The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 29, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 29, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL PARENTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1996 A7 INTERIORS BY DESIGN Child-friendly decorating The following tips can make your home a safe and welcoming haven for kids When designing your home, there are many factors to consider: aesthetics, function, entertaining, lifestyle and who is going to be using the space. These variables must be ^u«J^ addressed to create a home CHRIS that is appealing and work- CASSON able for you and your family. MADDEN One aspect that many peo- Scripps Howard pie overlook is design that is Newsservice compatible with young chil- $ dren. The following ideas will make your home safe and welcoming for the youngest of residents or visitors: • Locking base cabinets: In your kitchen and bathrooms, make certain that all base cabinets are secured with some type of locking mechanism. This is essential to prevent young toddlers from poisoning themselves with various household chemicals and/or injuring themselves with sharp or heavy objects. Locks are readily available at your local hardware store or home supply store. If you have infrequent young visitors, base cabinets can be secured with a length of heavy duty tape, such as duct tape. • Sharp corners: Many tables, countertops and cabinets are at eye level for young children and can be potential danger zones. If you have young children, rounded corners are the best option. Rubber or plastic bumpers are available at home improvement stores, hardware stores and children stores. Or a piece of cloth wrapped around sharp corners or any other type of padding, such as cardboard, foam rubber, cotton or a hand towel can be used as a temporary measure. • Breakables or dangerous decorative accessories: Certain items such as sharp crystal bowls, letter openers, glass paperweights and other fragile, heavy or sharp items should be moved to higher points in the home, such as on top of a high cabinet, or on a bookcase instead of being displayed on readily available surfaces such as the top of a coffee table or an end table. Sometimes, curiosity entices even the most well-behaved child. • Electric outlets: Electrical outlet covers can be found in most stores, from your local five-and-ten to the large do-it-yourself home improvement megacenters. • Scatter rugs: Everyone should secure 'rugs. Many accidents occur from people slipping on improperly secured scatter or occasional rugs. A small piece of rubber padding cut to a slightly smaller size than the rug should do the trick. Strips of double-sided tape work equally well. . -• Securely close bathroom doors: To Scripps Howard News Service In this living room, the child-friendly decor starts with a painted chair with curved arms and rounded edges. The demi-lune table is curved to avoid sharp corners, while it's positioned to prevent small heads from bumping the edge of the windowsiil. Decorative accessories are kept to a minimum to prevent inquisitive toddlers from knocking things off the table top. ' avoid unwanted floods or scaldings, bathroom doors should be closed. Never let a small child go unaccompanied into a strange bathroom. Make certain all medications, soaps, shampoos, cleaning products, perfumes, razors and other items are but of reach or securely put away. • Properly close all closet doors: Many children love to explore and closets are a source of temptation, so be certain that your closet doors are securely shut. Wire hangers, mothballs, camphor, paint cans, cleaning solvents and other objects are all sources of danger for the inquisitive toddler. • Stoves, barbecues and other appli- ances: Most appliances have easily removable knobs for cleaning. If you are expecting young company, remove the knobs from your stove for the duration of their visit. If you live with young children, knob caps are available at many stores. In the event of an accident, keep a cool head and make certain you have a list of all necessary emergency telephone numbers listed by your telephone including the fire department, the police department, the poison control center, the local hospital, your doctor and any other numbers you may need. Always remember, only dial 911 in a true emergency. T PARENTS AS TEACHERS T SAFETY Fire top cause of death in ages 5 to 14 During fire drills at home, use sheet to create 'pretend' smoke for kids to crawl under By SUSAN FIGLIULO Los Angeles Times QUINCY, Mass. — We live in a flammable world. So it's always important to review the steps parents and kids can take to protect themselves and others against fire. "Children and fire are a deadly combination," said Meri-K Appy, assistant vice president for public education at the National Fire Prevention Association in Quincy, Mass. Not only is fire the leading cause of death in the V RAISING CHILDREN home for children younger than 5, the sad fact is that a large number of victims — perhaps as many as one-third — die in fires set by themselves or other young children. Furthermore, fire remains the top cause of death for kids between the ages of 5 and 14, Appy said. Appy advised: "When you're talking about a preschooler, the motivation for playing with fire could be simple curiosity. So one of the first things you teach is to stay away from heat, from flame. And we want children to learn that they should tell a grown-up if they see a lighter or matches." By the preschool years, Appy said, kids are ready for "Learn Not to Burn," an educational program targeting children from preschool through kindergarten and up to the third Wean child from thumbsucking after 4 Thumbsucking is a normal behavior found in more than half of all tots during the first years of life. It provides security, relaxation and contact with the environment. In fact, babies begin; sucking their fingers even before they are born. $ Thumbsucking occurs in a variety of situations, including falling asleep or sleep- LINDA LEWIS GRIFFITH Scripps Howard News Service ing, boredom, hunger or stress. Many youngsters also twist their hair, hold a blanket, fondle a favorite toy or play with their face or ears while sucking their fingers. Pacifiers serve the same function as thumbsucking and have a similar effect on youngsters' mouths and teeth. Pacifiers have advantages in that they decrease the incidence of children's thumb- sucking and they are easier to wean from as toddlers grow. While many well-meaning parents Used Furniture 6 Appllaoces UJGUSTINE'S RE WAREHOUSE Thur$.9-8,Sat.9$8fS ^ 823-6792 1-800-563-1831 Old World Ornaments Gifts & Treasures SmpktfHiH MUSEUM Gift Store 211 West Iron Tues.-Fri. 12-5 & Sat. 10-5 Sun. 1-5 worry that thumbsucking will damage' their tot's mouths and teeth, pediatric dentists generally agree that it is a harmless — even beneficial — habit during Baby's first four years. Thumbsucking helps toddlers calm themselves , and has little impact of dental development. While the vast majority of children naturally stop thumbsucking around the ages 4 or 5, a few continue into kindergarten, grade school and beyond. Such boys and girls do run a greater risk of developing dental problems. They may even experience rejection from their peers. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to guide older children away from their thumbsucking habits. But don't try them too early. It's best to wait until youngsters are mature enough (usually after the 4th birthday) to understand what you are saying and willing to comply with the weaning process. Enlist your child's help. Calmly explain your desire to fimit thumbsucking behavior. How to raise a child so you'll be proud of the resulting adult BABY 946 N. /WnK Sauna • (9t3t 827-1420 Cliffs Place 'tU %*e Wtuie/ Mon.-Sat. (i ain-2 pin Breakfast Specials Lunch Specials Tfie Only Downtown Restaurant with,.. 33 1/3% Off Christinas Merchandise! (Wreaths. Ornaments, Trees, Stuffed Animals, Etc.) 2450 South 9th • Mid-State Mall, Salina (913) 823-9191 VICKI PRICE Chilli Abuse Prevention Services Parenting is a long-term commitment. Even though some joke that, "Parenting is the only profession where , once you get good at it, you're unemployed," a parent remains a parent throughout life. If we can view our parenting in this way, we may make different short-term choices. I ask parents attending my parenting classes to visualize their '•" child standing at their front door, age 30, coming home for a visit. "What kind of adult do you want to see standing before you?" Answers run from "caring," "courteous," "thoughtful" and "happy" to "responsible," "independent" and "successful." How do we help make such a creature appear? To be sure, parents are not the end-all of their offspring. Children are also influenced by many factors — other relatives, peers, society, etc. Every child has the capacity to make poor choices even with the best of parenting. But, parents do have a most significant impact upon their child's development, so we must carefully evaluate our thoughts and actions. All of us, children or adults, have two very basic needs — to find belonging and significance in our lives. If we can't find these in our home, we will go to great lengths to find them elsewhere — in a group, cult or gang — any place where we can feel the importance and connectedness we seek. As parents, we must work to affirm the value of our children so they can find this mean- grade. Games, slogans, an animated fire dog named Sparky anfl other kid-friendly approaches teach children that fire is no toy. Young children also are taught the best responses to use when a fire does appear. At 3 or 4, children will enjoy making a game of the stop-drop-and-roll maneuver they would need to perform in case of a fire. Creating pretend "smoke" by holding a sheet a couple of feet above the floor, and having a child practice crawling under the "smoke," also is good training for a fast response to fire. During a fire choices have to be made instantaneously. Who helps whom? Which window do people use? Who calls the fire department? Where do you meet outside the building? It's essential to plan ahead. ing in their lives. As H. Stephen Glenn writes in his book, "Raising Self-Reliant Children In A Self-Indulgent World:" "From the cradle to the 20th year of life, most children in America are told, 'Keep your mouth shut, stay out of difficulty. Get good grades. Do what we tell you. Appreciate what we do for you.' "They are not told, 'You are absolutely critical to the survival of our family. We need you. We could not accomplish what we do without your participation.' "Is it any wonder, then, that our young people feel resentful and are restless?" There are many things we can do to help develop capable adults. But we have to start long before their adulthood. Listen more and talk less • We can parent with firmness, dignity and respect. • We can resolve to work together on solutions. • We can listen more and talk less. • We can all share in the household chores. • We can have regular family meetings. • We can show unconditional love. • We can spend quality time together. We can help our child feel belonging and significance. We can help make that 30-year-old caring, responsible person appear at our doorstep. However, it won't happen easily or quickly. It will take much energy. But it will certainly be worth the effort. Vicki Price is assistant director arid a parent educator with Child Abuse Prevention Services. In Stock Custom Frames Save&Q /O S. 887-9200 Ask Me For A Free Hearing Tesf HEARING AIDS 827-8911 1-800-448-0215 AlanGrigsby 234 S. Santa Fe 21 Years Experience Sahna John Wood &,Assoc Specializing In Employee Benefits 827-9099 25 Year MD Brand White Latex * i BOSTER LUMBER CO, 1210 W.Crawford 827-3618 Seek suggestions from your youngster about how best to do it. Select a time when your household is relatively stress-free. Don't attempt to end thumbsucking during a move to a new house or following a sibling's birth. Be patient. Allow a minimum of three weeks to phase out the thumbsucking habit. Use behavior-changing techniques. Paint the child's fingernails a fun, wacky color or adhere splashy Band-Aids to the fingers to serve as reminders. Waynes Custom Carl Strecker - Sales Wayne Wetzel-Owner 913-667-3375 A son, Cole Dalton, was born Oct. 16 to Salinans Lance and.Tre- sha Hoover, 2075 Shalimar. Grandparents are Earlene and Ed Chillcott of Marion and the late Bob Petty and Gerald and Theora Hoover, 801 Gypsum. Great-grandmothers are Margaret Hoover, 511 E. Stimmel Road, and Mary Hardesty, 205 E. Ellsworth. 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