Can Allergies Be Fun? TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT Who let the dogs out? You did, and for good reason. A great way to minimize your allergies from pets is to try to keep them outside for a good portion of the day. If you can’t keep your four-legged family members outside, let them primarily roam in one or two rooms. Always make sure you have at least one or two rooms pet- free for yourself. Unfortunately, even if you’re not allergic to them, their coats still could contain allergens. So, be sure to clean their coats and feet before letting them back inside. SHARE FOR SHOW AND TELL If your child has a food allergy, it might be a great idea to have them share it for show and tell. Only if they are comfortable with it, though. It’s a great way for them to give a very open explanation of their food allergens and, more specifically, what popular foods their allergen hides in, what happens if they eat it, and what their fellow students can do to help. The more research the better. While these are some fun and helpful tricks, they’re just a starting point for your own investigation. No matter what kind of allergy you or a loved one has, it never hurts to consult your local physician.
Allergies can be stressful, especially when you’re a kid or the parent of a child who has them. From the pollen in the air to the cookie without a label on it, you have to constantly be on the lookout depending on you or your child’s allergies. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep you and your family allergy-free this season!
BIG SUNGLASSES Bigger sunglasses are all the rage this season, allergists say, and, not to mention, Hepburn and Onassis followed this trend. When there is a high amount of pollen in the air, big sunglasses will undoubtedly help keep the pollen out of your eyes.
Is Your Child Being Bullied? WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Text A new school year is a prime opportunity for kids to make new friends among their classmates. Unfortunately, kids also form connections during the school year that aren’t always positive, and many children become the targets of school bullies. If you suspect your child is being bullied, there are a few things you can do to help. KNOW THE SIGNS Kids usually don’t open up about being bullied right away. However, there are some common signs that your child is being harassed. Here are a few of them:
If you spot one or more of these signs, it’s time to talk to your child about what’s happening to them at school. LISTEN When your child does open up, the best thing you can do is listen. It can be
tempting to try to give them advice or question the way they handled the situation, but doing this can give your child the impression that it’s their own fault they are being bullied. Let them tell you the whole story, without judgment, and then help them come up with ideas on what to do next. FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTION Once you’ve been informed that your child is being bullied, you should inform teachers as soon as possible. Apart from that, there are several ways you can help your child to deal with bullies, so talk to them about what approach they would be most comfortable with, such as de-escalation strategies or a buddy system with their friends. As with most conflicts, the sooner you handle the situation, the better.
• If they’re refusing to go to school or ride the bus, they may be dreading their bully.
• If they’re rushing to the bathroom after school, it may indicate that they’re being bullied in the bathroom, which is a common tactic bullies use to avoid teachers.
• If their grades suddenly change, it may be the result of constant harassment.
• Anxious or depressed moods can be the result of bullying as well.
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