As CNN reported just this morning: an average of 37 children die in hot cars annually in the United States. Children either are forgotten in the back seat or they may crawl in on their own and get trapped. Some are intentionally left to die. Just a few minutes in a car can be deadly, as the car temperature can increase rapidly in the heat. Don’t let this happen to your child: put your purse, cell phone or lunch bag in the back seat with the child as a reminder. Ask your daycare to call you anytime your child is more than 10 minutes late to daycare. Sit a teddy bear in the front seat as well.
Look before you lock.

I love to swim.  Some of my fondest family memories revolve around the water.  I grew up in Ohio rather than a beach town, but my love of water (and a Navy helicopter minesweeping flyboy) led me to Virginia Beach.  Water seems to have always been a part of my life from the small pond near my childhoood home where I learned to swim, to Bowling Green State University where I was a lifeguard, to days on the beach with my children….water has surrounded and influenced my life. I can see many happy days in my memory where my family was on a beach in “one particular harbor” in St John USVI. I cannot imagine a 4th of July not surrounded by family and friends in a pool. Water has been a complete joy in my life.

For some, water is no longer a joy because they have lost a family member to drowning. From 2005 to 2014 there were approximately 3,500 fatal drownings annually in the U.S.  Drowning is the leading cause of death for chidren between the ages of 1 and 4 years. One in every five people who drown is under 14 years of age.

Drowning deaths in children are preventable.  There are measures you can take this summer to protect your children. To learn how, please read my article in this month’s Tidewater Family Magazine:

Have a wonderful and safe summer in and around water.  I pray that you too can have only happy memories of your family around water. Keep your kids safe around water.  Enjoy your summer!

Are you aware that there are 3,500 infant deaths annually in the U.S.? Many of these deaths are preventable. Sleep babies on their back.  Be sure to keep toys and pillows out of the crib.  No bumper pads are needed.  Take a look at this months article in the Tidewater Family magazine to learn more about safe sleeping for infants.

Read article here!

Tis the season for family fun, holiday travel, and of course…the gift that keeps on giving….the family cold.  If you have brought home (and passed around) that family cold,like we have in our family, you may have some questions about what a cold really is, how to prevent it from spreading AND most importantly what to do once you’ve got it!  Take a look at this month’s column (raising today’s child) called Q & A about Colds in the Tidewater Family Magazine. CLICK HERE TO LINK.

Sadly, this month is the one year anniversary of my nephew’s suicide. Let’s help prevent suicide.  If you or someone you know needs help with thoughts of suicide, reach out….call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. You may be able to prevent a family tragedy just by caring and spreading a message of hope. Join me in praying that not one more family will endure the pain of suicide.


 Is your baby crying?

Never shake a  baby!

Shaking can cause permanent brain damage, coma and even death. Step away. Take a break.

Check the basics

Are they thirsty? Give a bottle.  Are they wet? Change a diaper. Do they have gas?  Burp them.  Are they too warm? Take a sweater off. Are they too cool? Put a sweater on.

Comfort them

Rocking, walking, baby wearing, car rides (in a car seat, backwards facing), white noice (fan or vacuum), a pacifier, soft music, or a stroller ride may help.


Read more

Check out my article: 

Tidewater Family Magazine: Why Is My Baby Crying

and get my book: Raising Today’s Baby 

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