Holidays

Creative Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us! Teacher’s are special people who deserve to be celebrated. According to PTA.org, we have been celebrating Teacher Appreciation week officially since 1984. That year, National PTA designated “one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.” Teachers change the lives of millions of children every single day. Their hard work and dedication to these young minds has impacts inside and outside the classroom. It is important to take the time to show appreciation for these incredible people.

We have put together a short list of creative ideas of how to celebrate and show your gratitude to your teacher this year:

 

1 – Gift Card: With so many children to look after and so many supplies to have on hand, a gift card is a great way to show appreciation and take the edge off of a teacher. Or maybe they could use it to treat themselves to something special!

2 – Sweet Treats: You can never go wrong with a sweet treat! Ask the teacher for their favorite candy, cookie, or cupcake flavor and surprise them with a pick me up that will satisfy their sweet tooth!

3 – Framed Photo: Pictures are worth 1000 words and teachers would love a momento from their special students!

4 – Succulent: These plants create a fun atmosphere in the classroom and last a long time! Every time the teacher looks at it they will remember the sweet student that gave it to them

5 – Drink Bottle: Teaching can be tiring, they need to stay hydrated! Get a tumbler, mug, or any kind of cup with a fun design on it! You could even fill it with candy!

Big or small, even a simple “Thank You” to show your appreciation will mean a lot to these wonderful teachers! Have you ever given or received a super special gift for Teacher Appreciation? Share it with us in the comments!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

 

14 Ways to Say I Love You

Today on the blog, our Austin Area Marketing Director Tomi Fanning is sharing her Valentine’s Day tips!


Hi there! Tomi here. February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day, is one of my favorite holidays because it is a special holiday where you get to spread the love to those around you! Whether it is your parents, friends, soul mate, teachers, or your cat, love is in the air. There are many ways to do this. I came up with 14 ways to say I LOVE YOU and here they are:

 

1 – Give a big bear hug: hugs make people happy! Go and hug someone you love

2 – Decorate a Valentine’s Day card: No matter what age you are, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get crafty!

3 – Do something nice and selfless for someone: Take out the trash or put away their laundry. A little act of kindness goes a long way.

4 – Give flowers: This thoughtful gesture is a great one! By the way, my favorites are lilies!

5 – Learn “I love you” in another language: Te Amo (Spanish) , Je T’Aime (French), Ich Lieb Dich (German)! Try one!

6 – Play a song that reminds you of the other personThis is a perfect way to take a walk down memory lane with a lovely tune

7 – Write a list of all the reasons you care about someone: Showing someone the reasons you appreciate them will always be a way to their heart

8 – Decorate and frame an adorable photo of the two of you: Get the whole family involved in decorating and find a photo that captures your relationship.

9 – Leave them a secret note

10 – Create homemade coupons that the other person can redeem: Free massage, free car wash, free room cleaning… the list goes on and on!

11 – Cook them their favorite meal: They say the way to some people’s heart is through their stomach!

12 – Blow a kissSimple and straight to the point!

13 – Watch their favorite movie with themNothing better than a family snuggle session on the couch!

14 – Say “I love you”: Need I say more?!

 

These are just a few of the many ways to tell those around us how much we love them. Put a little bit of thought in and it will mean a lot to the other person. Do you have anything special planned for Valentine’s Day??


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

The Holiday Season At UC4K

The holiday season is known for its hustle and bustle, parties with family and friends, and fun traditions, and it’s no different here at Urgent Care for Kids! Between Christmas events, staff parties, and our annual clinic decorating contest, we have been very busy!

Holiday Events

We were out and about in the community quite a bit this holiday season. Throughout the year, we try to be as involved as we can, but there’s something a little more fun and exciting about Christmas events! We participated in multiple events across our three markets, including a special Cookies With Santa event at our Spring, Texas location. In partnership with Kroger, we offered free photos with Santa, cookies, and letters to Santa! It was a great way to connect with our neighborhood in Spring and give back to the community.

Staff Parties

 Here at Urgent Care for Kids, we refer to our team as the Urgent Care for Kids “Family”, so of course we had to celebrate together! Our staff Christmas parties were such a great opportunity to spend time with our staff members outside of clinic hours. We played games, ate great food, and had lots of fun!

Clinic Decorations

Each year, our clinics participate in a decorating contest for the Christmas season, and many of our clinics go above and beyond! We had a variety of themes this year, from Winter Wonderland to Who-ville. This activity is a great teambuilding opportunity, and a chance for our staff to show off their creative side!

Overall, we had a fun and festive holiday season here at Urgent Care for Kids, and we hope you did too!

Urgent Care for Kids Participates in Operation Christmas Child

The holiday season is a time for giving back, whether that’s by volunteering locally or making the holidays special for someone halfway across the globe. While many people do this with their family members or friends, Urgent Care for Kids, the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, decided to give back as a company.

“Giving back is something that not only helps build a stronger team, but it’s something that’s very important to us,” said Melissa Bauman, Vice President of Marketing & Customer Service. “With our team spread out across Texas, it was fun to have a project that every single employee could participate in and see a global impact. We’re looking forward to establishing this as an annual project, and can’t wait to see how it grows each year.”

Urgent Care for Kids chose to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project directed and implemented by Samaritan’s Purse, a faith-based organization that provides crisis relief around the world. Staff members who participated packed a shoebox filled with toys, hygiene products, and school supplies to be delivered to children in impoverished areas. All nine Urgent Care for Kids clinics and corporate staff participated to donate shoeboxes to be shipped internationally.

“Operation Christmas Child is an amazing mission and Urgent Care for Kids is thrilled to be a part of it,” said Brian White, CEO. “I am so proud of our many team members who participated this year in order to make a difference in the life of a child in countries across the globe.  We have a wonderful team of people at Urgent Care for Kids and the passion they showed for Operation Christmas Child only proves how dedicated they are to helping children.”

Urgent Care for Kids is an after-hours pediatric facility designed to provide quality pediatric healthcare with short wait times at an affordable price. Each location offers flu and strep testing, x-rays, and laceration repair 365 days a year.

Turkey Day Craft

Thanksgiving week is upon us and with a lot of kids having a week off school, we found a craft to help keep your family busy. This craft from All Kids Network helps us reflect and think about what to be thankful for this year.

What you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Red, orange, yellow and green construction paper
  • Magnet
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Two Google eyes
  • Black marker

How to make your I Am Thankful Turkey craft:

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Step 1: Cut toilet paper roll in half.
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Step 2: Paint one half of toilet paper roll brown.

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Step 3: Trace feather template onto each piece of construction paper and cut out.
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Step 4: Ask child things they are thankful for and print onto each feather.

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Step 5: Glue feathers on back of toilet paper roll as shown. (Make sure paint is dry.)
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Step 6: Cut a simple beak from Orange paper and a simple waddle from red paper and glue onto other side of toilet paper roll. Add a magnet under feathers and place on refrigerator.

 

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Step 7: Glue eyes above the beak.

Thank you All Kids Network for sharing this fun craft! Enjoy getting your hands dirty and spending some quality time with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


Trick-or-Treating Safety

TRICK OR TREAT! Halloween can be one of the best nights of the year for children. They get to dress up, stay up later, and run from house to house asking for candy.

As much fun as this can be, trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents and children aren’t careful or are unprepared.

Here are some tips from MSN for staying safe while trick or treating:

1. Always Trick or Treat with an Adult: If children are under 12 years old, they should not be alone at night without supervision. If they are mature enough to be alone, they should stay in familiar areas that are well lit and stick with groups.

2. Factory Sealed Snacks Only: Examine your kids’ goodies after trick or treating and make sure all of their treats are sealed properly. Throw away any candy with damaged packaging or homemade treats by strangers

3. Stick to Sidewalks: Halloween brings excitement and children may want to sprint from house to house to collect their candy. However, stick to the sidewalk to ensure safety from cars.

4. Choose Comfortable Shoes: Boots or Heels may be the fashionable choice for your child’s costume but they could lead to stumbling or sore feet. Wearing tennis shoes will make for a more enjoyable evening for all.

5. Make Yourself Visible: If your child has decided to dress in a spooky black outfit, it could be tough for cars or other trick or treaters to see them. Have your child carry a flashlight or a glowstick to light themselves up. Also you could add reflective tape to kid’s bags to make them even more visible.

Check out more Safety tips from MSN here

Urgent Care for Kids wishes you a happy and safe Halloween!

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Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

DIY: Mummy Madness

Halloween is just around the corner. Pumpkins are being carved and costumes are being designed. Mummies are one of the spooky creatures that make an appearance during this Halloween Season and what better way to decorate than adding an homemade Mummy to your home. Toilet Paper Roll crafts are cheap and easy to find in your household! Check out this Halloween Twisted Toilet Paper Roll Craft from Gluesticks and Gumdrops.


Materials Needed:

-Toilet Paper Rolls

-Black Paint

-Gauze

-Googly Eyes

-School Glue


Step 1: Paint the toilet paper rolls black. Let them dry.

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Gluesticks and Gumdrops

Step 2: Glue the googly eyes near the top of the tube using the school glue

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Gluesticks and Gumdrops

Step 3: Wrap the toilet paper tubes with strips of gauze, gluing occasionally along the length of the strip to secure it.

Gluesticks and Gumdrops

Gluesticks and Gumdrops

Check out more from Gluesticks and Gumdrops here!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Trick-or-Treat Tips

As well as providing superior pediatric care for your little ones, Dr. Whitenton has an array of knowledge of helpful tips for your family! With school back in session, Dr. Whitenton is here to talk about children’s allergies and staying safe while trick-or-treating this year!

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Halloween remains one of the most exciting and fun holidays for kids, but for a number of children, it can be a life-threatening challenge.  Most parents are familiar with rules at daycare and school regarding peanut butter and other allergens in children’s lunches, snacks, and treats, but a great deal of care must be taken for children at Halloween with tree nut allergies.

Imagine the disappointment of going trick or treating, collecting an orange plastic pumpkin full of treats that aren’t usually enjoyed in large quantities for the rest of the year, and examining the bounty only to find they can’t be enjoyed because of an allergy.  Many parents avoid that disappointment by avoiding participation in the holiday at all.  Having treats available to kids on Halloween that are free from common allergens such as peanuts means that all children can participate in and enjoy a fun night trick-or-treating.

One way to communicate to families that you have non-food treats available is to place a pumpkin on your front porch that’s painted teal.  It’s a universal sign to families that your treats are safe.  Some ideas for non-food treats would be vampire teeth, spider rings, stickers, pens and pencils, or glow sticks.

For a list of peanut-free treats, visit this website:  http://www.allergysf.com/safety/candy/nuts/

To learn more about the teal pumpkin project, visit:  https://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project


Dr. WhitentonDr. Kristi Whitenton is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, followed by general pediatrics residency at the University of  Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  After two years of additional training in pediatric critical care, she became a medical director for Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care in San Antonio.  In August 2014, she joined Urgent Care for Kids as the medical director for the Austin area.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a son attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and supporting the visual and performing arts.


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Fall Craft Fun

The air is starting to crisp, the colors are starting to change, and the leaves are starting to fall. Autumn is approaching quickly! What better way to celebrate the seasons changing than with a fall craft?!

Check out this EASY and fun craft perfect for all ages from Arty Craft Kids:


Materials Needed:

-A sheet of white paper
-Paint (preferably: brown, orange, yellow, green, and red
-Q-tips


Step 1: Trace your child’s hand and arm with a pencil on the white sheet of paper

Step 2: Allow your child to paint the arm and hand brown. This will be our tree trunk!

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Arty Crafty Kids

Step 3: Dip the end of a Q-Tip into each of the colors and make dots (leaves) on the tree.

Arty Crafty Kids

Arty Crafty Kids

Step 4: Build onto the dots with varying colors and sizes and patterns.

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Arty Crafty Kids

For more fun craft ideas from Arty Crafty Kids click here! Happy Crafting!


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.


 

Get Fit Friday: Trotting with Tots

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Physical fitness is very important to overall health, even in kids. In this series, we will share tips on how to make fitness fun, creative ways to get kids moving, steps to take to make fitness a healthy habit, and more! Lace up your sneakers and let’s get moving!


Trotting with Tots is a group of exercise-friendly, hardworking mama’s who meet on a weekly basis and go on various runs across Austin, with their strollers in tow. When it comes to everyday fitness and where to begin, we went to Loren McEllin, the founder of Trotting with Tots to answer all of our questions!

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What made you want to start Trotting with Tots?

When we first moved to Austin in the early Spring of 2014, we didn’t really know anyone. Sure, my husband had his co-workers, but they were mainly single and/or without kiddos.  In addition, we really wanted to be able to socialize our son, who was 19 months old at the time, without having to pay a huge chunk of money for daycare—especially since I was planning on being a stay at home mom for awhile.  So after some brainstorming, and some stroller-toting runs (because how else was I to exercise during the day?), Trotting with Tots was born.  May 2014 was our first meet-up at Town Lake along Lady Bird Trail, and we had a very good turnout. Over half of the members who participated that day are still very active members of the group today!

When you’re having a tough day on which you don’t feel like a workout, what inspires you to go out there and do it?

We all have our tough days, especially when our minions are not cooperating or when we have recently added a new member to the family (i.e. a newborn), but there is nothing better than the way you feel after a workout with the group.  My little ones also help inspire me by looking forward to our runs.  They know they will have the opportunity to see their friends and play if they cooperate while mommy has her ‘me time’ (better described as the time when Mommy is running and endorphins are kicking in!).  It’s certainly nice knowing you can meet with friends that have similar interests, get in a good workout (or therapy session), see your children smiling and laughing with the friends they’ve made, all while they’re expensing energy, playing outside and getting prepped for a good nap.

What are some of your favorite exercises that you don’t have to go to a gym for?

Running in the great outdoors.  This beautiful city is made for outside fun!  There are so many parks, trails, splash pads, swimming pools, etc. that residents are able to take advantage of, so why wouldn’t we?  We meet all over Austin, up to 5 times a week—from Georgetown to Buda—and we experience it all on foot.  It’s amazing what you don’t notice in a car that you truly cherish when you see it up close.

It’s also wonderful being able to exercise with the kids, and teach them about the importance of staying healthy.  By running with them, we are setting a very good example.  My oldest kiddo often will chant from the stroller when he sees a big hill coming, ‘Come on Mommy, you can do it!’  Melts my heart and helps me get up that hill even on the toughest of days.

What advice would you give to a busy mom who cares about her health just starting out on her fitness journey?

We have ALL been there!  I know sometimes groups of Moms, such as Trotting with Tots, can feel overwhelming for so many reasons—friendships have already been made, people are running further and faster than me, I don’t want my kids to embarrass me, etc.  Again, we have ALL been there.  I think I have, hands down, one of the most embarrassing stories that a Mom could have while exercising with her kiddos, and if you ever want to know so that you feel better about making a start, I’d be more than happy to share!  Yes, friendships have been made in the group, but we have plenty room for more.  We are not a clique, we do not talk poorly about one another, we do not judge. We support one another, our children and our partners.  This group has been a life-changer for me, and I hear the same from other members.  Its our shrink, our second set of ears and eyes, our vice, our sanctuary— it is whatever you need it to be.  Start slow, just meet for play times at first if need be, get to know us and I promise you’ll be addicted.

Want to learn more or join in on the fun?  Here’s the link to our website:

http://www.trottingwithtots.com

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Loren is the founder and leader of Trotting with Tots. She logs dozens of miles every week, with two kids in tow. She makes sure the group runs are spread out from Pflugerville to Buda so all members have a chance to trot on their home turf. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, designing custom sheets and shirts, cooking meals for people in need, and photography.

 

 

 


Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Back to School Craft

Summer is coming to an end and school is approaching quickly. What better way to get in the zone and prepare for school than doing a fun, easy, back to school craft? This is a fun activity for all ages and can generate excitement for the school days ahead.

Check out this adorable “Back to School Pencil Craft” by Crafty Morning:

Materials Needed:

-Yellow Paint

-4 Popsicle sticks

-Paintbrush

-Black market

-Pink/tan paper

Step 1: Measure and cut the pink paper to make a square shaped eraser. Measure and cut the tan paper to make the shape of a pencil (rectangle with a triangle on one end)

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http://www.craftymorning.com/back-school-popsicle-stick-pencil-craft/

Step 2: Glue 4 popsicle sticks onto the tan pencil paper and paint the sticks yellow

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http://www.craftymorning.com/back-school-popsicle-stick-pencil-craft/

Step 3: Finish off the craft by drawing a black tip to the pencil and glue on the pink eraser.

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http://www.craftymorning.com/back-school-popsicle-stick-pencil-craft/

Have any fun Back to School Craft Ideas? Let us know!

 

Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Summer Days Drifting Away

Just because the school year is right around the corner doesn’t mean that the fun has to come to an end. With children, days can get long but the years are short. Summer is a great time to do things you have never done before and cherish that family time that is soon to be crammed with school, homework, and other extracurricular activities.

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Take a look at how to make the best of your remaining summer weeks:

Take a Staycation: Try being a tourist in your city. Google: BEST things to do in “your city” and follow that. Sometimes we get too comfortable in a place and too comfortable with our surroundings that you may miss an opportunity to try something famous and new, such as: a new food truck, the local farmer’s market, a cool park on the opposite side of town, or a new movie theater. Branching out and trying new things may cause some unsure feelings, but that is what life is all about!

Play Hooky: With everyone constantly on the go, playing hooky may be the best excuse for some much needed family time. Curl up on the couch, close the blinds, play some board games, talk to one another, watch an old family classic movie, or just simply snuggle! It is good to take the time to be together before school schedules get too crazy. Also, this can be a good excuse to stay out of the heat!

Read a Book: Time to switch back on those brains! Head over to the local library and pick up some reads that will be interesting to you and your kiddos. That way, when homework is back in full swing, it isn’t as much of a shock for everyone.

Take Photos: Time flies and days sometimes go together. Take photos to remember these moments, big or small. When the children grow up, you may look back and miss the long, summer days and cherish the memories you made.

Start to get your routine back in order: Bedtimes and alarm clocks may have been forgotten for the last couple months, but they are coming back fast and furious. Slowly start to wean your family back to your schedule. If you can try to eat dinner at the same time every night and have a similar evening routine every night. Start setting the bedtimes back further each week and start waking them up at the same time every day. We have to train ourselves to get back to this schedule. This could prevent exhaustion when they go back to school everyday.

 

Enjoy your remaining summer days and always stay safe in the sun!

Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

Preparing Big Brother or Sister

Siblings are a wonderful gift that parents can give their children. They are built in playmates, support systems, and in some cases best friends! Some people say, “Having one is one but having two is twenty.” The transition from one child to two children is a huge adjustment for everyone including brother or sister. This momentous change can be exciting but sometimes traumatic for little ones to grasp. Different age gaps between children will provide different adjustments, but we have compiled a list of ways to prepare big brother or big sister for the arrival of this new bundle of joy!

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Get a baby doll: Mothers have to “nest” and little ones do too! Get your little one a baby doll, specific to the gender of the new baby if you can! This way big brother or sister can practice holding the new baby and get used to being gentle and quiet around a baby.

“Big Helper”: Make a big deal out of your BIG helper. Give your little one extra tasks around the house.Maybe let them pick out their own clothes, choose the book to read at naptime, help feed the family pet, or even “help” with the laudry! This will prepare your little one when it comes time for the new baby to be willing and excited when you actually may need their help grabbing a diaper or a towel!

Read, Read Read: There are TONS of books on the market about transitioning into a big brother or big sister. Find a character your little one likes such as Little Critter or Bubble Guppies and read about when they became big brother and sister!

Continuous Conversation: You can never talk too much! When the baby comes, it will be with them forever. You will provide security and comfort by constantly talking about the baby and reminding them that Mommy and Daddy will always love them.

Gift FROM the new baby: When the new baby arrives, it is nice to give big brother or sister a gift “from” the baby. It doesn’t have to be anything grand! Just something to remind the big sibling how special they are.

Becoming a big brother or sister is a gift and a responsibility! Using these tips above will hopefully encourage a smooth transition for all parties included.

Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

 

Staff Spotlight: Kristin Bevinetto

Each and every team member here at Urgent Care for Kids performs a crucial task that keeps our clinics running smoothly and helps make each patient’s visit a success. We want to give you a chance to get to learn more about our staff that you may see in our clinics and what makes them so great!

Staff Spotlight: Meet Kristin!

Name: Kristin Bevinetto

Job Title: Radiologic Technologist/Receptionist

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Favorite Sports Team: New Orleans SaintsKristin B

What is your favorite thing about Urgent Care for Kids? I love what a wonderful team we have! We’re like a big family. We’re always willing to help each other!

What three traits define you?  Honesty, loyalty, and patience

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Seafood – yum!

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? Virginia, because it’s so beautiful and I love American History.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Own a clothing and accessories boutique.

How do you define success? Being completely satisfied emotionally, professionally, and financially.

What is the best book you have ever read? Too many good ones… I can’t choose one!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you: I LOVE to dance!

Kristin is a wonderful addition to the Urgent Care for Kids Family! Thank you for all that you do! Stay tuned for next week’s Staff Spotlight!

 

Urgent Care for Kids is the largest pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, serving families in the greater Austin, DFW, and Houston areas. Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality medical care and superior customer service at a time and location that is convenient to working parents. We accept all major commercial insurance plans and all Texas Medicaid and CHIP plans in order to best serve our patients and their families. To learn more about our locations, hours, and services we provide, please visit our website.

#ThrowbackThursday

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Welcome back to #THROWBACKTHURSDAY! We love this series because every Thursday we take a trip down memory lane and visit the history of Urgent Care for Kids, healthcare, and other fun things. Hop into our time machine and let’s go!

Today we are looking at the history of the Life Preserver. With summer in full swing, it is possible you may be heading to the pool, lake, ocean, or river. No matter how confident you are in your water skills, it is best to have you and your family prepared for anything. Life Preservers, Life Jackets, and Floaties are just a few names for the personal flotation devices that have been providing safety to people of all ages for a very long time. Check out this timeline of the history of the Life Preserver from www.oars.com:

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870 A.D.: The first recorded flotation devices were made of animal skins created by an Assyrian army to cross a moat.

1800s: A life vest made out of wood and cork was developed by Norwegian sailors. British Royal Navy members were hesitant to adopt these life vests because theyfelt the personal flotation devices were tempting escape methods.

1920s: Due to the uncomfort with the cork vest, kapok was adopted. Kapok was a more buoyant, vegetable fiber, however, it was extremely flammable and lost its buoyancy if squished or sat on.

1940s: “Mae Wests” were inflatable life vests used by American and British airmen. The shapely silhouette these created inspired the nickname.

1960s: The Coast Guard standardized use and regulations for life jackets, although the ones available were not designed well and often led to drowning.

1970s: Maurice O’Link started making jackets that were “unapproved” and the Coast Guard finally opened its mind to new designs. In 1973, the High Float PFD was invented, with more buoyancy and designed for big water swims. It was created for at home assembly.

1980s: European designs are adapted to make the Type V PFD with a special purpose category including a rescue harness and a new design for commercial passengers.

1990s: Phil Curry starts Lotus Designs and dominated all other competitors in the PFD market. The new design included adjustments, bright colors, fit for short waisted people, and durable fabric.

2000s: Lotus was sold to Patagonia and more companies innovated the PFD to make it safer, more stylish, and more sustainable.
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