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How Safe Are Shopping Carts?

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  • An average of 66 children a day are treated in the emergency room for shopping cart related injuries.
  • Instead of placing your child in the shopping cart, consider using a stroller or baby carrier.
  • If you do place your children in a shopping cart, make sure that they are properly strapped in and that you stay by their side.

Keeping On Top of Product Recalls

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  • Most federal agencies allow you to get recall information through emails, apps, and social media.
  • Recalls.gov pools product recall information from six different federal agencies for you.
  • Register new products with the manufacturer to be notified of any recalls. This is particularly important with products like cribs, highchairs, and car seats.

Study: PG-13 Movies Today Have More Violence than R-Rated Movies in the 80’s

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  • Study shows that overall violence in movies has doubled since 1950, and gun violence has tripled since 1985.
  • Movies that were given an R-rating in the 80’s would probably now only receive a PG-13 rating.
  • Parents are encouraged to do their homework on a movie or video game before their kids see it no matter what the rating is.

Is Your Child Overscheduled?

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  • There is no “right” level of activity. It depends largely on your child and your family.
  • Children who are overscheduled will show symptoms like depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and over tiredness.
  • Don’t let external pressures influence how much your child is involved in. Focus on what is right for your child.

How to Prepare Your Child for Puberty

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  • Create a safe place for your children to ask questions by gradually talking to your children about their bodies as they grow and develop.
  • It is very important that your children know what changes to expect before they start puberty.
  • Children worry a lot about fitting in. Assure them that the changes they are going through are normal and that it is normal for everybody to develop a little differently.

New Rules Regarding the Car Seat LATCH System

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  • The combined weight of your child and the car seat should not exceed 65 pounds when using the LATCH system. Once this limit has been reached, you should use the seat belt system to install your car seat.
  • Both the seat belt system and LATCH system are safe when used properly.
  • Always use the tether strap regardless of whether you are using the seat belt system or LATCH system.
 
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