Halloween is an exciting time of year for our young ones. It’s the day children dress up in costumes and prep their bags as they go around from house to house collecting as many treats as they can! However, trick-or-treating can be dangerous without taking proper safety precautions.
Here are some Halloween Safety Tips to ensure that your child has a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience this year!
1. Never let your child go trick-or-treating alone. Have your child walk with a trusted parent or guardian.
2. Map out the route. Only trick-or-treat in areas that you are familiar with. Plan your walking route out in advance.
3. Use a flashlight and bring extra batteries to help you see others. Have your child wear a glow necklace or add reflective tape to their costume so others can see them.
4. Walk, do not run, in well-lit areas. Stay on the sidewalks and avoid walking through people’s lawns or dark alleyways.
5. Look both ways when crossing the street.Use crosswalks as much as possible. Do not assume cars will stop for you.
6. Check the candy or “treats” your child receives. Examine the goodies to make sure that the packaging is not tampered with and that they are not a choking hazard to your child.
The safety of our children is of the utmost importance. By following these tips, your children will surely have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!
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Fall is officially here – The leaves are falling, the air is brisk, and Halloween is right around the corner. Looking for plans this weekend? Spend it with your family and friends at your local New Jersey farm! From picking your own pumpkins to sipping on some fresh apple cider, your options for fun fall activities are endless. We’ve rounded up a list of where to go pumpkin picking throughout the Garden State!
No entry fee, just pay for what you pick! U-Pick options include pumpkins, apples, and sweet corn. Enjoy the horse-drawn wagon rides, corn maze, cute farm goats, and play tractor on this 200-acre farm!
Take a hay wagon ride to the farm where you can meet the farm animals including cows, miniature donkeys, horses, alpaca, sheep, chickens, goats, pigs, bunnies, a zonkey and even emu! Afterward, you’ll be taken right to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins!
Aside from pumpkin picking, Oasis Family Farm offers a “Little Monster Kids Trail”, a kid-friendly, family-oriented, interactive activity that will help you discover the little monster that exists within you. Don’t miss out on the spooktacular photo opportunities available along this trail!
Pony rides, tractor-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, barnyard of animals, duck races, the Corn Stalk Maze, Hay Bale Maze, and Farm Trail are just some of the other fun activities Terhune Orchards offers to visitors!
Bullying in schools is a worldwide, complex issue that can have short-term and long-term negative effects on a child, especially those in preschool who are engaging in an environment outside their own home for the first time. During this time, their level of social interaction increases tremendously as children meet new people, such as their teachers and classmates. They also participate in their school activities and lessons on a day-to-day basis.
According to research studies, about 7-20% of preschool and early school-aged children have levels of disruptive, aggressive behaviors that are severe enough to qualify for a mental health diagnosis (Fox et al., 2003). If these disruptive and aggressive behaviors go on without correction, it is very likely that a child will become a severe bully as he/she gets older.
Typically, children at this age don’t speak up about being bullied, so it is important that parents, guardians, teachers, and staff can identify the signs of bullying. Some signs to look out for if a child is being bullied include, but are not limited to:
– Bruises, scrapes, marks, or other unexplained injuries – Sudden changes in behavior or mood – Clothing and / or other belongings that are often missing, torn, or broken – Indicators or statements that they don’t have any friends or that no one likes them – Refusal or reluctance to go to daycare or preschool – Statements that they “hate” daycare or preschool – Complaints of stomach aches, headaches, or saying they’re sick – Problems with eating or sleeping – Regressed behavior (e.g. bedwetting)
So how can childcare providers and teachers help in this matter?
Since October is Bullying Prevention Month, we want to focus on training for childcare professionals that help identify and address bullying behaviors. Training in childcare challenges that arise is an important way to help teachers be prepared for many tough situations.
Transform your classroom into a safe, bully-free environment with this online training program: