The Hyland Sisters

Our Blog


A Hidden Risk - Carbon Monoxide

Many safety issues are often at the front of our minds. Turn off the oven, make sure the clothes iron is cool and unplugged, etc. However, there is another major safety issue that you may not think about a lot. It's carbon monoxide. The problem with this gas is that you cannot smell it, and you will not know it exists. But, a family can die while sleeping because it will cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and fainting. If you are in bed when this happens you may not wake up to save yourself. This is why in addition to a fire alarm installed in your home you should have a carbon monoxide detector, too. You should also test it regularly per the manufacturer recommendations. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of incomplete combustion that occurs in nearly every gas furnace in every home. Normally, it is carried out of the house through the furnace's venting system. But, if there is a problem with the furnace or the venting, it could lead to carbon monoxide leaks into the house. So, if you are...

 


Babies and Finances – Find the Bargains

Be a shrewd shopper when it comes to baby items. Ask your OB-Gyn physician or hospital if they have a sign-up packet. Many manufacturers will send packets of coupons and offers to new mothers. You can look online at company websites to see if they have coupons, offers, or loyalty programs. These will help you save money on the products you'll use, such as formula, diapers and baby food. You can also watch the weekly circulars of big box department stores such as Babies R Us or Target for weekly baby deals and stock up on diapers and other supplies. Don't overlook discount and closeout stores for baby supplies and clothes. Also, ask new moms what some of their favorite bargain baby shopping places are to scope out hot deals. Don't go all new! Check with friends and family for any baby items they may no longer need. You may end up with several new items you won't have to purchase! You can also try shopping at a store like Once Upon a Child, where parents trade in gently-used children's items. Babies grow very...

 


Don’t Get Carried Away With Your Nursery

When people are planning for their new baby, one of the most exciting things is planning the perfect nursery. But remember to keep it simple, and take a long-range view. You may love that jungle print wallpaper and crib set, but will your child at age four or five? If you want to go for a theme such as jungles or nursery rhymes, use pieces that convey the theme but aren't overwhelming and costly to replace later. You could frame pictures of the theme topic (animals, cars, rabbits, etc) and use fabrics that tie in to the theme. You can decorate with small inexpensive figurines (placed high on a shelf), removable wall art in fun designs and fun pillows outside of the crib. This way, you can still enjoy and look forward to your new nursery while still keeping it versatile....

 


Teen Driving Distractions - Extra Passengers

You probably think a lot about some of the most common safety issues that teen drivers must remember, like texting, and speeding. But, there’s another big distraction that you should keep in mind, too many passengers. When a teenager is learning to drive, they don't need the added stress of extra passengers in the car for at least the first year of driving. It may sound like a relief to let your child drive your younger children around, or fun to drive their friends around. But it's not safe and they're not ready for the added responsibility. Now, we know how hard it can be to enforce rules, and telling your teen that they can drive, but can’t drive with friends may be a hard sell. But, keep it in mind at least, and have a talk about it with your new driver....

 


Babies and Finances – Re-think Your Budget

As a new parent, you're filled with equal amounts of excitement and worry over your new baby. One worry is the amount of debt that can occur with a new child. BabyCenter.com distributed a survey to 1,000 new mothers and found the average parent spends over $10,000 during baby's first year. Baby expenses include diapers, clothes, food and an increase in basic utility costs. When you bring home your new bundle of joy, how do you avoid or lessen your new baby debt? Re-think Your Budget If you're pregnant, start budgeting immediately. Compare your current budget to anticipated costs. Take a look at all of your expenses to see where you can make cuts. You can probably remove premium options from your cable lineup, especially since with a new baby, you won't have as much time to watch television as you did before the baby! If you eat out several times a week, cook more meals at home. Look at other ways to cut any unnecessary costs, putting your savings in a new account. It's important to adjust your lifestyle, ...

 


Preparing Your Child for the Baby

The only thing better than having a child, is having two, or three, or – well, you get the point. However, your first child won’t always welcome the newcomer with open arms. So, be sure to help them prepare and be optimistic for their new best friend. Get your child excited about a new baby by including them in the planning. Give them their own “baby” to care for as well. They can feel pride in folding baby clothes or picking out a special toy for their sibling. Talk to your preschooler about the baby, with sentences such as “I can't wait till you're a great big brother/sister to the new baby,” and discuss what your preschooler might teach the new sibling. Encourage your preschooler to sing or read to the baby, or draw a few pictures for them. Your child will feel less important, so emphasizing their one-of-a-kind “role” as a “big brother/big sister” is key....

 


Babies and Finances – We All Tend to Over-Prepare

Babies don't need everything that’s available in the local children's boutique. Stick to the basics. You will need items like a stroller, clothing, car seat, bedding and a changing table. If you're unsure if you need an item immediately, ask moms at a local parenting group or online. What you do need to purchase in bulk is diapers. You can ask friends and family for some at a baby shower to get you started. It's wise to purchase diapers in multiple sizes because newborns outgrow diapers quickly and you'll want to be prepared. Purchasing in bulk also helps you save money. You can buy everything else as you can afford it....

 


Babies and Finances – Benefits Through Insurance and Taxes

Be sure to ask if your insurance covers prenatal and maternity expenses. WebMD.com puts the average cost of childbirth at $3,000-$10,000, depending on the type of birth you have. Saving even a fraction of the cost for these expenses using your insurance can go a long way. When birth is near, see if your employer offers the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA lets you take 12 work weeks of leave in a single year to care for your child and recover from childbirth. Ask human resources about exercising this option and about maternity leave. Having a new baby means new experiences and responsibilities. Don't forget you do have options for tax deductions. Check with an accountant for more information. However, the most important thing to remember is that while babies arrive with expenses, they also provide something priceless: a lifetime of love and memories. If you’re new to parenthood, you’ll soon find out that even a little person can come with big expenses. Consider this advise, and enjoy yo...

 


Safety With the Increasingly Popular Sport of Skateboarding

Skateboarding was hugely popular in the 1980's, and has again become a huge hit in the last decade or so. It's not just about skating, it's the fashion, shoes, and image that goes with it. This is a fun sport that a lot of children and teenagers love to do. There is nothing wrong with being a skater, whether on a skateboard or the old-fashioned kind of skates. It's great exercise and loads of fun. But, few are as careful as they should be. Helmets should be worn at all time as well as appropriate protective gear such as knee and elbow pads. There are specific safety equipment you can purchase made for skateboarding. Be sure that you get the right kind that gives the skater freedom of movement. Also, parental supervision whenever possible will help ensure that your children don't take reckless risks that could give them serious injuries and land them in the emergency room....

 


Scroll To Top


Privacy Policy / Terms of Service / Accessibility Statement
© 2019 - thehylandsisters.com. All Rights Reserved.