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Coming to town with kids on a sunny saturday: no one needs cars or busses.

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There’s More to Do Than Using a Car Seat!

Every parent knows the importance of putting their child in their car seat every time they get into the car and every infant’s parent knows to use rear facing car seats until their baby is a year old. But there are other things you can do to keep your child safe in the car.Teach children not to play in or around carsIt’s very easy for a child to want to play hide and seek in a car. But your child can lock themselves in the car and overheat within minutes on a hot day. Never encourage your child to unlock the doors of your car to ‘help’ you and always keep your keys out of your child’s reach.

Consider not using sun shades

Sun shades are great for keeping the sun out of children’s faces on hot days. But in the event of an accident they can quickly become projectiles. The suction cup used to keep them on the windows may not hold the shade in place in a high speed accident. In addition, the faster you travel, the heavier something becomes. That sunshade that weighs about a pound, becomes a sixty pound projectile during a 60 mile per hour accident.

Consider not using a mirror for rear-facing infants

Everyone knows about those mirrors you can put attach so you can see your rear facing infant. But some studies have found that those mirrors actually cause more accidents. First, it’s actually hard to see your child through those mirrors. You will have to take your eyes off the road for more than a few seconds to see your child, opening you up to causing an accident. Second, those mirrors can also become a projectile if you’re involved in a high speed accident.

Never leave your child alone in car

Most states have laws against leaving your child alone in the car. Children can overheat very quickly in a warm car. Older children can loosen their seat belt, and climb into the driver’s seat. From there, it’s easy for a child to figure out how to undo the parking brake and cause an accident.

No Toys

Don’t give your child toys that they can throw at you. Your child may throw a temper tantrum and then throw that toy at you, potentially causing you loose control of the car and cause an accident.

Teach children to use their seat belt

If you’re tired or distracted, you may forget to put on your child’s seat belt, or make sure your child’s seat belt is correctly placed. Teach your child to double-check to make sure you’ve done up the seat belt each time they get into the car. Have them pull on it to make sure it’s been correctly latched.

Pull over to attend to your child

Never reach for loose toys, open a juice box or scold your child for undoing their seat belt while driving. Pull over to a safe spot to attend to your child’s needs.

Since car accidents are major cause of injuries to children, it’s very important to take a few extra steps to keep your children safe in the car.

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Moms of Today's World

 

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I can’t say that I am here to give you advice on parenting. Everyone has their own ways and techniques that work. We may not all agree on the same thing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned. There’s no right or wrong way to parent as long as the children are happy, healthy, and safe.

However, this page is just more of my thoughts and ideas. Or suggestions that may work for some of you. I know that all won’t agree or disagree or that trying something suggested by someone else will work. But, I am a parent, and I’d like to think I am a good one. (there’s always room for improvement)

So my first suggestion when it comes to parenting and meal preparation… Check out PINTREST! I am so happy that this site was developed and I happened to stumble across it. Or rather, everyone on my…

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Backyard Camping

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Being Outdoors or Camping with kids is just great, especially when the weather is clear and not so muggy. I love nothing better than loading up the car with Camping gear, Food, Toys and Safety Equipment and head Bush.

Cairns is in the unique position that we can be on the reef or in the bush within a two hour travel and so many things to see. We have been camping around Cairns for over ten years and we are no experts by all means but we have come across some interesting situations while bush.

Some families with little children tell me they hesitate to go camping as they feel insecure or venerable as going bush usually is further away from medical facilities that they would like to be. But with a little knowledge and some extra equipment you can have some of the best long weekends for the whole…

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Ready… Set… GrOw!

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My bicycle’s the fastest
that the world has ever seen;
it has supersonic engines
and a flame-retardant sheen.

My bicycle will travel
a gazillion miles an hour —
it has rockets on the handlebars
for supplemental power.

The pedals both are jet-propelled
to help you pedal faster,
and the shifter is equipped
with an electric turbo-blaster.

The fender has a parachute
in case you need to brake.
Yes, my bike is undeniably
the fastest one they make.

My bicycle’s incredible!
I love the way it feels,
and I’ll like it even more
when Dad removes the training wheels.

–Kenn Nesbitt

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Most children love to cycle, and it’s a great way for them to keep fit and healthy. It takes a while to learn, but once they’ve got a bike many children will want to push the boundaries, cycling further and faster. With a few safety tips, you can help them learn to cycle responsibly.

Did you know?

  • Young children aren’t ready to go on the roads until they’re appropriately trained, for example through the Bikeability scheme.Children completing Bikeability Level 2, typically at around 10-11 years, should be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads.
  • Some children think they’re ‘uncool,’ but cycle helmets are likely to save their lives in a crash. The chance of a child dying in a cycle accident, or suffering serious head injury, is lower if they are wearing a helmet.

Safety reminders – keeping your children safe on their bikes

Babies, toddlers and very young children.

These little ones aren’t ready to cycle yet, although some parents like to take their children out on bikes with them. 

Baby cycle seats. There are a number of cycle seats you can buy for babies and young children. If you’re buying a seat for your baby, it should comply with the safety standard BS EN 14344:2004. If you get them a helmet too they’ll be protected even if you do have an accident.

Road safety. If you’re an experienced cyclist you’ll probably know the roads well. It goes without saying that if you cycle carefully and make sure you wear reflective clothing, your baby or toddler will be much safer in their cycle seat.

Practice. Having the extra weight on your bike can change the way you cycle. You might want to have a practice on quiet roads or off the road before heading out. It can also be a good way to get your child used to the helmet and child seat.

Young grinning boy putting on a cycle helmet

First bike

By the age of five many children will have started riding a tricycle or even a bicycle, usually with stabilisers. They are getting better balance, but can still fall off very easily! 

Helmets are a must for everyone, including toddlers in child cycle seats. A helmet can prevent serious head injuries if your child falls off a bike. It’s also a good idea for them to see adults setting a good example, so if you wear a helmet you can help them see how ‘cool’ helmets are!

Off-road. It can be fun to explore your local area and find some safe places for your child to practice cycling. Local parks, paths, and gardens can all give your child a safe place to ride until they’re old enough to cycle on the road.

Exploring by bike (children aged about 7-10)

Children of this age will probably try to push the boundaries a bit – they want to ride further and faster! They’re still a bit too young for road cycling, but with the right equipment and safety tips they can have great fun on their bikes while staying safe. 

Helmets! They’ll probably be tired of hearing this by now, but they need to put their helmet on every time they go out. Some children might still need help doing up the straps and making sure the helmet is secure. It’s not worth the headache if they have an accident without one!

Children have better coordination and control at this age, so they’ll be getting more confident on their bike. They’re still not ready to cycle in traffic, though, even if they’re with Mum and Dad.

Cycling confidence (Children aged 11 and up)

Many children at this age will want to cycle to and from school, or go out on their bike with friends. It’s OK for them to ride on the road – but they should be properly trained to cope with traffic – and there’s lots you can do to help prepare them for the risks.

Most schools now offer cycle training for children. If you can encourage them to do the training, they’ll build their confidence and be able to deal with the road risks more easily.

A working bike is a safe bike! Doing tire checks, brake checks, and looking for damage are all part of owning a bike. If you do these checks with your child you can teach them how to recognise problems and (if you know how!) help fix them.

It might not always be stylish, but high-visibility clothing saves lives – fluorescent for daytime and reflective for after dark. Even during the daytime, bright jackets are easier to spot than dull ones. Make sure drivers can always see your child by making them stand out.

It’s easy to forget that cyclists can be dangerous too. Help your child learn about the risks of the road by talking to them about their responsibility. Not riding on pavements and checking for pedestrians and other cyclists is a crucial part of their learning to ride.

Cycle training at school

If you’d like to get your child cycling, cycle training can give them the confidence and skills they need to ride safely.

Bikeability is one of Cycling England’s flagship schemes. Children can sign up to it at different levels, depending on their age and cycling ability.

Cycle Training Wales teaches children and adults in Wales how to ride, and also how to maintain their bikes.

Cycling Scotland offer courses for children in Primary 6 or 7. The courses teach them how to safely cycle to school on the roads.

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