Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Discovery Channel Store - Ancient Mysteries DVD Set on sale for $9.99 (regularly $49.95)
Walmart - Levi Strauss Signature - Women's Low-Rise Boot-Cut Jeans for $9.00 (regularly $19.68)
Jos. A. Bank - They are having an awesome sale with 50% off clearance...really good deals.
Amazon - 40% off children's DVDs.
Amazon - High School Musical Mystery Date for $5.99 (regularly $19.99)
Monday, September 29, 2008
You don't want to think about it, but it's coming. I'm always on the lookout for good deals throughout the year that would make good Christmas presents, but I usually start getting more serious about it around October. I'll be posting deals that I find pretty frequently, so check back often.
This is an article that I wrote for my blog at Examiner.com, and I thought some of you may find it helpful as well.
It’s a topic that makes many parents anxious, but one that is important to address. Research shows that as many as 1 out of every 4 children will experience some form of sexual abuse. It is important that we teach our children about inappropriate touching and what they should do if it happens to them.
Let's Name Our Bodyparts
What Are The Rules?
The perfect time to begin teaching your child about bad touches is those times when you’re naming body parts. It’s important to keep it simple. You don’t need to get into a scary conversation with your preschooler. All they need to know is that there are certain parts of their body that are private. What does that mean? That means that no one is allowed to touch those parts unless it’s mommy or daddy helping them go to the potty, bathing them, or applying medicine. You may name other caregivers in your child’s life if appropriate. It’s a good idea to mention that it’s alright for his or her doctor to check those parts as well. Also, something that many caregivers forget is to remind the child that he or she is not allowed to touch anyone else on their private parts. Remember that you need to also talk about what to do if this ever happens. Give your child permission to say “NO!” if he or she feels they are being touched in a place where they shouldn’t be touched. The best thing to do is to have them name at least 5 people they can tell if this is something that does happen to them. These people may include a grandparent, teacher, trusted neighbor, or doctor.
Let’s Talk About Our Safety Rules
As parents, we should be having a regular conversation about safety with our preschoolers. In my home, I will periodically say “Let’s talk about our safety rules”. We talk about wearing our seatbelt when we’re in a car, wearing our helmet when riding our bicycle, never running into the street, etc. Sometime during that conversation I’ll say “What are the rules about our private parts?” That question turns into naming the private parts and what they should do if touched on a private part.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
So, with my heart in a big puddle at my feet, I give her a big hug. It's time like this when I'm reminded of how truly blessed I am.