our heads.

    Although the 4th of July can be one of the most fun holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous. During the weeks immediately before and after Independence Day, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people with injuries from fireworks alone go each day to a medical emergency room.

    This 4th of July, be sure that you and your family take precautions when celebrating. Here are a few 4th of July safety tips to keep in mind, including some from the American Red Cross:

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  3. Which Household Cleaning Products Are Safe for Your Kids?

    Household cleaning productHave you ever scrutinized the cleaning products that you’re using in your home? The cleaning aisle of stores contains a multitude of general and specialized cleaning agents. Some of them are effective and mild, and others may contain chemicals that could affect the health and safety of pets, children or adults, especially allergy and asthma sufferers.

    It’s therefore important to read product labels and warnings, and to understand what we’re using and exposing children to in our homes. Different people have different sensitivities.

    Many individuals, regulators and associations are concerned about the possible hazards of household cleaning products. Because of this, the American Lung Association provides tips to help consumers keep their homes safe from chemicals found in many household cleaners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidelines to help consumers understand what is or is not harmful realistically, and urges people to be aware of how they came into contact with the chemical, how much of it they came into contact, how long they came into contact and how strong the contact dosage was.

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  4. Heat and Exercise: Stay Cool During Hot Summer Months

    Woman-stretching-before-outdoor-workoutTo stay fit, it’s important to commit to a routine, rain or shine. During hot and humid summer months, however, it becomes all too easy to stop working out. One strong reason not to: Experts say that inactivity for a period of four to six weeks may cause you to lose the key benefits of exercise.

    Follow these tips to cool down and keep your fitness up during hot summer months:

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  5. Teaching Your Child to Learn the Difference Between Verbal Bullying and Constructive Criticism

    Child bullied by a group There’s an old rhyme that children learned to use if they were called a name while they were growing up. You may know it already. It goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

    The rhyme of course means that since words can’t hurt you physically, they should be easily ignored. That may be wonderful in theory, but in reality it can be difficult to disregard a hurtful comment. If this is true for you as an adult, it’s even more true for your child, who may have to deal with verbal bullying far more often, while having less experience than an adult in how to handle it.

    Although verbal abuse tends to be discussed less than cyber bullying or physical bullying, it may be an even greater problem. According to the website dosomething.org, that’s because physical bullying starts in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school, but verbal bullying can remain constant from elementary school onward.

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