8 Dirty Truths About Teaching Kids Yoga

Kids yoga classes are different from adult yoga classes. Before you decide to become a kids yoga instructor, or start doing yoga with your class at school, you’ll want to become familiar with these 8 dirty truths about teaching yoga to kids.

1. There will be tears – The trigger could be being overtired, or not getting to lead the game, or feeling overwhelmed, or that somebody ran into them during Yoga Tag, or they are frustrated at not being able to do their favourite pose precisely when they wanted. Tears are part and parcel of kids learning about their emotions and how to handle life. After school yoga classes are especially prone to this response as kids have already put in a full day of learning, may not have had an adequate after school snack (low-blood sugar often causes emotional melt-downs), or may simply need a little TLC whereas the rest of the class wants to burn off excess energy.

2. Classes are noisy – Laughter, chatting, roaring, barking, singing, energetic chanting and more are part of a yoga class for kids. Once a Grade 5 teacher asked me how to get her students to be quiet during yoga. My response: “Don’t.” Kids need to express themselves using all their senses and they will at every opportunity. I believe that happy noise is productive to learning. One rule, however, when the instructor talks everyone else listens. That way explanations and instruction can be given, and then activities can be fully interactive. So have fun, make some noise!

3. You will be interrupted – Imagine half the adults in your yoga class expressing out loud the first thought that comes to mind every time the teacher begins to explain a pose or activity. Imagine being half way through a story only to be asked, “Can I go to the bathroom?” Imagine hearing all about someone’s fish that died on the weekend, a favourite TV show, the type of cake that was served at a friend’s birthday party, or the nasty comment that Mommy said to Daddy when he came home late from work…again. Now you are at a kids yoga class.

4. Classroom management is an essential skill – You will need to possess some classroom management skills to keep Bobby from constantly playing with the gong, Sue from cuddling with her best friend, Joey on task, and Beth from using her yoga mat like a sled. Kids generally know how to behave but will take advantage of any opportunity for chaos. Every kids yoga instructor needs to find their own style of classroom management so that the environment stays conducive to learning and growth. Remember you are in charge.

5. When you mess up, you’ll be told – Adults are generally rather polite when instructors make minor mistakes, stumble over their words, or fall flat on their faces. Kids – not so much! They love pointing out your shortcomings, faux pas, and inconsistencies. Instructors have two options: 1) achieve perfection 2) develop a sense of humour. Since perfection is a far way off for me, I find laughing about my blunders a lot more fun. In addition, the way in which adults respond to error helps kids to see how to handle their own mistakes in positive, life affirming ways.

6. Classes are similar to herding cats – Each group has a variety of ages, physical, mental and emotional abilities, and maturity levels. Add to that the fact that kids’ attention spans can be measured in minutes and you have an interesting challenge on your hands. Establishing a class routine and making sure the themes are kid friendly will lengthen the amount of time kids will spend on any one given activity. Kids yoga instructors, however, had better always have a few fall back activities & yoga games in mind to keep everyone engaged and having fun.

7. It’s not about you – Kids love classes which focus on THEIR interests. WebKinz, Hannah Montana, Star Wars, Creepy Crawlies, Princesses, Spiderman, and more all come to yoga class. When the instructor incorporates a yoga inspired activity which plays off the students’ favourite things then you know you’ve got a great thing going. As well, each holiday from Valentine’s to Halloween provides fodder for fun. So don’t be surprised if you spend time wondering how to incorporate leprechauns or superheros into your next yoga class.

8. Props, props, & more props – For an adult yoga class most instructors use a mat, an mp3 player, and if you are lucky an eye pillow. Iyengar classes will add a strap, a block, a blanket, and possibly a chair. For any given kids yoga class, take that basic list and add books, puppets, feathers, scarves, pompoms, parachutes, stuffed animals, musical instruments, hula hoops, card decks, hoberman spheres, rocks, balls, bean bags, craft supplies, colouring sheets, and more. Be sure to have some storage space available.

So there you have it: the inconveniences, traumas & reality of teaching yoga to kids.

There is a flip side however. If you take pleasure in providing tools for kids to be happy and healthy the rest of their lives, enjoy genuine sharing, approach life with curiosity and creativity, want to end each class with a sense of satisfaction, and love to receive spontaneous hugs, then teaching yoga to kids is for you.

Someone Supporting Me

I’ve had dreams in my life. And I’ve had dreams fall through. Do you know the difference between the two comes down to someone supporting you.

None of us can go it alone, no matter how hard we try or how strong. We all have moments of weakness and doubt when all we can think about is we want to get out.

And during those times when we are weakest and our world is falling apart, it’s the support of a friend or someone who understands that pulls us out.

If you think about the tragedies of life and having to restart again and again, it’s always the same old plight, and we lose the support of family and friends. The more people who pull away, the fewer hands to reach in and help us get through the day. And a person’s world falls apart. We call it tough love and teach classes about how to start.

But the reality is, when someone finally reaches in, that’s when you finally see the fresh start begin. A homeless person, a recovering addict, a financial crisis – then someone says – I love you just the way you are – and suddenly there’s new hope and a fresh start.

Without loving support we can’t do or be anything. To truly live, we all sometimes need a fresh start and a helping hand reaching in gives us the courage for that start.

A few years ago, I got divorced. I was devastated. My whole world fell apart. I felt like I had failed as a woman and a wife. My family had just fallen apart. And my extended family and friends had the attitude of ‘so what, just make a fresh start’ but for me it seemed the end. I had let down God and myself and couldn’t image starting over again.

It’s taken a lot of years to heal, but I finally have that fresh start. Through the loving support of friends, I’m finally becoming able to dream again.

We can’t dream or live on our own. We need right support and encouragement. When family and friends can’t offer that, you have to look for the people who can. Step by step, little by little, you learn to live – supported – again.

If you need support, you’re normal. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are weak or foolish for it. Find the support you need and believe!

Relationship Between Cod Liver Oil and Constipation Explained

The relationship between cod liver oil and constipation is one of natural treatment and ailment. In other words, cod liver oil has been used to provide natural relief from constipation for many years. Other fish oils provide the same benefit, without the risks that can be associated with excess consumption of cod liver oil. Both of these oils provide essential omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for optimal brain, heart, joint and digestive function.

Both my parents and my grandparents took regular doses of cod liver oil and constipation was not a problem for them. After complaining of a “tummy ache”, my mother gave me a spoonful of the nasty tasting, smelly stuff. After that, I kept my tummy aches to myself. Sure, it relieved the constipation, but “Yuck!” I could taste it for hours, every time I burped!

Today, the better fish oil supplements are molecularly distilled to remove the odor. In capsule form, they are tasteless. Storing the capsules in the freezer and/or taking them with food can prevent both the burping and any aftertaste, while still relieving occasional constipation.

Most people experience constipation occasionally. Too little fiber in the diet is one common cause, as is too little water. But, many other factors can contribute to occasional constipation. Prescription medications, dietary supplements containing iron, a sedentary lifestyle, traveling or other changes in routine and stress are some of the many things that can lead to constipation.

Excessive use of stimulant laxatives can cause the eventual dysfunction of the digestive muscles, leading to chronic constipation. Most people find that even occasional use of stimulant laxatives can cause cramping and discomfort. Fish oils improve digestive function, can be taken regularly and are “gentler” than most over-the-counter laxatives, like Ex-Lax. Many people relate cod liver oil and constipation prevention.

Just remember to choose wisely. All supplements are not the same. Cod liver oils contain vitamin A. Pregnant women should avoid supplements containing vitamin A, as it has been associated with a significant increase in birth defects. Too much vitamin A, in even healthy adults can be toxic. In general, it is safer to get your daily vitamin A requirements from food or beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A on an as-needed basis and is therefore non-toxic.

Other concerns over cod liver oil consumption are related to mercury contamination and contamination from other industrial pollutants. Mercury is stored in the livers of fish. Thus, there is a greater chance of mercury contamination in oils that come from fish livers. The source of most cod liver oils is the Atlantic Cod fish, which has been over harvested and swims in some of the most polluted waters in the world.

Fish oils derived from the “flesh” of the fish are generally safer alternatives. But, it is still necessary to choose carefully. Some oils are not molecularly distilled and contain mercury and other contaminants. And, if you are concerned about environmental issues, some fish are over harvested and their populations are not considered sustainable. Manufacturers should list the “source fish” (cod, shark, salmon, etc.), the distillation process used and the ocean from which the fish is harvested, but most do not.

To learn more about cod liver oil and constipation relief or prevention…and to learn more about choosing the best supplements, please visit The Fish Oil Guide.

Be Purposeful

Who you are is dependent on a lot of factors that we don’t often consider. Who are you beyond your name? Every day we make decisions that shape who we are. Who have you become, who are you becoming? Who are you…really?

If I were to ask you that simple question, how would you respond? If you are like most people, you would state your name. Since your name is most often the way people are identified and distinguished from other people, that would be a reasonable response. For someone who knew you to some degree a name might be enough to solicit an image and recall an impression about you. However, let me challenge you to consider some not so common thinking.

If I said, your name is only what people call you. What if you name was changed? This might have happened as a result of an adoption or your mother getting remarried. People have changed their name to Americanize it, to facilitate blending into our culture. People have changed their name just to be different or to stand out. If your name was changed today for some reason, you would still be the same person with the same other characteristics. We would just call you something else.

So, If I said, “Your name is just what people call you, who are you really,” what would you say? You might say that you are a mother, father, sister, uncle, grandson, or friend of so-and-so. These are certainly designations other people could also claim. You might say that you are my neighbor. However, if you or I moved, you would still be you, even though you were no longer my neighbor. Maybe you would say that you are an American. Well, there are a lot of us who are American, it would not be who you are, it would only designate your nationality. Then, you might say I am a Floridian or a Christian or a home maker or a store manager or a teacher. People typically move several times and change professions three or four times in their life, and sometimes change religions. When these things occur, are they a different person? Where you live, your religion, where you grew up or where you live, which organizations or clubs you belong to, are not sufficient to tell us who you really are. These designations would not be unique to you and would not be who you are as an individual.

So, we are still left with, “Who are you…really.” You are not your name, nationality, religion, profession, etc. Although you may have a clear sense of identity, it may be a challenge to convey your individuality.

Is who you are what you have done? You could go through a long list of things you have done, such as that you are a graduate of this high school or that college, that you became certified or licensed as this or that, that you raised this many kids, or that you have traveled to these places. What you have done, has been done by others as well. Doing something in particular is rarely specific to you.

Here is another way of looking at who you are. You are the sum of your decisions. You were provided with some circumstance and resources (genetics, family of origin, etc.), but who you become depends on your decisions. You come to develop a view of the world and a view of yourself that guide you through life. You develop values that guide your perceptions, emotions, attitude, decisions, and actions. These we collectively call character and personality, which impact on your interactions with other people and ultimately shape your relationships. How you interact and your relationships determine the places that life takes you, what you accomplish, and who you come to be. Your relationships with your family or origin, class mates, friends, spouses, children, co-workers, club members, neighbors, customers, and clients determine who you are. Our relationships with other people determine who we become and how things turn out for us.

Your perspectives and values lay the groundwork, your experiences and decisions build the foundation, and your behavior constructs an impression other people have of you – they become who you are. Little decisions day after day, all day long, and big decisions when they occur, make us who we are. Satisfaction with yourself and life in general depends on your decisions. Take some time to think about how you got from where you were to where you are. Be aware of the decisions that you make that will determine where you will be when you get where you are going. Your values and goals are the compass and path that move you along toward who you become. Be purposeful in making your decisions and be mindful of who you are.

Who you are is dependent on a lot of factors that we don’t often consider. Who are you beyond your name? Every day we make decisions that shape who we are. Who have you become, who are you becoming? Who are you…really?

Adult Tricycles Are A Great Way To Get Back To Pedaling

As we get older, as unwelcome as it is, it’s only natural to lose some of our physical prowess. It’s almost just as natural to deny this fact. We still think we can spend all week sitting behind a desk and head out on the weekend to play pickup basketball or touch football, and live to tell the tale the next day. In reality, a well-intentioned day at the park can mean a twisted ankle, a pulled muscle or general soreness for days. Many of us just can’t play like we used to.

Sure, we talk a good game, but we usually end up eating our words when the athletes we think we are in our fantasies don’t bear any resemblance to the ones we are in real life. That 40-yard pass we pictured in our mind is more like a 4-yard pass in reality. That 3-pointer that gets you the glory in your dreams turns out to be an air ball that only gets you embarrassment on the court.

One thing that might actually be better now than how you remember it being years ago is biking. Well, triking. You can easily hop on a tricycle made for an adult and ride like you never stopped riding. Tricycles built for adults are sturdy, stable and stylish. You can get right on and go.

Some have baskets for stowing purchases or gear, and others even have canopies so you can ride in shady comfort. Gears are easy to shift and hand brakes make stopping a breeze.

You don’t have to worry about balance or skinned knees or anything you may have worried about on your two-wheeler. You do, however, have to worry about people wanting to borrow your tricycle.

Different Types of Entertainment

Before we look into different types of entertainment, first let’s define what entertainment is. Entertainment is any kind of activity that provides amusement for people in a passive way, other entertaining activities that involve participating are considered recreation or hobbies.

There are many types of entertainment for particular tastes, for example we have cinema, theatre, sports, games, social dance, concert, comedy shows, animations, impressionists, clowns and the list goes on and on.

These form of entertainment can than be divided into groups according to the age and interest of the people being entertained. For instance we have child , adult , live action , public and corporate entertainment. In this article we’ll give a brief explanation to some of these forms.

Child Entertainment

Kids need to be entertained and some times the entertainer or the entertainment agency needs to find a balance between mental and physical activities. Clowns, puppets, pantomimes and cartoons tend to appeal to children, though adult might find it enjoyable too.

Adult Entertainment

Adult Entertainment many times is related to the sex industry, but this form of entertainment can not be related only with the sex industry and its branches. Adult Entertainment involves things like music concerts, live sports, opera and a hand full of other activities that kids might not find so appealing.

Live Entertainment

This form of entertainment is broadened to all ages as there are a variety of activities that can labelled as live entertainment. For instance music concerts, live TV shows, live sports, theatres and any other activity that you could think of that is aimed to amuse people.

Public Entertainment

Nowadays probably one of the forms of entertainment that have grown the most, thanks to the economic downturn. When you walk around any major city around Europe you will notice a wide range of public entertainers working for any amount of money the public decides to give them. There are public entertainers of all sorts from mimes to Peruvian Flute bands all working with the uncertainty of how much money they will make, that is why they tend to be more common in major cities where there are more tourists.

Corporate Entertainment

Aimed for corporate events, private parties, award ceremonies, product launches and it is better organized by a professional entertainment agency as most of time these events involve hundreds maybe thousands of people and no one better than the professionals to take care of these form of entertainment.

With these we cover the major forms of entertainment n the following article I’ll explain in depth each one of them with more details and examples.

Dish Network Verses DirecTV – Which Is Better in Adult Programming?

The two satellite TV service providers, Dish Network and DirecTV delivers a wide range of programming that includes Movies, Music, Sports and many more to their valuable subscribers. Adult programming is one such programming with lots of adult channels, adult TV shows and movies that will quench the thirst of adult subscribers. Subscribers can subscribe to the Adult programming package on monthly basis. Besides monthly packages, subscribers can order for limited hours of Adult Programming via the amazing Pay per view option also. Through this pay per view, Adult subscribers can enjoy their favorite programming without subscribing to any monthly package and they can pay less to watch what they wish, only for limited hours. This article guides the reader to know more about Adult Pay per view events in both Dish Network and DirecTV and the Comparison between them.

Adult Pay Per view in Dish Network

Dish Network delivers a wide range of the hottest adult programming via Dish Network Pay Per View. Adult Pay Per View option in Dish Network allows subscribers to purchase Adult programming only for limited hours without subscribing to any monthly package. Playboy TV, XTSY, fresh!, Hustler HD, Hustler TV SD, JUICY, Real, Reality Kings TV and Adult Showcase are the Adult channels delivered via Dish Network Pay Per View to adult subscribers.

Playboy TV is a X service channel that allows subscribers to engage in all passion and fun of playboy brand that includes late night movies, wild reality shows and late night specials. Subscribers can enjoy all these programming for just $9.99 in Dish Network.

Xtsy is a XXX adult channel that features top stars showcasing the newest talent. It also delivers adult movies without censor. This XXX channel can be ordered via pay per view for $13.99.

Hustler TV is a XX.5 service channel that delivers the hottest adult entertainment with most exclusive movies from big stars to fresh amateurs. Subscribers can experience the total reality and hilarious porn parodies in amazing high definition.

Hustler TV can be enjoyed by subscribers in both HD and SD just for $13.99. fresh! is a XX.5 service channel that focuses mainly on fresh girls and fresh themes. Newest performers in the business, groundbreaking series, casting calls and much more can be enjoyed for $13.99.

Real takes adult subscribers to a new level where they will experience real scenarios and real content without scripts and setups. It is a XX.5 service channel provided for just $13.99. With XX.5 service channel Reality Kings TV, subscribers can enjoy the new adult TV experience with variety of wild, fun sexual situations for just $13.99.

For $13.99, Juicy, the XX.5 service channel shows lots of fascinating fantasies from all around the globe. It delivers the hottest scenes from movies that cannot be enjoyed anywhere by subscribers. Adult showcase is a XX.5 and XXX service pack that delivers adult channels namely Xtsy, Hustler HD, Hustler TV, Reality kings, Juicy, Fresh and Real for about 3 hours for $17.99 only.

Adult Pay Per View in DirecTV

DirecTV is the abode for the hottest adult entertainment that delivers lots of movies and adult shows to their subscribers via Pay Per View. There is no monthly subscription is needed to view Pay Per view events. Adult Pay per view events can be viewed only for limited hours. Playboy TV, Reality Kings, Real, Juicy, fresh!, Spice: Access, Hustler TV and All Access Pass are the adult channels delivered by DirecTV via Pay Per View.

The Sensual channel that provides adult programming round the clock is Playboy TV. Programming consists of late night shows, adult movies and wild reality shows and subscribers can subscribe to this channel via pay per view for limited hours for just $9.99.

“Milf Hunter”, “In the VIP” and “Money Talks” are the shows delivered by the adult channel Reality Kings TV who are the creators of “Reality” content on Internet. Subscribers can experience a new adult programming in Reality Kings for $10.99.

Real channel showcases lots of reality shows with no scripts, no setups and no pretending shows. Subscribers can enjoy real people in real scenario with raw and uncut action for just $10.99.

The hottest sensual channel that shows lots of Eastern European hotties, Latin Ladies, Asian dolls and some other unique faces from all around the globe is the Juicy. In Juicy, Subscribers can enjoy the hottest scenes from movies for $10.99.

fresh! is the sensual weekend adult premier with fresh faces and fresh content in the business. The groundbreaking series, casting calls, reality programming and theme auditions can be enjoyed by subscribers in fresh! for $10.99.

Spice: Xcess is an exclusive and exciting weekend premier with varieties of performers and specialised content. This channel can be ordered for $10.99. Hustler TV satisfies adult subscribers by providing hottest action, new adult movies and the hottest talent round for $10.99. All Access Pass is an three hour block adult pay per view package where subscribers can enjoy 6 channels for one low price. Subscribers can subscribe to this 3 hour block package with the help of their remote for $14.99.


Adult Pay Per view of both Dish Network and DirecTV, the two satellite TV providers delivers almost same kind of programming to their subscribers. Though the programming remains the same in many aspects but differs slightly when compared with each other. Playboy TV, Reality Kings Tv, Real, fresh!, Juicy are the adult channels available in both Dish Network and DirecTV with same programming.

Even though, they are delivering same adult channels and programming, they vary in their pricing. Dish Network provides these adult channels for $13.99 whereas DirecTV offers less than Dish Network ie $10.99. Hustler TV in Dish Network allows subscribers to experience the adult programming in both HD and SD. On the other hand, in DirecTV Hustler TV can be enjoyed only in SD. Xtsy is an adult channel that delivers adult movies without censor is available in Dish Network and not available in DirecTV. On Contrary, Spice: Xcess, the weekend adult premier is available with DirecTV and not in Dish Network. All Access Pass is a three hour block adult pay per view package with 6 channels for one lower price $14.99 is accessible in DirecTV while Dish Network delivers Adult Showcase pay per view package that also delivers three hour block adult pay per view package with 6 channels for $17.99. When comparing the adult pay per view of both Dish Network and DirecTV, they resembles the same in many aspects and differs in Pricing.

In terms of pricing, DirecTV provides adult pay per view programming for less amount than Dish Network.

Fun Sex Games For Couples – Foreplay Using Food

Fun sex games for couples are great for expanding ones sexual horizons. For those looking to expand upon their sex lifestyle or perhaps have limited sexual experience but are looking to try something new then how about involving food with foreplay.

Foreplay is quintessential to sex, it builds arousal and is a major component of great sex so why not turn your next foreplay session into a fun sex game for couples. The easiest way to introduce food into foreplay is eating sweet fruits and exotic cheeses, perhaps some champagne, prior to having sex.

This is very common for many people and is in fact a first stage of foreplay. The taste of food enhances the awareness of our bodies and can give a feeling of comfort and wealth, which can be very arousing for some and a perfect start to some fun sex games for couples. Take the time to prepare the snack, discover what fruits and cheeses your partner likes and talk about how good the food tastes. This can really help tune in your partners senses and heighten their state of arousal.

Looking for something more? Try one of these sensual fun sex games for couples:

  • Take a piece of one of your partners favorite juicy fruits, watermelon, strawberry, mango, etc and slowly run it all over the erogenous zones of his or hers body. Now, use your tongue and follow the same path. You get to enjoy the sweet taste of fruit and your partner gets to enjoy the sensual and arousing touch you provide making this one of the simplest fun sex games for couples ever!
  • Introduce food into oral pleasure. Strawberries and whip cream make the perfect props for this fun sex game for couples. If you don’t like strawberries I know that many women keep a bottle of chocolate syrup handy in the bedroom for those occasions when a little incentive for oral pleasure is required. Remember to keep a damp cloth handy or head for the shower afterward as things will get a little sticky when the sugar starts drying.

As you can now see, using food in foreplay is one of the fun sex games for couples you can use to expand upon your sex lifestyle. Keep in mind that you must remain honest and open with your partner, if something is not working or just plain does not turn you on then tell them. The important thing to remember is that you were open to trying.

Popular Songs Featuring The Voices Of Children

Spring is a popular season for many events, including festivals at local school districts throughout the United States. Perhaps the least appreciated, save for doting parents and grandparents, are the annual performances of various children’s choirs.

Generally, people enjoy the spontaneous singing of children more than an organized performance weakened under the supervision of adults. The presence of grown ups tends to drain the carefree joyousness of children singing while they play, a big reason few children’s songs have ever become enduring hits.

Nevertheless, some children’s voices are heard on some popular records, including one from a number album that also won several Grammy awards. In that particular case, the child can be heard crying rather than singing.

No one would expect that hit to come from Alice Cooper and, indeed, it was not from that ghoulish hard rocker who made Welcome To My Nightmare. Yet Alice Cooper does own the distinction of including more children’s voices in his discography than any other artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His first instance of including the voices of children came, quite appropriately, on his the hit title track from his School’s Out album. The kids can be heard cheering near the end, when Alice declares that “School’s out completely… “

An individual child can be heard asking a question on a song from the minor hit “The Ballad of Dwight Frye” from the album, Love It To Death. “Mommy, where’s Daddy?” the boy says. “He’s been away for so long.”

Welcome To My Nightmare contains the hit Department of Youth,” which features singing children in the chorus. The voices belong to Dave Ezrin and the Summerhill Children’s Choir, who stump Cooper as the song fades outs.

After the line in the chorus that declares, “We’ve got the power,” Alice yells, “and who gave it to you?” In unison they answer, “Donny Osmond!” prompting Cooper to jokingly shout them down.

Here are five other popular songs that feature the voices of children.

Playground In My Mind by Clint Homes

This hit reached the Top Ten, partly because of the children refraining “My name is Michael, I got a nickel, I got a nickel shiny and new.”

Dear God by XTC

A boy representing a young Andy Partridge sings the first verse of this anti-religious hit whose success was aided by a disturbing video, highlighted by Partridge himself taking a hammer to a tree filled with a stereotypical family.

The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking by Roger Waters

Actor Brandon De Wilde, who played the young son in the Western classic Shane, should actually get the credit for the child’s voice in this title track. After the Pink Floyd leader mentions Dick Tracy and the title film character, De Wilde can be heard saying to Alan Ladd, “Mother wants you.”

Big Dipper by Elton John

Rocket Man employs the talents of the Watford Football Team and the Audley Street Girl’s Choir for backing vocals on this track from A Single Man, his first release after the departure of songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Clair by Gilbert O’ Sullivan

The girl after which the song was written can be heard giggling toward the end of this Top Ten hit, not long after “Alone Again, Naturally” reached number one.

Isn’t She Lovely? by Stevie Wonder

Songs In The Key of Life spawned numerous hits on its way to number one, including this ode to Wonder’s new born daughter who can be heard crying in the song.

Summer Marks the Time to Remember Active Supervision Around Family Swimming Pools

LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2005) — With Memorial Day weekend, and summer fast approaching, EMS, first responders, and water safety advocates, are bracing for the unthinkable – the unfortunate drowning accidents in backyard swimming pools that annually claim the lives of nearly 500 children under the age of five, and an estimated 2,800 “near-drowning” incidents.1

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports, for every child who drowns, six more children are involved in “near-drowning” incidents – accidents that can lead to permanent neurological damage, life-long disabilities, and leaving the parents with catastrophic medical costs and years of recovery and therapy.

“The family swimming pool is supposed to be the center of fun and recreation,” said Todd Appleman, president and founder of http://www.eSafetyAlert.com, a safety products company that offers the one-of-a-kind Safety Turtle® immersion alarm that sets off a piercing siren the instant a child falls into the water.

“The problem is swimming pools are very dangerous for young children, particularly toddlers. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five and is the second leading cause of death for children under 14.”

Appleman feels so strongly about helping to prevent drowning incidents, in 2004 he launched an educational website, http://www.PoolSafetyNetwork.org featuring information about swimming pool safety and numerous links to respected government and non-profit sources.

“We have a long way to go in educating the public,” said Appleman. “Despite extensive local public awareness efforts, and well-funded national public education campaigns aimed at teaching parents, grandparents, and other adults about pool safety and active adult supervision, the number of children drowning each year has remained constant.”

“I am very concerned about child safety on two levels,” said Appleman. “First, parents and adults are not getting the message, or they are not practicing what they know. Second, the exposure for more of these tragedies to occur is daunting as the swimming pool industry continues to grow at a rapid pace.”

Pool and Spa Industry Growing 11.4 Percent

“The swimming pool and hot tub industry is now a booming $20 billion industry – and it is growing – 11.4 percent in just the past two years,” said Appleman. Citing 2004 data recently released by the National Pool and Spa Institute (NPSI), Appleman added, “There are 7.6 million backyard swimming pools in the U.S. and 6.4 million residential hot tubs. This translates into 14.7 million points of exposure.”

NPSI reports 4.6 million of the nation’s residential swimming pools are in-ground structures, a 7.8 % increase since 2002, and 3.7 million swimming pools are above-ground, an 11.6 % increase since 2002. The number of hot tubs and spas has soared from 5.6 million units in 2002, to 6.4 million in 2004, a 14 % increase in two years.

Education and Awareness Still Lacking

“At the same time, public education and awareness programs have not had the impact that safety experts had hoped for,” said Appleman. “We need to be more effective in reaching parents with the messages about active parental supervision and precautions known as ‘layers of protection’ – the barriers that pool owners can put in place to help minimize the danger.”

This gap in awareness, and lack of action among parents, became acutely apparent in 2003 when http://www.eSafetyAlert.com, and Terrapin Communications, the company that designed and markets Safety Turtle, commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a national poll among adults regarding pool safety and the precautions that can minimize drowning tragedies. Only 19 percent of the parents that responded were aware that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children under five. Even worse, only 41 percent of the respondents said they have CPSC recommended “layers of protection” installed around their pools.

Layers of Protection

Layers of protection start with a door chime alarm that sounds when doors leading to the pool area are opened. Most importantly, ASTM-standard fences that completely surround the swimming pool with self-closing access gates equipped with a child-proof alarms are essential. Other layers of protection include an automatic or retracting pool safety cover, and an ASTM approved pool alarm.2

“Barriers help keep children from entering the pool area, or the pool,” said Appleman. “While these layers of protection are crucial for any home where children are present, an alarm such as Safety Turtle, introduced in 1998, is what we consider the ‘last line of defense.’ Should a child find a way into the pool or spa, an alarm sounds the instant the wristband sensor makes contact with the water.”

Research conducted in Arizona indicates the number of drowning incidents in a relative or neighbor’s pool grew from 23 percent in 2002 to 41 percent in 2003.3 This suggests parents need to be extra vigilant whenever visiting homes with swimming pools that may not have layers of protection.

“We are concerned that 41 percent of pool owners are either unaware of what they should be doing to protect children, or they are simply not taking the threat seriously enough,” said Robert Lyons, president of Terrapin Communications, and inventor of Safety Turtle. “We commissioned the Harris poll with the hope of educating parents about the ever present danger a pool poses to young children. A serious accident can unfold in seconds. Many children drown within a few feet of their parents when they speaking on the phone or attending a sibling. They make no sound, and once in the water are not easily visible.”

Active Adult Supervision Is Essential

Parents should never leave their child unattended even for a moment. Drowning is considered a “silent death.” According to many studies, in most cases (90%)4, one or more supervising adults were near-by when the child drowns. Even seconds count in near-drowning incidents.” For example:

* If the child is under water for more than 45 seconds, the victim will require medical assistance.

* After two minutes underwater, the child will lose consciousness and will need emergency medical treatment. About one-third of the children who are comatose when EMS first responders arrive, will suffer some level of neurological damage.

* After five minutes, the child will need CPR and may have irreversible neurological brain damage. Medical costs for these victims can be $75,000 for initial emergency room treatment and as much as $230,000 annually for long-term care. Medical costs can exceed $5 million. About 15 percent of these victims ultimately die.

* Only about 10 percent of children who are found underwater after 10 minutes survive.5

Safety Turtle For Pets

Though largely unreported, accidental drowning of family pets in residential swimming pools is common. Pet advocacy organizations believe up to 5,000 family pets perish in swimming pools each year.

“Both the numbers, and the circumstances of the pet drowning stories I have learned of over five years, leave me with no doubt,” said Lyons. “With a half million new swimming pools being built each year, the risk is growing. There are roughly 58 million dogs and 62 million cats in North America. If 5,000 pets are drowning each year, action is long overdue.”

Although healthy dogs and cats can swim short distances, escape from a pool may be a life and death struggle. Barking is sometimes difficult once the dog is in the water. The untrained animal instinctively heads for the nearest edge of the pool and tries to claw its way out. Panic quickly leads to exhaustion. While animals can be trained to go the shallow end, or the steps, climbing to safety may be impossible for smaller animals. Vinyl-liner pools offer no grip to the animal, and often include only a vertical ladder, which is nearly impossible for most pets to climb.

About eSafetyAlert.com and Safety Turtle®

eSafetyAlert.com is an official reseller of the Safety Turtle6 alarm, the only system of its kind that alerts parents and/or pet owners when a child or pet falls into the pool or any water hazard such as a koi pond, stream, or in the water at a lake cottage. Considered to be the last line of defense, Safety Turtle consists of one AC-powered Base Station that supports one or more Turtle wristbands of the same color which lock snuggly on a child’s wrist with a “child-proof” key, or they can be attached to a pet’s collar. If the child or pet falls into the water, the Turtle sensor sends a signal to Base Station which sounds a siren that continues until the system is reset. A mobile battery pack is also available to power the Base Station where AC is not available, e.g., at a shoreline, on a boat, or by a hotel pool.

Information about Safety Turtle is available at http://www.eSafetyAlert.com. For more information about pool safety, visit http://www.PoolSafetyNetwork.org or call 1-800-892-9551.

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1 Centers for Disease Control, The Consumer Protect Safety Commission

2 The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, The National Pool and Spa Institute, The Consumer Products Safety Commission, ASTM International

3 National Safe Kids Campaign Study

4 Children’s Safety Zone, Arizona

5 American Pediatrics Association

6 Safety Turtle has been tested by the Consumer Products Safety Commission and The Good Housekeeping Institute