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31 August 2017

Tips for Keeping Kids Germ-Free at School

Some things spread like wildfire in a school – the latest lingo, the latest trends and, unfortunately, the latest germs. Schools keep kids – and their germs – in close proximity, making students particularly vulnerable to infecting one another. Nearly 22 million school days are missed each year due to colds alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You may not be able to protect your kids from fashion choices they’ll regret in a decade, but you can do your best to protect them from illness. Share these tips with your kids to keep them as healthy as possible:

  1. Wash your hands
    “The best way to prevent infections is good hand washing,” notes pediatrician Frank Esper, MD. Warm, soapy water is best. Teach younger kids to scrub until they finish singing the entire alphabet song, and teach older kids to count to 20 before rinsing.
  2. Don’t share
    This may seem antithetical to one of life’s golden rules, but it’s important to teach kids not to share personal items, such as water bottles, earbuds, hats, brushes and lip balms.
  3. Cover sneezes and coughs
    Sneeze and cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue – not your hands, says. Dr. Esper. And be sure to wash your hands afterward.
  4. Keep your hands off your face
    Younger kids especially display some questionable habits when it comes to touching their faces. Teach them to keep their fingers out of their mouths, noses and ears.
  5. Skip the water fountain
    Pack water bottles for your kids if their schools allow it. If not, teach them to use the water fountain without putting their mouths on the spigot.
  6. Eat your veggies…
    …and your fruit, too. A nutritious diet can give young immune systems a healthy boost.
  7. Get a good night’s sleep
    Sleep keeps kids’ immune systems healthy and strong. According to the CDC, children age 10 to 17 need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep; children age 5 to 10 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep; and children age 3 to 5 need 11 to 13 hours of sleep.
  8. Get the flu shot
    The single best way to protect your kids from influenza is vaccination. Be sure your children get their annual flu shot.
  9. Stay home
    Sick kids should not go to school. Their weakened immune systems may make them vulnerable to even more germs – and they need to avoid infecting their classmates. Dr. Esper points out that it is especially important to keep kids home when they have a fever: “When you have a fever, you have the highest number of germs in the body and thus are more likely to infect others.”

Frank Esper, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

31 August 2017

Back To Cool

Growing up, the marketing slogan that I used to hate was called “back to cool,” as a way to get teens on board with leaving their summer activities to return to school. It’s a tough sell, getting kids and teens back to school from a summer of fun, but there are a few things families can do to help ease the transition.

  1. As a parent, be mindful that the first few weeks of any transition can be stressful. New schedules, new responsibilities and sometimes depending on the ages of your children, new social situations, can all be stressful. Help your teen problem-solve any areas causing stress right off the bat, like a complicated academic schedule or suddenly finding themselves in too many school extracurricular activities. Teens like to try and solve problems on their own, so let them. Teens are more likely to reach out when they want help or support, and then parents can assist with any issues that come up.
  2. Go ahead and talk about family vacations months in advance. It’s nice to have something to look forward to and to remind your teen when they’re struggling that a break is right around the corner! Go ahead and put on the calendar any holiday-related activities, spring trips, college visits for older teens or summer trips.
  3. Be flexible with the transition back to your family’s school-year schedule. It takes most people about 2 weeks to transition to a new routine, so allow for some grace if it’s difficult for your teen to transition fully back to an earlier curfew or more restrictions on their social events.
  4. Use weekly family time to keep doing ‘summertime’ activities–hang out in a park, go to a state fair or stay up late on the weekends stargazing. Most schools begin in August and the weather can still be ‘summer’ weather for months into the school year! Doing fun, outdoor activities as a family continues to build quality family time and doesn’t end the summer fun once school starts back!

Source: Grow Counseling, Sarah (Brookings) Connor, LPC

1 July 2017

The Fourth Of July

Friends, Family, Fun and Fireworks – More than 75 Million Americans are planning barbecues this weekend in celebration of July Fourth, a holiday paralleled in tradition to You’re Fired’s mission of getting families together, getting creative and having fun. Accordingly, our Studios are closed for the 4th, so that our families can participate as well.

For being the only country that celebrates the Fourth of July, you might be surprised out how much our symbols and celebration draws from outside.

  • We all know the Star Spangled Banner’s tune is based on an English drinking song called “to Anacreon Heaven” (Anacreon was a Greek poet known for his drinking hymns).
  • But do you know that the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was actually a song that that British Military Officers sang prior to the revolution to mock the disorganized American colonists who fought alongside them during the French and Indian Wars?
  • The Liberty Bell which is tapped 13 times each Fourth of July in honor of the 13 original colonies was made in London.
  • The Statue of Liberty, our countries most iconic symbol of Liberty was made in France.
  • Only recently, did Congress pass a law requiring that 100% of the Flags purchased by the Department of Defense, be made inside the US, with US materials. Prior to then, most of the Flags our military used were made in China! In fact 94% of the imported flags to the US are made in China.
  • Speaking of China, what greater symbol of a Fourth of July celebrations exists besides fireworks? Where do you think most of those are made?

 

1 June 2017

Best Friends Day – June 8th

Best friends: the ones you can only be mad at for so long because you have important things to tell them.

Thursday, June 8th is Best Friends Day!  Bring your best friend in on the 8th, and paint something for them, and we will offering each of you half off your studio fees.  To qualify, you need to be painting with your BEST friend and you need to be painting an item FOR them, not for yourself.  Simply tell our staff at checkout you are there with your best friend today, and made an item for them, and you will each receive the discount. We hope you all have a great “Best Friends Day!”

1 May 2017

The School Year to Summer Transition

Keeping children’s minds stimulated throughout the summer months.

As the school year winds down, teachers say they’re often approached by worried parents seeking a road map to get through the summer. Their advice is quite simple: Chill out. Make the summer fun and find ways to incorporate educational themes into the activities children choose to participate in.

“Have fun, explore, just don’t let them sit inside and watch TV all summer,” said one Chicago area teacher at Whitney Young High School and also the mother of two young children.

What makes summer so valuable is that children have the time and freedom to learn on their own terms, she said, so they can see what interests and excites them.

Ricci Allard, Owner of You’re Fired Pottery Studios in New Hampshire, a former teacher and current mother herself, adds that “Even more valuable, the summer represents time in which parents, grandparents, and children find overlapping free time.  Find activities that you both can participate in, side by side, rather than the “watching from the sideline” activities that dominate the school year.

New Hampshire offers ample qualifying activities, both indoor and out, that are fun and educational.  State parks offer beaches, lakes and mountain activities, there are animal parks, biking and walking trails, and many picnic areas.  In addition to You’re Fired’s Studios, there are lots of other indoor arts and craft activities that families can participate in together.

One Studio customer recently posted “My ‘bestest ever friend’ and I come in often to share time and bonding along with my 9-yr old grand-daughter. It gives us all a common theme to share while the 9-yr old shares time with the two of us. AND now the 9-yr old puts in requests for all of us to spend some time there.”

“The important thing is to make sure that your children’s brains stays stimulated during the summer months,” Allard said. “Encourage them to try new things, and participate with them whenever possible”.

“Summer is a fantastic time to get to know your children better, and to strengthen the family bonds”.

 

 

 

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