May is National Bike Safety Month and as summer approaches, millions of children and adults will climb onto their bikes to enjoy a favorite warm weather pastime. To help curb bike injuries and fatalities, TLC for Kids is sharing this information from AAA, NHTSA, and Safe Kids USA.

Consider this: each year about 100 children are killed while riding and more than 250,000 kids are injured. We know that our strongest line of defense is safe, knowledgeable riding and consistent use of helmets, which can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent.

When it comes to bicycling, safety is always the top priority. Because parents and caregivers are role models for children, it is especially critical they teach by example. That means wearing proper helmets and observing all the rules of the road,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

AAA and NHTSA recommend these four easy steps to help keep bicyclists of all ages safe:

  • Wear a Properly-Fitted Bicycle Helmet.

~Wear your helmet properly, level on your head and low on your forehead, no more than two finger widths above your eyebrow.

~Develop a family rule for helmet use and enforce it for every ride.

~Allow your child pick out his or her own helmet—they’re more likely to wear it.

  • Always Follow the Rules of the Road.

~Bicycles are considered vehicles and must abide by the same traffic laws as motorists.

~Obey all traffic signs and signal your intentions when turning or passing.

~Always ride in the same direction as traffic, keeping to the right.

  • Make Yourself Visible.

~Wear bright colors during daylight hours.

~Wear reflective materials on clothing and/or equipment in low-light conditions.

~Use white front lights, red rear reflectors and reflective material on clothing and/or equipment when riding at night. Parents should discourage children from riding at night.

  • Drive Respectfully and Share the Road

~Focus exclusively on the road while driving. Distracted drivers can be deadly for bicyclists.

~Be patient and pass bicyclists only when safe to do so, leaving a 3 to 5 foot clearance between your vehicle and the bicyclist.

For information on bicycle safety, please visit SharetheRoad.AAA.com and NHTSA.gov/Bicycles

You’ll find more bicycle safety tips at http://www.safekids.org/blog/remembering-my-childhood-1.html.  And you can watch a video on fitting a helmet correctly.

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Big savings if you act now! $100 off your placement fee if you complete the family profile to hire a Summer Nanny by March 7, 2011

It’s not too soon to plan summer care for your children.  TLC has a great option for you, hire a TLC summer nanny!  As you know, many of the caregivers on our temporary staff are college students, and with no classes for three glorious months, many of them would love to use their free time to make sure your children have a safe and fun-filled summer!

Your nanny will create individualized weekly plans for your children that include:

~Transportation to activities, camps, and lessons

~Outings to the Zoo, Science Center, Six Flags, etc…

~Supervised swimming and other fun summer activities

~Learning activities, arts & crafts, and games

~Even tutoring!

To start the hiring process, simply log on to TLC’s website at tlcforkids.com and fill out the parent application.  You can even indicate what personality type you’d like (athletic, studious, etc.)! I will personally assist you in finding the nanny that best fits your needs.

As we get closer to the end of the school year, more and more families will be searching for a summer nanny; getting your application in now will put you ahead of the pack. Some of our nannies are available to start interviewing right away.  It’s never to early to start thinking about who will care for your children when you can’t be there.  Give me a call if you have any questions.

Enter code: MRSN11 in “How were you referred to TLC” to receive discount.


Recently I was on the phone with a TLC nanny who has been working in University City for about two years and has been meeting another nanny at the park for about the same time. They met at the park and discovered that not only did they both go through TLC to find their jobs, but the children they take care of are about the same age. The nanny I spoke with loves the weekly playdate as do the children. Not only does she get out into the community, but she also is able to share ideas and experiences with the other nanny. This fall, they foursome will head over to the library for story hour, Gymboree and other fun activities that the kids (and nannies) will get to share!
If you are a nanny and looking for another great nanny to get together with, let me know. I would be happy to help you! Be sure to talk to your employer and feel free to email me. Thanks Jessica – email: jessica@tlcforkids.com