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Labor Day Tips

Labor Day Tips

Thousands of people will be traveling over the Labor Day holiday, whether by plane, by boat, or by car. This week we thought we would share tips for having a safe holiday weekend no matter if you are traveling or staying around the house. This week we share some tips from Safewise.com on how to enjoy your holiday weekend safely.

 

  • Vehicle Inspection – have a mechanic give your vehicle a “once over” to be sure that there are no issues that may derail your travel plans. If traveling for long periods, make sure to be well-rested, take frequent breaks, and if possible divide up the driving time.
  • Fireworks Celebration – if you are going to enjoy fireworks at home, make sure you check out our podcast on firework safety as a refresher course…
  • Drink in Moderation – “letting loose” for the long weekend is a great plan as long as you don’t go overboard – and if you do, don’t get behind the wheel.
  • Boat Safely – Check out our recent boating safety podcast for a refresher on being safe out on the water.
  • Clean Up the Yard – the weekend is supposed to be in observance of working all year, to take a day off for ourselves and our families. Some see it as a chance to do some last-minute yard work or preparation for winter. Be careful and follow all safety guidelines.

Be sure you visit the Safewise.com article for more tips on having a safe Labor Day weekend!

 

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Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

Hard to believe that many schools around the country are already starting classes before Labor Day. We found this article from PBS.org with some great tips for parents when it comes to getting ready to go back to school.

Meet the New Teacher – Kids often are afraid of who their new teacher will be and if they like that particular teacher. Many teachers send out a “personal” letter to each student introducing themselves and a little bit about them (hobbies/likes/dislikes). If your teacher doesn’t, go to the school’s website and look for the teacher’s photo to help your child become familiar with what they look like and their name.

Tour the School – Take the opportunity to visit the school on their “open house” or “pre-school day kick-off” to help your child familiarize themselves with where their classroom is, where their desk is, possibly even meeting the teacher face-to-face. Maybe create a “checklist” for your child to fill out by finding their desk, finding their cubby/locker/mail box, meeting the teacher, etc. Then after they have filled out the checklist, take them out for ice cream or other treat as a positive reinforcement.

Connect with Friends – Most schools send out classroom lists letting your child know not only who their teacher is but also who they are sharing the class with. Having a couple of friends in the same class will most certainly reduce any anxiety your child might experience.

Tool Up – getting together school supplies is important to get your child ready for school. Make it fun, splurge a little on a special backpack or notebook. Let them choose their own first day of school outfit to help boost their self-esteem. Talk to the teacher to see what is needed, many stores offer “generic” school supply lists – you may only need a fraction of what’s on it.

Avoid Last-Minute Drilling – start easing them into a wake sleep schedule conducive to the the upcoming school year. Give 5 minute warnings and follow through.

Chat about Today’s Events and Tomorrow’s Plans – cramming for an exam the night before is not a good way to reduce anxiety. Supporting learning during the summer is great, but last-minute drills going over what they learned last year will cause more anxiety than it will help. Go through some of the basics, but don’t overwhelm your child.

Ease into a Routine – getting kids into the routine of getting ready for school before school starts is a great way to reduce anxiety and grief for parents. Stick to a clear schedule and your first day of school jitters will hopefully be lessened.

 

Check out this article regarding back to school tips for parents of kids with special needs.

 

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Water Park Safety

Water Park Safety

There’s still a bit of summer left and families are still hitting the amusement and water parks in one last “hooray” before school starts. When visiting a water park or local pool, heed these tips from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions:

For those under 48″ tall, non-swimmers, & weak swimmers – bring along a Coast Guard-approved life vest with you. Many water parks provide them, but there is limited availability.

Apply sunscreen before leaving and be sure to re-apply as recommended on the bottle. There is a time limit on sunscreen and playing in the water will rapidly degrade its effects.

Follow the rules and lifeguards. If you see trouble, alert the lifeguard.

Don’t swallow the pool water and avoid getting it in your mouth if at all possible.

Shower before you go and as required at the park. Use good hygiene to prevent possible disease/sickness.

If you are sick or have been sick in the last 48hrs, don’t go into the water. Sickness spreads easily through water and exposing potentially hundreds of others isn’t cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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