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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 July 10, 2020

          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

          Boundaries are limits

          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
          • When do you feel disrespected?
          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
          • When do you want to be alone?
          • How much space do you need?

          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

          Sample language:

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          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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          Final Thoughts

          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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