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Fireworks Safety

July 3, 2014

By Nikki Cecala

People gather to watch a brilliant, professional-grade fireworks show.

There are many ways to celebrate Independence Day but fireworks are the notorious winner. Fireworks are a big part of the celebration and from a distance they can be very beautiful. But up close, they can be extremely dangerous. There are almost 9,000 fireworks victims treated in U.S. hospitals each year. 44 percent of those injured are children under 20 years old.

The Facts:

The only way to prevent a firework injury is to not play with or be near any fireworks. Regardless of their ages, do not give children access to standard fireworks. Novelty fireworks such as smoke bombs, snakes, and party poppers are safer for children but should still be supervised by an adult.

Instead, I recommend making homemade noisemakers to make your own ruckus in the celebration. Younger children are mostly attracted to firework noises, so these noisemakers are an easy and safe way for them to participate. Put uncooked rice in an empty plastic bottle, tightening the cap, and shake. Or give them a box of macaroni and cheese that you haven’t opened yet. You would be surprised how fun shaking these bottles and boxes can be for a young child.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. If someone is setting fireworks off at home or if you are attending a party where someone has fireworks, they should follow these safety rules:

  • Do not let small children light fireworks.
  • Keep water buckets near as a precaution and have a fire extinguisher available.
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks and light one firework at a time.
  • Do not relight a dud, or a firework that doesn’t explode. After waiting at least 15 minutes, move the dud into a water bucket to let it soak. Throw it out the next day.
  • Do not throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, buildings, or flammable materials.
  • Leave any area immediately if you do not feel safe.

Sometimes the best seat in the house is your backyard or front porch. Use your best judgment on the location for viewing fireworks. And remember, have fun!

Tags :  holidaysafetyDIYphysicalactivitiesfamily fun

Teach Your Child Basic Spanish

July 2, 2014

By Judy Razo

Hola- Hello, Por Favor- Please, Bienvenido- Welcome, Gracias- Thank you

Interested in teaching your child some basic Spanish? Incorporate a few handy words into your daily vocabulary when you speak with your child. Don’t worry about using them in complete sentences; simply replace the English word for the matching Spanish word in your phrases.

Being familiar with basic words from another language can inspire an interest for other languages. Aside from opening up career options for your child, studies show that bilingual brains have advanced cognitive development, which means it will help your child learn more and become smarter.

So go ahead! Try a few words and have fun teaching your child Spanish.

Family – Familia

  • Mom – Mamá
  • Dad – Papá
  • Grandma – Abuela
  • Grandpa – Abuelo
  • Brother - Hermano
  • Sister - Hermana
  • Cousin – Primo/Prima
  • Friend – Amigo/Amiga

Pets - Mascotas

  • Dog - perro
  • Cat - gato
  • Rabbit - conejo
  • Bird – pájaro

Greetings – saludos

  • Hello - hola
  • Goodbye - adiós
  • I love you – te amo

Numbers – números

  • One – uno
  • Two – dos
  • Three – tres
  • Four – cuatro
  • Five – cinco
  • Six – seis
  • Seven – siete
  • Eight – ocho
  • Nine – nueve
  • Ten – diez

Money – dinero

  • Bill – billete
  • Coin – moneda
  • Dollar – dólar

How to Raise Financially Independent Kids

July 1, 2014

“Start early, be consistent, and make sure they know what their responsibilities are.”

Andy Byron, a 57-year-old financial planner with a family of five kids, says those three tips are the key to helping raise financially independent kids.

In an article written by Chris Taylor of Reuters and published on, Taylor reports on the rising number of parents in their 40s and 50s who are providing financial assistance to their adult children. In fact, in the past year, 73 percent of those parents helped their adult children out financially, according to his research.

So how can you put your kids on the path to financial success or even just sustainability? Read Taylor’s article and incorporate that advice into your parenting.

Tags :  financialacademicsocial
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