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It’s that time again, back to the real world of waking up early, while it’s still dark out, getting what appears to be zombies in motion to get their day started. Yes, we all enjoy the summer, and now is a crude reminder of just how fast time flies. We take for granted those long, lazy days of summer. The family vacations, trips to the beach, a drive to the mountains, or even just a day by the poolside. However, now is the time to begin prepping for the school year. If you haven’t already began reinforcing the Regular Bedtime Routine/Schedule, get busy. Reminding our children how important it is to prepare for the next day the night before is crucial for success! Ensure that you have picked up your child’s school supply list, and all backpacks, boxes of tissues, hand sanitizers, and more are all in place. Here are a few tips to get the year off to a non-stressful start, and keep things running smoothly. I have found that during the school year, Meal Planning is especially helpful given the few hours that we actually have together in the evenings to have dinner, go over homework, bathe, and begin the bedtime routine. Meal planning seems like hard work, but it truly isn’t, and there are plenty of websites out there to get you headed in the right direction. Meal planning has many benefits, not only the time benefit, but in keeping your family healthy, you have time to think of what you want to prepare, instead of picking up that happy meal on impulse, there is also the smart savings on your grocery budget benefit when planning family meals. Hit the Target and/or Walmart now and stock up on Vitamin C, cough drops, aspirin or ibuprofen (Motrin), Neosporin, Band-Aids, etc. By stocking up on these items you are sure to not run out when the need arises. Get your Emergency Back Up in place. This list includes a few contacts of family or friends that you can trust to pick your child up from school in the event that you are not able to get there immediately. Back Up childcare is also very important, as children get sent home from all sorts of unexpected things including falls, minor playground accidents, illness, lice, school has teacher work days, school holidays, nannies go on vacations, nannies or babysitters have unexpected emergencies themselves, become sick, and/or have a sick child, daycare centers close for holidays, inclement weather, and more! You will need to have someone in place to count on to ensure that you and/or hubby aren’t using precious pto, vacation, or sick leave in which you may need at another time. Contact Metro Parent Relief even if you have a family member, or friend that usually assists in these situation, as you never know what may be happening with their family, work, etc., at the time of need. Never let them see you sweat! Remember that children pick up on your feelings of stress and anxiety. If you are feeling a certain amount of pressure in preparing for back to school, take a few moments to yourself to relax, and unwind. Planning an occasional date night or day date each month also helps to maintain the balance within the family dynamics. Metro Parent Relief can help in many ways, just give us a call and tell us about your unique family needs, and we will put together the perfect solution for the heading back to school rush!
Did you know that one session of long-term sun exposure can drastically increase your chances of getting skin cancer later in life?
As children and during childhood we often go to the beach and pool with our families during the summer, and sunburn seems to be a common occurrence during that time of year. Most of us don’t think much about how sunburn can really affect us and our health, especially when its something that is hard to avoid. Even when sunblock with a fair amount of SPF is applied, a lot of us still end up with a case of sunburn at the end of the day. Although mild exposure to the sun is not bad, it’s actually rather good to get some daily vitamin D in, but what we need to worry about most is the times when we catch a case of very red and painful sunburn. A good way to tell whether or not you have a pretty bad case is when you have the following symptoms-
- Red (not pink) skin that is rather painful to the touch
- Small blisters filled with fluid (that may burst)
- Excessive peeling
Sunburn with such severity may also be known as sun poisoning, which if left untreated could be very damaging to the skin. This type of sunburn with such severity greatly increases your chances of skin cancer later in life because of the damage it emits to the skin. Decades might pass before you see the affects of one case of sun poisoning/severe sunburn, and even after years it still had taken a toll on your skin and puts you at even greater risk. This is why it is important to always protect yourself from the suns harmful rays.
As for immediate treatment for sun poisoning and or severe sunburn you should try to stay indoors for a few days and limit sun exposure, when you do go out try to cover the affected areas. As well as use aloe Vera gel or deep moisturizers, drink extra fluids for a few days, take a cool shower or bath, or take an over the counter pain medication. All of which are short and easy fixes for the problem. After about a week if your symptoms still persist, you should take a trip to the doctor. There’s a great chance that you’ve received 3rd or possibly 2nd degree burns and your skin may need a prescribed cream in order to speed up the healing process.
Protecting your skin from the sun if extremely important, the skin is very sensitive and the suns UV rays can easily damage it. Its important to always wear some form of protection, anything with an SPF over 30 will do about the same job protecting you, and anything less is just about useless but the higher the number, the longer you can go without reapplication. Although its recommended that you should try to reapply at least every 30 minutes to ensure the best protection possible. Having a case of server sunburn is not fun trust me, and the affects of getting it once can last decades and increase your skins sensitivity to the sun. Why risk heightening your chances of skin cancer when you can so easily protect yourself and your children?
For more information, go to: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/facts/sunchildren.htm, and https://www.google.com/search?q=sun+poisoning&oq=sun&aqs=chrome.1.57j59j0l2j62l2.3592j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Written by Guest Blogger- Nyema A. Wilson
8th Grade Formal
I wanted to write from a different perspective today, more of a personal note to find out if any other parents in the DC, MD, and VA area are experiencing the same situations. If you or someone you know has gone through this, please feel free to comment, at least I will know I am not alone in this. As a parent, there are certain things that you do for your children, and often ask yourself, is this over doing it?
We all want to make our children happy, feel a part of the crowd, and allow them to socialize and have a great time with friends, but I find myself feeling like I have mistakenly pushed a fast forward button about five years in the future.
When I was in school, intermediate, or middle school as we called it, I did experience my first school dance. The school dance included purchasing a ticket during lunch period, with a written permission note from my parents for $ 1.00. Next, I marked the date on the calendar, and counted down the days. On the day of the dance, we went to school as normal, and once the school bell rang, everyone attending the dance headed for the cafeteria or gym, where we had juice, chips, and the girls stood on one side, huddles in groups, laughing, talking, and catching up on things, and the boys did the same on the opposite side of the room. No preparations, no big to do’s involved.
Fast forward about 25 years, and this is where I stand. I am very aware that things do change over time, and that the current generation of teenagers, are more advanced in many ways including education, technology, and fashion. However, what I have experienced over the past few weeks has literally blown my mind. I am flabbergasted, at the preparation put into today’s 8th grade dances. Excuse me, as my daughter has reminded me several times over the past few weeks, 8th grade FORMAL! It is almost leading me to question my own sanity. Is this really happening, are other parents really going to these extreme lengths to prepare for a few hours at the school?
My child, N. is fourteen years old, and in the 8th grade. She is a very popular, smart, and beautiful girl, with being in all honor courses, which I am extremely proud of her for. She is also very athletic, and has a wonderful personality. She is literally floating on cloud nine at this moment, as she has been treated to the following to get ready for the “FORMAL”. Tyson’s Corner mall has been the new hang out spot for us lately, from teen stores like Charlotte Rouge, and Forever 21, to Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, and Angel nails. At the nail salon, she needed her eyebrows and lip waxed, and a mani/pedi. We have also had to make a trip to the hair salon and N. even wanted her make- up done at MAC (which is where I drew the line), nope CVS has all that you will need.
Am I way behind the times, or is this the norm? I have another daughter, A. 3 years old, and I can only imagine how this event will advance when it’s her turn. I just can’t believe that all of this has taken place for an 8th grade dance, oops, excuse me again, “ FORMAL”. Oh, and did I mention that the group of teens will be riding in a stretch limo, and attending an “after party”, at a friend’s home. What is this world coming to? There I go sounding like my mom again, but seriously, am I alone to feel like this is way over doing it? I even went as far as to ask N. and a few friends that were over earlier, isn’t all of this going to take away from the anticipation and excitement of their prom? The reply was “no mom, our dresses will be longer, we will have dates, and it will be even more of a FORMAL event! “ Yikes.
Check out this link, they even have Do’s and Don’ts for the dance, including a reminder to wear deoderant! Too funny. http://www.wikihow.com/Dress-for-an-8th-Grade-Formal
7 Great Mothers Day Ideas for Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun, DC, Maryland, MUMS:
The Kennedy Center – The Choral Arts- Broadway’s Show Stoppers- 5pm Mother’s Day. Check out certifikid’s special offer http://www.certifikid.com/deal/6514/20-for-broadway-show-stoppers-mothers-day-concert
Red Door Spa– Now offering Free $ 30 Spa Card with a purchase of $ 200 or more
Mike’s All American Grill- Choose from many restaurants in the DC Area to dine, my all time favorite- Mike’s in Springfield, VA yum, yum! http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.com/mikes/Info/Locations
Tiny Jewel Box Inc. – NW DC Downtown’s most popular little secret- Offering up to 70% savings – Once a Year Only! http://www.tinyjewelbox.com/– This special is a must- unique pieces, that will make any mom feel special!
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel– Extended Mother’s Day Breakfast until 2pm-
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wassh-renaissance-mayflower-hotel/ My hubby and I go here all of the time, just for a mini- overnight stay to reconnect and enjoy the historic luxury! Book a nanny or babysitter for your child care needs!
Hallmark– Now offering $2 dollar coupons for purchases- Visit Lulu’s in Crystal City
http://www.hallmark.com Sometimes cards say what we don’t know how to say!
Carriage of the Capitol– http://www.carriagesofthecapital.com/ There is nothing ordinary about this surprise. This special treat is guaranteed to make mom feel like a princess again!
*****Forward to the dad in your life, that may need a little help on what to do!
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