Safety kit supplies list

Dear Readers,

Do you have a emergency kit? Are you prepared for inclement weather? In light of the past few days weather it made me think of my emergency kit and being prepared for Hurricane Sandy. I searched through my emergency kit to see what I had and looked in the pantry to see what food was needed. As I was going through everything I realized I did not have a checklist to go off of in order to make sure I was prepared.  Here is a list of items that you need to have at a minimum.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Extra baby food if it pertains to you

This is a good way to make sure that you are prepared. Always keep track of the local weather conditions and news for updates on the inclement weather. As well make sure you and your family have a disaster plan so that each person know what to do in case of separation. Athomedadtalk logging out.

Bus stop safety

The bus stop can be a fun and exciting time. The bad part is that it can be a scary time for the parents. Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Students:

Walking to the Bus Stop:
Walk your young child to the bus stop and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
Practice good pedestrian behavior. Your children should walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, they should stay out of the street.
If they must walk in the street, they should walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as they can.
Tell you child to stop and look left, right and then left again if they must cross the street. They should do the same thing at driveways and alleys.

Waiting at the Bus Stop
Don’t let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.
Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic.

Getting On and Off the Bus

Warn children that if they drop something, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop. Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by busses on the right. Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may get caught in the handrail or door of the bus as they are exiting. Give your child a note or follow the school’s procedures if you would like for the child to get off at a stop other than the one they are assigned. The driver isn’t allowed to let a child off at another stop without written permission.

If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Tips for Students When Exiting the Bus
If you leave something on the bus, never return to the bus to get it. The driver may not see you come back and she may begin moving the bus.
Respect the “Danger Zone” which surrounds all sides of the bus. The “Danger Zone” is ten feet wide on all sides of the bus. Always remain 10 steps away from the bus to be out of the “Danger Zone” and where the driver can see you. Always cross the street in front of the bus. Never go behind the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver before you attempt to pick it up, so they will know where you are. Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Always go straight home and tell you parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up

Juggling daily chaos!

Dear Readers,

Today is a crazy day. I know that there are many moms and dads out there that have it worse than me but I feel like I handle the ever changing daily chaos. Today starts with:

– get up and get showered

– getting the baby up and changed

– make the wife lunch and breakfast

– feed the baby

– get the niece on the bus

– Go to the grocery store

– make lunch for the baby as well as my other niece and mother in law

– pre-order dinner for the family

– Put the baby down for a nap

– work on homework since I am going back to school

– clean up

– go for a run when the baby wakes up

– pick up dinner

– hang out with the wife and family

– do the dishes and clean while the wife is putting the baby down

– watch a tv show and go to bed

There are a few other things that are added in there but really are not worth mentioning. The key to me is to know what is next and to handle all of it with a smile.  I know that this can be tough and at first I was really overwhelmed. I want to know how you handle the crazy days at your house?

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Dads parenting style right or wrong?

Dear Readers,

Does your wife tell you that your parenting style is wrong? Do you do things different than your wife? Do your ways of handling your child work better than your wife’s? I recently heard a story about a wife and husband in which the husband is the stay at home parent.

It’s right before bedtime and Sylvia is about to flip out about something – that a page of her picture book is “broken” (read: torn, by her, days before) and that she can’t have three more handfuls of popcorn after we said “one more.” Before I have a chance to ask, “What’s wrong, Syl?” my husband walks up behind her, lifts her up into his arms, and carries her over his shoulder.

“MAMA! NO! Mom-me-ee-ee!!!” she yells, upside down.

My eyes are shooting darts at Aron’s back. By surprising her from behind, he’s made it worse. He just barrels on in, not giving her a chance to calm down. Now she’s never going to go to sleep. It’s just so –

And then, from upstairs, giggling. And then, the low murmur of story reading. And then, silence. And then a triumphant husband, breezing down the stairs, as if it were all a bunch of nothing. “What a sweetie she is,” he says.

I learn this lesson at least once a week: I confuse Aron’s parenting style with being “wrong.” I apparently think, especially in my weaker moments, that he should do exactly as I do. But his way often works just as well as mine – if not better.

And then I’m stuck in a brutal twist: If I thought he was wrong and his approach worked, does that mean he’s right? And that would make me…

Of course, this train of thought is likely to take me nowhere fast. “It’s not about copying your partner’s style or his copying yours,” says Rona Renner, host of the radio show Childhood Matters and a mom of four kids. “It’s about appreciating the way he’s different from you.”

The problem that my wife has with how I do things is not about my way being wrong but that she is not the one being able to console my daughter. She does not mean anything by it, it is just that moms have always been the one that console the children and now it is the dad. Plus sometimes the dad makes it look so easy. So don’t take offense if someone tells you that what your doing is wrong. If it works then stick with it! Has anyone experienced issues with this?


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Staying healthy for your child – (Try Crossfit)

Dear Readers,
One thing that I have been trying to do is to stay health for my child. I read a few books when my wife was pregnant and all of them mentioned that you should start to at least getting some type of exercise in three days a week to preserve your health. So I thought long and hard about this. In high school and most of college I was very healthy and in shape. I worked out, played soccer, and ran. I enjoyed being outside! As I made my way up the corporate ladder so did my weight. I took a long look at my eating habits and they were not that bad. I could make a few adjustments that would help but it was the lack of exercise that was making my weight increase.

I decided that I needed to do something. The question was what and how would I get back in shape. After looking into gym memberships, exercise groups, and a few other options I decided on Crossfit! I will tell you. Since I have started I have lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks. It is a tough workout but it is always changing and a great way to get back in shape. I was sore for about 2 weeks of the workouts but now I am feeling great and almost addicted to crossfit. If you have a crossfit group in your area I recommend that you try it! I want to be around as long as possible in order to see my little girl grow up. Being healthy is a good way to make sure that happens.
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Help your kid read by getting a dog!

Dear Readers,
I just read an article on ABC news on how having a dog can help your kid read! Think about when you were learning to read and how embarrassed you were reading in front of people. I know that I did not want to read in front of anyone because I was afraid of making a mistake. I did not want everyone laughing at me. If my parents would have thoughts to have me read to our dog it might have given me more of an incentive to read. In the article written by Ron Claiborne it stated

“A study this year by researchers at the University of California, Davis confirmed that children who read to Fido really do perform better. Young students who read out loud to dogs improved their reading skills by 12 percent over the course of a 10-week program, while children in the same program who didn’t read to dogs showed no improvement. Man’s best friend can do a lot more than fetch and roll over. Research now suggests that dogs can actually help children learn to read.

 Therapy Dogs Provide Comfort to Students

The positive effects of the concept are seen firsthand at the East Norwalk Library in East Norwalk, Conn. where students read to dogs as part of the “D2R2” program. The specially-trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their handlers, and the kids clearly love it. “I have somebody that listens when I read,” said Linda, one of the young participants. “If I make a mistake, there’s no one around me to laugh.”

baby and dog
This is a interesting study . I would not have thought to have my child read to the dog. To me this is just another reason of why people should get dogs. I know that I love our dog and know that he will be a great listener to our little girl. Are you ready to get a dog now?
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Underwear on head!

Dear Readers,
I was doing some laundry today and letting my little girl play in the clean clothes because she loves it! I have decided to post this because I feel like it is a bit funny. Most days that we do laundry she palys in the clothes and some how comes out with underwear on her head! I am not sure how she finds them and gets them on her head but it is super cute! Anyone have similar stories or stories that are funny about their kids?

Fall bucket lists for stay at home dads and their kids!

Dear Readers,

Every day and every season is another time to make memories with your children. As kids get older they don’t want to leave the house and only want to site in front of the TV! Well this fall lets change that by crossing things of the fall bucket list. Lori Garcia listed Things every kid should experience this fall at

Bucket list:

1. Visit a farm stand or farmers market Enjoy the bountiful harvest of the season with the freshest and most colorful produce to be found! Your kids will love choosing farm-fresh veggies for your family’s table.

2. Visit a pumpkin patch! It is great for family photos and it is a lot of fun for the kids

3. Carve pumpkins! Since you have visited the pumpkin patch and picked the best pumpkin let your kids show their creativity and carve scary faces on your pumpkins. If you do not want the mess just use paint instead!

4. Jump in a pile of leaves. Do you remember when you were a kid and you had to help your parents rake leaves all day Saturday? If so it made it all worth it when you jumped in the huge pile once you were done. It is great fun!

5. Visit a corn maze. a lot of times these are at the pumpkin patches so you can kill to birds with one stone.

6. Pick apples! Go to an apple orchard to pick apples for a apple pie or some apple cider.

7. Family football! There is nothing wrong with a little family exercise and friendly competition. I bet you kids will always remember the fun you had playing.

8. Drink apple cider. Once you are done playing in the crisp air drink some of the apple cider to warm up from the cold.

9. Take a hike to take in the fall colors. The fall is a unique time to experience all the colors of the leaves changing as well as the weather.

10. Make some pumpkin bread! Fill the kitchen with the aromas of fall!

11. Get crafty! Have your kids make turkeys from construction paper, paint things for Thanksgiving, or what ever your favorite fall activity might be.

12. Plant flower bulbs Fall’s the perfect time to plant tulips, daffodil, and hyacinth bulbs to bloom next spring!

All of these are great ideas to help make great memories with your kids.See how many of these you can check off your list this year. Athomedadtalk logging out.

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Child Milestones from baby to age 3.

Babies grow in such unique ways: The baby who sits up weeks before her peers might be one of the last to learn how to crawl. Or the 18-month-old who’s still communicating with grunts and gestures suddenly bursts forth with prepositional phrases at 2 years. That’s why we created this series of charts.

Since babies aren’t identical — thank goodness! — the charts allow for variations in stages of development. Use them to gain insight into what you’re observing in your baby today and to preview what you can look forward to in the months ahead.


Record the moments that matter in your baby’s amazing development.

One thing you shouldn’t use the charts for, however, is grist for the worry mill. Each chart is meant as a guide, not as a source of concern.

For information about particular milestones, click on the links below or head to the baby, toddler, or preschooler development pages.

Click on the link below to see the charts:

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Here is a little humor for the day!