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Four weeks ago, I caught it- my first cold this year.  I rarely get sick (I usually say it’s because I was a teacher, so I was around different germs from thirty kids 5 days a week… I’ve built up a pretty good immunity to it)

Now that I have four kids of my own, my thoughts went right to them: how do I keep my cold from spreading to them?

1. Be prepared!
Do you have everything that you need just in case they get sick?   Tylenol?  Soothing bath soak?  Cover any open wounds to prevent germs from getting into it (grab a fun Bandaid while you’re at it!)

2. Wash your hands!
According to the CDC, 80% of infectious diseases are spread simply with touch.   The germs get onto your hands and then when you touch your eyes and mouth, the germs get into your body.   An easy way to show this to your children is to take a balloon and blow it up.  Now put flour on your hands and touch the balloon all over.   Pass the balloon to your kids and tell them to play with it.  Now show them how the flour has spread to their hands.  The flour represents germs.    Teach your kids to really RUB their hands together (the action of washing is what is going to get those germs away).   Let them sing the ABC song while they wash… That’s how long they need to wash their hands.

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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