Talking to Your Kids About Mass Shootings and Other Attacks

How to talk to your children about mass shootings and other violence in the newsWe would really rather not have to have this discussion with our kids. It would be easier to just avoid the subject and hope they don't bring it up. But the reality is that we live in a world where terror and attacks seem to be happening with more frequency. They see it, too, whether we think they do or not. We need to talk with our children.

In adding this subject to the Children's Clinic of Klamath's website front page, we have tried to find a non-biased resource to which to link. That goal has proven difficult.

We have settled on these two articles on the Psychology Today website.  The title of one, by Amy Morin, LCSW, focuses on the Las Vegas shootings; however, the advice given is valid for all the shootings we've seen in the news of late. Also read the article by Brian D. Johnson, Ph.D. and Laurie Berdahl, M.D. on "How to Talk to Kids about Mass Shootings and Attacks."


November is Child Safety and Protection Month!

child safetyThe safety of our children is something that we should always be vigilant about. As children grow and change, they require different levels of protection and November, Child Safety and Protection Month, is a good reminder for us to check the safety and protection devices and plans we have in place for our children.

Make sure you have safety caps on all medication bottles and keep them out of your children's reach, keep all cleaning products safely locked away so that curious tykes don't accidentally get into them, and read more ideas at! external link


Cold and Flu Season is Here

fluFlu vaccinations and practicing good hygiene is the best way to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands often, use a waterless hand sanitizer every time you touch a doorknob or any shared items, and always before eating or drinking anything. If you are coughing or sneezing, please wear a mask whenever in public. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of fluids, especially water, and by avoiding caffeinated drinks. Rest is also important to help you recover - getting enough sleep is essential for healthy immune function!


Child Safety: Keeping Your Home Safe for Your Child

home safetyIt may be considered the safest place to be, but home can be a dangerous place for a little kid.  Need ideas about how to keep your child safe by babyproofing the crib and home, keeping medicines and poisons out of reach, and securing stairs, doors, and windows, and more?  American Academy of Family Physicians has compiled a list of tips you might find useful.  Click here to read more. external link


Colder Weather Means Increased Risks From Carbon Monoxide

carbon monoxide danger

As the weather turns colder, many of us look to space heaters to help keep our living spaces warm.  Some of these space heaters burn fuel, such as propane, and produce Carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a toxic gas which has has no color, no taste, and no odor.  When your child breathes CO, it harms the ability of his blood to transport oxygen.  CO poisoning is particularly dangerous for children. Get CO poisoning prevention tips at external link


Choosing Safe Baby Products

baby products

From baby carriers to playpens, from infant seats to toys, it is important that parents keep their child's safety in mind when it comes to baby products.  But selecting safe products for your baby can be confusing, especially with all the new gadgets and features available (not to mention the many product recalls).  Nemours Foundation has several articles about choosing safe baby products that can help you make safe choices. Read More! external link


How to Keep Your Children Safe in Today's World

child at laptopChildren look up to adults for guidance while they are still growing and learning. We cannot teach our children too much about safety, especially in the unsafe times in which we live. This link to wikiHow contains common sense tips that can help us as parents keep our children safe to the best of our ability in today's society and world, and shares links to related information on the subject of child safety that are well worth reading. Read more




Klamath Falls Snowflake Festival begins November 25

snowmanEvery year since 1984, the holiday season has been ushered in by the Klamath Falls Snowflake Festival's two weeks of events. This year's Festival begins on November 25 and runs to December 10, and offers great entertainment for the whole family. Check them out on their website at They are the "largest Winter Festival in the State of Oregon! external link



Youth Events at Klamath County Library

November Library Events

Each month, Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities for families and young people of all ages.  These events are listed in a monthly information article published by the library with descriptions, dates and times of each activity.  We at The Children's Clinic encourage you to get your children involved in reading and fun, and are proud to provide links to each month's article as well as to the library's website:

November Youth Events at Klamath County Library

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