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Discussing possible emergency scenarios with one’s children is never a pleasant topic. Parents do not want to frighten them or create new anxieties . Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a New York City based Neuro-psychologist and School Psychologist who has an approach to emergency preparedness that won’t freak your children out. Tell children an emergency is something unusual that happens which could hurt people, or cause damage to things like houses and cars.  Explain to them that nature sometimes provides ‘too much of something’ like, rain, wind or snow. Talk about effects of an emergency that children can relate to, such as loss of electricity, water, and telephone service; flooded roads and uprooted trees.  Explain that everyone is better able to take care of themselves in emergencies when they know what to do. First, teach your children the difference between a problem and an emergency . A problem is something that they need help with, but does not require emergency services. An emergency

Back To School Tips From TurfMutt Inspire Kids To Care For Living Landscapes

Tip #1: Get outside! Fall is a great time to explore nature all around you. After spending a long day of being inside at school, take some time afterward to enjoy your yard and nearby parks. Tip #2. Notice the different kinds of plants in your yard. Walk around the outside of your home, take notes and sketch what you see. What makes your yard unique? Mark on your sketch the living (plants, trees, grass) and the non-living (patios, grills) parts of your landscape. What might impact living plants? Does your yard need plants that are tolerant of wind, full sun, shade, or occasional flooding? Tip #3: Notice the areas needing improvements. Do plants need mulch around them to help them save water? Do you have plants that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies?   Do you have a healthy mix of grass, shrubs, trees and flowering plants?  Are some parts of your yard a little worn out? Tip #4: Make a plan to take care of your yard. Talk with your parent or guardian about how y