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Highchair Safety

Is mealtime becoming more dangerous? It may be, for your baby—and the reason may not sit well with you.

The number of children going to the emergency room because of high chair injuries has risen over twenty percent in the last seven years. Many kids suffered head injuries including concussions and internal trauma.

Is it time to write high chair manufacturers or demand better safety standards? Nope. It’s time to look in the mirror mom and dad. The majority of injuries occurred when kids were standing in their chairs or climbing out of them. They weren’t properly supervised or strapped in.

Fortunately, there’s a simple rule parents can follow, which reduces the vast majority of infant injury. Any high chair worth dining at should have a restraint system. So treat your high chair like you would a car seat—and buckle up.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Celebrities and Their Effect on Kids

Two well-known celebrities have gone public about their decision to remain sexually pure until marriage.

 

Bethany Hamilton, the subject of the movie Soul Surfer, says “Growing up I was blessed to have parents that stayed together, and to have that husband and wife image.  I wanted an awesome husband that would love and support me until I die.

 

Bethany says “I also wanted to honor God with the way that I approached [marriage]. I definitely was patient and I didn’t mess around.” In fact Bethany says her husband is the only guy I’ve ever kissed.”  By the way, Bethany has a new book out that talks about some of those issues.  It’s called Body & Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life: 

And a well-known male TV star is talking  about his decision to remain abstinent until marriage. 

 

Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson says  “I’m proud [that I was a virgin when I got married]. That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my entire life.

 

In an interview with Fox News, Jase said “What I did was when I started dating girls I would quickly tell them on the first date as soon as they got in the car. I’d say, ‘Look I will not treat you inappropriately at any point in our relationship.’

 

According to Jase, when he said that, a couple of girls actually got out of the car! But he says, “My wife, [Missy], she really loved the idea that she felt secure with me, like I had a direction I was taking.”

 

By the way, if you’re a parent with teens or pre-teens at home, an excellent book on this topic is called “Pure Excitement: A Godly Look at Sex, Love and Dating.”

 

If you have younger kids, I’d recommend the series “God’s Design for Sex” by Stan and Brenna Jones.  That series features a different booklet for each stage of development, starting with 0-3 year-olds and going all the way up to the teen years.

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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You’ve Got Company

Sitting down at your desk to enjoy a quick snack? Little did you know you’ll have millions of friends with you. I’m not talking about others in your office, I’m talking about germs.

Research on germs in the workplace finds some surfaces have more bacteria and viruses than the average toilet seat. That snack doesn’t taste as good now does it?

Bacteria and viruses thrive at a desk—mainly because most desks and office equipment are cleaned infrequently, and we eat at them often. Exposure to germs can lead to colds, the flu, or even salmonella.

Leading hangouts are the sink faucet handles, microwave door handles, keyboards, refrigerator door handles, water fountain buttons, phones, and desktops.

Thankfully, you can bombard germs by washing these surfaces daily with a disinfecting wipe. Plus wash your hands often and consider a sanitizing hand gel. Nobody likes unwanted company during their meal.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here.