New Warning for Parents! Gummy Bears?

Halloween is right around the corner, so whether you live in Pasadena or Chino, or Glendora you want to make sure your teens will be safe. There’s a new warning out. Seems kids have gotten even more inventive. They are infusing gunny bears with vodka! Information is power. Power should be used in a democratic fashion. This is a discussion without anger, listening, problem solving and a consequence that fits the crime. In fact, a preventative conversation about gummy bears seems appropriate.

Here are some things you can do to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

1. If your kids are still in elementary school, a parent should be following nearby as their child goes trick or treating.

2. Know where your child will be trick or treating. Make sure they have their cell with them.

3. For young ones, check their candy before they eat it. Look for pins etc. It’s hard to see poison!, so parents are somewhat at a loss with that one. That’s why it’s best to stick to streets where you know the people.

4. Don’t let your teen stay out extra late. The streets clear out and late at night is when trouble starts.

5. Remind your  kids to be respectful and not to go into homes or off with anyone they don’t know.

6. For teens, see if they can travel in a group rather than 1 or 2.

7. Share in the fun with your kids. For young ones reading Halloween stories, carving pumpkins, and baking a pumpkin pie will be lots of fun!

8. Take your child to Knott’s Scary, or Universal, or Disney. Make it a family outing if your teen still wants to do things with you!

There are other safety warnings for your teens on Halloween. This link gives you tips on keeping your kids safe on Halloween and talks about the new gummy bear warning… http://galtime.com/article/parenting/44787/20156/halloween-warning-new-candy-concern

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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com or http://www.eatingdisordersgroup.com
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