Thursday, January 7, 2021

How to Stay Calm After Your Child Is Hurt

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Any parent knows how stressful it can be when their child hurts themselves. Whether this happens at home or when spending time outdoors, it is never something you are prepared for, even if you have a feeling that something will go wrong soon. When something does go wrong, many parents' immediate response is to panic. But, this isn’t the best approach. If your child sees you panic, they will panic, too. Instead, it’s essential to stay calm, and here is how you can do that. 

Don’t Just Stand There 

After seeing your child hurt themselves, you can easily go into a state of minor shock. You don’t know what to do, and you may just stand there. However, this can cause several problems. For one, your child won’t get the immediate help that they need. Furthermore, you might find that you shut down, and this will make you feel worse than you already do. So, even if you only go over to check on them, make sure you do something to help put yourself and your child at ease. 

Identify The Problem 

It’s easy to fear the worst when your child gets hurt. You worry about broken bones and large cuts with plenty of blood. However, this is not always certain, and the sooner you identify the problem, the calmer you will be. After your child gets hurt, get to them as soon as possible to see what is wrong. This will give you a chance to analyze the problem and determine if it is just a small cut or if you need to seek medical attention. 

Have a Plan 

All parents should have a plan for when their child gets hurt. Hopefully, you never need to use this plan, but it’s still useful to have. You should know how to administer First Aid if required, and also how to get to the closest doctor. Parents might also want to get in touch with a team of expert personal injury attorneys who can offer advice, especially if the injury occurred at the playground or somewhere that you deem unsafe for kids so that it doesn’t happen to others. 

Find Ways to Distract Them 

Your child is likely to cry after getting injured, and this can increase your stress levels, making it impossible to stay calm. To avoid this, you must find ways to distract them while you take care of them. You can do this by playing a game with them, such as I Spy, or you can ask them questions to take their mind off the pain. Getting them talking about something completely different should distract them enough that you can clean the wound and apply bandages. When you’re finished, you can go home, or you can let them get back to playing with their friends. 

Staying Calm 

Everyone knows how difficult it can be to stay calm in an emergency, but staying calm is crucial if you want to get through the initial shock and make progress to help your child. While you may be freaking out on the inside, you must still present an aura of calm to help them feel better.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

4 Tips to Throw Your Child a Birthday Party They Won't Forget

 

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When you’re a child, your birthday is a monumental occasion. It’s a chance to receive all the presents you could want and get all your friends together for fun games and delicious food. And birthdays only come round once a year, so it’s an extra special occasion worth pushing the boat out for.

Birthday parties come in all shapes and sizes. You could have one at home, in a fast-food restaurant, soft play area, or an entertainment venue. They could be large or small, themed, or casual. Nevertheless, there are a few key ingredients that are essential to throwing the perfect party.

If you want to throw your child a birthday party they won’t forget this year, here are four key steps you need to think about.

The guest list

Who will be coming to your child’s party? You might not think the guest list is hugely important, but it could make or break your child’s enjoyment. Children’s loyalties and friendships change all the time, and you don’t want to inadvertently invite their worst enemy or forget their new best friend. Even if your party is a surprise, you should talk to your child and find out who their close friends are and get an idea who to invite along. If you’re really unsure, you could play it safe by inviting everyone in their class at school.

The theme

Not every party needs a theme, but for young children, it will make the event a lot more exciting and memorable. You can theme a party on anything you choose, so it makes sense to pick the one thing your child is more passionate about than anything else. It might be superheroes, unicorns, Disney princesses, or Fortnite. Whatever it is, this should manifest itself in all aspects of the party from the fancy dress outfits to the food to the games they play. As a word of warning, if it is a mixed-gender party you should be careful not to exclude people and have something for everyone. A nine-year-old boy might not be too excited about attending a princess party, but if you opt for a general Disney theme, they could come dressed as Aladdin, Mufasa, or Buzz Lightyear.

The entertainment

Kids are notorious for getting bored easily, so you will need to plan some entertainment to keep them occupied. Games are an essential part of any birthday party so make sure you have something planned. If your party revolves around an activity like bowling or ice skating you have your bases covered, but you might still wish to come up with a few quick and easy games like Pass the Parcel to fill those gaps in the party. If you’re throwing your party in your backyard it’s a good idea to invest in some outdoor games such as Cornhole Worldwide or Giant Jenga.

The food

With a herd of excited children running around, food is essential to keep their energy levels up. Many children are very picky, so make sure you have a wide variety of options available. You could even plan ahead by getting them to pick their food from a menu in advance. Make sure you cater to specific dietary requirements and prepare something for the adults too.