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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.

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Keeping Our Children Safe

Lately there have been many reports on the news of missing children and adults. It breaks our hearts to see innocent children who are taken advantage of. No child should have to suffer trauma like kidnapping or physical harm ever.

In a day and age where children are more are more into looking down their phones and iPads than paying attention to their surroundings, it is more crucial now to inform our children of safety.

Here are some tips for parents on keeping your children safe:

Be Alert: Over 50% of the children kidnapped in non-family abductions were taken from the street, in a vehicle, or from a park or wooded area.

How To Talk To Your Child



  • A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety.


Effective personal safety skills

  • Smart Thinking
  • Strong Character
  • Sticking Together


LISTEN to your children

  • Know your children’s daily activities and habits.
  • Listen to what they like and what they don’t like.
  • Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation.
  • Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern.

TEACH your children

  • Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.
  • Reinforce the importance of the “buddy system.”
  • It’s OK to say NO—tell your children to trust their instincts.


  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans.
  • There is no substitute for your attention and supervision.

PRACTICE safety skills with your child

  • Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.

What You Can Do To Help Your Child

Safety at Home

  • Children should know their full name, home phone number and how to use the telephone. Post your contact information where your children will see it: office phone number, cell phone, pager, etc.
  • Children should have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.
  • Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in unexpectedly to see how your children are doing. Ask your children how the experience with the caregiver was, and listen carefully to their responses.

Safety in the Neighborhood

  • Make a list with your children of their neighborhood boundaries, choosing significant landmarks.
  • Interact regularly with your neighbors. Tell your children whose homes they are allowed to visit.
  • Don’t drop your children off alone at malls, movie theatres, video arcades, or parks.
  • Teach your children that adults should not approach children for help or directions. Tell your children that if they are approached by an adult, they should stay alert because this may be a “trick.”
  • Never leave children unattended in an automobile. Children should never hitchhike or approach a car when they don’t know and trust the driver.
  • Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.

Safety at School

  • Be careful when you put your child’s name on clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes or bicycle license plates. If a child’s name is visible, it may put them on a “first name” basis with an abductor.
  • Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help. Make a map with your children showing acceptable routes to school, using main roads and avoiding shortcuts or isolated areas. If your children take a bus, visit the bus stop with them and make sure they know which bus to take.

Safety on Social Media

  • Monitor computer time and social time on cell phones and tablets.
  • At night, put all cell phones and tablets in an office, room or with you as a parent. This will prevent any late night interactions with someone inappropriate.
  • Have your children’s passwords. This way you can check up on who is their friend on social media. Check for questionable behavior or profiles and teach your children warning signals when appropriate or necessary.


Hopefully these tips help! Let’s keep our children safe!




In an Emergency or if you have information about a missing or exploited child:

Call 911 and notify your local police
Call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

To report information about child pornography, child molestation, child prostitution,
and the online enticement of children:

Log on to NCMEC’s CyberTipline at:



The following websites provide additional information about protecting children from abduction and exploitation:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice
OJJDP Publications—Child Protection
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC’s website to teach children about dangers on the Internet
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Against Children Program webpage
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tip and Public Leads webpage
McGruff the Crime Dog
Information for child safety, identification, abduction,
fingerprinting, and crime prevention


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

Reading Treats

Is it reading time and your child is resisting? Try these reading treats! Do you have any tips to share on how you encourage your children to enjoy reading?

(Taken from Serendipity from Jewels and Company)



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


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)



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