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Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

It is the time of year where season changes  can cause flare ups in allergies and asthma. Adults and children can be very susceptible to seasonal allergies during this time due to all of that pollen floating around. If you child always seems to get sick around this time and during the fall, then seasonal allergies may be the cause of the problem. Watch their pattern of symptoms such as worse symptoms in the morning that improve during the day. Symptoms could include things such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sniffling.

House dust, animal exposures, pollens, molds, and indoor pollutants can be irritants and trigger allergies and asthma. Dusting and sweeping often can cut down on the severity of symptoms. Changing clothes after a trip outside could also help. If your child is doing an extreme activity, it could induce symptoms.

You should encourage and enforce your child to wash their hands thoroughly often.  Also, a trip to the doctor’s office may really help  to distinguish between a cold and allergies and also to see if your child may need prescribed medicine to relieve their symptoms.

Please check out these websites for more information about how you can help your child with their seasonal allergies.

KidsHealth
The Weather Channel
Healthy Children
UpToDate

2013 In Review

2014 is knocking on the door. It is only a few hours away (depending where you live), and with that comes excitement, new goals, and new focus! Since we are still in 2013 we wanted to give you some things to remember about 2013. Overall, it has been a great year!

Here is our review list of 2013:

January

  • Seattle, Washington, sets Guinness World Record for largest snowball fight. Watch the video here: Largest Snowball Fight
  • President Obama is sworn in for a secondary term. Go here

 

February

  • The Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl. Here is a recap.
  • On February 4th we celebrated Rosa Park’s 100th birthday! Click here for her history.
  • Brave, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film

  • Quvenzhané Wallis, age 9, became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award

 

March

  • Time For Kids comes up with 10 things you can do to stop global warning. See here
  • 80-yr old prepares to scale Everest for the 3rd time. See the article here
  • 6-yr old becomes break dancing champion. See video here.

 

April

  • The cell phone turns 40. See how far we have come!
  • Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s 1st female Prime Minister, dies at 87

May

  • Astronauts investigate a leak at the International Space Station
  • A tornado devastates Oklahoma Town.

June

  • Superman turns 75. Here in an animated short that shows 75 years in two minutes.

  • June 23rd was the biggest Supermoon since 1993

July

  • The world celebrates the arrival of a new royal baby
  • This past July 4th, America celebrated its 237th birthday
  • Detroit files for bankruptcy July 18th

August


  • Youngest Freshman Enters Texas Christian University at 11 yrs old. Read his story here

September

  • Our country remembers September 11th
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 hit theaters

October

November

  • A communications satellite built by high school students was launched into orbit. Read here
  • A world record was set for super sized pong game played on Philadelphia skyscraper
  • We remember the legacy of JFK with the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F Kennedy

December

  • South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, dies at 95

  • Pope Francis is named 2013 Person of the Year

Tips For Traveling With Children

It is that time of the year again: Holiday Season! Time to cook the turkeys, put up the tree, and travel to see friends and family. I don’t know how you feel but traveling can sometimes be a pain all by yourself.  Just think about traveling with your little ones. Do not fear. We will provide you will some helpful hints and tips to help you travel with your precious ones as smoothly as possible.

  1. Prepare – Traveling can be stressful by itself so make sure you do the preparatory work needed to keep stress levels down. Make a list of everything you must pack so that you do not miss anything. Have everything packed and ready to go as much as you can two nights before the date of departure. This way, the night of you and your family can have a great night of sleep. Make sure you are aware of the travel guidelines for the method of which you will be traveling. For example, if you are taking a flight, know the luggage rules for you and your children so that you do not incur any extra fees or encounter any unnecessary problems the day of. 
  2. Book Ahead – Try to book as well in advance as possible so that you do not have a rush. This will also be a way to keep your kids excited about traveling and keep them being fearful. Get them involved with the process and they may be more excited than you about your trip. If you are sending your child to travel alone and they have a layover, try to have the layover in a city/state where you have friends or family. This way if their flight is delayed there are familiar people you and they can depend on.
  3. Do Not Rush – Arrive at the airport, bus stop, or train station early. Allow plenty of time for clearances. The less rushed everyone is the more fun you all will have. This gives you and your kids time to sight-see and take in the adventure you are about to be on. Take a lot of pictures! The more exciting you make it, the more your kids will enjoy the experience.
  4. Bring Snacks – With flights there are certain food restrictions but with the train or bus they are more lenient. Research the restrictions and make sure that you have plenty for your kids to eat without being in excess. Everyone can get a little crabby when they are hungry and this way you can avoid many meltdowns and temper tantrums. Try to avoid sweets. 
  5. Prepare For Emergencies – Do not expect emergencies, but prepare for them. Try to keep a first aid kit in your carry on luggage so that you are prepared for any bumps and bruises on your journey. If you are traveling with infants and/or toddlers, pack plenty of diapers, baby wipes, pampers, underwear, and socks. Have bug spray, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes. Make sure you do not forget any medicine your kids need.
  6. Have All Identification Ready – Have all I.D.’s and Passports ready and organized. You do not want to forget anything at home and miss a flight. Before you leave on your trip make sure that they are all updated. Children’s passports expire every 5 years and you don’t want to figure that out when you are going through security clearances to an international flight.
  7. Locate Bathrooms – Locate bathrooms in the airport, the train, and at all stops. You have children and frequent potty breaks are much better than accidents with sticky and wet clothing. 
  8. Bring Entertainment – Bring books and toys for your children while you travel. There are small coloring books, puzzles, and crafts that are perfect for traveling. Also there are a plethora of child-friendly apps that you can download on your tablet and phone that can keep your child happy. When going through clearances, tell your child that everything must be x-rayed and that they will get their toys and entertainment back after they get cleared. Communicating this to your child is key so you do not have a melt down because of a favorite teddy bear needing to go through the machine.
  9. Know Your Location Climate – We who live in Michigan are prepared for most weather changes. One day it is snowing and the next day it is raining with tornadoes. It still is very important to be prepared when traveling and knowing what is happening in other places. You do not want to arrive someplace needing a thick coat because it is snowing when you only packed t-shirts.
  10. Know Your Liquids – When traveling by plane there are liquid restrictions. Some liquids that are allowed with your carry on beyond the normal limit are baby formula, baby food, breast milk and medications. Tell the transportation security in advance that you are carrying these items so that you will clear quicker and go through more smoothly. 
  11. Know Your Luggage – Different airlines have various rules when it comes to luggage for you and your children. Some children’s luggage may count towards your baggage allowance thus creating more fees for you. Make sure you are prepared and pack accordingly. Strollers and seat restraints are usually checked for free and also you are allowed to take on the plane a booster, infant seat, and bassinet for free as long as it meets carry on restrictions.  This also applies when taking the train or the bus.

 

Be sure to check out TSA’s website for more travel information and updates.

Additional Sites:
www.delta.com
www.united.com
www.aa.com
www.tsa.gov
www.megabus.com
www.amtrak.com
www.southwest.com
www.spirit.com
www.usairways.com

National Nanny Recognition Week

Dear Nannies, this week is National Nanny Recognition Week.   Lt. Governor Calley declared this Friday, September 27, as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan!  Here is the proclamation:

WHEREAS, for decades the work of nannies has made it possible for countless numbers of children to receive individualized and compassionate care, helping children to grow and mature while surrounded by dedicated individuals; and

WHEREAS, nannies work tirelessly to abide by a professional standard of excellence in caring for children, and are diligent in their adherence to the federal, state and local laws related to their profession in order to ensure the safety of the children they care for; and

WHEREAS, these caregivers foster a learning atmosphere that is constructive to emotional growth and tailored to the specific needs of each child they care for; and

WHEREAS, on this day we recognize the many nannies that devote their skills and resources to the betterment of a child’s intellectual and emotional faculties and the overall strength of family bonds through partnership with parents; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the devotion, generosity and assistance nannies provide to the children they care for:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brian Calley, lieutenant governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 27, 2013 as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan.

Nannies, we at Nanny Anytime want you to know that we appreciate you for your hard work, dedication, and nurturing that you give to our families and their children. You do not go unnoticed. From us to you: Happy Nanny Appreciation Day!

How to Help Kids Learn How to Tell Time

In this digital age children are needed less and less traditional methods of requiring information. Instead of getting an encyclopedia to find information, kids have Google. Instead of learning how to read a map, we have GPS devices and navigation apps on our phones. One thing is becoming apparent, a lot of kids struggle with telling time from a traditional clock. Why use a traditional clock when they can look at it on their phone? If the satellites go down even briefly, it could mess up all types of systems. It can even be a less drastic situation where the power goes out in the house or the phone dies. It is important for kids to know this basic skill so that they know how to read a clock in the case of an emergency or where a digital clock is no where to be found. Below is a YouTube link that can help you help your child learn how to tell time.

How To Help Kids Learn How To Tell Time on YouTube

 

Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Child

We have all heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and your child’s doctor is an important part of your village. From the moment a woman finds out that she is pregnant the health of baby is one of her first concerns. Choosing the right doctor for you child is an important decision that can seem overwhelming.  It is important to find a doctor that you can trust and that you are comfortable calling. You want a doctor who can give you support, information, and who can answer you questions. It is also important to know if you and your doctor share similar views on breastfeeding, immunizations, and alternative medicine.

Here is some helpful tips from Baby Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado:

Choosing a Doctor for Your Baby

How to Choose a Doctor for Your Baby

Your Child’s Special Place

As a child whether you made a tree-house, tent, or fort out of pillows, we all had a moment where we made a creative space to get away or just to play. Kids deserve a chance to make that special place where they can create memories that you can remind them out as they get older.

Take a look at this website that shows you how to help your kids make Tents, Forts, and Hideouts. You will be surprised at all the creative games and scenarios that your children can come up with.

Tents, Forts, and Hideouts: Special Spaces for Kids

Do you have a memory to share about a special space you made as a child or a memory from a special space that your own child has made? Share with us in the comments below!

A Story: Raising a Child with Autism

According to the CDC, 1 in 88 kids in America now have autism.

One mother offers an intimate and personal look into her day-to-day life of raising a son with autism. Read her story in the link below

A Day in the Life: Raising a Child with Autism

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INA Urges Nannies, Parents, and Placement Agencies to Follow Water Safety Guidelines

Since the 2010 tragic drowning incident in Long Island, New York, that involved a nanny and the toddler in her care, INA has committed to sending an annual reminder to nannies, parents and agencies that only child care providers who have the proper training should take children swimming or near large bodies of water like a pool, lake or ocean.

INA recommends that children are only to be taken swimming by a nanny if she is a lifeguard, if she has successfully completed a credible water safety and rescue course, or if there is a lifeguard present.

INA recommends that any child care provider who works in a home where there is a large body of water present be properly trained in water safety and rescue.

To find an American Red Cross Water Safety and Rescue course in your area, visithttp://www.redcross.org.

(Taken from www.nanny.org)

 

 

Get Kids Excited About Spring Cleaning!

Remember the times when school was ending, and maybe mom began packing away your winter clothes, donating things the family hadn’t touched in months, reaching under your bed or into the back of your closet to get rid of what she thought was junk? After your protests, the home was cleaner, smelled fresher, and was much more organized. Well, it’s that time of year again. How can we get children excited about taking their old clothes, toys, and games and perhaps donating them to charities, to survivors of the terrible storms throughout the country this year,  or just to other kids in the neighborhood who would love to have them? The article below offers really good tips from regular moms on getting kids to help with the spring cleaning.

Spring Cleaning With Kids

by Smockity Frocks on March 7, 2011

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This week my fabulous team of experts and I are sharing our plans for spring.

Be sure to check out what each of my team has up her sleeve for spring and we will help you put your house in order!

What I have on my agenda for spring break next week is some spring cleaning and completing of projects that have been on my “to do” list for a while.

I have typed out each of the items I want to accomplish and I am offering any child 50 cents IF they can get a given chore done BEFORE I tackle it, IF it is done to my satisfaction.

Since my children are about as competitive as I am (VERY) and we make them pay for their own stuff, I suspect there will be much scrambling to beat Mama to the work, because if Mama gets the job done first, there won’t be any pay off and you might even be able to hear Mama doing fist pumps and loud-whispering, “YES! YES! YESSsssss!”

I have included difficult tasks, like repairing screens on windows, and easier ones like picking up sticks and twigs in the yard, so every child, from 3 to 15, will have the chance to participate if they would like to.  The printed chore list will be color coded to denote which tasks are reserved for which ages, and placed in a prominent place.

Then, I’ll blow a whistle and the scrambling will begin!

Not really on the whistle.

Really on the scrambling.

  International Nanny Association


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