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Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Blog, Blog, Health |

How to get kids to take medicine

It’s difficult enough to have a sick child. Getting the sick child to take their medication can make it even more stressful. To top it off when you look online you find 13,600,000 different sites discussing the topic. I thought I’d add one that attempts to compile some of the most sensible.

Follow your physician’s instructions when giving any medication. Remember some medications are to be taken with food, some can’t be taken with certain foods, others are taken with no food. Always make sure the instructions are clear and you understand them.

Equally important is the route medication is given. Liquids are given by mouth, some pills might be chewable but others must not be broken or chewed. Understanding how to give medication is as important as how much to give.

Now, how to actually get the medication into the sick child’s mouth?  It really depends on the adult’s approach to the situation more than any other factor. Staying calm and handling the medication with a matter-of-fact attitude will help the whole thing go smoother.  If this kind of approach is used the first time medication is given, any subsequent medications will be taken more readily.

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Blog, Blog, February Themes, Health |

Resolve to Resolve

So it’s the first week of February, how’s that New Year’s resolution going? I’ve found some helpful sites in my search for online motivation (read- procrastination). Here they are:

Mommavation is a blog that includes weight loss advice among many other topics. While it targets women with children, the advice is universal. I like the advice on organic grocery shopping.

Shape has a nice new years resolution challenge to keep us going. Join their free challenge for daily motivation and a chance to be featured in Shape!

Karma Tube has it all. Watch videos, be inspired, do something. The videos can inspire random acts of kindness. Watching others doing amazing things will motivate us to do what we can too!

That Inspires is a nice collection of videos of random acts of kindness, corporate do-gooders, and good Samaritans.


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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Blog, Blog, Health, Outdoor Play |

Take The Children Outside!

Why Aren’t The Day Care Children Playing Outside? 

The answers found in this article are astounding and embarrassing to the child care field as a whole.  “Flip Flops, Mulch And No Coat” is the rest of the title of this article.    A study completed in May of 2008 concluded the surprising findings. Apparently child care teachers are keeping kids inside because the children in their care come to school unprepared for outdoor play. Flip flops aren’t appropriate for playgrounds with mulch…flip flops aren’t appropriate for day care!  Child care teachers interviewed for the study stated that  sometimes when a child is under the weather parents will take the child’s coat to work with them to prevent their child from being taken outside.

The worst accusation is that child care teachers have been known to keep children indoors so that they can use their cell phone to text and post Facebook ! Embarrassing!

How will child care ever be regarded with respect if this is the behavior of the ‘professionals’?

The answers aren’t astounding.  Many teachers keep extra socks and shoes (in a range of sizes) in the classroom for just these occasions. The answer to the parent who takes the child’s coat is to call the parent to pick the sick child up from school! If they’re too sick to play they’re too sick for school! The answer to the mulch is first the sneakers on children’s feet will prevent the mulch bothering tiny toes. Secondly grab a broom and push the mulch out of your way!

There’s a tendency, lately, to blame parents for problems in schools.  Apparently this attitude isn’t prevalent only in ‘real school’ but its beginning to take hold in child care as well.  Highly trained professionals take challenges head on, and do not pass the buck to the paying customer.

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog, Blog, Health, Outdoor Play |

Heat Wave!

Summer’s Here! With all the fun in the sun don’t forget that all that sunshine can pose health problems, even for kids. Children may not seem to even notice the heat but their bodies are affected just as adults’.  NEVER leave a child in a car or any vehicle, especially in hot weather. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise much higher than the temperature outside, so high that it can cause death. According to the American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP) children feel the effects of extreme heat just as adults do so parents need to protect children from prolonged exposure. The AAP recommends parents keep children hydrated, find a cool place with air conditioning (try the library or a mall), give children a cool bath or shower, and to remember the effects of sun exposure. More tips and helpful links can be found on their web page at

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