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ChildProof Your Car With These 5 Tips- Making Summer Travel Safe

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The summer season is the time when families like to pack up the car and head off on a road trip for their summer vacation. These trips in the car can be fun and entertaining for all, but when your kids are cooped up in the car for too long they end up getting cranky and bored. One solution is to make several sightseeing stops along the way so everyone gets a chance to stretch out their legs. However, it’s important to keep a close eye on your children when they’re out of the car and in a busy parking lot. During your family travels this summer, keep your kids safe with these five ways for childproofing your car.

1. Parking Pal Magnet

Parking lots are dangerous and it only takes a few seconds for a tragedy to occur, keep your kids safe with the Parking Pal. The Parking Pal is designed to be placed on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. While in a parking lot, children place one hand on their Parking Pal creating a safe spot. It was specifically created with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.
Available for $8.99 at http://www.parkingpalmagnet.com.

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2. Buckle Up

It’s crucial that you make sure your kids are buckled up at all time. Teach your children to always buckle up as soon as they get in the car. You must also lead by example because your kids will not be willing to listen if they see that you are not abiding by the same rule. It’s required by law for kids to wear a seat belt and for adults too in most states. Different booster seats and car seats also have various buckles so read the manual to see if you are correctly buckling in your kids.

3. Car Reverse Alert Beeper by Dreambaby®

The Dreambaby® Car Reverse Alert Beeper will alert anyone behind your vehicle that you are backing up. Simply stick the beeper over your reversing lights and it will emit a high-pitched noise when the vehicle is put into reverse. Little ones are often hard to detect through mirrors and windows so this will be an extra precaution to help prevent accidents when backing up your car. Available for $9.99 at www.shop4kids.com.

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4. Trunk Safety

These days all cars are required to feature a glow-in-the-dark interior release handle inside the trunk of the car so anyone can get out of a locked trunk. Still, older car models do not include this feature. When children are playing and parents aren’t around, the trunk of the car may seem like a good hiding spot. Kids do not know any better and this can pose a serious danger. Make sure your children cannot access the car unsupervised. If you have an older car, a retrofit Quick-Out Emergency Trunk Release kit is available for $9.99 at www.kidsandcars.org/online-store.html.
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5. Childproof the Interior

Don’t forget about the interior of your car when getting ready to child-proof. When driving with your kids, enable the childproof locks if you can to prevent kids from opening the door while the car is in motion. If you have any dangerous items in the backseat like an ice scraper, wiper fluid, or car cleaner, take them out and keep them in the trunk of the car away from the kids. The foldable back seats of your car should always be kept locked in an upright position to prevent kids from getting into the trunk.

For more car safety tips visit http://www.kidsandcars.org. Make your summer vacation fun and safe with these childproofing tips.

6 Tips for Dealing With Picky Eaters

How to Deal With a Picky Eater

Having a picky eater is a challenge at any age.  It usually happens in toddlers and preschoolers as they’re still getting used to new tastes and textures.  Below are 6 tips to handle your picky eater and make sure she still gets plenty of good nutrition. Plus, I have included one of my favorite products to encourage healthy eating.  The “Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart.”  It’s a fun way for kids to keep track of the healthy foods they eat.   http://www.todayiatearainbow.com/

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Here are some other tips to dealing with picky eaters.

Think of your job as offering, not forcing

If your child is hungry, he’ll eat!  Therefore, don’t think of your job as a force feeder or monitor of how much he did or didn’t eat, instead focus on offing good choices at every meal, and allow him to make the right choices.

Set a schedule

Be sure that you’re having set meal and snack times.  This will mean that your child has less opportunity to fill up on snacks before meal time.  If they are in the habit of asking for a snack a half hour before dinner and you’re in the habit of giving them a pack of fruit gummies so you can get back to cooking dinner, of course they aren’t going to eat your dinner!

Don’t bribe her with sweets

Don’t get in the habit of forcing your child to eat “just one more bite” before she gets her dessert.  This does nothing more than feed her appetite for sugary treats!

Hide the good stuff

Try to find some ways to hide vegetables in things that your kid loves! With one quick online search you can learn how to put sweet potatoes in chocolate chip cookies, make cauliflower tots that look exactly like chicken nuggets and how to make a sauce for pasta made from carrots and cauliflower.

Get them involved with preparation

Getting a young one involved in some aspect of preparing the food is one of the best ways to get them involved. If you have a garden, they’ll love every step from planting to watering to harvesting.  If you don’t garden, you can let them choose a fruit or veggie every week at the store. Once they’re old enough they can help stir and pour ingredients (avoid letting the touch anything that could be dangerous, of course).  By involving them in the preparation in some way, they take a sense of pride in the food and are more likely to eat it!

Never fight

Fighting, arguing, coaxing and bribing just don’t work!  In fact, they usually increase mealtime anxiety, so just let it go and trust that you’re doing your best by offering good choices and your child will eat when he’s hungry.