Ask Auntie Artichoke

Expert on Parenting and Family Relationships

Ask Auntie Artichoke - Expert on Parenting and Family Relationships

5 Ways To Nurture With Nature—(EXPERT)

Nature Nurtures The Spirit & Builds The Body

Children who have the opportunity to play in nature have a heightened awareness of the world. Being in nature helps them to recognize the cycles of life and the interdependence of plants, animals and humans.

They also have more advanced coordination, balance and agility. When they are involved in physical play, they develop their lungs and muscles which means they are sick less often. Being in nature creates a resilient spirit and a bounce-back attitude.

Discipline But Never Punish (EXPERT)

Are you curious about the difference between discipline and punishment? Would you like to learn the truth about how to discipline without damage to the spirit of the child or employee? This interesting blog post will provide you with a unique perspective on why discipline is a positive way to help others gain competency and become competent adults.

2 Myths About Quality Family Time (EXPERT)

There are at least two myths about “quality time” and learning these myths will help parents relax a bit and enjoy time with the family.
Our family used to have Sunday Night Panic and we all hated it. Now we have quality time working together and totally being present. I was a maniac every Sunday night trying to get ready for the new week. Took my kids to teach me how to include quality time with chores, errands and mundane life stuff.

3 Simple Ways to Keep Young Children Safe

3 Simple Ways to Keep Young Children Safe

As a parent, keeping your children safe is your chief priority. And there’s plenty of advice out there touting certain strategies for doing so. But it doesn’t have to be complex or difficult.

To improve the safety of your young child, we’ll keep things simple. Here are three tips for child safety success:

1) Avoid leaving children unattended

Leaving a child unattended guarantees you won’t be available to correct dangerous behavior or help in the event of an accident. And although you shouldn’t leave small children unattended unless they are in the confines of a safe bedroom or they are sleeping, there are special circumstances in which you always want to pay extra special attention.

  • Your child is playing in a yard or on a playground near a road: Children often wander and can walk right into harm’s way in an instant if you aren’t paying attention.
  • Your child is anywhere near a body of water: Whether your son or daughter is playing with ducks by a pond in the park, sitting on the steps of a swimming pool or just in the bathtub enjoying a bubble bath, always ensure you’re watching them to prevent drowning.
  • Your child is eating: Most children will choke on food at some point in their youth, and you want to be there to offer immediate assistance if it does happen.
  • Your child is playing with animals: While most pets make good companions, you should never leave your child alone with one. Pets can quickly become aggressive if agitated, and you should be there to intervene if your dog or cat attempts to bully your young child.
  • Your child is in a car: No matter what the temperature is outside and regardless of whether or not you crack the windows, leaving your kids in the car is dangerous and not to mention illegal in many areas.

2) Childproof your home

How will you go about making your home a safer place? The best way to keep your kids safe at home is to childproof it. Childproofing is simply taking precautionary measures to ensure your kids don’t have access to things that can threaten their health or safety.

  • Restrict access to the kitchen. Depending on the age of your child, he or she may be able to turn the knobs on the stove while it’s unattended. Or if you’re cooking, they may be able to reach the handles of pots and pans, knock them off the stove and causing them to suffer burns.
  • Install covers on all your home’s electrical outlets, and add child-proof latches to cabinet doors.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a safe place so kids can’t access them and inadvertently light a fire or burn themselves.
  • Prevent poisoning by ensuring that your kids don’t have access to household cleaning items, cosmetic products, medicines, etc.
  • For furniture with sharp edges, add protective corner bumpers to prevent injuries.

For the best results, continually scan the home environment to identity potential safety threats for your young children, and take action to correct those issues.

3) Monitor your home for burglary, fire and carbon monoxide

Getting a home security system doesn’t replace taking precautions and exercising good judgment. But it can help add to the overall home safety experience by putting you the push of a button away from professional assistance for a variety of home emergencies. With a home security system, you get fast emergency response to:

  • Burglaries, home intrusions and forced entries
  • House fires and smoke
  • Unsafe levels of carbon monoxide
  • Other common hazards including flooding and freezing

When you select home security systems, you’re not just protecting your children. You’re getting protection for your home and peace of mind, too. And when you have a safe home and peace of mind, you can enjoy spending time with the ones you love instead of worrying about what you would ever do if you experienced an emergency.

Keeping your kids safe isn’t necessarily easy. But it’s a lot less difficult if you consistently monitor your children, exercise safety precautions within the home and get protection from an external home security company. Take these three simple steps today and enjoy life as a parent more than ever have before.





Natural and Logical Consequences (EXPERT)

Natural and logical choices are an important part of discipline, not only with our children but ourselves as well. When we forget to pay the light bill, the electricity is shut off. That naturally follows the action. What if there is not a natural consequence to an inappropriate choice? Then we create on that is tied in some way to the learning lesson. If a child does not pick up his toys as asked, then the toys are taken away for a period of time.