Friday, June 19, 2015

Dad's Big Day!

    In this country, the third Sunday of every June is the day we dedicate to celebrating our fathers and the father figures in our lives. Like Mother's Day, it's hard to pinpoint exactly when the very first Father's Day was celebrated. The belief is that a memorial was held in 1908 to commemorate a 1907 mining accident that claimed the lives of a large group of men, many of them fathers, in West Virginia. Then the nation's first statewide Father's Day was celebrated in 1910, in the State of Washington, and the holiday spread from there. It wasn't until 1972 that Father's Day became a National Holiday.

    Regardless of it's origins, Father's Day is a day we set apart to celebrate the contributions dads make to their families and society as a whole.  Whether you celebrate with a church service, cookout, or sporting event, whether you give dad a gift for grilling or an electronic gadget, just get out there and spend some quality time with the man who makes a difference to you.  Be sure to let your father, adopted father, step-father, father-in-law, grandfather or that all-around good guy in your life-- know that he is loved and cherished.

     Happy Father's Day!!!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunscreen: Don't Leave Home Without It!

    If you're like me, there's almost nothing better than getting out and enjoying all that life in the great outdoors has to offer-- but be sure you protect your family's fun in the sun by making sure everyone always wears sunscreen.

    Harmful ultraviolet rays can not only cause painful sunburn, but too much exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer.  Sunscreen helps protect you and your kids from both, while also keeping skin from discoloring, wrinkling and all-around premature aging. And don't forget, sun damage is cumulative and skin cancer can result from repeated exposure to the sun from the time we're young-- so teach your kids to start applying and reapplying sunscreen every time they go outdoors. And the earlier they start, the better-- many experts say you should start applying sunscreen to a baby at six months-- before that make sure your baby wears protective clothes, a hat and sunglasses.  As the kids get older and can put on sunscreen themselves it should become a habit, like brushing their hair or washing their hands.  An SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or greater is recommended-- but the higher the number the better the protection, so choose wisely.  It's better to play it safe than be sorry, so slather on that sunscreen and get out there and enjoy!

    For more information on sunscreen check out these links:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Break Doesn't Mean Breaking Ties

    With the last day of school fast approaching, I wanted to remind you that just because your kids are on break doesn't mean the wonderful social relations they've established over the school year need to stop.

    Here are some easy ways to make sure your children stay in touch with their friends. Even though the younger set is tech-savvy, not everyone has their own phone so why not help your youngsters and their friends put together hand written phone books with numbers where they can easily be reached. It's a great project for the last few days of school and the end result is shared phone numbers to stay in touch.

    Other ways to maintain strong friendship bonds over the break include scheduling Summer play dates before school ends, as well as being sure to invite your kid's friends to birthdays, barbecues and other events that happen while school is out.

    For older children, staying in touch can be all about phone calls, group messaging, Skype and basically anything involving social media. Just don't let them forget that nothing beats face to face interaction so be sure to encourage in-person gatherings to keep relationships going.

    For more tips on staying in touch check out these ideas: