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Balancing Act Archives
August, 2006: Family Snack Smarts
July, 2006: Cooperative Co-parenting
June, 2006: Street Proofing Teens 101
May, 2006: Harmony is in season: Harmony is in season: Warm Weather Activities To Bring The Family Together
April, 2006: Caregiving: Sensible Steps To Success
March, 2006: Healthy Eating In A Fast Food World
February, 2006: Stress Busters to Stay Lighthearted
January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
* December, 2004: Time Out: Making the most of the holidays
* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
* June, 2004: A family-friendly balance for working fathers
* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
* January, 2004: Here Comes the Flu
* December, 2003: Communicating with your Teen
* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
* October, 2001: Halloween Safety Tips
* September, 2001: Back to school

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Holiday Safety Tips

  • When you're out shopping -- especially at the last minute! -- take extra care on the roads. Everyone else is a little rushed and may not be paying as much attention as they normally would. Be especially cautious if there's snow and ice to contend with.
  • The holidays are a favourite time for car break-ins. Keep your presents out of sight in your car's trunk, and park in an open, well-lit area. Never leave children unattended in your car, even if you're running a quick errand.
  • If you plan on having a real Christmas tree, here are a few hints to keep in mind.

    • Buying
      Check for freshness: hold a branch about 15 cm (six inches) from the end and pull your hand toward you, letting the branch slip through your fingers. Only a few needles should come off in your hand.
    • Storing
      If it will be several days before you take your tree inside for decorating, store it outdoors or on a cool porch or patio. Place the tree in an area protected from the wind and sun to help retain its moisture.
    • Installing
      Cut the trunk about 2 cm (one inch) from the bottom and place the tree in a water-filled container. Remember that trees are thirsty: they may drink up to four litres of water per day, so be sure to check daily and supply fresh water as needed. Place the tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets and other sources of heat. Turn off the Christmas tree lights before you leave the house or go to bed.
    • Decorating
      Make sure your Christmas lights are certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Inspect the lights before use, looking for cracked bulbs and frayed, broken or exposed wires. Discard faulty strings and buy new ones. Remember that indoor light strings should not be used outdoors because they lack weatherproof connections. Outdoor strings burn too hot for indoor use.

      Make sure decorations are flame-retardant, non-combustible, and non-conductive. If there are young children or pets in your home, avoid decorations that are very small or breakable. NEVER use lighted candles on the tree. In fact, be careful with candles in general.
    • Removing
      Remove the tree right after Christmas, or as soon as the needles start to fall. Be sure to dispose of the tree according to local regulations: many municipalities have recycling programs.

  • Playing it Safe
    • Tobogganing
      • Make sure your children wear a helmet.
      • Choose a hill that is away from roads and parking lots. There should be no rocks, trees, fences or other dangers in the path.
      • Teach your children to slide down the middle of the hill, climb up the side and watch up the hill.
      • Teach them to move out of the way quickly when they get to the bottom.
    • Skating
      • On lakes or rivers, make sure the ice is smooth and at least 10 centimetres (four inches) thick. Never skate near open water.
      • Children should skate in the same direction and at the same speed as the crowd. Skaters who cannot keep up with the crowd should move to the side.
      • When playing hockey, wear a CSA-certified helmet. Replace hockey helmets at least every 5 years.
    • Warm and protected
      • Keep children warm. Dress your children in layers. Make sure their heads and necks are covered by a hat and a neck warmer.
      • On sunny days, have them wear sunglasses and put sun screen on their exposed skin.
      • Check your children's equipment to make sure that it fits and is in good condition.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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