Parenting & Safety

Gratitude and focus for the new year

Each New Year’s Eve, I tell myself I am going be more grateful for the everyday life I lead. I also promise to be more focused on my goals and to be sure I am anticipating a positive event each day.

And like most everyone, I forget these promises within a few weeks. It’s never intentional. It’s just a busy life getting in the way of higher thinking. Only this year, I gave myself a break and started the practice once again … in November.

Prescription for safety

Keeping kids safe around medications

It’s that time of year — flu, colds and other illnesses seem to abound. If your child gets sick, never try to medicate him or her yourself. Always talk to your child’s doctor or a pharmacist before giving prescription medication or medicines not intended for children. Follow these precautions to keep your child safe.

Even if you’re sure of your child’s symptoms, never give a child leftover prescription medicines. Leftover and expired medicines should be discarded.

8 lifesaving tips for working moms

Eating out frequently, hiring a housekeeper and having a nanny are not for everyone. If you feel that way and you’re a working mom, how do you get it all done and maintain your sanity? From leftovers to lists, these tips may help.

When my husband and I first got married I thought it would be great to be a stay-at-home mom. I quickly learned it was not for me. So here I am — two young kids and working a 40+ hour week. As a family, we prefer to eat in so I’m a career woman, a part-time chef, a housekeeper, a wife and, most of all, a mom.

Keeping kids and pets safe during the holidays

You’ve been invited to a holiday party and everyone is so excited. There will be several families there, people you haven’t seen in ages. But before you go, talk to your kids about the possibility of pets.

Dog bites are the second most common childhood injury requiring a trip to the emergency department — and not something you want to deal with during the holiday season.

Choosing the right toy for the right age

I was lost in unfamiliar territory. It has been many years since I purchased toys for toddlers. Now that I’m a great-aunt, my holiday shopping list has changed.  

That’s how I found myself surrounded by shelves packed with toys. It was confusing. I didn’t want to buy the wrong toy — or worse, an unsafe toy — for my young great-nephew.

For help, I turned to Erika Janes, R.N., coordinator of Safe Kids Louisville, a program led by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s Hospital.   

Here are her tips for buying toys:

Seven skills kids learn by cooking

I remember helping my mom bake cookies or make dinner many times when I was a child. All the while, I was learning to count, measure and read recipes without even realizing the skills I was developing naturally in the kitchen.

When I was about 11 years old, one of my “chores” became choosing and making dinner one night a week (with or without help, depending on the meal). My standard go-to meal was popcorn shrimp, macaroni and cheese, and green beans. Was it the healthiest meal? Maybe not. But at least I remembered a vegetable.