Summer is a time for family trips, often involving hours long car rides. One way to avoid the road trip blues is to engage your kids.
Did you know that you can borrow audiobooks, and ebooks, from the local library? Nothing passes time like a good book read aloud. Just like at the library, you can search for titles, place holds, and request books be purchased.
Check out OverDrive or Libby to start borrowing audio and e books for free!
“Travel can be an enlightening and eye-opening experience for children of all ages: there’s new foods, experiences and sights, not to mention quality family time. But traveling with children can also be an overwhelming proposition — unpredictable schedules, long packing lists and cranky kids are just a few of the challenges you may encounter along the way. But here we’ll help you make traveling with kids a breeze. After all, you and your children should enjoy every moment seeing the world and create a lifetime of memories along the way. Isn’t that the point of travel in the first place?”
Read the New York Times article on travel with children:
“Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly.”
The CDC offers several handouts online about how to reduce your risk of contracting the flu and what to do if you or a family member contracts the flu. See below for more information:
“All children, even the most fortunate, suffer emotional injuries. At home, in school and on the playground, all children experience disappointment, frustration and failure; criticism and disapproval; and exclusion by peers. In every family, there will be moments of anger and misunderstanding.
In healthy development, children recover from these moments. Whether on their own or with our support, most children bounce back. Emotional injuries are, in many respects, analogous to physical injuries. Just as our cells must repair physical injuries, emotional injuries also must be healed. Without this healing, the injurious process will spread.”
One more reason to get out and explore the outdoors with your family.
If hiking is about a destination, forest bathing is about an immersion of the senses into the natural world. It’s a wellness trend, and studies suggest several health benefits.
Source: Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood
State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that’s worried about autism.
Source: Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota’s Measles Outbreak
Additional Reading: The Verge, CNN
The number of children injured by strollers, cribs, carriers and other nursery products is on the rise. Researchers say both parents and manufacturers can do things to limit injuries.
Source: Nursery Products To Blame For Rise In Infant Injuries, Study Finds
Technology is designed to be addictive, offering gratification that’s similar to that of drug abuse or gambling. Author Adam Alter says a new frontier could soon provide another escape from reality.
Source: ‘Irresistible’ By Design: It’s No Accident You Can’t Stop Looking At The Screen
Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge — say, spinach smoothies — sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. Here’s how.
Source: Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies
It’s that time of year when head lice start to spread through schools. Educate yourself so you can reduce your family’s likelihood of dealing with these unwelcome guests.
From the CDC:
Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.
The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:
- Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
- Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
- Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
- Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
- Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
- Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
- Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.
Further Reading from the Mayo clinic available here.