July 2, 2012
My girlfriends at the gym are all stressing today because they delivered their kids to sleep away camp over the weekend. For many it's the first time their 'baby' is away. These babies range in age from 9-12. I told them by Wednesday they will be going out to the movies and breaking all the rules they instill when the kids are around.
I remember the first time I took my daughter to Camp Nejeda, a diabetes camp in New Jersey. She was 8 and I was concerned. The head nurse could feel my concern during check-in time, and told me that it gets easier and that by the time I'm bringing her to camp when she's a teen, I'll be dropping her off as quick as possible.
Well, I won't say she was right, I mean I wasn't kicking her out of the car before I parked or anything, however, it did get easier and I learned that some kids really grow and need time away in the summer. And so do their parents. Now, who's going to drink out of the orange juice carton first ?
She Buzz Words
In the June/July issue of Working Mother magazine, a popular article listed 10 ways to save your child's life. Log onto to www.workingmother.com for more details. Here are the 10:
Drive safe: Car accidents are the number-one cause of death for children ages 1–19. For car-seat safety, log onto www.seatcheck.org.
Beware of fire and hot water. Fire and burns are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in 5- to 9-year-old children.
Standing water. Drowning is a top unintentional cause of death for kids ages one to four.
Fireworks. Serious injuries and burns happen to kids 15 and under. Go watch them; do not purchase or ignite them.
Bike safety, motorcycles, and ATVs. The most severe injury from a bike is head trauma; helmets are a must.
Lock up your chemicals. Parents don't always realize that some of the pills, medicines, and cleaning products they have are toxic.
Invest in safety gates and window guards. Falling is a leading cause of nonfatal injuries in children; about 8,000 per day go to the ER for this reason.
Safe sleep space. About 2,500 infants die from SIDS each year.
No firearms in the house. About 40 percent of U.S. homes with children have firearms.
Say No. She must teach her child to say no; kidnapping by known adults and strangers happens every day.
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