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Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Parenting, Tips and Tricks |

Keeping It Kid-Friendly With Firearms

Keeping It Kid-Friendly With Firearms

We want the best for our children. After all, they carry on our legacy and will be responsible for leading the next generation into the future. As a parent or guardian, it’s up to you to ensure the safety and well-being of your child. It’s estimated that, from 2009 to 2013, 977 firearm homicides occurred in Canada alone. While this number is much lower than the alarming 56,000 gun homicides reported in the United States during the same time period, even one death is more than enough.

To best ensure your kids or anyone else in your home don’t become a grim statistic, there are some things you should consider doing to make your home with firearms kid-friendly. You can help your children respect firearms when you take the proper steps, and there are a few tips you should consider employing to ensure your children and firearms can coexist with minimal issues.

Enroll Your Kids in a Shooting Class

While there are many fears surrounding the allowance of a child to use a firearm, consider the fact that hands-on experience shows them just how powerful these weapons are. It can be difficult for a child to comprehend just how dangerous such a small item can be until they see it firsthand.

It’s worth noting that there have been recent events that may cause you to hesitate before enrolling your kids in a shooting class. For example, a nine-year-old girl in Arizona recently shot her instructor after he handed her a loaded submachine gun. It’ clear to see there should have been more caution employed in this particular case. Before you enroll your child, check with the class instructor for key components of an effective and safe class such as:

  • Gun safety lesson before firearms are ever introduced
  • Utilization of guns with long barrels with minimal recoil
  • One cartridge worked with at a time
  • Immediate halt in gun use if there are any deviations made from the safety rules followed by additional safety lessons

Ensure Proper Storage

Proper Gun StorageMost of the time, you aren’t using your firearm. Whether you hunt, target shoot, or just have a gun on hand for security, the fact is that, most of the time, your gun is just sitting, and you want to make sure yours is sitting somewhere safe. Not only does this decrease the chances of your kids getting ahold of your firearm, but it can also reduce the possibility of  theft or your gun being used against you in a home robbery.

If you don’t already have a safe, now’s the time to take a look at what’s available. There are numerous products on the market that offer aesthetic quality with the level of security you need to ensure your gun is guarded from misuse. As you shop, make sure you take advantage of reviews as they can help guide you to the right product to meet your unique needs.

Make Your Children Feel Accountable

When we’re given a responsibility, it’s more likely we’ll go the extra mile to ensure it’s taken care of. For example, an associate at a retail store is likely not going to be as concerned with a discrepancy in the financial books than the assistant manager in charge of the shift.

Using this line of thinking, help make your kids feel a sense of responsibility when it comes to gun safety in your home. By having them review and sign the Project ChildSafe Pledge for young people, you can further encourage them to be responsible and safe. This can also prove to be a great supplement to shooting classes as it reinforces the fact that you trust your child to be responsible and make the right decisions.

Development of Respect is Key

The key to helping your kids respect firearms is to help them understand just how powerful they are. With so much media coverage about the dangers of weapons, this often just opens up Pandora’s box, and it’s up to you to ensure this natural curiosity is properly addressed. By following these useful tips, you can help your kids develop the proper respect for firearms to better ensure their safety for a lifetime.

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Food And Dining, Parenting |

How Kids Can Help in the Kitchen and Learn Life Lessons Too!

How Kids Can Help in the Kitchen and Learn Life Lessons Too!

As a mom, I always seem to be in the kitchen. Some of my best childhood memories are of working in the kitchen with my family. My mom would have me help with cleanup, set the table, and combine ingredients. Those memories have continued as I have grown up and have my own household to feed.

Benefits of Helping in the Kitchen

child-doughCooking is a great way to teach kids lessons that will benefit them throughout their life. When you teach kids about cooking, they learn other skills such as; math, science, health, and proper nutrition. Along the way they will also pick up many lessons about what it takes to feed a family.

Kitchen Safety

There are many hazards in the kitchen, so it is important to go over food safety with your children starting from the moment they begin walking. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has compiled some very helpful tips that will keep your children safe while working in the kitchen.

Age Appropriate Tasks

 

A child can begin participating in the kitchen at an early age. Pre-school age children can help with basic prep tasks such as washing fruits and veggies and breaking them up into smaller pieces. Later, they can progress to tasks such as setting the table, cleanup, measuring, mixing, and eventually cooking.

You know your child better than anyone, so use your best judgement when you give your child a kitchen task. One child may be able to start baking at nine or ten years old, while other children may not be able to handle that task until they are in their teens.

Measure Ingredients

kitchen-scaleChildren can improve their math skills from measuring out ingredients while they cook. Pre-school age children can practice counting by handing you the number of ingredients you need. As your children age, progress from measuring spoons and teaching conversions to measuring cups which will help them with their fractions.

Mixing Ingredients

mixing-ingredientAnother great way for younger children to be involved in the kitchen is by mixing ingredients. Hand mixing can be attempted around 3 years old, although they will likely need some help. Gradually progress to manual hand mixing tools, and when your child is ready, you can introduce electric mixers, but be sure to go over mixer safety.

Have Patience

Startcooking.com recommends cooking with children when there are no time limits. You want to teach them how to perform tasks when you have the time and patience to do it effectively. Cooking should be a positive experience that encourages children to help and to be encouraged to try again later when they don’t succeed on the first attempt.

More Than Basic Skills

Kids can learn so much from helping out in the kitchen. It teaches them skills that will help them with their school work and gives them an appreciation of the work that goes into cooking their meals. They will learn responsibility and respect, as well as how to make healthy decisions and to try new things.

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