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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wordful Wednesday Quotes #mothers

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. ~Rachel Wolchin

Image credit Fine Art America

Have a fabulous week moms!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fever, Your Guide To Taking Care Of It At Home

I recently posted this information about fever on my nursing blog and wanted to share it here as well. I hope that you can use the information. Tis the season for flu and cold's now, my family has had it for weeks also. I hope that your family is well and we will all get thru flu season soon.

Post shared from ERNursescare blog :
Fever, seems to be the most common complaint of parents in the middle of the night as I work my weekender shifts. The children can range from very ill to very playful. Parents can be very well educated and some not so much at all (sad but true). Lots of education needs to be done about fever, parents for some reason just freak out if their child is running a fever......ekkkkkkk.

By all means if your child is not breathing, in distress, having a seizure, blue in color or unconscious --Please call 911!!! Do not try and drive to the ER!

Most often if a child is brought to the Emergency Department for a fever, the parent has really not tried to do anything at home to first bring the fever down. They just drop everything and rush to the ER...OMGosh!!
Adults as well come to the ER with just a fever, not knowing what to do about it.(Yes they really do)
Taking medications to help reduce the fever first, waiting a couple of hours is ok, you will be ok.
Sitting in the ER waiting room is not the answer, you are exposing others to your illness or you might just pick up something you don't want. The waiting room is a breeding ground for germs.

Caution: Now if your infant child is less than 90 days old and is running a temperature greater than say 100.5 rectally (yes in the bum bum- rectal is most accurate) or your Peds doctor will tell you a specific temperature to call for. Please attempt to call your doctor first! They want to be called before you rush to the ER!
Infants less than 90 days old with a high fever is a medical emergency, these little ones still have mommas antibodies floating around from birth. They should not have fevers that high. Be prepared if you take an infant that small to the ER with a high fever that he/she will get a full septic work up which may include blood work , catherized urine specimen's(most sterile collection), xray's, lumbar puncture(spinal tap looking for ?meningitis) , IV with antibiotics amoung the most common things ordered by an ED physician.
Even in older children a call to the Peds doctor first can save you stress, time and the very expensive cost of an ER visit. Not to mention the germ exposure to your other family members.

Many cooling methods can be performed before you visit your local ED or even your doctors office.
First of all, give your kids some medication for fever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin: if they are over 6 months of age) is made for just that reason, they are fever reducers and pain relievers. You are not going to overdose or kill your child by giving these medications. You can even given them together in appropriate situations, they are metabolized in different areas of the body (kidneys and liver) so it is perfectly ok if your pediatric doctor or the ED doctor tells you to give the medications together for one dose to reduce a high fever, then alternate the medications from then on.

A Fever is the body's defense mechanism for fighting off some kind of process going on, such as viral or bacterial infection. It is ok for your child to have a fever (don't flip out on me now). Fever in the body's natural reaction to a stress reaction going on inside the body. It is trying to fix the problem in its own natural response.

Febrile seizures most often will occur in children that might be prone to these (due to a problem with the temperature thermoregulation). A febrile seizure occur due to a sudden rapid rise in the temperature.
These types of seizures like any seizure activity is scary for us as parents. Keeping your child safe from harming themselves during the event is imperative. Keep the child on their side, away from objects they might hit and do not try and put anything into a seizing child's mouth. Most children outgrow febrile type seizures.

Children can burn up a lot of fluids when they run fever, hydration is important. Don't worry so much about trying to feed them, just make sure they are drinking fluids such as water, electrolyte solutions (Pedialyte/ Ricelyte), coconut water, juices, clear sodas( if that's all they will drink- especially older kids) Popsicles etc.
Avoid dairy products please,unless you want to see the clabbered milk again.....yuck, dairy tends to just make them vomit. I will never forget the time my husband gave my feverish 1yr old daughter a whole bottle of milk just before I got home from working a 12 hour night shift. She proceeded to cover me in hot milk vomit as soon as I tried to pick her up.......lovely it was.

The info-graphic below has some great info about fever, please educate yourself.

Leslie is also the creator and author of ERNursescare, an ER nurse for 25+ years, and a mommy of 3 kiddos and 7 furbabies.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let's Make Gingerbread People Cutouts : In The Kitchen With Kids #holidays

Image credit Betty Crocker website

Santa is coming to town this week and we need cookies to leave out for him don't we?

Gingerbread People Cutouts~



cup packed brown sugar
cup shortening
1 1/2
cups dark molasses
cup cold water
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking soda
teaspoons ground ginger
teaspoon ground allspice
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon salt

Easy Creamy Frosting

cups powdered sugar
teaspoon vanilla
About 5 tablespoons half-and-half
In large bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. On floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter or other favorite shaped cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched (for a softer, chewier cookie, bake 8 to 10 minutes). Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In large bowl, stir together all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Decorate cookies with frosting.
Easy shortcut is to use the premade a frosting, let kids help decorate so they add their own artistic flair.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wonders and Physics of Santa Claus

Did you know that Santa and Physics had something's in common? This infographic shows some pretty cool things about Santa that I never knew.






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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oh You Naughty Little Boy....#tmnpintowin #elfonashelf

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Foodie Friday: Herb Roasted Turkey Time #Thanksgiving #turkey


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 8 fresh sage leaves plus 4 fresh sage sprigs, divided
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
  • 4 medium onions
  • 5 celery ribs
  • 5 medium carrots
  • 3 medium parsnips


  • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oil, garlic, salt and pepper. With
  • fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub mixture
  • under the skin. Place sage leaves and two thyme sprigs under the
  • skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  • Cut onions into wedges and the celery, carrots and parsnips into
  • 2-in. lengths. Place about a fifth of the onions, celery and carrots
  • in the turkey cavity; add sprigs and remaining thyme. Place
  • remaining vegetables in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side
  • up, over vegetables. Brush with remaining oil.
  • Bake at 325° for 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 hours or until a meat thermometer
  • reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover
    • loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand
    • for 20 minutes before carving turkey. Discard vegetables; use
    • drippings to make gravy. Yield: 14 servings.
    Nutritional Facts: 8 ounces cooked turkey equals 599 calories, 32 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 342 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 72 g protein.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Middle School Makeover Part 9: Dating and Independence

Middle School Makeover Part 9: Dating and Independence

Scenario #10: Going Out, Going Nowhere

In this scenario, Michelle discusses the issue of how to handle when your child begins “going out with” someone. She suggests tackling this the same way you take on your middle schooler developing friendships with a child you’re wary about—by limiting activities, not people. Forbidding your child to spend time with someone will make them more appealing, instead suggest that they spend time at your house where you can supervise and assess the situation. The same applies for who he/she dates. You cannot pick who your child is attracted to.

Before becoming alarmed and jumping to conclusions when your middle schooler starts “going out with” someone, get a clear definition of what this means. To some, it simply means holding hand in the hallway, to others it means supervised dates. Find out what limits are important for you to set and discuss them clearly with your child so they understand your concerns and reasons for setting rules.

You should also view this as an opportunity to discuss what to look for in a partner with your child. Talking with them early about this can set them up for success in future relationships.

Scenario #11: It’s a Great, Big World out There (Emphasis on Great)

A parent asks Michelle how much independence is too much for a kid at this age, concerned about her son’s request to bike two miles alone to a shopping center. It is important to take into consideration personal factors such as your child’s maturity, what kind of neighborhood you live in, etc. But, it is also necessary to factor in the benefits to your teen gaining independence. As stated before, “A tween’s middle school years are all about developing an identity apart from him parents” (page 139); for this reason, once you are confident in your child’s knowledge of safety rules and responsibility, it is a good idea to consider letting them branch out and take on more independent tasks. Although it can be scary, and sometimes sad, to watch your child grow away from you, these experiences are an important part of them growing up to be successful, confident adults.

Scenario #12: “Get Him out of My Room!”

It is inevitable that siblings will disagree. Michelle uses this suggestion to suggest not intervening obviously or right away. Let’s follow the example given, that a thirteen-year-old daughter is picking on her younger brother. Instead of punishing her, which may not get to the root of the problem, take the opportunity to teach your son how to blow off someone who isn’t being nice. Teach him how to shrug it off or use the “botox brow” you learned in earlier chapters.

Sometimes, siblings will fight hard, and Michelle offers a list of suggestions for this on page 144:

            Separate them, literally in neutral corners of separate rooms
            Wait before reacting to a sibling argument
            Approach kids separately and privately about sibling issues
            Do not make comparisons between kids
            Teach your kids how to respond to provacation without making the issue worse
            Express empathy with both children
            React to antisocial behavior with antisocial consequences

It isn’t your job to make your children like each other, but you can mediate problems between them and help teach them how to be civil in rough situations.

Scenario #13: Going at Different Speeds

All kids develop socially at different rates. While some preteens will become interested in boys/girls, others may still like playing make believe. And this is completely natural, however it can leave a child feeling left out. Even though you may want to help, the best thing you can do as a parent is to be patient. 

“You might think that you are encouraging your child to be more social by asking subtle questions about his peer interactions, but to him it probably feels more like pressure to perform than a gentle inquiry.” (page 148)

If you fret over your child’s social maturity and popularity, they may pick up on it and become self-conscious which will only hinder their situation more. Help your middle schooler pursue their own individual interests and enjoy him/her for who they are today—not who you are concerned about them becoming.

Thoughts for discussion:

How have you handled whether or not your child is ready to start dating? Was it effective?

What limits have you set on your child for independent adventures and going places on their own? At what age did you establish them?

Are sibling fights common in your household? How do you handle it with each child?
Have you experienced the feeling that your child may be socially behind others their age? Did you encourage them to find their own interests? How did you help them adjust?

Finishing Touches:

We hope you've enjoyed our Middle School Makeover book club blogs! Are there any sections you'd like to see more or less on? Any suggestions for other books you would like to see broken down and discussed? We would love to hear about it! Thanks for taking part, I know that I've enjoyed it!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Building A Better Student Series: Boys And Books

Boys And Books

Speaking at school PTO meetings often provides terrific content for articles and blog posts. The parents (the P in PTO) ask terrific questions, and their feedback to my presentations gives me interesting new ways to look at issues in education.

When the topic turns to reading, its not unusual to hear a question about “books for boys.” Specifically, some parents want to know why there arent enough good ones.

To which my eyes open wide and I stop myself from sputtering: “What?!”

Were living in an age where there are more great books being written for boys than at any other time. There are a couple of reasons why some parents dont see them.

One, pop cultures spotlight on girl-friendly fiction is practically blinding. Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight - just to name the recent heavyweights - not only have strong female leads, but the associated movies captured the imaginations of millions of young women. I get it; book sales tilt heavily on the side of female readers, and both publishers and producers are anxious to cash in.

There are plenty of great novels that cater to the tastes of boys; they just dont hog the attention of Hollywood. Your school or public librarian would be delighted to steer you or your son toward them.

The second reason has to do with genre. When we think of books for kids we seem to naturally default to fiction. It makes sense, given the cascade of popular fiction that Harry Potter and Percy Jackson spawned. And since so many adults today grew up with either The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew or Choose Your Own Adventure stories, fiction is top of mind.

But its not the only way to go. Non-fiction could very well be the entry point for boys to discover reading.

A dad at one of my talks said that hes always been into music, and his dislike of reading as a kid dissipated when someone gave him a book about one of his favorite rock stars. He devoured it in two days. After that he sought out everything he could find to read about other musicians and bands.

From there he discovered that books on World War II fascinated him. And biographies. Just like that he flipped from a young man who supposedly hated reading to a guy who always had a book going.

Because you love fiction - perhaps even a very specific genre of fiction - you might be limiting the books to which you expose your child. Do they really hate reading . . . or have they simply not been introduced to the ‘rightreading for them?

Its true that girls are much more likely than boys to be active readers, but we can alter the ratio in a positive way. Look beyond the traditional bestseller list (and beyond the hit movies) for hidden gems, and dont confine your suggestions to fiction.

All it takes is one book to change a boys attitude. That just-right book is out there, waiting.

Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-four years. Hes also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student-development foundation. His new book, Smart Is Cool, is now available. More info at

Tuesday, November 11, 2014