Christmas has come and gone. And it’s now time to plan for the New Year. Along with Christmas, it is better to welcome and celebrate the New Year with one’s family with kids and all!
So what can we do with our family this New Year’s eve? How can our kids help in preparing things for New Year’s Eve? And what can we do for our kids to be happy this New Year?
So many parenting questions, but don’t worry for there are many parenting tips and practical parenting advice that can easily answer these questions.
Here are some practical and, most importantly, fun parenting advice and tips for the New Year’s Eve from Parenting Blog:
*Have fun with the Preparations. Half the fun in a party is its preparation. So get kids involved in making festive decorations. Let the kids help in making homemade confetti and decorations. Let them explore their imagination and creativity. Provide them materials to be able to make their own decoration for the New Year. Allow them to use their imagination and have fun with decorating.
*Bring on the Noise. What’s a New Year’s Eve party without the noise? Get the kids to create their own noisemakers. They can do this by filling plastic water bottles with rice or lentils and covering the bottles with colored paper, glitter, and other decorations. Don’t have any empty water bottles? Then make joyful noises with your pots and pans, banging them together when the clock strikes 12.
*Hats Off. A New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be complete without those silly hats. So gather supplies for making them. Start raiding your recycling bin for newspaper, leftover wrapping paper, ribbons, cardboard, paper plates, and other materials. Allow your kids to make them into hats. Give an award for the silliest, the most creative, the prettiest, etc. as part of the New Year’s Eve celebration.
*Dinner and Home Movies. Do you have home videos, but don’t have the time to watch them? The New Year’s Eve could be a great time to watch them. Spend the last evening of the year watching the movie of your family’s life with the people you love most. Depending on the time length of the video footage you want to review, you may want to have an early and a late show. Then during intermission, your favorite family meal can be served while sharing memories of favorite past experiences.
*Saying Thanks for the Memories. You can spend the evening creating a family time capsule with mementoes of special events. Secure a shoebox or empty tennis ball canister and pack it with keepsakes like photographs, blue ribbons, drawings and written memories of the top ten moments of the year. And when the clock strike’s 12, you can bury the time capsule in your yard. You can also capture the memories in a family scrapbook.
*Slumber Party with the Family! Have a family campout in your living room. Spread pillows, sleeping bags or blankets, and stuffed animals on the floor and let the whole family camp out for the night, watching few good DVDs, playing a deck of cards or board games, and eating your family’s favorite meals by candlelight in the living room. Then at the end of the year, see how many family members are still awake!
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Kids are so precious to us. That is why it is always a good parenting advice to always watch children as they play or stay in one corner as accidental injuries are among the reasons for death among children in UK. More particularly, one million children under the age of 18 are sent to accident and emergency units everyday due to accidents occurring in the home. It can also be noted that children under 3 years of age are the most to visit the ER while an appalling 70 percent of children who die from accidents are 4 years old and younger.
Much as we want our children to stay put, we cannot make them as it is a natural thing for them to go about and explore their surroundings. And with that, they get closer to accidents. Only prevention is the best thing for avoiding accidents. The following are some of the common accidents and how these can be avoided.
This is a very common accident. To avoid this, the following have to be followed:
Toys should have to be kept from the floor. Furthermore, when a child starts to walk, he or she should be closely supervised and must not be left to himself. The floor also has to be dry all the time and must be regularly checked for raised surfaces or cracked areas. When the baby is in the cot, the bedrail must be raised and securely locked to keep the baby inside it. Also, some harness or belt must be put on to prevent the baby from moving about too much.
Should falling happen, the child should immediately be checked for consciousness. His airways must also be cleared. Should there be bleeding, pressure has to be placed on it to stop the bleeding. Calling for help should also be done.
Choking happens when a baby places a foreign object inside his mouth and swallows it. This is very dangerous as it can block the baby’s airways. The following parenting tips have to be observed.
Toys should be appropriate for the child’s age. These should also be kept out of their reach especially if the mother’s back is turned. Strings, cords, and curtains should not be accessible to children as they easily get attracted to such things. Even the feeding bottle has to be given to the child under the close supervision of an adult. Also, the blanket or pillow should not be left alone to the child when sleeping. Choking can also mean near-drowning. So it is essential to bathe the baby very carefully.
When choking occurs, CPR must be applied if necessary and call to the ER must also be done.
This is when the baby touches hot surfaces or hot water.
When a child is eating, make sure that the noodles, soup, or other food is at room temperature. This also goes true when bathing a baby. The water’s temperature must be ensured safe. Furthermore, put the baby down when holding something hot as this may attract the baby and he may touch it. Materials for making fire must be kept away from children as is with kitchen utensils.
Should burn/scalds occur, the adult must make sure that the airways of the child are clear. Then, the burnt skin will have to be rinsed with tap water for a good ten minutes and afterwards, this should be covered in bandages. Applying toothpaste or ointment should be prevented and any cloth that sticks to the burnt area must be left alone as removing this will hurt and worsen the injury.
Poisoning is the accidental ingestion of drugs, pesticides, and other chemicals.
To avoid this from happening, adults must make sure that medicines and chemicals are kept away from children’s reach and must be labeled appropriately. Also, children must not be misled by telling them that medicines taste good. In fact, the opposite must be stated.
Should this happen, one should immediately call for help and apply CPR if necessary. The child must be placed in a lateral position if breathing is normal and clear. Also, the adult must steer clear from making contact with the chemicals. When bringing the child to the ER, make sure to bring a small amount of the vomitus to help identify the type of chemical ingested.
Every adult must remember the ambulance service at 999 as well as the Fire Services Communication Center at 27353355.
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