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Feliz Navidad: Celebrate Mexican Holiday Traditions

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Hanukkah Mini Menorah

Hanukkah Mini Menorah

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San Diego Family's 100 Kid Tested Holiday Toys - 2017

San Diego Family's 100 Kid Tested Holiday Toys - 2017

Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 100 Kid Tested Holiday Toys - 2017 . From lo . . .

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Holiday Events for Families with Special Needs

Holiday Events for Families with Special Needs

Don’t miss these festivities designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. Make Christmas memories with sensory-friendly performances and encounters with Santa; or join a . . .

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Very Best Fudge

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3  cups granulated sugar 1  can (12 fluid ounces) Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk 1/4  cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 1/2  teaspoon salt 4  cups miniature marshm . . .

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Silent Nights: Help Kids Sleep Well During the Holidays

Silent Nights: Help Kids Sleep Well During the Holidays

The holidays aren’t always sleep-friendly for families with small children. From late-night parties and holiday travel to school performances and visiting relatives, the season is packed with slee . . .

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Halloween Safety Tips. As you get your little goblins and ghouls ready for trick-or-treating Halloween night, safety experts say parents should remember to include a dose of caution.

halloween safety“Kids are going to be excited and running around that night,” says Jim Leljedal, a law enforcement officer. “Parents need to remind them to look both ways before crossing the street and to stay on sidewalks.”

The standard road patrol will be on the street to enforce safety, he says.

“Our main concern is traffic. Kids are not going to be looking around. Drivers need to be cautious—it’s a night for driving slowly and carefully,” Leljedal says.

Falls are the most common Halloween injury, he says, and parents should make sure costumes are not too long and that a child’s vision is not obscured by a mask.

Children should travel in groups and be accompanied by an adult, he says. Treats should be inspected before kids indulge.

“We haven’t seen any problems with that, but I wouldn’t give my child anything to eat without looking at it – that’s every day of the year,” Leljedal says.

Here are other safety tips:

Driving

  • Don’t speed, especially in residential areas.
  • Watch for children darting from between parked cars, or walking on roadways.
  • Stay alert, as many children will be in dark costumes.

Costumes

  • Use light-colored fabric or strips of reflective tape to make children visible at night.
  • Avoid long costumes that can cause the child to trip.
  • Use facial makeup instead of masks that can hinder a child’s vision.
  • Avoid using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If these props are used, ensure they are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

Trick-or-treating

  • Have an adult accompany trick-or-treaters.
  • Have children carry flashlights or glow-in-the-dark light sticks for easier visibility.
  • Have kids walk, not run, from house to house.
  • Cross the street at corners.
  • Tell kids to stop only at houses that are well-lit, and to never enter the home of a stranger.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Pin a slip of paper to the costumes of younger children with a name, address and phone number, in case he is separated from the group.
  • Turn on your home’s exterior lights and remove any objects from your walkway that may be a hazard to trick-or-treaters.

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Article by Julie Landry Laviolette

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