Twenty important safety measures every parent must observe this Yuletide season

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Thinking about Christmas is also thinking about your safety and to take it seriously.

Enjoying the holidays is important, but keeping in mind that bad things still happen to good people, even during Christmas, is a wise move. Keeping sensible during the holidays is often difficult, and it’s all because the spirit of the season itself becomes an instrument to becloud people’s perspective. A lot of things could happen because of the ways people traditionally celebrate the holidays.

When you think about Christmas, it is advisable to also think about the safety measures that must be observed as it is during this time of year that people tend to do more or trying to do too much. People have plenty going on, and there’s a great chance that their awareness of personal safety drops down as well. Here are twenty important safety measures every parent must observe this Yuletide season to reduce the risk of something going wrong:

  1. Try going easy and slowing down a bit. People with a history of heart problems should avoid getting too tired and taking or doing too much.
  2. Set realistic goals and try to examine values. There’s no more depression at Christmas than at any other time and it’s setting in when high expectations don’t match reality. It’s become highlighted during the holiday season but it’s also a great time to try examining personal values and live them out.
  3. Take extra precautions when shopping. If you’re shopping with small children, be sure, at least, that they know how to ask a sales clerk for help should they get separated from you. Be watchful to your surroundings and the people around you, yet always try walking and carrying yourself confidently.
  4. Always remember to inspect electric lights for broken or cracked sockets and frayed wires.
  5. Don’t connect more than three sets of lights to one cord as this will lead to power overload especially if you’re using extension cords.
  6. Use only outdoor lights that are identified for outdoor use and these should be weatherproof.
  7. Stay away with candles as these are considered extremely dangerous fire hazards.
  8. Artificial Christmas trees should be tested and labeled fire resistant.
  9. Never go to a party with an empty stomach. Chances are, when you go to a party hungry, you’ll be eating more than what you should only be eating for one meal, and you’ll be paying less attention with what you are eating.
  10. Don’t drink and drive. That’s one very important safety measure people should observe in order for them to travel safely going and coming from holiday parties.
  11. Keep your moderation in everything. Too much of something can be bad or dangerous whether to your health, personality, and general well-being.
  12. Don’t be too obsessed about losing weight especially with a wrong diet method. Starting a new diet can only add more stress during a stressful time.
  13. Try toning down the image of a postcard-perfect holiday. While stress is something that can’t be avoided, the way you’re preparing to handle it will make a lot of difference. Don’t let stress affect you that much.
  14. Be optimistic and positive. Kids will often mirror the emotional states of their parents. A frazzled parent could send confusing messages to his children, who want simply to enjoy the holiday.
  15. Do not include in your list of decorative holiday plants, plants that are not safe for children as these are labeled poisonous: holly berries, mistletoe, and poinsettia.
  16. Keep Christmas artificial decorative items away from sources of heat and fire.
  17. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Try paying, instead and if you can, by check or credit card.
  18. Be open-minded and patient. Ignorance and impatience can often lead to something disastrous.
  19. Do not accept wrapped gifts from mysterious people. Chances are, if you’re accepting gifts from people you don’t know, it might be something else like a bomb, or one containing deadly chemicals and poisons. It’s better to be always safe than sorry, you know.
  20. Take time to pause and reflect all of the above.
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Tips in teaching kids honor and appreciate the love behind every Christmas gift

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GIFT OF TIME. Nothing says I love you like a gift of time spent with your loved ones.

When it comes to exchanging of Christmas gifts, kids are too honest to express glee over a gift that they don’t like. Of course, it is expected for a child to exchange a gift for something they like better and there’s nothing wrong with it. For sure, most parents, if not all, will agree to the fact that one of their greatest pleasures is seeing the delight in their child’s face when he or she opens the gift they have selected especially for him or her.

In the deeper sense of it, gifts from parents to their children are not as important as the love behind them. Parents should not expect/must do something for their children to love every gift they receive, but for their children to appreciate and honor the love behind the gift. Here are tips in teaching kids honor and appreciate the love behind every Christmas gift they receive:

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO DISAGREE IN A POSITIVE WAY

When your child is expressing disfavor about a gift given to him by his grandma, for example, teach him to do it in a positive way. You may suggest to him about saying thank you to his grandma for the shoes, for example, and to say what he likes and dislikes about the shoes. Your child may say, for example, “Grandma thank you very much for the shoes. I really like the design and brand, but if you don’t mind, I think I’ll exchange it for a red color instead of the yellow one since red is my favorite color.”

LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE GIFT ITSELF

Tell your children that you, or their grandma, for example, have put a lot of thought and time into picking out or making something you, or their grandma, thought they would especially like. Your kids may not like about the gift at first or that they want something better, but making them understand to receive gifts graciously and without unrealistic expectations, they will eventually learn to appreciate and honor the love behind every gift.

The importance of teaching your kids what Christmas is all about

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Nathaniel tries to touch a wooden cow in a Nativity manger display.

Christmas is a lot of things to many people. Some people view it as a day for the sharing of love and the healing of wounds that have festered. Others celebrate it as a prayerful thanksgiving for the blessings received throughout the year.

It’s all about enjoying the holidays for most people as they load their plates with high expectations the season can bring: attending parties, planning festive get-togethers, eating more, and shopping. The result of all this running around, sometimes, could be negative. There will be more accidents, residential fires, unhealthy weight gains, car crashes, overspending, and more stress.

People may have different ways of viewing and celebrating this one of the most special of holidays of the year in the whole Christian world, but one thing should appear common though: Christmas is all about keeping Christ in everyone’s heart. And who could deny the fact that Christmas is more fun and meaningful with the presence of little children? Here’s why teaching your children what Christmas is all about can bring a lot of good things:

CHRISTMAS IS AN EVERYDAY FAMILY AFFAIR TO PROMOTE PEACE AND FORGIVENESS

Perhaps one of the good reasons why the exact date of Christ’s birth was kept unknown is that He wanted people to observe it not only for one day, but every day of the year. When you start to care for others, especially the less fortunate ones, you’re keeping Christ in your heart. And because you kept Him in your heart, you celebrate Christmas.

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Nathaniel shakes hand with Santa. He was two years old in this picture.

Christmas is to heal the family wounds by way of promoting peace and forgiveness. It should start with those who are close to you: your spouse, parents and siblings, kids, neighbors, and friends. The family is your children’s first school of forgiveness and it is your duty, therefore, as a parent, to help the family in preparing to understand the meaning of God’s forgiveness.

CHRISTMAS IS HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN

Parents everywhere are given opportunities to make a difference in the lives of their children in many ways. The good examples you, as a parent, are showing to your kids should inspire a new generation of young men and women to follow in your footsteps. Christmas should bring out that little child in yourself by allowing you the freedom to enjoy everything that was so much a part of your own childhood.

Christmas should remind people about the innocence, the exuberance, the hope, and the confidence in the future that are so much part of every youngster. It should make children out of the adult ones because it reminds them of their own hopes for the future. Without Christ’s birth taking place in the manger in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago, there will be no hope for mankind.

CHRISTMAS IS GOD’S GIFT TO THE WORLD

It’s through the Incarnation of Christ, the making of the Word into flesh, that Christmas came to be. It’s a gift, God’s greatest present to the world. When you try to introduce the idea of Christmas as presents that are chiefly a sign of love to your children, they will come to understand God’s fatherly love to His people, by whom He also called children.