Parents, do you have this number?

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National Poison Help Line

1-800-222-1222 is the telephone number for every poison center in the United States. Call this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to a poison expert. Call right away if you have a poison emergency. Also call if you have a question about a poison or about poison prevention.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.

For more information on poison control visit http://www.poisonprevention.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who has time for reading…YOU do!

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Experts suggest reading with your child for at least 20 minutes each day.  If your days are anything like mine, 20 minutes can sometimes be almost impossible to squeeze in. Parents often compliment me on my children’s vocabulary. My son is 5 years old and is in Kindergarten.  He reads on a 2nd grade level and loves books.  My daughter just turned 2 and speaks extremely well.  She always has a board book in her possession and loves “story time”.  I credit their vocabulary and love for books to my consistent focus on making sure they are around books as much as possible. Here are a few suggestions on how we manage to get at least 20 minutes of reading time in our day-everyday. These few simple principles have worked in our family and I have shared them with many other families and they too find them successful.  I challenge each of you to try them with your family and let me know how it goes.

1. Keep a Sight Word List in a sheet protector in your car

Sight wordsHere is an example of one of my son’s Sight Word sheets.  I store them in the back of the passenger’s car seat.  He grabs one each day on our way to school and reads the words to me.  I make sure he is pronouncing them correctly and that he knows them. Our commute to school is at least 20 minutes, so I know he is getting at least 20 minutes of reading into his day.  On the way home from school (or after-school care) he reads a beginner reading book.  If he does not know a word, he will spell it to me and I will assist him with it.

 

2. While you prepare dinner allow your children to read books at the highchair and/or dinner table

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I keep small board books in The Highchair Organizer (www.thehighchairorganizer.com) While I am preparing dinner (this takes at least 20 minutes), I pull a book out for my daughter and she “reads” them.  She is only 2 and too young to read, but she thinks she is reading although she is only flipping through the pages and looking at pictures. This is developing her love for books.  If you have older children, allow them to sit at the dinner table and read while you prepare dinner.

3. Have your older child read to your younger child

We have implemented story time in our family.  My 5 year old gets to pick out a book that he gets to read to my 2 year old. While he is reading to her, mom and dad will read something to ourselves.  Now our children see their parents spending time with a book as well.

4. Read a book to your children at night time

This one is pretty easy.  We read one book at night to the children right before bed.

As you can see, with these few principles in place, you can make sure your children are getting that recommended 20 minutes of reading in each day.

Volunteer much?

Giving back is something I always try to do…in some form or fashion.  My passion for the past 3 years has been working with a non-profit organization called Not By Bread AloneNot By Bread Alone gives food boxes to 70 families in need each week – no questions asked.  Why this is important to me is simple.  As a girl, my grandmother would always say to me “You don’t know where you’re going. You only know where you’ve been.”  Simply stated you don’t know where this game called life will take you.  You only know of the fortunes you’ve had in the past. With that in mind each Friday for 2 hours I assist in making and passing out food boxes.

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It is never too early to get your children involved in volunteering.  My 2-year daughter goes with me each week while I volunteer.  While she is too young to officially “help”, she is not too young to understand what we are doing.  My dedication to the project instills in her the spirit of volunteerism. Getting involved in volunteering at a young age can set a life-long pattern of advancing the common good. There are many great opportunities for community service for kids that will expand their social circle, teach them empathy and compassion, and increase their chances of success in life.

Encourage your kids to start by looking into volunteer opportunities with the organizations closest to them. Their school may have a volunteer program that can arrange placements for them. Perhaps they could volunteer at a local library or community center? Joining a scouting organization is another great way to find opportunities to give back to the community. Whatever the organization, whatever the cause, giving back is a good thing!

FREE Circus Sundays at Piedmont Park 2014 (March 16)

Originally posted on Occupy My Family:

Location :  Piedmont Park poster_Circus Sundays
Atlanta, GA

Time:  3:00 PM

Details:  There needs to be more play in the world, more ways to let go and forget, more excuses for us to strip off the clothing of repression and slip into the suits of merriment. it’s with great delight we introduce the first of what we hope will be an ongoing series of Circus Sundays!

Cost:
FREE

For More Information Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/495945830516116/

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Happy Family makes our family happy!

Some things in my family’s busy life style have become an automatic necessity. For us it is healthy foods that we can use on the go.  It is not uncommon for me to run from a business meeting straight into story time at the library.  Or fly out of the house after breakfast with a bag filled with a healthy snack for my 1 year old to munch on until lunch time.  For my family that healthy snack is Happy Family brand of superfoods.  What I love about the Happy Family brand of superfood is they are organic, healthy, and yummy.  My kids love them!  I keep the Happy Baby squeezes in my diaper bag for food “emergencies”.  I pack the Happy Tots superfoods in my son’s lunch.  This way I know he is getting at least one serving of fruit and veggies each day.  I keep the Happy Puffs in The Highchair Organizer for my daughter.  This is a perfectly healthy snack for her to munch on while I am preparing dinner.  I even keep a few of the Happy Tots Plus squeezes for me to have when I am out running errands.  They are filling and they keep me from getting sucked in a fast food restaurant.
Well, the fabulous folks at Happy Family are giving a Welcome Baby gift set to one of our lucky readers.
Please leave a comment below on the Happy Family brand of organic superfoods to automatically be entered for a chance to win.  ***This contest has ended***
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Welcome Baby gift set – a $35 value
  • Happy Family reusable tote bag and an organic cotton Happy Baby t-shirt
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Baby is turning 1…and I don’t know what to do!!

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Baby is 1 and it’s time to party…but what do you do?  What games do you play and how can all of this be managed?  Well, have no fear, The Highchair Chic is here!  Planning baby’s 1st birthday party can seem to be a little over whelming, however if you follow our few tips below, baby and her friends can have a blast without breaking the bank and loosing your sanity.

1. Plan your party around the guest of honor.  If baby’s naps from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, plan for a 2:00 pm party (not to mention how thankful you should be for the 2 hour nap window).  Also make sure that you feed baby before your guests arrive.  It is also a good idea to make sure that baby has on a recently changed diaper before your guest arrive.  A happy, clean, well rested, and full baby makes for a pleasant party.

2. Recruit plenty of help and assign them a task.  If grandparents are available, make one in charge of baby’s needs and one in charge of receiving gifts.  Make auntie in charge of the food and drinks.  Charge a girlfriend with the task of games.  Assigning tasks ensures that everyone that wants a job-has a job.  It also keeps everyone on task and frees your hands to greet your guests and keep the party flowing.

3. Create a “play area” on the floor.  Most baby’s at this age are still on all four or barely walking on two.  Creating a safe play area keeps the babies all in one place and allows the parents to enjoy watching the party participants.  Put age appropriate toys and activities in the play area.

4. Serve finger foods for the babies and adult friendly food for the parents. You don’t have to break the bank here.  Sliced bananas, shredded cooked chicken, toasted oaks, cooked lentils, and cooked carrot slices are all great examples of healthy finger foods that can be served during your party.

5. Decorate and use your highchair and The Highchair Organizer.  The highchair and The Highchair Organizer (www.thehighchairorganizer.com) is a must have for baby’s 1st birthday.  The guest of honor will sit in the highchair while he/she eats and most importantly when it’s time to sing “Happy Birthday”.  The highchair sits baby up high where everyone can see and allows baby to be in a familiar eating environment. Decorate the highchair with balloons and streamers in the party’s color theme. Use The Highchair Organizer to house baby’s bibs (make sure you have at least 3) baby wipes, extra pacifiers, snacks, or any other items that baby will need during the party.

6. Take plenty of pictures! Enough said here.

With these few simple steps, you can have a memorial event for baby’s 1st birthday party all while keeping things in order.