Helping Out Your Community Involving Children!

Hola!

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This is Leah Haslage from TV 20 Listen Up Cleveland Anchor and I.  We worked together and helped  raise $20,000 in the Take Action Auction for Frontline Services Organization.

I wanted to share about how much fun I have being a board member for  Frontline Services.  I have been on the board for three years and wanted to get involved with my community.  This organization help families that are in the most need.  What’s dear to my heart are the programs they have built in for children that have found themselves in situations beyond their control.

This fundraiser usually have adult donors participate in the donation.  This year I had an 11yr. old young man ask his Mom if he could donate $25.00 for the children’s program at Frontline.  His mother and I are so proud of him that he’s so young and thinks about others outside of himself.

I have involved a lot of my nanny clients and especially children with this organization.  The children usually help me and participate during the holidays.  They go shopping for the children in need so that they can contribute to the holiday party that Frontline gives to evey year for their clients.  Its called the Twinkle Shop.  The children I care for and their families are so happy to participate.   This experience for children not only teaches them early about helping others; it engages them in the community and makes them feel good about how they have helped others!

These families enjoy a free holiday party that encompasses music, food, and holiday gifts.  I am an elf at this function and love to work this event!IMAG3611

If your interested in participating with Frontline Services send me an email and I would direct you to a point of contact.

If you’re already involved in a great cause would love to hear about it and how the children participate in it!

Another quick easy cause going on right now is Red Nose Day from Walgreens.  The proceeds goes to Children and hunger. Children love to participate and it’s only a dollar for a red nose! I even got one for my pup Mia!

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How to Keep Imagination Play Alive For Children!

Hola!  I hope everyone is enjoying some beautiful weather lately!

I wanted to chat about the importance of keeping imagination play alive!  Our society has changed tremendously with screens and social media outlets.  This change has effected our children’s play, and day by day they are losing their imagination.  Some kind of way we have to keep our children involved with this type of play for as long as they will engage in it.  We may have to lead the way in role play and adding their toys as props.  Sometimes, they want us to expand on their vision and work together to reach the goal of what they imagine to bring alive.

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This particular imagination play went as far as the children wanting to create an office and they needed a laptop.  Working together this is what we came up with to create a laptop we cut a cardboard box and the rest the children did on their own!  They carried this laptop all around the house and took it on car rides insisting they had emails to get back to for work.  I was so delighted how they cherished, and took care of their laptops as if they were real.

 

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Here is a doctor office that we set up the children took off with a patient actually getting sick in their office and caring for them right then and there.  (Talk about bringing play to life).  I felt bad watching the patient go through this and was so pleased to see how the children took care of their patient.

Imagination play could start as young as one years old, or younger.  Playing with our children helps add an extended thought process for them to envision along the way.  Imagination play provides problem solving skills, cooperative play skills, solo play skills, and pre-reading skills. (Just a few examples)

Another example would be in the housekeeping area as a restaurant.  Have the children invite their dolls, or stuff animals to be customers.  If your children can write have them create a menu even if it has misspelled words, or we can write what they would like on the menu if they are very young.  Now the children are engaged in print rich reading/writing skills with their play, or pre-reading skills for the younger children.

 

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You could use anything to bring to life what a child envisions by leading the way.  Here are some examples of live imagination play that lasts for days and weeks!

 

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Here we were swim instructors.  The children lined up the student and created a diving board giving each student a rank number on their dives.  We recorded each students name and number on paper.  This activity lived for two weeks before they would put it away.  It was a lot of fun watching them instruct.

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This is a living room with seats and a flat-screen TV.

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Later, they added Beenie Boos to watch TV!

Expanding their play through imagination today could expand their dreams in the future.  Teaching them that there is no limit in play could translate into no limit in dreams and aspirations!

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Children and Food Allergies

Hola!  Everyone!

This particular post is about working with children that have food allergies. This post came about from one of my nanny subscribers suggestions. ( Thank you Nanny C.)

One of the main threats to children are nuts, or nut products.  Nuts Look inviting at the store,  but for many children nuts could be a life or death situation.  Each child’s food allergies are unique, and understanding what they are will ensure proper care for the child.

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The month of May is Food Allergy Awareness Month.  Today there are so many children with multiple food allergies.  There is an estimate that 1 of 13 children has one or more.  This is a life-threatening situation, and everyone has to be extremely careful on how to manage the child’s food intake.

I once took care of a little toddler that was allergic to 13 food items. Setting up playdates and restaurant outings took a little more time to consider and plan.  I was very cautious on what she would eat and where we could eat at. Most of the time in my care I preferred to pack her own meals/snacks just to be safe at all times.  We always carried her epi pen and kept extras around the house.  When I pack my lunch and I’m around children I make a conscience effort not to carry any nuts, or nut food products with me.

I found a couple of children’s books at the library that’s a really fun way to explain to children what food allergies are. Hope they can help!

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“The Peanut Pickle” A Story About Peanut Allergy by Jessica Jacobs.

“Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores sneeze!) by James Howe.

For more information: Check out this link http://www.anaphlaxis101.com for detail information, resource library, and updates on this very important topic.  Sarah Jessica Parker an actress shares her story and experience on her sons food allergy.  She has been an advocate and has teamed up with Anaphlaxis101.  Thank you for reading and I hope this information will be helpful for you. Have a great day!  Please post your comments, or experience with food allergies below. Gracias!