December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month!

toysSafety tips to keep in mind this holiday season: For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking. Keep deflated balloons away from young children and discard broken balloons immediately. Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be sized to fit and worn properly. Magnets should be kept away from children. Read more at child-familyservices.org external link

 

Family Dynamics

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Families are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone's individuality is permitted to flourish.

What makes a "perfect" parent? What can families do for fun? How to handle family arguments and disruptions? These are only a few articles worth reading this month on HealthyChildren.org! external link

 

Holiday Safety Tips: On the Road and In the Home

kid with forkIt's Holiday Season! Family gatherings, holiday meals, special traditions, delicious treats — the holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, especially for kids. Unfortunately, for emergency room doctors it's also one of the busiest. Learn how to protect your little ones from some common holiday dangers, so you and your family can enjoy a season that's happy and healthy.  Read more at KidsHealth.org external link and at SafeKids.org external link

 

Winter Weather Health and Safety

snowmobile by Daniel SinocaChildren's Clinic of Klamath would like to provide you with information from various Centers for Disease Control (CDC) programs related to winter weather hazards.  We have compiled a list of content links to various subjects including Emergency Preparedness and Response, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Hypothermia, Frostbite, Power Outages and more.  Click here for our winter health and safety information page.

Snowmobile image by Daniel Sinoca, used under Morguefile license

 

12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

gratitudeTired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy.  Kathleen Berchelmann M.D., FAAP, a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, has 12 tips that can help parents teach their children gratitude; read more at healthychildren.org! external link

 

 

Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

snowmanNeed some ideas about fun things to do with the kids this winter? Sandbox Network's FamilyEducation aims to make it easier for busy moms and dads like you to raise happy, healthy, engaged children at every age and stage, and their website offers a host of things to enjoy from educational activities to vacation planning, winter crafts and more. Check out their website at familyeducation.com external link

 

Stressing Out During the Holidays

Pie crustThe holiday season is upon us, which is a lot of fun for you and your kids. However, it can also be stressful, due to unusual schedules, demanding high expectations, and all the high energy events happening all at once. It’s important to have a good time, but make sure to take everything in moderation, even if it means missing out on a few things. After all, if your not having a good time, it’s likely your kids aren’t having a good time either. For more tips on emotional wellness over the holidays, click here! external link

 

 

Food pitfalls

anise aroma art 277253When we try to eat healthy, and have our kids eat healthy, there are lots of pitfalls we can fall into. Theses include family vacations, having little time to prepare healthy food, and after school boredom. The key to avoiding these pitfalls is careful planning, by making sure you have healthy food prepared ahead of time. For information about avoiding common food traps, click here. external link

 

Winter Driving

auto car cold driving 376361Christmas Is coming, that means there will be a lot of travel going on. And with the constant down pour of snow, travel can be especially difficult. Make sure you are prepared for your family travels, make sure everyone in the care is warm, and be sure to check weather conditions before heading out. For more tips about safe Winter, and Winter safety in general, click here. external link

 

Youth Events at Klamath County Library

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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:

December Youth Events at Klamath County Library

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