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Children Safety during Trick or Treating On Halloween Night

Halloween Safety for Children

People from all over the world often associate Halloween with fun and treats. Parents allow their children to go out and enjoy their trick and treat activities, without thinking about their child’s safety to some degree. The truth is, Halloween is not just about fun and treats. Several reports have revealed that compared to the other usual nights, the Halloween nights are more dangerous to children ages 5 to 11. A large number of children were killed and injured during Halloween nights and this happens primarily because of lack of parent’s supervision.

There are a lot of things that parents can do for their child’s safety at Halloween. To know more about the most advisable Halloween child safety strategies, just read on below some of the worth noting Halloween child safety tips that are perfect for parents, guardians and children as well.

Supervising the ChildrenSmall children must only go to a well-lit house and remain only on porches rather than entering the house.

It will be better if children go for trick or treat activities with a number of their friends and accompany by one or several adults.

It will be wise if the children keep and remember their parents or their own home phone numbers and carry coins or cell phone for emergency calls.

Prepare name tags with addresses and attached them to Halloween costumes.

Check the Treats that are GivenParents must warn the children not to immediately eat any treats that are given to them. It will be wiser for parent to check all the treats before letting their children eat it.

If the children are wearing costumes that use swords, knives, or any hard objects, the parents must make sure that those accessories are not sharp and rigid. It will be better if the children can use the flexible accessories instead.

Children must stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing the street without supervision. If the children want to cross the street or cross at the corner, make sure that they are stay together in a group before crossing the road and do not crossing between parked cars. Therefore the passing by driver will able to see them clearly.

If possible, choose and wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant.

Halloween Costume SafetyDo not let the children wear baggy or oversized costumes to prevent them from tripping, and also do not let them wear oversize mask or hat that obstructing their view when walking. The children should use the mask that properly fit or face paint.

Set a curfew for older children.

Prepare homes for tricks or treaters by cleaning and clearing your porches, sidewalks, and lawns.

Make sure that the pedestrian area in your neighborhood is safe for trick or treaters.

For people who are driving at same time as the trick or treating activity, they need to be extra careful when driving around the neighborhood. Watch for any children that might crossing the streets. Drive safely and slowly.

Those basically are the Halloween child safety tips. It will be better if parents can follow it to ensure the children safety and support their activity so they can have a fun and enjoyable Halloween experience.

Choosing the Right Zip Line Kits for Your Backyard

Backyard Zip LineOne of the most effective ways to persuade your children to be more active in their daily activity is to add fun and excitement. For an example you could buy and install a zip line kits in the backyard. The zip line kits provide a lot of fun not only for the children but also for the rest of family.

To buy the backyard zip line kits, you need to find the right cable length that is suitable with the size of your backyard. You can consult it with the zip line retailer to determine the appropriate cable length. The zip line retailer usually have various zip line kits size that can be install whether for small backyard or for commercial zip line that you can find in many amusement park or camping ground that has longer and stronger cable.

When buying the zip line kits, always make sure about the equipment safety. Here are some considerations when buying the zip line for your backyard;

Reliable manufacturer – Choose the zip line kit that is made by a reliable company. A good retailer usually only provide the zip line kit from reliable manufacturer that follow the safety regulation. And make sure the kit has a safety certification and warranty from the manufacturer.

New zip line kits – Always buy the new kits rather than the used ones. The safety of used kits is very unreliable. Some of its part might be wear, tear or even damage because of its age or previous usage.

The cable strength – Each zip line kits have different cable strength. So, if the zip line is intended for children under 12 years old only, you can buy the zip line kits for children that are lighter. But if bigger person such as teenager and adult are also use it, you must buy the stronger cable.


Choosing the right zip line kits for your backyard is very important to make sure the safety of anyone while they are having fun from using it.

7 Lessons Every Nanny Can Borrow from Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins & ChildcareFirst things first: Mary Poppins sets a pretty high bar. Whether you’re talking about the Disney musical from 1964 or the series of books that ran from the 1930s to the 1980s, she’s pretty much the gold standard for a magical childcare character. The movie alone has helped raise several generations; is there anybody who doesn’t know the tune to “A Spoonful of Sugar”?

Beyond all the magic, though, there are some important lessons that non-magical nannies can take away from the story. (For the purposes of the list, we’ll be relying on the Julie Andrews version.) Take a look:

Set clear boundaries.

Mary Poppins was a friend to the children in her care when they didn’t have any, but she was also very clearly in charge. She directed their days and nights, taught them to clean their room and made sure they understood that she had a job to do. When you’re dealing with your own charges, it’s important to make sure they know that, while you can be very friendly, you’re still in a position of authority. You’re there to care for them, and that doesn’t just mean giving comfort and support. It often means looking like the bad guy when it’s time to get work done.

Work with the parents.

On a related note: you’re there to help the family, and that means working with the parents. Mary Poppins provided a bit of a disruption in the Banks household, but her goal wasn’t to undermine their authority; it was to help them grow closer to their children. To that end, it’s important to remember to work with the parents and regularly talk about your goals for discipline, health, education and so on. If you wind up contradicting parental directives — say, if the parents ask you to limit the kids’ TV viewing but you leave the set on all day — you could cause a rift in the family’s relationship and make the children feel confused about whose rules they need to follow.

Stress the importance of education.

Mary Poppins taught her charges how to keep a clean house, cope with life lessons and spell what’s got to be the longest word ever used in a musical. You should do the same (except for the cartoon derby). Talk with the parents about their children’s education and any goals the parents have, and incorporate things like reading and healthy play into your schedule. Take trips to local museums, art fairs and historical sites.

Remember that health is vital.

Treats are well and good — and you should always communicate with the parents about what you are and aren’t allowed to let the kids eat — but, like Mary Poppins, you should remember that an important part of childcare is instilling healthy habits in the children. Healthy snacks, regular exercise, plenty of good playtime, proper amounts of TV, etc.: it all helps underscore how children can learn to take care of themselves. If you’re looking for recipe advice, this gallery from Parenting.com is a great place to start.

Encourage imagination.

This one’s obvious, right? Mary Poppins took her children to magical places, and she encouraged them to get out of the glum day-to-day routines they’d created and see the fun in life. She even had a song about turning chores into games. As you work with children, no matter their age, you should do all you can to encourage them to use their imagination as they work and play. Playing make-believe isn’t just for fun, either. Imagination has been shown to boost social skills, enhance language skills and even help children work through their fears.

Know your role.

At the end of Mary Poppins, Mary leaves. Her time with the family has drawn to a close, and the job she was hired to do has ended. Your job likely won’t be quite like that, but this lesson is really about knowing your role within the household. You’re a professional caregiver, but you’re also there to support the family; you’re devoted to your charges, but you should also be aware enough of your goals and their development to realize when it’s time to move on. Work with the parents to make sure everyone’s needs are being met — yours and theirs — and know that, sooner or later, you’ll be moving on.

Have fun.

As often as possible. Mary’s biggest lesson to her household was about the importance of fun, from energetic and healthy play to building lasting relationships. She was about joy, more than anything else, and that’s a role you’re uniquely qualified to play as a childcare provider. Being a nanny is hard; harder than most people know or could ever guess. But the key to succeeding at it is to have fun doing it, and to take pleasure in the job itself. It’ll rub off on the kids.