Magnetic Balls Are Dangerous For Kids – Here’s Why

Magnetic Balls Are Dangerous For Kids – Here’s Why

Kids love to get their hands on everything, but some items that seem like toys are not what they appear to be. Older kids and teens are more aware of what they’re doing, and in most cases, the following information won’t apply. But for the little ones, parents, pay close attention. They May Be Fun, But Beware Those tiny magnetic balls, or beads, (sometimes called Buckyball magnets) sold to adults for keeping themselves occupied, to swirl in their hands, link together, and so forth, are just as interesting to kids. They’re designed to reduce stress and alleviate boredom. But adults know better than to put these magnets in their mouths. Even kids who don’t intend to swallow them may accidently do so, and in some cases, the repercussions can be a real health hazard. Stat News explains, “Rare-earth toy magnets, marketed under names like Zen Magnets and DigiDots, are composed of tiny, high-powered magnetic balls or cubes, some smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen. The shiny and colorful pieces, sold in sets of up to 200, can be 30 times stronger than a standard kitchen magnet, making them the most powerful commercially available permanent magnets.” Too Easy To Swallow As per Poison Control, National Capital Poison Center, “More and more children have been swallowing the tiny ‘adult toy’ magnets, leading to severe injury and even death. When a child swallows two or more magnets, the magnets can attract and meet each other within the child’s body, causing digestive tissue to be trapped between them. This cuts off blood supply to the stomach or intestines. These internal injuries...
Lower East Side Open House – January 19th 11AM-2PM

Lower East Side Open House – January 19th 11AM-2PM

We welcome you to attend an OPEN HOUSE at our Ridge Street location on Sunday, Jan. 19th, from 11-2. See our facilities, speak with the staff, meet other parents in the area, and more. The state-of-the-art facility is a wonderful environment for your children. We feature an emergent curriculum as well as an eco-friendly environment. The kids can have fun while you’re there with arts and crafts and free play. Address: 110 Ridge St. Lower East Side, NY 10002 Date: Jan. 19th Time: 11AM – 2PM RSVP by calling 212-419-5416 or click HERE to do so online. All My Children has 30 years of experience with children. Our staff is top-notch and our Ridge Street location is sure to impress you. We look forward to seeing...
Winter Break Bedtime Fun

Winter Break Bedtime Fun

Give The Kids Some Leeway While School’s Out Winter break is always a blast, as the kids have a couple of weeks or so off from school to spend with family. While the schedule shifts, it’s a nice treat to break the rules a bit, allowing the kids to do something fun before bedtime. They’ll be thrilled that you’re willing to loosen up, making their winter break even better. Here are a few ways to make the kids smile as you surprise them with pre-bedtime fun. You don’t have to do anything over-the-top to make an impression. It’s the little things that go a long way. They’ll be so grateful that you’re being extra-generous. Movie Madness Gather the family for movie night in the main room or in one of your bedrooms. Pop the popcorn, heat up some hot cocoa, and sit and snuggle together to watch a family-friendly flick. Even if the movie lasts past their bedtime, it’s no big deal since there’s no school the following day. Supper On The Sofa If your house rule is that kids can only eat at the kitchen table, shock them by serving dinner in the den. Use paper plates and make sure you’ve got plenty of napkins! Sure, there may be a few spills and crumbs everywhere, but clean up is quick. The kids will think it’s fun to feast where it’s normally frowned upon. Sibling Sleepover For those who have more than one child, let them sleep together in one room if they have their own rooms. They can camp out in the living room as another option. If...
Move Over Milkshakes – The Best Breakfast Smoothies

Move Over Milkshakes – The Best Breakfast Smoothies

Kids love smoothies because they think they’re milkshakes. Parents wouldn’t dare serve ice cream concoctions for breakfast, but the kids won’t realize how nutritious their smoothies are when you make them taste so satisfying. Give your kids a healthy drink before school that’ll have them convinced you’ve lost your marbles and made milkshakes. When you blend up the ingredients and pour out something sweet and smooth, you’ll have them fooled. Honey Banana Oat Smoothie You’ll Need: 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (dry) 1 medium ripe banana ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup low fat milk 5-6 ice cubes Plop everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve. It’s a drinkable oatmeal that’s especially unique. “Pumpkin Pie” Smoothie Ingredients: 3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée 1 small ripe banana 1 cup soymilk 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons light brown sugar 5-6 ice cubes Blend all ingredients until combined and creamy and pour into a glass. Sprinkle some extra nutmeg and cinnamon on top for a kick. Almond Butter Apple Smoothie What’s In It: 2 tablespoons almond butter 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1 cup almond milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup 5-6 ice cubes Combine all ingredients in the blender until creamy and frothy. Pour and serve. Kids may enjoy some extra apple slices to dunk. Do you make smoothies for your kids? What’s your favorite recipe? For more information like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa A. Kay...
Warm Up This Winter The Fun Way

Warm Up This Winter The Fun Way

Winter is upon us, with chilly weather that makes us all want to stay inside. When the snow starts piling up and icicles form nearly instantly, it’s time to snuggle up and stay warm. What better way to do so than with loved ones? Sure, “vegging out” on the couch and watching TV or playing video games is one way to pass the time, but there’s more fun to be had when outdoor play is too treacherous. Here are some ideas for family time during the winter, especially on those days when school is closed due to the weather. Hot Cocoa And Cookies Treats are tempting, particularly when tummies are grumbling. Kids love to help out in the kitchen, so get to baking and be creative. Mix in chocolate chips, nuts, and raisins, and top your cocoa with fresh whipped cream and marshmallows. Yum! Family Slumber Party Get the whole gang together in the family room with plenty of blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags. Tell jokes and share stories. Everyone can pile up and fall asleep on the floor, then wake up when the sun rises for breakfast, picnic-style. Dance And Karaoke Show off your talents (or lack thereof) as you move and groove. Play some music, sing along, and have a mini dance party to liven up the mood. Holiday tunes are perfect this time of year to raise spirits and bring smiles. What do you enjoy doing with your family when you’re stuck indoors? Share your ideas and we’ll give ‘em a try! For more information like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs. By: Melissa A....
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