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Summer Fun & Safety for Families
June 2023 | Issue 234
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What's the best first sport for kids? Hint: It's fun, especially on a hot summer day. It's also a great way for kids to get the physical activity they need. Most importantly, as pediatrician Dr. W. Steen James tells families, it's the only sport that can save lives.
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Lighting fireworks in the backyard or nearby field might seem like a festive way to celebrate the 4th of July. But the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages families to leave fireworks to the professionals. Professional fireworks displays are going to be more spectacular—and much safer.

Thousands of people, mostly children, teens and young adults, are seriously injured while using consumer fireworks each year. Even sparklers (which burn at a scorching 2,000 degrees!) and firecrackers sent more than 2,500 people to emergency departments in 2021. To keep your family's 4th of July festivities fun and injury-free, read these tips.

 Play to Defuse Defiance 

Do you notice that your child acts defiant or digs in their heels more after a big change in routine?

In times of uncertainty, kids may start putting up a fight about anything they can control. What they want to wear, what they will eat and what time they will go to bed may all become a struggle.

Play can help kids feel more grounded and flexible.One playful way to deal with defiance is following your child's lead at least once a day. Play whatever they want to play, and be sure to give them your undivided attention.
Read more in this month's Power of Play article, Defiant Behavior: 4 Ways Play Can Help Your Child Cope With Change. Find free printable play sheets here.
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