Play it Safe Around Portable Pools

baby in a portable poolWhen it comes to water, children are naturally curious – it’s so interesting and fun. Portable pools can be a fun way to cool off during warm Wisconsin summers and they don’t cost a lot of money. What parents may not realize, however, is that portable pools can be just as dangerous as in-ground pools, and the same types of protections available for big pools just aren’t there for kiddie or inflatable pools.

If you are looking into getting a portable pool, here are some tips to help you keep your family safe.

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Summertime Brushin’

Summertime Teeth Brushing TipsSummer is almost here! For kids, this means it’s time for sweet lemonade, slushies, and smoothies. For parents, this means really making sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene practices at home to prevent tooth decay. Many people think that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter because they will fall out anyway. However, dental decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems. Research shows that the health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body. And oral hygiene needs to start early. No teeth? Simply going through the motions of cleaning the gums with a soft washcloth serves a useful purpose. And as soon as that first tooth erupts, you can start to brush!

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Slimming Down on Screen Time (Giveaway)

We all know that we should be limiting screen time. Studies find that for a child’s best development, there should be no screens for children under 2 years and less than 2 hours a day for kids over 2 years. Ironically, you may have learned this from a tweet, parenting website or blog post. There’s no question that it’s challenging to cut down on screen time. You may even have received a contradictory message at your pediatrician’s office. I talk about limiting screen time at every well child visit. But, I must confess, I do not object when a smartphone video is used to calm a kid and allow for an easier exam. I wonder about this inconsistency.

So, in writing this post, I hope to give you some tools to make limiting smartphone and screen time a little more attainable.

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Thanks for Sharing (Giveaway)

This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Congratulations to our winner Barb! 
ss_156891005_surveyThere’s just one more week left before school starts for most kids in Wisconsin. We hope you enjoyed reading the tips, recipes and advice from our experts this summer.

This summer you contributed over 230 comments! We enjoyed reading your suggestions for best place to hike and your family’s favorite things to grill. Here were a few of our favorite comments from readers:

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