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Being a parent is often a battlefield filled with confusing and stressful problems. From the small things, like helping the kids with homework, to the slightly larger, like giving them the freedom to go out on their own, you will have a lot on your plate. This can make it hard to consider the obvious risks, though. Causing a lot of pain, this isn’t worth it, and this post is here to help you out. It will be exploring some of the key areas in life which could negatively impact your child. With this in mind, it should be a lot easier to start making a difference.

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Furniture: In the past, furniture was almost always designed to stand upright, using its own weight to prevent it from falling. Of course, though, this doesn’t always work, and children are experts when it comes to tearing these things down. Bookcases, drawers, and wardrobes should all be firmly attached to the wall. If this is ignored, you could find yourself with a very big disaster on your hands, leaving someone very hurt.

Cars: When you’re on the road, it can be easy to assume that your safe driving is enough to keep yourself and your loved ones from harm. In reality, though, cars for families come in loads of shapes and sizes, and it will be worth doing some research to make sure that you’re choosing the safest possible option within your price range. In some cases, this may mean having to buy something second hand, though newer cars tend to have safety features which older ones lack. You won’t find automatic braking on many cars even a couple of years old.

Commutes: A lot of parents like to leave their kids to their own devices when it comes to getting to and from school, especially as they get older. Some children won’t have as good a time with this as others, though, and it could be easy for your little one to find themselves at the center of bullying if you’re not careful. Along with the other risks out on the streets, being intimidated by other kids will make their life very hard. To solve this, you could consider simply driving them to school like when they were younger.

School: While your child is learning, you would expect them to be perfectly safe. Of course, with the exception of a couple of places, it’s very unlikely that your child will be physically injured during their time at school. But, even with this being the case, they could still face stress and anxiety which makes life very hard. You should always be there to help them with homework, revision, and the other parts of the time they spending soaking up new information. Along with this, though, you also have to work with the school to make sure that you’re not missing something.

Toys: Over the last few years, there have been more and more cases of toys or games malfunctioning, causing health issues and potential risks for the children using them. Likewise, small parts have always presented a risk to very little ones. All toys out there have an age rating attached to them. Using this, plus a little bit of logic, it should be easy to decide which toys your children can have. Some products are simple too dangerous, and will be easy to find with one or two searches.

Food: Kids aren’t able to digest food in the same way as adults, and this is something which needs to be on your mind when you’re choosing food for everyone to eat. Thankfully, there are loads of family recipe books out there which can help with this. Using meals which cover a wide range of food groups, you will ensure that everyone is getting what they need, even if they kids get smaller plates.

The Air: Finally, as the last area to think about, you should always be able to trust the air you’re breathing. Nowadays, though, living in the wrong place could see you being exposed to dangerous levels of pollution. Large junctions, industrial areas, and other places like this will be bad for your child’s lungs, often hurted their ability to breath into later life. You can find tools around the web which are designed to help you to figure out where your home sites on the air pollution scale.

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Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your day to day family safety. It can be easy to ignore these areas, letting them spiral out of control over the years. Of course, though, when looking after the ones you care about, the daily risks are those which need to be resolved the soonest.

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Staying safe when you’re away from home can take a lot of planning; you’re in a new place that you don’t know much about, there’s often a language barrier keeping you from communicating properly, and there’s a chance you’re going to miss the plan home! Maybe you’re a nervous traveller but you’re determined to not let that stop you, or you’ve simply never tried it out before; there shouldn’t ever be personal physical worries that stop you from seeing the sights you want to!

So whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, or you’re travelling to the Far East or as Far West as you can go, there’s some good safety tips to keep in mind. If you’re planning a trip away when you next get a week off work, this is the list for you! Here’s some of the best things to remember when you’re touching down in another country.


Treat the Area Like Home

And with that, make sure you’re not doing anything you wouldn’t do when out and about in your own town and neighborhood! If you’re behaving normally, you’re respectful of your surroundings, and you’re not going to get in trouble with anyone patrolling the streets. Not only can this make the place feel more like home, and you feel more normal when you’re in it, it means you’re not immediately sticking out like a sore thumb!

Don’t let yourself be afraid of any areas; if you have a liking for the market on Sundays back home, make sure you’re attending ones that take place abroad. Even if there’s huge crowds around, this is a place to make sure you’re getting a taste of home in a habitat you know you can rock! Haggle to your heart’s content, there always seems to be a general language trend when it comes to market stalls.

Blend in as Much as You Can

Acting like a tourist. It’s something we’re all afraid of doing when we’re abroad, lest we look out of place or make ourselves more of a target to less than stellar street activities. However, how else are you meant to act when you’re a tourist? There’s some things you should try to steer clear of when you’re out on the streets…

This relates to the point above, but deserves a paragraph of its own. Blending in often comes naturally, and the more you go out and about in the country, the more you’re going to feel like you know it. Make sure you’re doing everything the locals are doing; eat at the same restaurants or food stalls, shop in the same places, be respectful when they are. Not only does this make you blend in more, but it also means you won’t be falling into any tourist traps simply looking to suck up your money.

Try to dress in the same styles and colours as the people around you as well. When you look like the crowd, you’re more likely to fit into it with no problem. It also means you’re not standing out unnecessarily by dressing in fluorescent schemes, just like a tourist would. And remember, you don’t want to accidentally offend anyone when it come to being accepted by a population. Behaving in similar manners is the best way to avoid this.

Have a Base to Come Back to

Wherever you choose to bed down is going to have a huge effect on how safe you feel and whether you’re trusting enough to leave your bags. If you can’t afford any of the hotels with a clean and shiny reputation, you’ve either moved to considering hostels for young tourists like yourself or you’re thinking of calling the trip off until some deals roll around. And sure, that might be a good idea, but it isn’t the only one you have at your disposal!

If you’ve got some money stashed away for a rainy day, now’s the time to use it! If you find a HDB flat for rent, make sure you’re looking to get the deal on your plate. If you have a home base away from home that isn’t a hotel, you’re going to feel a lot more secure in the territory, and it can even work out cheaper if you’re going for a while. So maybe you’re on a business trip, or you’re simply exploring every nook and cranny you come across; trying to get a foot on the property ladder of the country of your choice is a great idea.

Leave Valuables Behind

When you’re going out during the day, make sure everything you need to stay safe and legal in the country are safely packed back at the hotel or stashed away in a safe/locker. You don’t want to be flaunting a passport or your VISA around in your bag; these can very easily be grabbed and lost forever to you. Similarly, when it comes to using a camera, try to cover up the labels or name of the brand, as the names alone can make you more of a target.

If you feel safer carry personal effects on you at all times, make sure they’re covered up and actually attached to your person. Maybe under a belt underneath a shirt, or even in a leg pocket that’s not near your torso; it’s not exactly fashionable, but it’s a lot more discreet and you’re going to have a lot less trouble with anyone taking notice of something swinging nearer your ankles.

Walk with Confidence

When you’re confident, very few people question you. And when you’re confident, you look like you know what you’re doing and where you’re going. So one of the best things you can do is stride your way along the paths and sidewalks, even when you don’t know where you are!

Staying safe when you’re travelling doesn’t have to be difficult. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and what might go on before you go, and then behave in the way the locals do.

Emailed around by a workmate:

Queens University researchers have discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant
deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called pillocks. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that
Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many pillocks but twice as many morons

Speaking of Chemistry – Rish cooked dinner tonight :)

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