How to Prevent Gun Accidents Involving Children

By Preston Rezaee

Whether you’re for strict gun control or strict Second Amendment interpretation, the fact remains that 40% to 45% of homes in America have a firearm. Between 17% and 19% of adults own a handgun and 30% to 34% own a gun of some type. And, alarmingly, 20,000 children each year visit emergency rooms due to firearm injuries.

Proper gun safety practice and choosing the correct method of gun storage and safety can practically eliminate gun accidents involving children. Knowing the facts and proper safety protocol for your home can save lives.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most effective way to eliminate the hazards and possibility of unintentional gun accidents involving children is to remove all guns from the home. However, if eliminating guns from the home is not an option, then teaching children about gun safety and the safe storage of firearms is essential to a safe home and injury prevention.

It’s important to teach children that guns are real, unlike guns that are toys, on video games, or in movies and cartoons. Teach children that a gun can seriously injure or kill another person or themselves by simply touching it. The devastating effects of a gun accident may be a difficult concept to convey, but the more you talk about the danger, the more they will begin to understand the magnitude of the harm.

Teach children to follow these rules when coming into contact with any gun:

  • Stop what they’re doing.
  • Do not touch the gun and leave the area where the gun is.
  • Call a parent immediately. If a parent is not available, call 911.
  • If a friend offers to show you a gun or wants to play with a gun, say no and call a parent right away.

If you are keeping a gun in your home you have a duty to keep children safe and act in a responsible manner to prevent gun accidents involving children. To ensure the safest environment for your family and friends:

  • Take the ammunition out of the gun.
  • Lock the gun and keep it out of reach of kids. Remember that children are resourceful and hiding the gun is not enough.
  • Lock the ammunition and store it apart from the gun.
  • Store the keys for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys. This location should be known only by adults and out of reach of children.
  • Lock up poisonous gun-cleaning supplies.
  • When handling or cleaning a gun, do not leave the gun unattended.
  • Never use or handle a gun irresponsibly, jokingly, or while intoxicated.

If you live in the Las Vegas area and you or someone you know has been the victim of an unintentional firearm accident, a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights while your family begins the healing process. For quality advice from an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer, contact Preston Rezaee at The Firm at 222-FIRM.

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Vocabulary-Building a Major Benefit of Reading to Children

By Allison Bell Bern, SchoolReady

Vocabulary is becoming a hot topic. Schools are focusing their discussions about how to teach it to students, and more and more parents are coming to understand the huge advantages that come with having a robust vocabulary. Vocabulary is, in fact, considered by some to be the number one predictor of academic achievement and is also strongly correlated with future earning potential.

The good news for parents when it comes to vocabulary and their children? The best thing they can do is to keep doing what they’ve been enjoying doing all along: reading books with their children. That’s right: grab an old book, a new book, a red book, a blue book (it doesn’t necessarily matter: if you show enthusiasm for a book, chances are your kid will, too, at least for one read-through), cuddle up, and let the learning commence.

It’s almost magic, it works so well. Children hear a new word in context a few times and, before their parents know it, they’ve adopted it as their own. (Sometimes it takes as little as one exposure to a new word; sometimes up to 12 exposures may be required.) Outside of conversation, reading aloud is the primary way that parents teach their children new words.

The Research

Conversation and reading as “vocabulary instruction techniques” – to be overly technical about it – are often referred to as “indirect instruction,” and they’re how children learn 90% of the 3-4,000 words they learn every year. Consider that children who average 25 minutes of daily reading are exposed to 20,000 unfamiliar words per year, and it’s no wonder these children have a major academic advantage over their less-literary peers.

Repeated and diverse exposure to new words is at the heart of why reading is so good for building vocabulary. “Knowing” a word can mean many things (we have reading, writing, speaking, and listening vocabularies), but the bottom line is that the more a child can see, hear, experience, and him use a word, the more likely he will be to understand that word fully. Engagement is also an important part of why reading is so beneficial: the more interested, or engaged, a child is in the source of the new word, the more likely she will be to pay attention and fully absorb its meaning. In other words, the more she likes the book, the more she learns!

Many Reasons to Read

There are, of course, a variety of benefits to reading to your child. Outside of teaching vocabulary, reading is an important exercise in developing thinking and analyzing skills. Outside of learning benefits, even, are the recreational and emotional ones: reading time is a great time for parents to connect with their children as they snuggle up to enjoy a favorite story.

Just in case you needed another reason to read, though, consider the above. Reading is a powerful vocabulary-building tool, and vocabulary itself is a powerful tool in its own right. Parents are wise to consider vocabulary on the list of reasons they read to their children.

About Allison:

Allison Bell Bern is a mother and the Creative Director of SchoolReady, creator of a new series of fun children’s books that teach essential academic vocabulary. She is a former educator and author of the SchoolReady blog, “Getting Our Children SchoolReady,” where you can go for interesting and useful education-related information and activities. More at

Does Your Teen Post Selfies? Here are a few things you need to know!



By Tammy Potosky

You may have noticed the big thing now is taking “selfies”. This is when you take a picture of yourself and share it with others whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, or any number of other social media ways of sharing.

Taking and posting selfies is not a bad thing unless it is used in a bad way. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Girls typically take more selfies than anyone else. Take a look at Facebook or Instagram and you’ll see.
  • People posting selfies are looking for others to “like” the pictures they post. Quite often people look for validation by what they post. They look for people to comment that they: look good, wore a great outfit, are doing something funny, etc. It’s important to keep in mind that many young people seek validation from others for their own self worth and self esteem.
  • Teens may take pictures during a time in which they might be feeling on top of the world and their confidence at the moment is soaring so they take a bold picture, possibly doing something they wouldn’t normally do. We’ve seen this happen before when someone takes a picture either drinking, showing a body part, and even on some occasions committing a crime.
  • On the other hand, they may be feeling really low and take a picture that’s not something they would typically want to share with others.
  • Everyone is doing it – adults and kids alike; even celebrities.
  • This can be a great way to share your personality and your interests with others.

It’s important to remember any picture posted on social media is out there; it is public and chances are someone some day can find it. As we’ve seen lately from some public figures, sending pictures either via text or posting can come back to haunt you.

What can you do as a parent?

Have a discussion with your teen about posting pictures. Keep an eye on what your teen is posting – sometimes our teens don’t make the best choices in what they post. Potential employers and schools can find out a lot about a person by looking them up on social media or even just by Googling someone.

Have family rules and guidelines. Discuss as a family what is appropriate and what is not. Discuss the safety and security issues around posting information and pictures. This is a great way to open the doors of communication with a general discussion.

Tammy Potosky (Teen Coach Tammy) is a certified Family Coach and learning professional. She works with parents who are frustrated with their teens to have a more loving, trusting and respectful relationship so families can maintain balance and enjoy life with their teens and all life has to offer. Tammy helps her clients achieve these results through one-on-one coaching, group coaching and workshops. For more information please visit

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Tips For Finding Designer Kids Clothing For Little Girls At A Discount Price

Do you have a little girl? Girls love dressing up, don’t they? There is so much beautiful designer clothing for kids on the market today. We admit, some of these clothes can be expensive and if you have more than one kid, the price can really add up. However, this does not mean you have to deprive your little girl of the best clothes. There are many ways to find designer kids clothes at a discount price. Below, we are going to give you some tips that you can use the next time you need to find something for your little girl.

Google Shopping is your Friend

You can use Google to find almost anything! Did you know Google has a neat shopping tool? Go ahead, type in what you are looking for (in this case, you’re looking for clothes for a little girl). If you are looking for dresses, type in “dresses for little girls” in the Google search search

and then click on the “shopping” tab.

On the left side, you can customize your search even more. You can choose to show only “in stock nearby” and “new items,” if you wish. You can also choose to only see items that are in a certain price range and if you scroll down, you will see that you can choose categories, brands and sellers.

The Google shopping tool is your friend when it comes to online shopping because it is a great way to find decent prices on all kinds of kids clothing, make sure you take advantage of it.

Make Sure You Compare Prices Before You Purchase a Dress

When you find a dress you like, go ahead and see if you can find it elsewhere at a better price. You can do this by taking the name of the dress and pasting it in Google search. You may also find other online kids clothing stores you would be interested in adding to your “online shopping list.”

The Local Thrift Stores

Of course, while there are many good deals to take advantage of on the Internet it doesn’t mean you can’t take your local business offline. Walk into the thrift stores in your area to see what type of kids clothes they have (you might find something for yourself as well).

Honestly, there is nothing wrong with buying used clothing, kids grow so fast you can probably find stuff that’s barely worn and you will be amazed with the brands, etc. you can find. You can find a $50.00 or more garment for a couple of bucks by going to a thrift store.

Above you have three handy tips you can use the next time you need to shop for clothes. Seriously, why settle for normal clothes when you can get the best designer clothes for your kids and at good prices? Go ahead and start looking for some new clothes today – you may be surprised with the good deals you can find out there and we know your little girl will be happy.

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This post was supplied by Mark, father of a 10 year old little girl.


5 Beauty Tips For Teenage Girls: Fact Verses Fiction

Author: Barisa Wyse

Some of the popular beauty tips for teenage girls are not based on any factual evidence but rather hearsay passed down from one generation to another. Often it is the mothers of teenage girls who feel that they are compelled to share beauty secrets with their young female offspring. Unfortunately some of these so-called beauty tips for teenage girls being shared by well-meaning moms are not based on any facts and in some cases may actually cause more harm than good. In this article we will take a look at some of these more popular time-tested beauty tips for teenage girls and tell you whether or not each is based more on fact than fiction.

Daily Hair Brushing For Healthy Hair

Have you been told that to have healthy hair you need to brush your hair vigorously, at least 100 strokes of the brush, at least once every day? This beauty tip was generally accepted as being true until very recently. Probably because any excessive brushing of the hair will stimulate the production of natural oils in the scalp leaving the hair looking shiny and healthy. Recent studies have shown that this type of excess hair brushing not only causes you to have a very oily scalp leading to plugged hair pores to hinder hair growth plus the action of the brushing alone can weaken hair follicles and enhance the chances of hair breakage. So the smart conclusion seems to be that this is one of those beauty tips for teenage girls which can actually cause more harm than good. Final verdict: Fiction

Too Much Sitting Causes Varicose Veins

Have you ever seen someone with dark blue veins running like a spider web up and down their legs and feet? If so, then you have seen what are called varicose veins. One of the often shared beauty tips for teenage girls states that these nasty looking veins are caused by sitting too much. In this case, we are dealing with a fact. Varicose veins are brought about by poor blood circulation which often happens when you are sitting for extended periods of time, and also if you happen to be standing in a certain spot for a long time. To help avoid varicose veins it is very important to be moving your body and stretching so that there is good blood circulation throughout your body, especially in the legs and feet. So avoid any situation where you are required to sit or stand for long periods of time and instead try to get up and walk around or if standing, then move from one spot to another to keep that blood flowing.

Trim Your Hair Makes It Grow Faster

Of all the beauty tips for teenage girls that we are going to look at, this may be one of the most common. Many girls will argue that this really works. Sadly you have cut your hair for nothing, as this does not work and is therefore fiction. Normal hair only grows at an average of one half an inch each month with any excess growth happening only during the summer months. Trimming your hair will not change this growth cycle of the hair and cause it to grow any faster. In fact the hair trimming is doing just the opposite, as once trimmed, instead of having the longer hair you are seeking in reality you now have shorter hair!

Toothpaste Is An Acne Cure

If you are like many teenage girls and struggle to deal with facial acne, your parent or someone else may have suggested the use of toothpaste as an acne cure for your face. Not only is this a fictional beauty tip for teenage girls, but is one beauty tip that may make your acne problem even worse. The fact is that toothpaste does nothing to help cure your facial acne problem and if this is not bad enough, the chemicals contained in the toothpaste may actually promote even more acne and in some cases even lead to scarring. So again, avoid the use of toothpaste and seek professional advice from a dermatologist about what products are safe and effective to use for your acne problem. After all, it is called toothpaste for a reason!

A Great Tan Equals Great Health

For many years both adults and teens believed that having a great suntan made you look healthy. Sadly there are still many people who believe this and even products being marketed that will try to fool you into thinking that excessive tanning is good for you. In fact there is lots of research that proves without a doubt that the idea of having a suntan to appear more healthy is false. Concentrated sun exposure often leads to skin cancers, some of which can be fatal to the victim. Recently even tanning beds have been shown to promote skin cancers in some users and there is a growing public demand for restrictions on who can visit sun tanning salons, much like regulating the sale of liquor. Obviously we all like to go outside, especially on a hot sunny day. No one is saying that you can not ever go outside or even go to the beach on a hot day. Rather you have to be much more careful now than in the past due to the harsher rays of the sun. Apply sun protection lotions prior to going outside and if you are planning to spend an extended amount of time in the sun, then use at least sun screen with a SPF rating of 30. Don’t forget to wear a hat to prevent a sun burn on your scalp and wear light clothing to help protect sensitive body parts such as your legs and arms should the lotion wear off. Many of you reading this may find that this is the most difficult one of the beauty tips for teenage girls to accept since we have all been subjected to so many advertisements over the years telling us how attractive looking a sun tan will make you look to the opposite sex.

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