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What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers

What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers
Keeping Children Safe

Monday, January 21, 2013

We Have to Begin with the Children
In the words of Ghandi, "If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." After all, it is all about the children. As parents and child caregivers, as educators, as legislators, it is vital that we recognize that children are, indeed, our future.
 Ghandi also advised, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
Ghandi’s words are a call to action all of mankind, and action can even take place one step at a time, one person at a time. In the immortal words of John F. Kennday, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” It is our duty as parents, educators, legislators, and as citizens of our country – as citizens of the world – to do our part to make for a better, safer, happier, and healthier world for children. That means addressing such things as world peace, better education for children, childhood poverty, gun violence, the exploitation, neglect and abuse of children, and better health care.
UNICEF's most recent report on child poverty in developed countries found that 30 million children in 35 of the world's richest countries live in poverty. Among those countries, the United States ranks second on the scale of what economists call "relative child poverty" -- above Latvia, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, and 29 others. Only Romania ranks higher, with 25.5 percent of its children living in poverty, compared with 23.1 percent in the U.S. Such statistics are alarming.
In the wake of the Newtown massacres of children, a new national conversation about addressing gun reform, mental health issues, and our culture of violence has begun. Talking is not enough, especially since our Congress seems reluctant, out of fear and concern for their own political viability, to do what needs to be done to address such things as peace, education, poverty, gun violence and other pressing issues that so dramatically impact our children.
It is our duty to ensure that every child is given a healthy and safe head start, a fair start, and a moral start in life. It is our duty to be a strong, effective, independent and collective voice for all the children who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We must use our voices – speaking loud and clear – we must use our votes – considered and wise – to urge Congress to do its job on behalf of our children.
Find out how to be a part of the new grassroots movement, Organizing for Action, and help to provide for a better world for our children. Even one person can make a difference, and, as John Kennedy advised, “….everyone should try.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The marketing director of has asked me to post to my blog one of their posts from the website. Because the post has very useful information for parents, nannies, and other child caregivers about children and the safe administering of medications, I am putting their post on my blog. Below is their post. I encourage you to go to the blog for additional information that will further the cause of child safety, the very same goal as my blog.
medicine How Nannies and Parents Can Prevent Medication Miscommunication

How Nannies and Parents Can Prevent Medication Miscommunication

2013 January 14

by Michelle

When a child is suffering from an illness, whether it’s chronic or acute, the responsibilities of a nanny almost always expand to include the regular administration of prescribed and over-the-counter medications for treatment and symptom management. When this is the case, it’s absolutely imperative for nannies and parents to work out a system designed to prevent accidental double-dosing, or a second dose from being administered too soon after the first through a failure of communication.

Maintain a Medication Log

One of the best methods for ensuring that everyone is on the same page regarding medication and when it was last administered is keeping a log of all medications, with the time each dose was given and who gave it to the child. This method can also extend to a chart or checklist, whichever is most convenient for a family and childcare provider to maintain. In order for a medication dosage log to be effective, however, both parents and childcare providers must be diligent regarding updates and maintenance. Forgetting to enter a single dosage could cause the very failure in communication that you’re trying to prevent, leading to a potentially dangerous double dose.

Assign Dosage Duties

Some households rely upon a policy of one dedicated caregiver or parent administering medication exclusively, an arrangement that may or may not be suitable for all families. Depending upon the hours that your nanny will be working and the times when medication doses are scheduled, you may have no choice but to grant her permission to administer medication to your child. Instituting a policy of contact prior to a medication dose could be effective in such situations, with the nanny only administering medication after being expressly asked to do so by the parent holding dedicated dosing responsibilities with each and every dose. This will require the parent with dosage responsibilities to call or otherwise contact the nanny several times throughout the day, however.

Mark the Bottle

Attaching a piece of paper with a miniature dosage chart grid to be dated and initialed with the time of each dose administered can help to facilitate smooth transitions at the beginning and end of each shift, allowing parents and nannies to easily take over for one another. It’s important to remember that, just like medication logs and checklists, dosage charts on the bottle will only be effective if they’re filled out each and every time the medication is administered.

Discuss Each New Medication Personally

Every time that a new medication is introduced, whether prescribed by a pediatrician or purchased over the counter, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes discussing the medication with your nanny so that she knows what it’s used to treat, when it should be administered, and any possible side effects that your child could exhibit signs of. Simply talking with your nanny is the single most effective way of ensuring that you’re both on the same page and that she’s well-informed regarding the method of recording dosages that you prefer.

Put Your Smartphones to Work

Today’s mobile devices are so much more than phones, with applications available that help parents manage everything from diaper changes to soccer practice schedules. There are apps on the market designed to sync the devices of parents and childcare providers, facilitating quick and easy communication regarding medication dosages, diaper changes and sleep patterns. If your child regularly takes any type of medication, it may be wise to invest in such applications to serve as a paperless log for your nanny to record dosages.

Make Dosage Debriefing Part of Your End-of-Day Routine

At the end of each day, most nannies provide a quick rundown of the day’s events and milestones. For chronically-ill children, ensuring that discussing the medication log and related information is a great way of making sure that every dose is accounted for. Going over medication logs, charts, lists and app updates together to ensure that the information is accurate can go a long way towards protecting kids from an inadvertent overdose or missed medication.

Discuss Medication Sensitivities and Allergies at Length

While it’s almost always best to institute a policy that prohibits your nanny from administering any over-the-counter medications that she’s purchased, it’s still important for her to be well-informed regarding any allergies or sensitivities he may have to specific medications. This is especially important if she’ll ever be responsible for taking your child to the pediatrician or family doctor, as it’s a common question asked before a prescription for any ailment is selected.

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