June is Child Vision Awareness Month

june is child vision awareness monthDespite the fact that undetected and untreated vision problems can lead to serious academic, health and social problems, only 1 in 3 children receive an eye exam before entering school. Oftentimes, kids don’t even realize they have vision problems because they think everyone sees the world the same way they do. This is why regular eye exams and constant communication with your child about his or her vision is extremely important. Read more at blog.njoyvision.com external link


School's Out For Summer: Now What?

School's out for Summer!

It's the end of another school year!  No need to get up early in the mornings, nothing to do but play -- at least for kids.  Which can sometimes cause issues for parents who still have to go to work.  If your child is old enough to be on his or her own during the day that's one thing, but if you need to find good childcare, that can be a challenge of its own.  Care.com presents seven options to consider for summer child care. external link


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


Talking With Your Kids About Drinking

partyAs much as parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol during their high school and college years, long before it's legal for them to drink it. Research has shown that nearly 80% of high school kids have tried alcohol.  It's important to start discussing alcohol use and abuse with your kids at an early age and keep talking about it as they grow up. Read more at KidsHealth.org. external link


Talking With Your Kids About Smoking

kids and smokingIt's important to make sure kids understand the dangers of smoking and using chewing tobacco.  The health risks of smoking are well known, but kids and teens continue to smoke and use chewing tobacco; many young people pick up these habits every year.  Talking with your children about the risks of these products and setting clear rules about not using them can help protect them from these unhealthy habits.  Read more at KidsHealth.org. external link



Protecting Your Child: Medication Safety

generic drugsChildren are curious by nature, and it makes sense that they would also be curious when it comes to medication. Many medications look and taste like candy. While it’s important to encourage our kids to explore and discover new things, when it comes to medication, we want to be careful to keep them safe. Here are a few tips to show you how. Read More at safekids.org external link




Children and Firearm Safety

gun safetyWe are all concerned about the large numbers of children and adolescents killed by firearms.  While we cannot gun-proof our children, there are ways to reduce the possibility of injury or death by guns.  Even if parents don't own a gun, they should check with parents at other places where their kids play, to make sure safety precautions are followed. Here are some tips from SafeKids.org external link


Youth Events at Klamath County Library

June Library Events

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for June include Summer Reading Program Kickoff, Kick off the summer with Motion Magic, Street Fair 2017, Start a nature journal, Battle of the Books Book Club and more!  Read more 


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