Showing posts from November, 2017

Managing Temper Tantrums

It's the moment every parent dreads ... a toddler temper tantrum in a public place. When it comes to temper tantrums, prevention is always the best approach. But let's face it, some temper tantrums can seem to come out of nowhere. Temper tantrums are usually a response to extreme frustration and, like it or not, they are perfectly normal toddler behaviour. So what can you do if you are faced with a temper tantrum in the mall, grocery store or anywhere else for that matter?      Ignore it - If your toddler is not getting your attention there is a good chance the tantrum will stop. Try standing a short distance away from your child and continuing to do what you are doing. Stay close enough to see your child without focusing directly on them. During this time try not speaking to your child - if you need to speak keep your voice calm and quiet.                Try to distract them - Re-direct their attention to something else. If necessary, remove you

Test Your Home For Radon

Have you heard of radon gas? It is a naturally occurring gas found in the ground throughout the world and also the second leading cause of lung cancer. Most homes that are in contact with the ground will contain some amount of radon gas. Radon becomes a concern when it reaches high levels. According to Health Canada, about seven per cent of the Canadian homes have radon levels that may be putting residents at risk. Here in the B.C. Interior we have some "hot spot" areas with high radon levels in approximately 40 per cent of homes. Radon can enter a home through the foundation, including concrete and more commonly through cracks in a foundation or dirt floor such as in older crawl spaces. It can also enter a home through the ventilation system. The good news is testing your home is easy and inexpensive. Testing involves placing a small puck-like kit within the lowest area of the home that could be occupied for at least four hours per day. The ki