December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

          Well Parents, the holidays are upon us once again and while we strive to give our children most every gift they desire; there are some safety considerations to keep in mind. Scooters, bicycles and skateboards, oh my! Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be quite harmful and even deadly. *Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit. *Heed the age range listed on the package. *Keep your neighborhood traffic in mind. If you live on a busy street, perhaps a backyard riding toy would prove safer. Small balls and other toys with small parts are sure to be fun but could also become choking hazards. *Again, heed the age range listed on packaging. Children under 3 years of age tend to explore their world mouth first. *Consider keeping track of small toy parts by placing them in zipper lock sandwich bags, this way you will be aware if any stray parts are left behind on the floor where small children and pets could ingest them   Toys and electronic games with Lithium button batteries can be a danger hiding in your home. When swallowed, these small batteries get stuck in the throat. The saliva triggers an electric current which causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. *Consider items that have a battery compartment which requires a screwdriver or household tool to open. *Keep extra batteries out of the reach of small fingers on a high shelf or locked cabinet for...

Little Girls need Positive Female Role Models

        When it comes to little girls and pretend play the choices are quite limited. While there is nothing wrong with being a princess, ballerina or a fairy – these options don’t showcase rewarding real life careers such as that of a Nurse. As a child, I remember wrapping paper around my stuffed bear to symbolize broken or fractured limbs. I would fix the arm of my teddy bear by removing the paper and sending them on their way while awaiting my next patient. I always longed for dolls and accessories that would make my play experience more enjoyable and realistic. I grew up, served in the military, became a veteran, became a nurse and a mother of three and had no more time for pretend play. My children would see me get ready for work with my scrubs and white lab coat and would ask “Mom are you a Dentist or a Doctor?” As I explained to them the amazing field of Nursing it hit me, I had been a Nurse for over 15 years at that time and my children still didn’t quite understand the concept of what I did day in and day out. The children weren’t exposed to pretend play opportunities or accessories that conceptually made the Nursing field make sense for them. Worst of all, my Daughter wasn’t being given pretend play opportunities aside from being a princess, ballerina….or a fairy. As a Nurse Educator, I have a calling to provide our youth with positive role models. As a woman and the mother of a little girl, I have the responsibility...

Pin It on Pinterest