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Practice Makes Perfect in Emergency Situations

Thursday, 29 December 2011 15:18
Families can and should practice fire escape routes as much as possible to ensure safety comes naturally to children in case of an emergency. Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer recommends that families sit down and sketch out the home's floor plan. Discuss with children the best ways to exit the home in various emergency situations. It is essential to have two exits in every room, he says. A window and door are typical, and if the room is on the second story, a collapsable ladder is important. Before leaving the room through the door, feel it or the… Read more...

Feed Your Brain, Walk with Kids to School

Friday, 23 December 2011 10:41
When the cold wind blows, it's likely your kids will want a ride to school instead of braving the frosty sidewalks, but encourage them to continue their own morning commute by accompanying them on their walk to school. When you walk with your children to school, you'll establish a habit of exercise and help to get their brain cells pumping first thing, and you'll benefit too. Expending energy on the way to school can make students more focused when they reach class. According to Stephen C. Putnam, MEd, children who exercise before they reach the classroom show better behavior during… Read more...

Unplug this Winter and Get Back to Family Time

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:49
Seeking out ways for your family to bond this winter season? Look no further than your own neighborhood. Lending a charitable hand or cozying up in your own home can be fun for the whole family. Unplug, and try these family-fun activities! • Shoveling—La Niña promises to dump snow on West Michigan this winter, but that's good news for your daughters and sons, if they don't mind a little hard work. Whether school is canceled or your family is together on the weekend, pass out the shovels and get to work. Ask an elderly neighbor if they can lend you… Read more...

Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt 


Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:46
Who says you can only enjoy nature when the leaves are still on the trees? Winter is a perfect time to discover the outdoors, and your family will love searching for treasures surrounded by snow. Print the follow list, get outside, and start exploring! Animal Tracks like rabbits, birds, deer, and mice Berries A Deer Rub Seeds A Hole Dug by an Animal Bird's Nest Icicle Ice on a Pond A Snowman A Snow Angel Happy hunting! To make these memories last, bring along your camera, and post your findings on our Facebook page! Written by: Erika Fifelski was born… Read more...
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