Safety Alert — March Issue!

balloon.jpgA dear ParentLife reader who also is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner reminded us of the safety precautions involving balloons. The March 2010 article “Let’s Have a Party!” mentioned having balloons at a birthday party and sending them home with children as party favors. We thank this reader for updating us and want to remind parents of the dangers that balloons and balloon pieces can cause to young children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement (March 2010) has the following to say: “Of all children’s products, latex balloons are the leading cause of choking death, and most of these fatalities are among children younger than 6 years. Uninflated and pieces of broken latex balloons pose a particular hazard because of their ability to conform to the child’s airway and form an airtight seal.” So please guard your young children from balloons.

We apologize to our readers for not thinking through the implications of including balloons at parties. We do want to take this opportunity to get the word out to other readers so they will be aware.

Thank you for your comments! We always want to give the best health and safety information available to our readers.


March Events & Happenings

Life feels so busy! Sometimes you just have to make time to slow down and get away to gain a new perspective on life, marriage, and parenting. Check out the following great options for the month of March.

evI_fireproof_my_marriage_210x90.jpgFireproof My Marriage

Friday, March 19-Saturday, March 20
First Baptist Church North Mobile in Saraland, AL

Friday, March 26-Saturday, March 27
Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL

evI_Living_Proof_Live_2010_570x200.jpgLiving Proof Live with Beth Moore

Friday, March 26-Saturday, March 27
Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ




You and Your Girl with Vicki Courtney
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS



And check out these fun ideas for you and your preteen to spend time together!

skillettobymac.pngThe Awake Tonight Tour with Skillet & TobyMac

Sure to be an evening of pure adrenaline and energy, the tour will hit over 20 cities throughout March and April, kicking off tonight in Indiana. TobyMac & Skillet pairing has created the ultimate concert EXPERIENCE. With two headliners on the same stage, that have this much energy to offer night after night, all I can say is go get a ticket. You don’t want to be the unlucky person that spends the rest of his life wishing you were there.

RWRS_OKC_WebFlyer.jpgThe 2nd Annual Rock and Worship Roadshow

The stellar cast includes the talents of MercyMe, David Crowder Band, Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Remedy Drive and Sidewalk Prophets. Last year, the Rock and Worship Roadshow drew more than 170k fans to major cities across the U.S. This year it hopes to continue to attract people by the thousands providing them the best entertainment along with a meaningful message. The 25-city tour will kick off March 18 in Indianapolis and will carry through to April 25 in Columbia, SC.

discoveradventures.jpgThe Ultimate Summer Field Trip Contest

Discovery Student Adventures launches the "Ultimate Summer Field Trip" online sweepstakes on its Facebook Fan Page for a trip to Italy and Greece this summer: July 5-19, 2010.  Students ages 10-18 and teachers of grades K-12 are eligible to enter.  Winners will go beyond typical tourist places to experience climbing and camping on Italy’s Mt. Etna, tour through the Vatican and watch a Greek tragedy in Athens. The contest ends on April 15, 2010.

And what do Beth Moore, TobyMac, and Skillet have in common? Besides having great events you can attend in March, they have all been featured in ParentLife of course! Don’t miss Skillet’s John and Korey Cooper on the April 2010 cover of ParentLife!