American Heirlooms - May 2019

Now that spring is here and the days are getting longer, your to-do list keeps growing. As you care for your lawn, tend to your garden, and stack your firewood, make sure you and your family are prepared for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and injuries. Below are a few essentials to include in your springtime first-aid kit. Tweezers Working with wood or prickly plants puts you in a position to get splinters wedged into your fingers. The most prepared gardener will have a set of tweezers with them, and whoever is experienced at prying these tiny yet painful shards of wood from their fingers will know that the correct pair of tweezers will do the trick. Look for ones that are sharp and pointed, rather than flat. These will allow you to pull out the splinter easily and quickly, rather than excavating into your skin for hours while searching for the source |of your pain. Creams With spring and summer come plants, pests, and weather that can lead to dangerous conditions. Poison ivy, poison oak, bees, fire ants, and the sun can cause your skin to become inflamed or irritated. Search for anti-itch and antibiotic creams that will help your skin find relief, and make sure you properly apply sunscreen every two hours. If you do get sunburned, apply the juice from aloe plants or packaged aloe vera to your burn, drink plenty of fluids, and cover your burned area when working outside. Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 6–10 this year, and there are plenty of ways students of all ages can thank their educators for everything they do. Being a teacher isn’t an easy job, and the people who make it their profession are passionate about helping children learn. Depending on how old your child is, they may need a parent’s help in showing their appreciation. Here are a few ways parents and children can appreciate teachers together. Thank-You Notes This gesture is simple and sweet and can be very thoughtful. Telling a teacher what makes them outstanding can often be just as valuable as a gift. Help your child write an appreciative note and then write one yourself. Teachers often have to maintain the happiness of students, administrators, and parents. Your card could relieve some of the stress of that balancing act and let them know that you acknowledge their efforts. A Homemade Meal Making a homemade meal (or dessert) shows teachers that you appreciate their hard work. You could make a favorite dish of yours or try to find a new recipe online. Either way, encourage your child to help you with the process so that the meal is truly a gift from both of you.

Donating School Supplies Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies for their classroom. This is just one of the ways teachers go above and beyond on a daily basis, and buying some extra school supplies can help ease that cost. Take your child shopping with you and help them pick out supplies that you know their teacher will appreciate. Your children spend several hours a day with their teachers, so fostering relationships with them is vital. Use this day to help your children understand the importance of teachers, to teach them the power of gratitude, and to encourage them to show respect for everyone who helps them in life.

Bandages Bandages are an essential part of any first-aid kit, and when you’re doing more handy work outside, they become a necessity. Pack bandages of all sizes and include wound creams and cleaners, gauze, and medical tape in your kit. For more extreme wounds, these items will help you patch it until you can seek help from a medical professional. Remember, in any emergency, always call 911.

When you arm yourself with these tools, there’s nothing stopping you from taking full advantage of this season.


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