Nurse Nicole Holiday Book Giveaway

Nurse Nicole Holiday Book Giveaway

Nurse Nicole Holiday Book Giveaway

HOLIDAY BOOK GIVEAWAY ALERT!
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New Year’s Eve Activities for Children

Happy New YearWe have all sorts of grown-up traditions and activities to bring in the New Year, why not give your children something special to do to celebrate? Here are a few activities found all over the web.

From Disney’s Spoonful.com

From MarthaStewart.com

From me

  • During the day of New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day, involve your children in a family discussion about things to do better in 2014. To extend this, ask them what they want to accomplish in the New Year, like take a trip.
  • Pray with them and over them for the New Year.

Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine!

Watching Your Weight over the Holidays

Red Velvent CupcakeThe strongest person is tempted by all of the goodies available at this time of year. Someone is always baking, cooking or buying rich foods in the spirit of the holidays. It becomes really easy to overeat and overindulge. Here are a few tips to help you (and me) be kinder to our bodies while we partake of a few wonderful treats.

  1. Eat breakfast and be mindful to eat it on the days when you have to attend some holiday festivity where pastries and rich foods will be served.
  2. Do not stop exercising. If you exercise daily for at least 10 minutes or if you take their stairs versus the elevator, the activity will keep your metabolism moving and you will burn some of those extra holiday calories.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to maintain a slight feeling of full in your tummies. It will make you less inclined to overeat.
  4. Mind your food portions and food selections. Do not eat a heavy dinner should you plan to eat a slice of cake.
  5. Eat foods filled with nutrients. A nutritious meal will insure that you’re not taking in empty calories found in sweets and treats.

You don’t want to feel awful at the start of the year, do you? Well, eat in moderation and take care to eat well.

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

890ba36f0b9adafef5fb4ad2f981a6eaThe mother of small children generally cringes whenever some well-meaning relative or family friend gives their child or children toys with sharp edges and what looks like a million small pieces for Christmas. I would cringe. Those small pieces and sharp edges could easily end up lodged in a foot, an eye or some other body part that leads to infection and/or a trip to the emergency room.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This is scary:

“According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States.  72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.” [Read the rest here.]

Here are some tips to assist you in shopping for children, yours or someone else’s.

  • Read all warnings and instructions on the box before purchasing or before allowing your children to play with the gift if from someone other than you.
  • If shopping for other people’s children, ask them what is appropriate for the child first. Parents know their children and know the toys better than anyone.
  • Avoid toys that shoot or have parts that can fly off.
  • Make sure the construction of a toy is such that it will not break into tiny shards or sharp pieces if broken.
  • Think long and hard about toys with cords and strings that can choke.

Prevent Blindness America has two great tip sheets you can download for more information and that can assist you in your holiday shopping: Facts About Toy Injuries and Tips for Choosing Safe Toys.

It is best to be safe than sorry.

Do Not Feed the Diabetic: Responding to Holiday Food Offers

Multi Generation Family Celebrating ThanksgivingWe would be grieved to wear a placard or sign that read: I am a diabetic. Do not feed me. Children with Type 1 diabetes would be mortified to wear that sign. Yet, we would be devastated if some “kindly” person with good intentions offered your child something that could harm their health. To be preventative, learn some polite yet firm responses to inevitable food offers.

Scenario 1: Your child’s best friend’s mother wants to give her/him cookies as a snack and you’re not there.

This is simple enough. Once you give permission for the play date, have a private conversation with the other parent and share that your child is Type 1 diabetic and cannot have certain foods. To be polite, share that you don’t want it to be personal, because it is not; it is a matter of your child’s health interests. Offer to send snacks that are acceptable.

Scenario 2: Aunt Louise tries to give your child a sugary snack against your protests.

Thank Aunt Louise in front of your child and tell her that you’ll have to pass this time. Privately, as to embarrass your child or Aunt Louise, tell her that in the future she’s to ask you first and in private. Explain that your child’s health interests are a priority to you, and thank her once again before closing the subject.

Scenario 3: The holiday party at school that has tons of tempting treats.

Begin with a conversation with your child, reminding him or her that eating sugary sweets can make them hospital-stay sick, and you want him/her to be healthy and at home for the holidays. Contact the teacher and remind him/her that your child is diabetic and ask the teacher to closely monitor what your child consumes. Offer to send a couple of treats that are safe for your child to eat.

Scenario 4: Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with the family.

This would be super easy if you’re the host. You can prepare great desserts and dishes that are good for your child and tasty to your guests. If anyone offers to bring a dessert, politely decline. If you’re having dinner in another home, then leave early and explain to your child that you’re having a special dessert at home. In fact, turn dessert at your home into a new tradition.

Lastly, if your child should receive candy and other treats as a gift, tell them that a condition of letting them have a treat is that you get to help them choose.

Remember, this is about your child’s long-term wellness. They have to maintain healthy habits throughout the holiday season. If you are the parent of a diabetic child, how do you handle any of the above scenarios? Are there other ways to teach your child to refuse food? Please share in the comment section.

 

Books by Nicole M. Brown

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: N is for Nurse

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: N is for Nurse

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: Wash Hands

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: Wash Hands

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