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Tapping into the Diamond Certified Experts: Kids and Keys

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Chris Bjorklund

In my role as the Savvy Consumer for the Diamond Certified Resource, I get many opportunities to tap into the expertise of Diamond Certified company owners. I interview them for radio spots for KNBR, KSFO and KGO, as well as for consumer tips that are published in Bay Area newspapers. Some of them are featured in this monthly newsletter. These experts have deep knowledge of their industries and have taught me many things, from how to improve my gas mileage to how to prevent water leaks in my bathroom.

Recently, I came across an interesting tip that deserves attention. Katelyn Radtke, operations manager of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc., has a warning about the potential hazards of letting teething children play with house keys and car keys. Read more

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Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Jennifer Chan

Over the past few months, we’ve published a number of blogs concerning children’s health care—or, to be more specific, children’s dental and vision care. These posts have proven popular enough to warrant follow-up. So, just in time for summer, we’re scouting out answers to some of your frequently asked questions about children’s dental and vision care. This week: children’s dental FAQs.

When should I bring my child to his or her first dental exam?
The American Dental Association recommends bringing your child for its first exam by age 1 at the latest. Read more

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Caring for Your Child’s Eyes

Posted on June 14, 2016 by James Florence

with Dr. Thomas Aller, president of Dr. Thomas A. Aller Optometrist, Inc.

Hygiene, nutrition, physical safety, emotional well-being…there are a lot of things to think about when raising young children, which is why parents often find themselves prioritizing immediate concerns over less pressing ones. One common instance of the latter is eye health—after all, except for severe instances, vision problems are rarely ostensibly apparent, which makes it easy for them to go unnoticed. However, the furtive character of such problems makes it all the more crucial for parents to give some foresight to their children’s optical health. Read more

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School’s Out: Here Come the Kids of Summer

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Jennifer Chan

Parents, get ready, for they are coming.

Remember last September? Just after Labor Day, you sent them off with new lunchboxes, pointy pencils and extra-long pants. The classrooms unto which they were delivered smelled of fresh paint. They cried a little, and so did you. You went home to an empty house and drank a well-deserved, oddly uninterrupted cup of coffee.

Well, parents…eight PTA meetings, seven slumber parties, four music recitals and one soccer tournament later, your precious bundles of joy are coming back. Read more

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Get Involved When Teens Start Driving

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Chris Bjorklund

Teenage drivers are at higher risk than other drivers. That’s why they’re required to take driver’s education, including behind the wheel training and they must be monitored and tested. Safety experts believe in involving parents from the beginning by inviting them to ride along for the driving lessons. They can see for themselves what and how the teen is learning, and this helps with continuity and consistency when the parents monitor practice sessions.

A good driving teacher shows parents not only how to communicate with their teens, but specifically explains what it means to be proactive in preventing automobile crashes. He shows them how not to overwhelm students by putting them beyond their skill level when practicing. Read more

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Finding a Quality Summer Camp

Posted on October 01, 2009 by Chris Bjorklund

What is the single best question you can ask a camp director when shopping for a camp?  I got some good advice from Andrew Townsend, Camp Director for Kennolyn Camps, a Diamond Certified company.  “Who are your staff, how are they hired and who supervises them?  In this three-part question, you get to the very core of what a parent cares about most: who’s caring for my child? Fancy facilities and exciting programs are no good without quality, trained staff to supervise the campers.”
A well-run camp should have clear plans for how to handle emergencies like fires and earthquakes, although the law doesn’t require this. Mr. Townsend says if the camp has water sports and activities, Read more

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