A Complete Guide To Cycling On The Road With Your Child

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Source (CC0 License) When your child gets their first bike, it literally changes their world. Their eyes are open to new possibilities – and endless hours of fun. They may stabilizers or training wheels on as they learn to cycle, before gradually taking them off and cycling on two wheels. That’s a huge moment for […]

Here’s How To Keep Your Boys Safe At Home

When it comes to safety, we can do much to support the welfare of our children.  From teaching them the basics of road safety to promoting safe rough and tumble play, we can ensure they don’t come to any harm when away from us. There is much we can do at home too, as while […]

Here’s How You Keep Your Teen Safe on the Road

Nearly every parent dreams about being able to buy their young teen a car. They also dream of being able to really support them through their driving lessons and eventually handing over the keys to the car. But unfortunately, boys like to push the limits, and this is even the case when it comes to […]

How to Stop School Shootings

There have been 18 school shootings in the United States in 2018* – in a year that is only 46 days old.  Yesterday, a 19-year-old male — and yes: to date, the school shooters have all been male — walked into his former high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 […]

Teaching Kids First Aid Skills

Image Teaching your children how to perform first aid is a life skill which can prove invaluable to them later on through their lives. If they ever come into a situation where they or their loved ones require medical assistance, they will be trained to be able to treat the person and possibly even save […]

Surefire Methods For A Child-Friendly Home

Parents can be excused for being particularly prone to worry. After all, the job of a parent is incredibly worrisome. If you have a child, or children, you will know exactly what this experience is like. You are constantly afraid that something is going to happen to your child, and always trying to find ways […]

Moms Demand Action on Boys & Guns

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Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She’s also the mom of a 13-year-old boy (and four girls). I connected with her after my Parade article, Is Gun Play OK?, began attracting national attention. I wanted to know where she stood on the issue of boys & gun […]

Summer Safety: First Aid Essentials

Prong #2 of my Summer Safety Program: Preparation. A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential for anyone who spends time with boys. You don’t have to have an official, pre-loaded first aid kit –but you do need to have the essentials on hand and easily accessible. Here are the basics: Bandages, in a variety […]

Summer Safety: Preventing Injuries

Ah, summer! Outdoor air, sun, sports, sand, swimming, biking — and blisters, sunburns and broken bones. Are you prepared to handle the most common summer injuries? I’ve found a two-pronged approach to be most helpful. Prong #1: Prevention Wrapping our boys in bubble wrap to prevent injury is not a good option. Boys need to […]

Memorial Day injuries

Memorial Day

As we prepare to embark on a three-day weekend, I have three words for you: 1. Enjoy! 2 & 3. Be careful. The number of injuries spikes over Memorial Day weekend, especially for boys. A review of records from 1997 to 2006 found that injuries are indeed more common on holiday weekends, with Memorial Day […]