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PARENTING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Every kid is unique and it’s important to find out what works best for your child.
— USA Today

Whether parents are working at home with kids, or managing their kids learning at home, the experience presents a unique set of challenges. 

 

Parenting Advice from Boston Children's Hospital

 

Parenting Advice from the World Health Organization 

A new online storybook, "My Hero is You" aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19.

"My Hero is You" - A New Book to Help Children Cope with Covid-19

With the help of the fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” children learn how they can protect themselves, their families, and their friends from coronavirus, as well as how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.1

The book, aimed primarily at children aged 6 to 11 years old, is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

WORK PRODUCTIVITY RESOURCES

If you are working from home, you may struggle with finding a balance between productivity, emotional well-being, and setting boundaries between work life and home life. The following resources may ensure a better work-life balance.

 

3 Tips To Boost Your Productivity

It's best when work occurs in a room other than the bedroom, but if that's your only option, these productivity boosting suggestions can help separate work from rest and sleep by creating "sleep-supportive, productivity-enhancing" workspaces.

According to Johns Hopkins University, your physical and emotional well-being play a major role in academic, professional, and personal success. Take time to establish and maintain an active and informed wellness plan to create harmony between your work and home life.

  • Stay active
  • Eat healthful meals
  • Get good quality sleep
  • Make time for yourself
  • Look after your mental health
  • Keep in touch with the people you care about

 

Stay Active

Concerns about coronavirus are not going away, therefore, it’s imperative to find ways to maintain physical activity. Exercise has a major impact on reducing anxiety, stress and depression.

Tom Fisher, a kinesiology senior lecturer and exercise physiology expert, provides suggestions for staying motivated and active during the pandemic — and it doesn't require special equipment. But, if working out isn't your thing, a walk can do wonders for your body and your mind.

 

Eat Healthful Meals

A lack of a daily routine, stress, and anxiety can disrupt your mood. Uma Naidoo, MD, a contributor to Harvard Health Publishing, has a plan to help you make mindful food choices that reduce anxiety, lower stress, and boost immunity.

 

Get Good Quality Sleep

People suffered from lack of sleep and insomnia before coronavirus, according to the Sleep Foundation. Disruption of daily life, anxiety and worry, depression and isolation, and family and work stress are now significant barriers to sleep since the start of the pandemic. Improve your sleep quality by following the Sleep Foundation's sleep guidelines

Simply stated, umbrella insurance provides extra liability coverage that can help protect assets, such as your home, car and boat. It also helps cover defense costs, attorney fees and other charges associated with lawsuits.

 

What Does Umbrella Insurance Cover?

While social distancing remains an important practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hurricane season signals the need for additional planning to help keep you and your family safe. FEMA advises that now is the time to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane.

Even if you already know what to do to prepare for a hurricane, you will want to plan ahead for any additional needs in case of a weather emergency, as the COVID-19 pandemic may present challenges to securing provisions.

Here are some tips to refresh your knowledge of emergency storm preparations and help you prepare for a hurricane during the coronavirus pandemic:

Friday, 17 July 2020 15:02

Summer Yard Safety

Backyard entertaining has gotten more elaborate in recent years. Fire pits are helping homeowners extend the backyard season, and today’s playsets involve more than a simple set of swings and a slide. Whether backyard entertaining means spending time by the swimming pool or gathered around the grill, here are some safety tips to help keep your oasis fun and free of danger.

Garden Water Features

Fish ponds, waterfalls and other water features can add a note of serenity to the backyard. They are also particularly attractive to young children, and can be a drowning hazard if proper protective steps are not put in place:

  • Children may drown in as little as an inch or two of water. An adult should watch children at all times when in or near water.
  • Use a rigid, lockable cover or fence in all four sides as you would for a swimming pool.
  • Tightly cover water treatment or chemical mixtures after use.

Trampolines

Trampolines can be fun for kids, but according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, they are the cause of nearly 100,000 injuries each year. Avoid being a statistic:

  • Limit the number of jumpers to one at a time.
  • Supervision is needed for children at all times.
  • Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised access by young children.
  • Trampoline enclosures can help prevent injuries from falls from trampolines.
  • Anchor the trampoline and enclosure to the ground by using a trampoline anchor kit.

Playsets

Playsets can be enjoyed by children of all ages, but damaged or weather-worn playsets can cause accidents. Stay safe by:

  • Supervising children.
  • Regularly checking for sturdiness, rusty bolts and wood rot, and making necessary repairs.
  • Inspecting playsets for openings between pieces that could trap a child’s head or neck.
  • Placing playsets securely on level ground and on wood chips or other soft materials to cushion falls and help prevent injuries.

Fire Pits

Warm nights are the perfect time to roast marshmallows. But inadequate supervision or improper use of fire pits can cause injury. Be smart:

  • Place the fire pit in a safe spot away from your home, backyard deck or low-hanging tree branches.
  • Always require adult supervision around the fire pit while it is in use and until it has cooled off.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Use sand to fully extinguish the fire.
  • Let the coals cool completely and dispose of them in a metal container.

Lawn Mowers

Lawn mowers can easily cause injury. Follow these tips for safety:

  • Read the mower’s manual, heed safety and operating instructions and learn the controls.
  • Do not allow children to ride as passengers on a riding lawn mower, and keep children a safe distance away, and preferably, out of the yard altogether while mowing.
  • Clean up toys and other objects, such as rocks, from the yard to help prevent injuries to you, your loved ones, and pets due to flying objects.
  • Never leave a running mower unattended.
  • Never operate the mower in an enclosed place where carbon monoxide can accumulate.
  • Never unclog or work on a lawn mower while the engine is on or when the spark plug is connected.
  • Wear non-slip shoes or boots (no open toes or heels), and hearing and eye protection. It is also preferable to wear long pants while mowing and/or trimming your lawn.

This summer is a bit different from previous summers -- we are spending more time in our yards -- a we hope these safety tips help you enjoy a safe summer in your backyard.

#BWP


Sources:

Article: Travelers.com
Trampolines: https://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/137868/085%20Trampoline%20Safety.pdf

Monday, 01 June 2020 19:29

Grilling Safety Tips

When the warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill.

Seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker*, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.

In 2014-2018, fire departments went to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outside or unclassified fires.

Download the Grilling Safety Tips PDF by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Thursday, 28 May 2020 23:51

Social Distancing While Biking

Bicycling Safely During Covid-19

We don't know how long social distancing guidelines will continue, but social distancing, even while biking, will most likely continue for the foreseeable future.

According to the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), "[o]ne of the more confusing parts of our [social distancing] directives is to stay six feet away from others. But how does that really work when you're out riding with others at a steady [15mph]? We've found some interesting studies that have been looking into the aerodynamics of particles when someone is running or biking. Research from one study from Belgium advises that for walking, the distance of people moving in the same direction in one line should be at least [12-15 feet], for running and slow biking it should be [30 feet], and for hard biking at least [60 feet]." Those distances are difficult to maintain in a city or on busy path.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:27

Rules of the Road for Motorists

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

Now that Governor Charlie Baker has relaxed the stay at home order, more people are likely to take to the roadways on their bicycles. This may not be the best news for those behind the wheel -- the relationship between motorists and bicyclists is often contentious -- but since bicycles are classified as vehicles, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.

Before your next encounter with a bicyclist, get to know the rules of the road as mandated by the Massachusetts Legislature. (See: Rules of the Road for Bicyclists.) Guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's are includedas well.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:04

Rules of the Road for Bicyclists

Sharing the Road with Motorists

National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast, was established in 1956 to advocate for a bike friendly America, to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, and to encourage more people to try bicycling. Although this year's events are on hold due to coronavirus, the organization is encouraging people to get on bicycles and ride.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has relaxed the stay at home order, and bicycling is a great way to get out of the house as well as enjoy fresh air and exercise. However, a bicycle is classified as a vehicle, which means bicyclists riding on the roads must obey the same basic traffic laws and regulations that apply to motor vehicle operators.

Before you dust off your bike, fill your tires with air, and map your route, know the rules of the road.

Laws for Bicyclists and Motorists in the Presence of Bicyclists (as amended by Chapter 525 of the Acts of 2008)1

According to Massachusetts Rules of the Road, Chapter 4, "Bicyclists have the right to use all public ways in this state except limited access or express state highways where signs specifically prohibiting bicycles have been posted. When riding on public ways, bicyclists must obey the same basic traffic laws and regulations that apply to motor vehicle operators. The rules for bicycles (including amendments) are listed [below]."

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