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Keeping Your Kids Safe

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Education, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

Child mortality rates have plummeted in the last few decades as we've become more cognizant of the potential dangers, and technology has advanced and recognized that safety is just as important as function. The warnings from a previous era are no longer adequate. do_notIt's paramount that parents recognize the dangers in their homes and make sure their kids remain safe. To that end we present these child safety tips. teddy_defender Check the closet and under the bed to be sure that there are no monsters hiding there. kidonhook When mounting the child on a wall, make sure that you use hardware that is designed for the weight of the child. girl-upsidedown Furniture should be designed to be used around children. Fully extend your drawers to be sure that the furniture won't tip over on your kid. hangdrawers Decorative hardware and drawer pulls should not have any sharp edges or your child may be in danger of falling when he's hanging from the drawer. baby_wash When you're washing your baby, don't fill the tub all the way. Always use the gentle cycle. kids_washing Encourage the kids to help with the household chores to get the job done more quickly. tvhug Soft cuddly toys are preferable to large electronic devices for play time. hallofscience Some toys are dangerous if used improperly. Young children should always use them under the supervision of someone older, preferably not an older sibling. dartaccidentfm3 Encourage sibling relationships. When one child is playing, younger brothers or sisters should always be included. hoarder1 If you let your child eat in his room, make sure he properly disposes of the containers and leftovers. knife_electric Make sure that the electrical outlets in your house are child safe by testing conduction potential. childproof_outlet The "taste test" is the most accurate way to check for lethal current. powdergirl Keep your cocaine locked up in a childproof container. overhead-kid When traveling with your child, bring along a favorite toy, and make him feel as much at home as possible. kidsleeps Make sure that your child isn't past his recommended shelf life. toilet-reading Toilet training is important for both the child's and parents' well-being. Encourage them to use it regularly by letting them entertain themselves while in the bathroom. first_drunk Eventually they'll learn to use it like a grown-up. plunger_boy Teach them to flush often or the toilet might clog. plunger_boys2 Kids learn by doing, so let them try things out until they learn to do it properly. kidtrap Toys and games should be age and size appropriate. Don't let your kids play with something that's too big for them just because you have it on hand. hsflashers Your kids' friends will have a lot of influence on them, so get to know the people they hang out with. dickisgood Learn about what they like and dislike, and try not to be too judgmental. putana Breast feeding is recommended up to a certain age, but don't smear your breasts with poison until after the babies have been fed. child_stove Including the child in the cooking process can teach him about where food comes from, and to make healthy choices. nyquil-nap Keep sugary snacks hidden so your child doesn't eat too much at one time. brownie-sleep "Special" edible treats should only be eaten by children in moderation. spiderboy Well padded furniture will increase the chance of a soft landing. kids_swim When on vacation, be sure to arrange some activities for the kids' benefit. kids_karachi Follow our simple safety tips to keep your kids happy and healthy. kid_safe
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Kids Under Control

by on Aug.28, 2013, under Consumer, Family, Kids, Parenting, Toys

Since we originally wrote about a new system for restraining kids, there have been some delightful new developments in kid immobilization technology. securechild While the design worked well for the purpose, some kids found it to be a bit scary. So we're happy to see that market forces have responded with child-friendly innovations. control_toys2 Introducing Control Toys, which appeal to kids while providing relief to tired parents. control_toys1 For mealtime relief, we have the Baby Trap Chair. No more fussing or fidgeting at dinner. baby_trap_chair And what do you do between meals? Let 'em snack right in their own crib. crib_dribbler If your kid is too old for a crib, there's a Control Toy solution for toddlers too. funny_cage If you want to restrict your kid's range, but not give him an early taste of the juvenile justice system, there's a free range option. happy_heavy_ball Finally, for the ultimate in parental relief while letting your kids make a fashion statement, try this new jacket. lovely_straight_hacket It's a unisex product and is fashionable for both boys and girls. lovely_straight_unisex Next time you need to restrain the kids, make it fun with Control Toys.
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Growing Pains

by on Jan.19, 2013, under Consumer, Kids

Kids grow so fast, they hardly have time to wear something out before they outgrow it.


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Where The Truth Lies

by on Dec.23, 2011, under Culture, Education, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

Even the most well-intended parents lie to their kids. The lies are inevitably revealed, but it might buy the parents a few years of relief. Ultimately, the kids will realize you've betrayed their trust and be more inclined to question everything you tell them. Here are some of the more popular lies. If you suck your thumb

You'll develop an overbite. If you swallow a watermelon seed

A watermelon will grow inside you.

Tell the truth. You won't be in any trouble. We love you both equally and treat you both the same.

Pick your nose

And your brain will run out through your nostril.

Sometimes a little misdirection may be beneficial. But be careful not to take it too far.

Lies can be dangerous.

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Family Portrait

by on Nov.29, 2011, under Art, Family, Kids, Parenting

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Cousins’ Attraction

by on Sep.21, 2011, under Health, Kids, Nature

David Petrovic, 4, and cousin Luka Lukic, 6, from Gornji Milanovac, Serbia, are fairly ordinary kids.

David's mother Sanja noticed something strange a couple of months ago.

"I asked him to fetch me a spoon so I cold feed his little brother, and he yelled back: 'Mom, it sticks!'" Petrovic recalled. "I found him with several spoons and forks hanging from his body."

She phoned her sister, who said that her son Luka had the same talent.

While most people are skeptical, other cases have been reported in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia.

Luka's father, Slavisa Lukic, said doctors have examined the boys, and announced them to be perfectly healthy, adding that they should be monitored as they grow up. "Nobody can tell us why this is happening," he said. David's mother said her son loses his magnetic powers when he is asleep, but regains them when he wakes up and starts moving. When he plays with his friends "anything will stick to him," she said. Afterward, he will feel a little chilly and tired." The boys are happy to demonstrate their unique attraction.
"It was in shock at first, but now we just try to keep the knives away from them," Petrovic says.
 A few weeks ago, 6 year old Croatian boy Ivan Stoiljkovic demonstrated his ability to stick metal objects to his body, while his family also claim he has extra strength and healing powers.
It looks like Ivan makes good use of the silverware he collects.
We expect to hear about more cases like this from Poland.
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by on Sep.18, 2011, under Consumer, Crime, Culture, Education, Kids, Parenting

If you rode to school in luxury and comfort, you probably didn't take the bus.

The school bus was uncomfortable, noisy, and crowded. They could seat 66 kids - if they were tiny enough to fit 3 at a time into each bench seat.

But if you're a small school, and don't have the money for a school bus, you might have to settle for something smaller, like a 7-passenger van.

A school in Qianan city, Hebei province, China removed the factory seats from their van, and replaced them with benches. 

Police stopped the van because it appeared to be overloaded.

The kids were asked to exit the van.

There were 66 little boys and girls in all.

The police took them home in 12 vans.

The driver was ticketed for various motoring law violations.

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Kids Dye Young

by on Jul.10, 2011, under Art, Consumer, Culture, Health, Kids

At one time tattoos were relegated to sailors, drunks, drunk sailors and carnival freaks. Then tattoos became trendy, and they went from simple figures to elaborate body art. People inked everything from their hobbies and interests to their kids. Then they started tattooing their kids. Or the kids could do it themselves with the iTattoo. Of course, they're washable. That is, unless you're an idiot like Eugene Ashley. The Floyd County, Georgia man was charged with child cruelty for allegedly tattooing his 3-year-old son. The child told investigators he cried and begged his daddy not to do it but said his father held him down and tattooed his right shoulder. The child told that caseworker that his daddy -- Eugene Ashley -- made the tattoo on his shoulder. The child stated he cried and told his daddy to stop, but Eugene held the child down and finished the tattoo. "DB" stands for "Daddy's Boy". A temporary tattoo isn't supposed to hurt. Modern transfer tattoos are alcohol or water soluble, and henna has been used for literally thousands of years. Eight year old Rayno Smit, from Perth, Australia, was on holiday with his family in Bali when he got a $ 10 oriental dragon henna tattoo on his arm. It should have faded in two weeks, but he had an allergic reaction to the dye. Rayno's mother, Leisl Smit, said that she fears her son's inflamed forearm will not fade, with doctors warning the scarring could be permanent. "It's devastating because I know I said yes to [him getting] it," Mrs Smit said. Rayno is now using steroid cream twice a day to reduce the scarring. Five year old Jed Rowe from Geelong suffered the same fate. He's been left with a 30cm raised, bright red scar on his back after he had an allergic reaction to a dye dragon design he received while on holidays in Nusa Dua, Bali. Despite regularly applying cream to reduce the swollen mark, it shows no sign of fading more than three weeks after it was applied. "The fear is he's going to have permanent scarring, or have to have skin grafts or cosmetic surgery," his father Paul told ninemsn news. Cannon Cribb, five, got a dragon tattoo on his Bali holiday. All was fine until the tattoo wore off completely and the entire area welted into the shape of the original image, some two weeks after it was first put on. The family now fear Cannon will be left with a life-long scar. Their doctor is treating the wound as a chemical burn, requiring mother Leiona Cribb to dress it several times a day and apply a steroid cream. "It looks as though someone has branded him with a red dragon," said Mrs Cribb. Mrs Cribb said she had had no idea until now, and wanted to warn others of the potential side-effects, saying: 'What if a little girl got a butterfly on her face?"
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