When it comes to hurricanes, beware of a false sense of security

  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

We are being blessed (so far) to have a very quiet hurricane season. Our peak season is actually mid to late-September. Hurricane Hugo was Sept. 21, 1989 (as if we can forget). Take advantage of the quiet time to check your plan, emergency kit(s), get trained and make sure you can stay informed.

There is a great opportunity coming up Saturday Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A full-scale Lowcountry Family Emergency Preparedness Fair, free to the public will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church Building at 1519 Sam Rittenburg Blvd. West Ashley (29407). Unlike other emergency preparedness fairs, this fair is covering all possible emergency events, with displays from more than 75 entities and multiple workshops ranging from making your emergency plans, dealing with special needs including pets, personal safety and self defense, emotional first aid, evacuation plans, fire safety and much, much more.

There will be even food vendors on site and valuable door prizes. There are special workshops for children and teens as well. Remember I always say, “don’t be scared, be prepared,” so please mark your calendar and make a point to bring your family and friends. You will leaved prepared for most emergencies—armed with invaluable information.

Dear Liz,

Just how do you get your still in summer-mode kids to go to sleep while it is almost still daylight? They are 6 and 8. Help.

Sleepless in Mount Pleasant

Dear “Sleepless,”

I can just see all the heads nodding in agreement out there. It is even tougher with teenagers. As you may have read, aside from spending two weeks prior to school, going to bed 20 minutes earlier (and getting up 20 minutes earlier) each day — there is a great invention where prices are dropping and now widely available — room darkening drapes or even room darkener shades. I am serious.

That and a pleasant wind-down routine which includes quiet family time, family prayer, reading together, darkened rooms and even soothing music. All experts agree that electronics are far too brain stimulating — and we all need 30 minutes to two hours without them prior to sleep.

If your child cannot wake up at the needed time, it means they didn’t fall asleep early enough. Have a little meeting with your family to designate a sleep routine that fits each child’s needs and likes; then implement it. Good luck — give it time, it will eventually become your favorite time of the day.

Dear Liz,

Football season is here. And the fight begins. This is the wife speaking. I feel like I become a single parent of demanding children, while my husband escapes into games — many hours at a time. Help. He’s great otherwise.

Football widow to be

Dear “to be,”

First solution, have your whole family learn about football, and everyone become a fan — but I say limit it to one game. You and your husband need to negotiate a tradeoff for time you are letting him zone out into the games. It is an escape.

I always recommend everyone do an active family outing before a game — and something fun afterwards. Again, it is a compromise. Do try to leave the children out of any contention about this with your husband.

Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.

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