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Survival Skills Every Kid Should Know

Wednesday, Dec, 18 2013

SURVIVAL SKILLS EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW

If your child were alone in an emergency, would he know what to do without an adult to take care of him? Allstate Insurance and Lisa Bedford, author of "Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios," has identified four emergency situations in which all children should know what to do if they are alone.

Survival Skill No. 1: What to do if a child is lost
A lost child is a scared child, and usually her first instinct is to begin searching for her family. Train your children to stop and sit as soon as they realize they are lost. Assure them that, no matter how scared they might be, you are searching for them at that very moment; but also that, if they keep moving around, it will take longer to find them. Consider equipping your children with an inexpensive cell phone and when venturing outdoors, a few survival items tucked in a backpack or their pockets. Items such as a whistle, a bright bandana and a bottle of water are the makings of a kids' survival kit that will go a long way to helping them be found more quickly.

Survival Skill No. 2: How to answer the door when a child is home alone
Usually the best strategy is to not answer the door! Yes, the person knocking could be a burglar scoping out the neighborhood. But once the door is opened, it's that much easier for an intruder to enter. And children are easily overpowered. Train your child to enforce home security: Keep doors and windows locked and blinds and curtains closed. Noise from a TV or radio is fine. Those with questionable motives will think twice about entering a home if they hear noises inside, even if the house is closed up and no one answers the door.

Survival Skill No. 3: What to do in a medical emergency
From a young age, kids can learn how to dial 911 and report an emergency, but this takes practice. Spend some time rehearsing phone calls, teaching your children to relay detailed information to an operator, follow his or her instructions and then stay on the line until help arrives. If possible, children should also get the home ready for the arrival of EMTs by putting pets in closed areas and, if it's nighttime, turning on both indoor and outdoor lights. Summer is an ideal time for children ages 9 and older to take first aid and CPR classes.

Survival Skill No. 4: How to maintain situational awareness
This one skill can help your child avoid many dangerous situations. The concept is simply for children to be aware of the people and events around them. Parents can help their children become more observant and aware--not by scaring them, but by playing games to teach and practice this skill.
When driving in the car, ask your kids to describe a building or vehicle you just passed. Teach them to pay attention to the route home by asking them to give you driving directions. Tell them to close their eyes and describe what someone in the room is wearing. Encourage them to check out the license plates of passing cars: Which states are they from? What is the sum of the numbers on the license plate? Being aware of their surroundings will help them avoid predatory people and other dangerous scenarios. Simple to teach. Fun to practice. And, quite possibly, a life saver.

posted by: Kathy Keene 17 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Is There A Santa Claus

Thursday, Dec, 12 2013


Is There A Santa Claus?

Merry Christmas everyone,

I thought I would share an interesting story about a mom and her explanation to her son Frankie when asked, "Do you believe in Santa Claus?"

It was one of THE questions parents face. In the category of questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Where do babies come from?" "Mommy, do you believe in Santa Claus?"

The mom prayed for the right words. "What do you think?"

Frankie shrugged. "Some kids at school said Santa wasn't real. They said parents put the gifts under the tree." "Are you asking me if there is a Santa, or if parents put the gifts under the tree?" Frankie hesitated. "I guess I'm asking both."

The mom wrapped her arms around Frankie and gave him a big hug. "I am so proud of you!"   "For what?" Frankie looked puzzled.

"You're old enough now! You see Frankie, while there isn't a man in a red suit, there is something called the Christmas Spirit. But when children are very little, it's hard for them to understand the Christmas Spirit so we say that someone named Santa is responsible for Christmas. Parent's know when a child asks whether Santa is real that they're old enough to understand the Christmas Spirit."

Frankie looked surprised. "What's the Christmas Spirit?"

"The Christmas Spirit is love -- pure and simple. Every year, right around December, there's a special feeling in the air. People are kinder, they give to those who have little and spend time with friends and family. Have you noticed a change recently?"

Frankie thought for a moment. "Everything seems prettier. People seem happier."
"That's the Christmas Spirit at work. The Christmas Spirit is a gift we all receive every year. And those who are most blessed, carry it with them all year."

"Parents want their children to remember the gift of Christmas every year, so they put presents under the tree and say a man named Santa is responsible until each child asks the question you asked me tonight. Then they get to share the wonderful secret of the Christmas Spirit."

"A secret?" Frankie's voice was hushed with awe.

"Yes, now that you asked about Santa, I know that you're old enough to understand the Christmas Spirit. But until other children ask their parents, you shouldn't tell them there's no Santa because they may not be old enough to understand yet."

Frankie nodded and winked. "I won't tell, I promise."

"When people ask if I believe in Santa, I say yes. I absolutely believe that there is a Christmas Spirit that visits each house at Christmas. Does it matter whether that Spirit is wearing a red suit? Or what we call it?"

Frankie shook his head. "Nope!"

"So congratulations! You are officially old enough to start learning about the Christmas Spirit." Frankie crinkled his nose. "Start learning?" "Yes. It takes the rest of your life to figure out how to keep the Christmas Spirit in your heart all year long."

posted by: Kathy Keene 17 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Turkey Brine Recipe

Thursday, Nov, 21 2013

Chef Jeff's Turkey Brine Recipe:

1 gallon water
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup table salt, non-iodized

Mix all ingredients together in a container larger enough to cover the thawed turkey with the brine.  Place in the refrigerator up to 4 days.  Depending on the size of the turkey, you can brine it for 1 day up to 4 days.

posted by: Kathy Keene 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Homeopatic Cold and Flu Protection

Thursday, Nov, 14 2013

Dr. Helen Pensanti's recommendation for protecting ourselves from colds and flu.

Take the following 4 items:

     280 mgs of L-Theanine
     700 mgs L-cysteine
     Glutathione - dosage stated on bottle
     Interlueukin-2 -dosage stated on bottle

posted by: Kathy Keene 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Butter Cake Recipe

Tuesday, Nov, 12 2013

KENTUCKY BUTTER CAKE

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract
4 eggs
Glaze:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 T. water
2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.  Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Blend in buttermlk, butter, vanilla or rum and eggs.  Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.  our batter into prepared pan. Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Prick holes in the still warm cake.  Slowly pour glaze over cake.  Let cool before rmoving from pan.
Glaze:
Combine all glaze ingredients in saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until fully melted and combined, do not boil.

posted by: Kathy Keene 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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