You Should Know
No matter how much they beg, don’t give your pet any Halloween candy. Chocolate is toxic to dogs. The risk depends on how much chocolate is consumed, the type of chocolate consumed, and the weight of the dog. The toxicity is highest in cocoa powder, followed by unsweetened bakers chocolate, then semisweet, dark, and milk chocolate. Learn the signs of chocolate poisoning and if you suspect your dog has eaten some, contact your vet or Pet Poison Control immediately.
Experts agree that children who take music lessons develop a wide spectrum of skills besides just learning an instrument. Studies show that compared to their peers, children with musical training not only score higher on standardized tests (including Verbal IQ tests) they do better academically overall. And the earlier the lessons start, the higher the scores and the better the grades. Learning an instrument requires discipline and focus. It also develops patience and perseverance. These skills are essential to effective study in all subjects. So, the evidence is clear. Starting our children in music lessons early is a smart thing to do.
Keeping your holiday gift list on your iPhone is a great way to make sure you always have it. It’s also a great way for the wrong people to sneak a peek at it. Like your kids. Or your spouse. Well, did you know you could lock your notes? Yup! Just select the note you want to make private. Swipe left and choose the lock icon. Enter a password for it or turn on Touch ID to unlock with your fingerprint. Then go back to your note and click on the open lock at the top right to lock it. Now when you hand over your phone for whatever reason, you don’t have to worry.
September means schedules are back in full swing. School, sports, music lessons, dance classes, the list goes on. And while we’re 100% on board with how important extracurricular activities are, sometimes you just need downtime. That’s why we love the idea of a Do Nothing Day. Pick a Saturday or Sunday and stay home. Don’t do chores; don’t run errands. Don’t even change out of your PJ’s if you don’t want to. Just be together. Sounds easy enough, but it’s not for us moms who think we have to “do” for our kids all the time. But, if you can pull it off, you’ll be pleased at how well rested, relaxed and connected you feel as a family at the end of the day.
Gifted is a term, not a goal for your child. Whether they have been labeled gifted or not, help your child keep a healthy perspective on grades. Sky-high expectations can be difficult to maintain and “giftedness” shouldn’t be used as a motivator. If your child is actually identified as gifted, beware of their drive to be perfect in all areas of their life. Perfectionism is time consuming and tiring. It can even cause abdominal pain and eating disorders. Watch for burnout too as striving to stay on top can cause stress and overtiredness which leads to low quality sleep, illness and trouble in school.