Take a few moments to watch this quick how-to video. to learn how to fit a child's bike helmet in three easy steps.
The Message Behind "Be Good" and What to Say Instead
Children aren't mind readers. It's much more helpful to give them specific instructions than to assume they know exactly what we mean by "be good." It's a very abstract concept for children, even if we think they should know what behavior we expect.
Instead of saying "be good," try: "When you're at grandma's, I want you to pick up your toys when you're finished playing and listen when she asks you to do something." For more examples and additional information, click here.
Be sun safe and practice these tips:
Avoid peak hours: Try to keep toddlers and children out of the direct sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun is most intense.
Seek shade: Look for trees and other naturally shady areas for children to play.
Cover up: A long-sleeved shirt and pants are the best clothes to protect the skin. A broad-brimmed hat, especially one that covers the neck, is recommended. Look for sunglasses that provide 99 to 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection.
Slop it on: Dermatologists strongly recommend a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more if you and your child are out in the sun. Use a lip balm with SPF 30 as well. Make sure to use products approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association. See HealthLinkBC's Sun Safety for Children health file for tips on applying sunscreen.
Extra precautions for babies: Babies are especially sensitive to UV radiation and heat. Do not expose babies who are less than one year of age to any intense, direct sunlight. If your baby must be in the sun, apply sunscreen to small areas of skin that aren't covered by clothing or a hat.
Read more about sun exposure, risks and precautions.
Children love vacations. But vacation can also be stressful. Kids often stay up late, get disconnected from parents, and melt down from the overload. Even if it's just your own family on a vacation you've all looked forward to, the disrupted schedules, traveling, and the crash and burn from all the excitement can easily be a recipe for tears and tantrums. Dr. Laura of
AhaParenting.com has compiled a list of
tips to help parents manage life during vacations to maximize the joy and minimize the tears.
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