Halloween – Trick & Treating Safety

Trick & Treating Fun!

Trick & Treating Fun!

What do you do in your local area for Halloween? As a community we should look for ways to ensure Halloween is a fun time for our children and also a safe time.

In the community where I live a group of parents will deliver a little note to all the houses saying, ‘If you are participating in the Halloween celebrations and Trick & Treating then, please leave your front porch lights on, if not, please turn all front house/property lights off and no one will bother you.’ This one little Halloween preparation ensures people’s wishes are respected and they don’t get lots of trick & treaters if they do not wish too. Maybe you could do something similar in your community.

There may be many reasons why some people may not want to participate, ill health, single elderly lady many not want lots of kids coming to her door, religion and so on.

Will you be going out with your children this Halloween? If you have young children then it is advisable to accompany them on their trick & treating route, if you group together with some other parents then you all will have fun along the way. If you have older teenage children, then a plan of their route and times they intend to return home would put your mind at ease.

Listed below are some Halloween safety tips

Young Children

  • Plan for the Halloween trick & treating evening – Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Comfortable costume – Children and parents love dressing up at Halloween, but if you are going to make an evening of it ensure you have a comfortable costume.
  • Road safety – Halloween is exciting for children and many of them will be wearing dark clothing, so a reminder about road safety is must. You could carry a torch to see along the way, but more importantly be seen by motorists.
  • Manners – A gentle reminder to your children before you go about their manners, if a person has been kind enough to give them a treat, then being grateful and a thank you is called for, be respectful of peoples property and recognise not everyone may want to join the Halloween folly.
  • Check sweets and treats your children bring home – Homemade food, if your child has allergies you will need to check it okay for them and if you are unsure, do not give to your child. Many people make up Halloween packages; ensure there is nothing a young child could choke on before letting them have the packages.

Teenagers

  • Plan for the Halloween trick & treating evening – Parents should know whose going with their children treat & treating, their route and the time the will return home. Are they going to a Halloween party and if so, speak with the party host parent to find out the party detail’s
  • Street safety – Stay in groups, stay on lit streets and take a torch to see along the way, but more importantly be seen by motorists.
  • Stranger danger – Just a gentle reminder that they should never go with anyone and not to go into others houses if they do know them but also not to go into a house unless it’s been pre-organised.
  • Mobile phone – If your child has a mobile phone or you have a spare phone let them take it with them, so they are contactable all of the time and also they can call you should they need too.

Have fun this Halloween, take your camera with you and get some fun pics! So you can do some Halloween scrap-booking activities another day.

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HEADY Spider Sensory Toy – 100% Natural Rubber

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Halloween - Witches Brew!

Halloween – Witches Brew!

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Joanne

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Spring is here!

Great Outdoors Fishing

What have you planned for the school holidays?

With the temperatures rising a little, spring is a perfect time to spend time outside with your children, whether that’s in your garden, at the local park or at the beach. Children need plenty outdoor time to run, skip and jump, to speak in loud voices without the constant “Please, can you speak with an indoor voice” and to burn off excess energy (especially if they are on school hols), all this helps in their development, and keeps them exercised and healthy.

Take the time to join your children in their play, whatever their age, even if it’s just for 30 minutes or so, let your inner child out, breathe in the fresh air, be open to the activities they are playing and follow their lead, it will do you the world of good.  They will be so pleased to have mum come and play and to share their interests, and to see you in the now, happy and stress free.

If you are organising play for younger children, maybe set up the activities and then take a step back, be involved but you don’t need to be the leader, let your children lead the way, building on their social and problem solving skills.

Here are some easy classic activity ideas:

  • Hide n Seek
  • Hand Ball
  • Soccer
  • Throw the toy into a laundry basket
  • Toy balancing
  • Beach Games
  • Fishing

A little competitiveness is okay to spur the children on but not at the detriment of younger children feeling like there is no point trying if they can never win or catch the ball. With all games the purpose should be to have fun.

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Fun Colouring for you...

Fun Colouring for you…

Have fun outdoors, whatever you decide to do…

Joanne

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What kind of Dad do you have?

There are many kinds of Dad’s/Father’s, pick a few from the list below – See what kind of Dad you’ve got, just for laughs.

A Moment Together

A Moment Together

  • Sporty DAD
  • TV Watching DAD
  • Funny DAD
  • Step DAD
  • Deaf Ear DAD
  • Money DAD
  • Boring DAD
  • Pub DAD
  • Joker DAD
  • Newspaper DAD
  • Coach DAD
  • Fixer DAD

It doesn’t matter what kind of Dad you have because I believe that every single Dad has a special place in his heart where his children are and within this special place there is a special space just for you! It’s a place that is filled with unconditional love for his children, no matter what is happening in the outside world.

It’s shielded and protected so much, that that some Dad’s don’t show their love openly, but know that it is there.

When a child is born and seen and held for the first time by their Dad, he is in awe of his new born, and he will have tears for this special moment of life and the emotional love he feels for his child, this can be overwhelming, some men are surprised by this love at first sight reaction they have for their child, and they will feel amazing, but also vulnerable, from now on they will have another love pulling at their heart strings.

Yes, there are all kinds of Dad’s – some are better than others at being there or being able to express their feelings of love to their family, but take a moment to think about how much love your father has invested into you over the years ,one way or another in his own way, and sit for a moment and remember the special times, the tickles, the laughs and the chasing games and feel the love you have for this special man.

Do something awesome for Dad this Father’s Day, something that suits your kind of Dad.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL DADS…

With Love Joanne@Kimbee

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