Safety Tips Every Mother Should Know

My family and I live in what I consider a small town. Our neighborhood is safe and in general, violent crime is low. However, I am not so naive to think “bad things” cannot happen. Yesterday, one of those “bad things” happened. A mother was at the local grocery store two miles from our home when she became the target of a sexual assault and attempted car jacking. Incidents like this are so unnerving and scary – even more so now that I am a mother!

We’ve all heard the tips to be aware of our surroundings, to be careful. But oftentimes we become lax and comfortable. So here is a refresher. The below link was published by Cosmopolitan magazine with the tips coming from a former, FBI Criminal Profiler.

21 Potential Life Saving Tips That Every Woman Should Know

Stay safe ladies!

Parents Can Help Recognize Abusive Teen Relationships

February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. Like adults, many teens will experience violence in their dating relationships. Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reveal that one in three adolescents in the United States will be a victim of physical, emotional or sexual abuse in their dating relationships. Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been physically abused by their partners continue to date their abuser. And two-thirds of teens who are in an abusive relationship never tell anybody about the abuse. It is time to make this private matter public.

Recognizing abuse in a relationship can be difficult, particularly for adolescents. There are many types of abuse that teens experience. Here are ten of the most common:

• Checking your cell phone, e-mail or social networking sites without permission

• Constant put-downs

• Extreme jealousy or insecurity

• Isolating you from your friends and/or family

• Explosive temper

• Mood swings

• Physically hurting you in any way

• Possessiveness

• Telling you what to do

• Financial control

Teens have the right to a safe and healthy relationship.There are many ways that we as parents can help.

• Encourage school leaders to offer students effective dating violence prevention curricula.

• Take the time to educate yourself and others about teen dating violence. The following websites offer information about teen dating violence and what you can do to help:

http://www.breakthecycle.org

http://www.loveisrespect.org

http://www.thesafespace.org

• Know the laws that pertain to your state.

You can make a difference!

Preparing for Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist

Today was a big day for Tallen. It was his first trip to the dentist. Properly caring for my teeth and getting regular cleanings was ingrained in me at an early age. (I can still hear my mother to this very day saying, “you only get one set of teeth!”) It was a no brainer, that I would continue this pattern with my own children.

Tallen did a great job this afternoon, but it wasn’t without preparation.

Selecting Your Dentist: Do your research. Get recommendations. Ask around.  Identify your child’s needs. Perhaps you have a family dentist. Or would you fair better with a pediatric dentist?

Coach Your Child: We brush and floss Tallen’s teeth on a regular basis. He loves his Arm & Hammer Paw Patrol Spin Brush and toothpaste. He loves toothpaste so much that he even went through a phase of sneaking out of his bedroom to eat toothpaste! I’m glad that is behind us. But, coaching your child and talking to your child really helps ease their minds. Although we didn’t do this, you could read books or perhaps watch a video regarding dental care.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me

Be a Model Mother (or Father): Model the behavior and habits you would like your child to take on. If feasible, bring your child with you on one of your dental exams so they can get familiar with your dentist, if that is the route you decide to take. I also scheduled my appointment where Tallen and I would both have our teeth cleaned together. He watched curiously and asked questions. When it was his turn, he had no qualms about the dentist.

How was your child’s first trip to the dentist? I’d love to hear more tips and stories.

 

 

 

Connecting Kids with Black History

Can you believe it is February 1st? With that, comes a month long celebration of Black History Month. We are all familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass, but did you know an African-American man, named George Crum invented the potato chip?  I didn’t.

There are so many fun ways to learn more about notable African-American’s. And why limit it to just February?

PBS published a great article on how to connect kids with Black History.

Check it out!

Connecting Kids with Black History