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UNLVs OUMP Program Helps Adam’s Place Game Night

Hi Kelly and Michelle!

Thank you SO much for giving all of us from UNLV’s OUMP Program the opportunity to participate in and contribute to your Games Night last night! The students and I really had a wonderful time and felt it was a very meaningful and special opportunity to work with you and everyone who attended.

As I mentioned, please let me know of any opportunities where you could use some extra hands in the coming weeks/months. We will put Boo Bash on the calendar for OUMP in Fall 2019 (let me know the details as you know them on your end) as well as look into recruiting some individuals who may be interested in group facilitation opportunities.

I personally would love to continue to work with you all as a facilitator in the coming months, so let me know how to proceed there.

Thank you so much again and looking forward to what’s to come.

Thank you too for all that you all do for the Las Vegas community!


Encourage Your Kids to Safely Explore Outdoors

Safely Explore Outdoors
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When the days get warmer, kids want to go outside and play.

Whether it’s in the backyard, at a park or at the local swimming pool, kids love to explore and learn about the world around them. It’s important to encourage their exploration, since outside play provides kids with a host of benefits. But how do you make sure they stay safe? Here are some ways to protect your children while they run and play outside.

Check the Yard

Before your kids go out to play, walk through the yard to see if there are any dangerous tools or objects that might cause your kids to get hurt. According to Settleinelpaso.com, “It’s easy to lose track of things over the winter, especially when they’ve been covered by snow for months, so look closely anywhere your kids like to play.” Search for garden rakes, pruning shears and sharp stones. These items are difficult to spot when the grass is tall, and can cause your little ones to get cuts or a sprained ankle.

Staying Away from Strangers

Teach your children that they should never speak to strangers. Consider organizing a neighborhood watch where members of the community all keep an eye out for the neighborhood kids. Tell your children they must always stay where you can see them when they play in the yard or at the park.

Pesky Bugs

Going outside means coming into contact with insects. Kids can avoid potential bites and stings if they wear light-colored clothing. Some insects make a beeline for people wearing dark colors. Warn kids to be careful when lifting rocks and pieces of wood. Insects and animals could be hiding underneath. Depending on where you live, kids need to be on guard against scorpions, venomous snakes, black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. In the evening, protect your kids from mosquito bites by covering their arms and legs. Use mosquito repellent to make the pesky bugs keep their distance.

Protect Kids from the Weather

Before going outside, don’t forget to slather sunscreen on the kids. Consider making them wear a hat for further sun protection.  Keep them hydrated by providing them with plenty of water. When it’s winter, don’t forget to bundle them up. Not wearing the proper clothing when the temperature drops can lead to hypothermia.

Swimming Safety

Safekids.org reports that “among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old.” When your kids are near water, pay close attention to them. Younger children should always be within arm’s reach, while older kids should always swim with a buddy. Enroll your kids in swim classes so they know how to survive if they ever fall into a pool, pond or lake.

Encourage Your Kids to Explore

Organizing outdoor family activities is a wonderful way to encourage kids to explore nature and the world around them. Lead kids on a treasure hunt in the park, set up a tent in the backyard and pretend you’re camping in the woods, or build a bird feeder and hang it on a tree so the birds can feast on birdseed. Encourage free play as well. Playing outside provides an abundance of benefits for your kids. It decreases insomnia, boosts happiness and improves academic performance. It makes your child more creative, imaginative and confident. It even alleviates symptoms of ADHD.

Don’t keep your kids cooped up in the house. Allow them to get outdoors to breathe the fresh air, exercise their bodies and stimulate their minds. Whether exploring the backyard, hiking through the woods, going swimming or playing at the park, outside play is crucial for children’s development. Plan fun outdoor activities like camping or building bird feeders. No matter what types of activities your children enjoy, protect them by teaching important safety rules and dressing them appropriately for outdoor fun.

National Alliance for Grieving Children – Holiday Toolkit

National Alliance for Grieving Children - Holiday Toolkit

Supporting Grieving Children During the Season of Family

The season that begins Thanksgiving and continues through the New Year could be called the “season of family.” During this time of year, regardless of which holidays you celebrate, what faith or culture you honor, there is an emphasis on family – a heightened awareness of the importance of family while we gather and celebrate.

The reverse is also true, there is a heightened awareness of those missing, those not at the table or at the special gathering.

It is important we recognize and honor our traditions and celebrate family while honoring the loved shared and memories of family members that have died. The “Season of Family” provides us an opportunity to celebrate and remember those loved ones who have been important to us.

During the season, we have an opportunity to decide as family units to hold on to past traditions that have been important to us, to let go of the traditions that are no longer feasible, and to create new traditions that honor the past as well as move us forward as a family. This holiday toolkit is provided with the hopes it will provide ideas and inspiration for families to celebrate loved ones, those present and those who have died.

We hope together your family will create conversations and activities to honor the holiday season and your loved ones. Please join NAGC as together we celebrate the “SEASON OF FAMILY.”

Download the Holiday Toolkit (PDF)