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Most Common Car Seat Mistakes

Car SeatOne of the most important parts of any infants’ child their safety. One of the biggest ways safety can be offered to our little ones is a car seat. A car seat is required by the law. The laws keep changing and progressing. There are several things that parents need to remember when placing their little ones into a car seat.

Cleaning Car Seat

Car seats are something that every baby can’t keep clean. It becomes even more difficult as our children become older. We begin at some point to offer our children snacks while in their car seat. One of the most common snack foods offered to our toddlers are fish shaped foods. There are some specific steps that can help a person to wash their car seat.

  1. Remove car seat.
  2. Take picture so that you remember where the straps belong.
  3. Vacuum the car seat out.
  4. Remove car seat cover.
  5. Wash cover in washing machine in a cold and gentle cycle.
  6. Place the cover over a chair, or hang dry – DO NOT put into dryer.
  7. Look at picture and replace buckles.
  8. Replace car seat into car and tighten straps.

These steps can help when you are ready to clean the car seat. Complete this cleaning when you do not plan on using the car seat for at least 2 days.

Common Mistakes

There are some mistakes that people make when using car seats. Many times we as parents become complacent when it comes to our car seats. That complacence can cause troubles for the safety of your child.

  • CHOP combo seat line drawing not installedProper use of seat with proper child. It is important to watch the guidelines that car seat manufacturers. Be sure that you don’t turn your car seat to a forward facing position to early in your child’s life. Also, be sure that if you are meant to have the car seat at a 45 degree angle then place it there.
  • Tethering is very important. When you are using a forward facing seat it is important to anchor the car seat. Most commonly cars now have car seat anchors on the back of seats.
  • Straps are extremely common mistake. Straps can be pinched or twisted. If your straps are not evenly distributed then you will find that they are not as secure.
  • Latches can make or break your car seat safety. Latches are important to because once you place them where they belong you will learn that your babies are more secure. Car seats should be secured with either the seat belt or a latch, however NOT both. Also, be sure that the latches are strait.
  • Clips and connections are important. Keeping them straitened and in the proper place can ensure the safety of your child. The chest clip needs to be located on the chest level at the armpit area. Along with keeping the straps strait and lying flat, the clip in between their legs needs to be lying flat against their thighs.

Car seats are extremely important to the safety of your child while driving in the car. Keeping your car seat clean, and used correctly can help to make your life much easier with your children.


This amazing baby video that you can watch on the next page, shows a father who was speaking to his 2 month old baby and she was trying to copy the words he was saying. At the end she said, “I Love You”…

This will melt your heart because most of the time babies are busy crying, feeding and burping, etc. But this baby is something special! After only a few seconds, she is actually able to repeat back exactly what her dad said! You have to see it to believe it.

A baby’s brain is like sponge. It has a lot of space for learning and just absorb everything the baby is exposed to.

This is why we have to be careful about the things we say and do in front of our babies because  not only do they pick up the good things, but the bad things. Nevertheless, it’s so cute how the baby was able to successfully express his love for her daddy!

Continue on the next page to watch this incredible video!

It will make you smile!  This 14-year old said, “I feel the most relaxed and comfortable when I am at your house.

Here’s what wrote about the effect of divorced parents on a child’s future relationship:

Divorce affects family members in many different ways, both positive and negative. While many children can foster healthy relationships post-divorce, some may experience challenges maintaining future relationships after coping with their parents’ divorce.

“When a child’s parents divorce, the experience always allows leaving a relationship to be a viable option versus hanging in and wrestling with working things out,” says Dr. Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills, Calif.-based psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.”

That’s why it’s important to teach your child about relationship-building for the future to ensure she can foster healthy relationships of her own, and be able to work things out with a partner if that’s a suitable option.

Imgur user nuthabrickindawall says his 14-year-old daughter gave him this touching letter for Christmas.

It reads:

Dear Daddy, Merry Christmas!! I know that this year the divorce was hard on us, but at the same time I feel like it brought you and me closer together. I feel like I could really tell you anything now, and I feel the most relaxed and comfortable when I am at your house. In other words, that’s why I usually ask to go to your house after dinner; it helps me to just have a moment to relax and have a loving, reassuring face to make me laugh. I love you so much Daddy!!

The Imgur user said, “My wife divorced me this year, tearing our family apart and breaking my heart. I adopted her daughter from her first marriage almost ten years ago. She is now 14-years-old. This is the letter she wrote to me for Christmas and my heart is exploding with pride and joy.

Please excuse me while I wipe my tears because this guy deserves this…


Article Source: user nuthabrickindawall

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Befriend the Stairs

Susan lost 25 pounds in 4 months!

“When my baby was born, I kept his diaper changing supplies downstairs with me so my body can recover from labour. When I healed, I moved the diaper station to the second floor so every time I needed to change the diaper; I had to climb two floors to the nursery. This helped me burn lots of unwanted calories!”

Exercise with Your Baby

Samantha lost 30 pounds in 5-6 months

“Because my baby was born in winter, I couldn’t do much outside so I established a routine where I danced around with my baby every day by playing my favourite song for at least 45 minutes! After the ‘dancexercise’ we would take a nice shower and be ready for papa’s arrival!”

Walk it Off

Tracy lost 35 pounds in 19 months

“I made it a routine to take my baby out for a walk every single day for at least 15 minutes; whether it was down the street, around the backyard, at the grocery store or at the mall. My baby enjoyed the ride so we would sometimes stroll for an hour a day, depending on how long we were both comfortable!”

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Mentorship and Our Kids

So many times when we think of mentoring we thing of those children who are having trouble. It could be trouble in school, or trouble at home, or even trouble with the legal system. However, mentoring has many other things that can prove useful. Mentorship can be valuable to any of our youth.

Reading a Book Together

Reasons to Mentor

There are many reasons that our children should have mentors. Children of every background – troubled or happy – deserve the ability to have mentors. Mentors can help to improve how a child deals with the challenges they face day to day. Mentors are able to offer friendship as well as guidance through any situation.

Improves Education

Having mentors can help our children stay in school. It even offers them the ability to obtain better grades. Many children who are having trouble in school have no one to talk to and that means they become separated and even insecure at times. Not only can having someone older and wiser help with school matters, they can also help with the physical school work when children are having troubles with their grades.

Supporting the Individual

Mentoring is about the how the mentor works and supports the mentee. As important as it can be to help your mentee with school, it is just as important to offer them emotional support as well. Increasing their self-esteem can be can
be one the most important things that can be done. This can decrease their chances of harmful behaviors like smoking, illegal drugs, and even drinking.

Mentors have the responsibility to help uplift their mentees to be confident in who they are. Providing them with a safe person to talk to, or an individual whom they can come to with any personal problems.

Mentors in the Workforce

Mentors are able to guide our youth in their beginning steps into the workforce. Mentors help their mentees to help realize their career goals as well as the things that they will need in order to succeed. Mentors have the ability to help their mentees to seek the jobs.

Mentoring Children

Being a Mentor

There are several formal companies that are designed to match children of all ages to a mentor that can help them the best. As a mentor you have the ability to decide if that child is a good fit for you, however many of the services offer that to you as well.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – For the last 110 years Big Brothers and Big Sisters have determined to help change children’s perspective and offer opportunities encouraging them to reach their goals. Now they offer mentors in all 50 states, as well as 12 different countries.
  • Sarasota YMCA – They offer a little bit of time per week to help change the future of a child’s life. This program allows the mentor to share their knowledge as well as experiences with their mentees.
  • Take Stock in Children – Since 1995 they have been offering mentors to our children. These mentors offer guidance, encouragement, support, as well as seeing their mentee at last an hour each week depending on the needs of the child.

Every mentor has the responsibility to encourage, support, and educate. Mentors can be everything to that child, their safe person to depend on when their lives are crazy. Every child’s life goes crazy no matter what their income, family status, or gender. Every child should be given the opportunity to find that mentor to help them.

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