You Should Know
The way to get the most out of a Spring Break (or Summer) Staycation is to treat it as much like a real vacation as you can – just without leaving town. No cooking, no cleaning, no working from home. No fighting, no worrying, no laundry, no phone. Plan actual activities (within your budget). Think like a tourist (do an internet search). And break a few rules (like staying up late and sleeping in).
Kids should have a say in the camp they go to. Camps don’t want campers who don’t want to be there. And you don’t want to worry about having an unhappy child. So include him or her in the summer planning process. Tour camps if you can, or at least visit their websites and decide together if they have the kinds of activities your child will enjoy. It’s great to encourage kids to try new things, but you still need to make sure their true interests are met. That way you can expect the experience to be enjoyable for everyone. Check out our Camp Directory to find the perfect camp for your child.
There are five legal documents that every adult needs to sign, date, notarize and keep in a safe place. A Will. A Living Will. A Healthcare Power of Attorney. A Durable Power of Attorney. And a Revocable Trust. It’s hard to think about these things, and it’s easy to put off thinking about them, but it’s a big mess without them. So, if you haven’t already, do your survivors a favor and take care of these documents ASAP. Especially if you have kids.
Infant Dental Plan
After birth parents should massage their baby’s gums with their little finger, a soft cloth or a rubber fingertip toothbrush. You should do this a few times a day for no more than two or three seconds. By doing this consistently it will prevent most fussing and fretting when the infant is eventually taken to the dentist.
Toddler Dental Plan
It’s recommended to not use fluoridated toothpaste until age 3. After age 3, parents should be supervising their child while brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and make sure your child does not swallow excess toothpaste. And remember to sing, “This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush are teeth… And we do it every morning.”
Work that core baby!
Doing sit ups with your baby is a great exercise to strengthen the muscles in her shoulders, core, arms and back. But only if she can support her head – usually starting around 6 weeks. Just pull your baby toward you gently by the forearms. Even though you’re doing the pulling, she’ll naturally flex her ab muscles and work to keep her head aligned with her body. You’ll only be able to pull her an inch or two at first, but eventually she’ll make it into a full sitting