Back to School Fun
Common Sense Stress Reducers
Back to School Tips for Parents
There are some simple things you can do to help your
kids be safe as they head back to school. Take a moment to go over this list of
Your child should know his or her address, phone
number, your cell phone, work, or other contact number, and how to use 911
in case of an emergency.
Plan a safe route to school, choosing the most
direct way with the fewest street crossings. Tell your child to stay on this
route and review safe street crossing procedures. Teach your child all
traffic safety rules and remind him or her to be especially careful during
bad weather. If possible, your child should always walk or bike to school
with a buddy.
Your child should be instructed to never talk to or
accept rides or gifts from strangers. Discuss what a "stranger" is with your
child. Many children consider a "stranger" to be someone who looks menacing,
but a stranger is simply anyone that your child doesn't know or trust.
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Class, we will have only half day school this morning.
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.
Son: I can't go to school today.
Father: Why not?
Son: I don't feel well.
Father: Where don't you feel well?
Son: In school!
Lisa: I'm not going back to school ever again!
Mom: Why ever not?
Lisa: The teacher doesn't know a thing--all she does is ask questions.
Johnny: Mom, do I have to go to school today?
Mother: Yes Johnny, you have to go to school.
Johnny: But Mom, all the kids hate me.
Mother: Yes son, but you still have to go to school.
Johnny: But Mom, all the teachers hate me.
Mother: Yes, but you still have to go to school.
Johnny: But Mom, why do I have to go to school?
Mother: Because you're the principal, son.
Why don't you see giraffes in elementary school?
Because they're all in high school.
Why did the teacher bring crackers to her meeting?
Because it was a parrot-teacher conference!
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with all the complicated advice on how to reduce stress, there are some simple
things you can do to make things a bit easier.
By putting things back where they belong the first time, you will eliminate
the stress of searching for lost items. Be sure not to overbook yourself either;
give yourself plenty of time to get to appointments or meetings.
Live in the Present
Brooding about the past or worrying about tomorrow can increase your stress
level. Be realistic about what you can control. Try to focus on the here-and-now
in order to not only enjoy what you are doing, but to reduce some of the stress
you feel from past or future events.
Stress can grow in your mind when you are only focused on yourself. Take
time each day to reach out to others around you. It can be as extensive as
volunteering to help cancer patients or to teach children to read, or you can
simply lend a sympathetic ear to a friend. Either way, you will be less focused
on your problems and may be able to better put your worries into perspective.
Humor is a powerful antidote to stress. Laughter distances you from
problems, allowing you to gain some perspective on the situation. Try to look on
the bright side of things and find the humor in every situation.
Let It Go
One thing you don't need is more stress. Be sure that your worries are yours and
not those of other people. You can not control the actions or situations of
others, and you may not always know the best way to deal with the things others
have to face. You can be sympathetic, but try not to get upset over other
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Your Home Safe for Your Pets
Most homes with children know to keep hazardous
chemicals, cleaners, and medication out of the reach of children, but these
precautions should also be taken in homes with pets. There are many household
items that can be dangerous for pets if ingested. These are a few of the things
to look for in your home.
How do you properly protect your pets from these
hazards? Do not leave containers with these types of items where your curious
pet can find them. Any spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible,
including the outside of the container. Lids should be tightly closed and stored
out of reach. Garbage cans should be covered tightly and secured to prevent
If you have sprayed your lawn with chemicals, do not let
your pet on the grass until the recommended drying period has passed. If your
pet does come in contact with the chemicals, wash his or her feet with mild soap
Pets should also not be allowed in vegetable or flower
gardens or in compost piles. Some plants are toxic to animals if nibbled on.
Compost piles can contain bacterial toxins that are harmful to animals.
Rat and mouse poison can be harmful or even
deadly if a cat ingests the dying or dead rodent. Take care when using these
types of poisons to ensure that your cat does not consume a poisoned rat or
Quiz: Dog Days of Summer
Just in time for those Dog Days of Summer, I have put
together a trivia quiz to test your knowledge of all things canine! DOGS RULE!
1. Dogs can only sweat from one part of their bodies.
Where is that?
2. Which favorite human food is poisonous to dogs?
3. What is the real name of the canine who played Eddie
on the TV sitcom Frasier?
4. What color are Dalmations when they are born?
5. True or false: Larger dogs generally live longer than
6. How do you know when a dog has a fever?
7. The Lhasa Apso is named named after the Tibetan city
Lhasa. What does "Apso" mean?
8. How many domesticated breeds of dogs are there?
9. Which is the king of the terriers?
10. What famous person invented the pet door?
1. The bottoms of their feet.
6. His ears get hot.
7. Goat like.
8. More than 200.
10. Isaac Newton.
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