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4 Necessary Things to Ensure Safety of Kids on a Beach Trip

4 Necessary Things to Ensure Safety of Kids on a Beach Trip

Summer is the best time for a beach trip; so many families spend their summer vacations at the beaches for relaxing and enjoying the fresh atmosphere.

Besides focusing on where to go and which hotel to stay in, you should prepare more carefully if you want to bring kids for the trip. Therefore, this post will help you focus on the most necessary things for the safety of your children.

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    1. Traveling by boat

    There is one unalterable rule which you have to remember when traveling by boat, and that is to put life jackets on your children. But before wearing them, you have to check whether the life jacket has any problems such as being punctured and deflated. Furthermore, if you do not have much knowledge about life jackets, you should ask the travel guide for instructions on how to use it.

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    In some cases, if no one on the boat wears the life jackets, then you don’t afraid or too lazy to wear it because you must remember that safety is the most important thing, especially for the children. In fact, the little life jackets have saved a lot of children when accidents happened. Therefore, you should ensure the availability of life jackets for your kids before setting foot on the boat. If the ship does not have a life jacket, you should choose another ship for traveling or ask the ship owner for the life jacket. You should not be confident of your swimming ability which can save the baby in a bad situation as accidents may happen very quickly.

    2. Swimming

    Always let the children swim within your reach.

    Each year, many drowning accidents happen at tourism places with children, even when they used swimming floats. Hence, you must always keep an eye on your kids and allow them to play on the fingertips of parental control.

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    When traveling to beaches, rivers or streams, the adult must always control the kids. Parents should tell their children which are the safe places to swim in and to use the swimming floats. Many adults are often too indulgent to their children’s whims, but this is very dangerous because children can be easily swept away and you may not know or react in time.

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      • Prevent getting cold

      Children often like to play with water, so it is very easy for them to catch colds leading to fever. Therefore, the ideal time for the children to play in the water and the sun is less than 2 hours continuously. Immediately after the landing, you have to keep handy a dry towel to wipe them after a shower with clean water. Let them put on some dry clothes immediately. Taking a shower after swimming also protects the children’s skin from rashes, itching, and allergies.

      • Prevent heatstroke

      Besides the risk of catching a cold when swimming, the children who enjoy outdoors under the sun’s harsh rays is also very susceptible to heat strokes. The mother should prepare a cloak and a thick hat to shield them from the sun before heading out, as well as, make sure that they cover their children’s head and neck from direct sunlight. It is better that you do not allow your children to go out or play outdoors during 10:00 am to 3:00 pm because this is the time when the sun is harshest. Ensure they drink enough water to keep themselves well hydrated. You should add Vitamin A and E rich foods for the children through foods and fruits. It can help minimize the risk of heatstroke and allergies at the beach.

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        3. Eating

        Parents should observe their child and see if they have any allergies to the new foods or the seafood they are having while on a beach holiday.

        There are many types of seafood which the children may have never tried before, so you should be cautious if your child is prone to allergies because if an allergy occurs, it may be dangerous to their lives. You should avoid foods with high levels of mercury such as tilefish, swordfish, tuna and mackerel.

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          It’s best to consult your family doctor before starting the trip. If necessary, you can have allergy shots taken to ensure the best health throughout the journey for your children.

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          4. First aid in distress

          • Drowning accident

          If any unfortunate incidents occur while swimming, you need to quickly call for help to the people around you, particularly the nearest rescue team. After taking the child to the shore, you have to check the mouth and nasal passage to take out foreign bodies, if any.  If the child stops breathing, you should immediately use artificial respiration by placing the child on his back, covering the nose and blowing into his mouth 2-3 times. After that, you press your hand against the child’s chest rhythmically until the child breaths again; then you take them to the nearest medical facility quickly.

          • Heatstroke

          Immediately take your baby into the shade, indoors or gently fan her, you should not put the baby in the room with air conditioning which may shock her with the sudden temperature change. You rub the body with cool water and drinking cresol. Take the child to the hospital, if needed.

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          Last Updated on November 19, 2019

          20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

          20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

          Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

          If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

          1. Create a Daily Plan

          Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

          2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

          Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

          3. Use a Calendar

          Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

          I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

          Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

          4. Use an Organizer

          An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

          These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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          5. Know Your Deadlines

          When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

          But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

          6. Learn to Say “No”

          Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

          Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

          7. Target to Be Early

          When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

          For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

          Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

          8. Time Box Your Activities

          This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

          You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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          9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

          Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

          10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

          Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

          You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

          11. Focus

          Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

          Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

          Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

          12. Block out Distractions

          What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

          I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

          When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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          Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

          13. Track Your Time Spent

          When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

          You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

          14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

          You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

          Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

          15. Prioritize

          Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

          Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

          16. Delegate

          If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

          When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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          17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

          For related work, batch them together.

          For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

          1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
          2. coaching
          3. workshop development
          4. business development
          5. administrative

          I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

          18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

          What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

          One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

          While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

          19. Cut off When You Need To

          The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

          Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

          20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

          Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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