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Fire safety

In less than 5 minutes, a small flame can turn into a life-threatening situation at home. Take these measures to minimize risks:

• Install smoke detectors. Have a working smoke alarm on every floor, inside and outside sleeping areas. Test them once a month, this gives you a 50 per cent better chance of surviving a fire. 

• Install fire extinguishers. If you’re faced with a small fire these may prevent you from having to battle a bigger fire. Keep them in the kitchen, garage and  workshop areas. Check annually.

• Teach kids about the dangers of fire.
Kid’s curious nature may lead to dangers. Put matches and lighters away.

• Create an escape plan. The goal is to be out of the house in 3 minutes or less. Make an escape plan which includes checking doors for heat before opening, staying low on the ground to avoid smoke and knowing the closest way out.

Source: SafeHome.org

When your child is upset

It’s often hard to know how to comfort a child who is frightened, withdrawn or angry. Experts suggest that we: 

• Listen with empathy. It is important for children to  know you are not judging them, and that you are there for discussions, to comfort them, and show them support.

• Name the feelings. Saying I noticed you seem angry, or sad, or afraid, puts
a name to the emotion and helps children define what their emotional state is. This gives them the emotional vocabulary needed to verbalize their struggles and seek the support they need.

• Reassure. Add context to what’s happening to help them understand. Assure them that they are safe with you and let them know you will always tell them the truth. This breeds a sense of trust.

• Create moments. Younger children especially need to feel a connection to their parents to help regulate their emotions. Help create a calm environment where children feel comfortable expressing themselves.

5 nasty bathroom habits

1) Clean your bathroom regularly to reduce germs.
2) Scrolling on the toilet.
3) Keep the bathroom a phone-free zone. Fecal matter, are released in the air and can land on surfaces.
4) Not washing your hands properly.
5) Use plenty of warm, soapy water for 20 to 30 seconds, long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Scrub under your nails, an area that can harbour germs.

Source: health.com

Shelter Buddies 

Overheard: A local humane society has created the “Shelter Buddies Reading” program using young kids to read to anxious dogs who are naturally less nervous around smaller and less threatening humans. But, to be on the safe side, all readers sit outside of their buddy’s kennel.

Speaking of Mum…

88% Of adults say mum has had a positive influence on them.

92% Of adults say their current relationship with their mother is really positive.

88% Of all mums say that their family appreciates them enough.

53% Of adults say their mother had more influence than their father had.

60% Of women say their mother was more influential than their father, compared with 45 per cent of men.

Source: Psychology Today

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