injured-child-first-aidAs a parent I find it very important to have a First Aid kit handy. I always make sure that my First Aid kit is regularly refilled and within my reach. To be more prepared, I have one First Aid kit in the house and another one for the car.

Preparing a First Aid kit is easy and less daunting if you have a thorough listing of what is needed. There are First Aid Kit checklists available online. This could guide every parent accordingly.

Depending on how complete you want it to be, First Aid kits should always serve its purpose of providing immediate and initial care for burns, wounds, foot sprain, and other physical mishaps. For my personal preference, I tend to add more things in our First Aid kit depending on our activity for the day. For example, a hiking trip would entail more creams for skin irritations.

Instead of buying prepared First Aid kits, I usually make my own, suitable for our particular needs. Since we love to do a lot of outdoor activities, I make sure our First Aid kit has a lot of mosquito repellents, band aids, and some allergy tablets.

The containers of the First Aid kit must be durable, easy to open and roomy enough to house all supplies. I usually choose containers with handles so I could easily grab it when the need arises.

I also make sure that the First Aid kits are not within the reach of the kids. But at the same time, the First Aid kits are stored in a place where I can easily get them.

It is also important to regularly check the expiration dates of the supplies in the First Aid kit. What good would the contents be in a First Aid kit if they were all expired. In my case, I usually check every month to make sure the First Aid kits are refilled. To make this task easier, I have a list inside the First Aid kit. This list contains the names and quantities of each item. In cases where the items fall below the listed quantity, I immediately do a refill. For certain medicines, I make sure to list the quantity and expiration dates.

Part of becoming a parent is assuring the safety of the kids at all times. The First Aid kit as the first tool of defense in child safety. See to it that the contents are updated and available all year round.

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kid-enjoying-homeworkParents must take interest in the schoolwork of their children. Regardless of the busy schedule, parents should always find time to sit with their children and to study. This is true most especially for children in the elementary years.

As a busy working mother, I do my best to sit with my kids after school. I see to it that when I get home after work, they can rely on me for their homework. Although, they try to do it by themselves, I make sure to check everything before they go to bed.

Through time I have learned several techniques to ease homework time. I try to make homework time fun so as to not to stress or even bore the kids.

First, I set aside a place for us to do his homework. It is our special homework nook, no distractions from television. Our study area is complete with all their study materials.

Second, we have a regular homework time. By creating a regular schedule, the kids can plan their play time. The regular schedule also means that homework is the priority over play and tv time.

Third, we take breaks if the homework is too long. For a few minutes we would share some healthy snacks and talk about other things. It is actually a good bonding moment. Some parents usually try to finish everything by bombarding the children all the questions. Take note that kids can only concentrate for about 15 minutes, anything over that is information over load. Hence, it is wise to have a good and comfortable pace in doing homework.

Most importantly, I never forget to praise my kids. There is never a shortage of words praise during homework time. I always make them feel that I am so proud of them. This really motivates them to do their best.

Unfortunately, there are times when I get too busy to help them. So a few times I rely on an experienced babysitter who can patiently sit with them. Nonetheless, I make sure to check everything before I go to bed.

Homework time should really be fun for the kids. Making the atmosphere light but conducive for studying is very important. Soon as the kids are able to integrate homework time in their everyday activities, they can eventually be left alone.

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