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Keeping Them Safe While You’re Away

Moms and dads often feel the need to return to work when children are still very young. It can be hard for parents to leave toddlers or even preschoolers with another caregiver. How can we trust another person to know what is best for our kids when we’re away? Starting when they are preschoolers - and even earlier - parents can begin to teach their children to recognize inappropriate behavior and respond if they need help. Education is the key to prevention. Educating them about boundaries and healthy relationships early can support their positive experience with an alternate caregiver. Every child has a right to be safe.

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Protecting Your Property: How Can You Outsmart the Thieves?

Break and enters, car prowling, and stolen vehicles are most often crimes of opportunity. In an ideal world, forgetting to lock a door or to close a window is just that. In today’s reality, it’s common for thieves to take advantage of those forgetful moments, which can result in very real consequences for unwitting citizens. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent yourself from being targeted.

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Backpacks: Pack them Right and Wear them Right!

Kids and backpacks just seem to go together. Whether sending kids off to school, to a sporting event, or for a sleepover with a friend, chances are they are bringing a backpack with them. But carrying an heavy load unevenly or improperly can result in poor posture and even distort the spinal column, causing muscle strain, headaches, neck and arm pain, and even nerve damage. More than 50 per cent of young people experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teenage years. 

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After School Activities? Don’t Forget Eye Safety!

Extracurricular activities are a great way for children to make new friends, develop new skills, and have loads of fun. As you and your child begin to select which activities your child will be participating in the New Year, the Alberta Association of Optometrists wants to remind you to keep eye safety in mind. Eye injuries like retinal detachments, ultraviolent (UV) light exposure, and foreign objects in the eye can be easily prevented by wearing protective eyewear. 

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