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Life is Full of Choices

02/27/2013 12:00:00

Teach children to make wise choices.

By Marlyn Appelbaum

Life is full of choices.  Children need to be taught how to recognize their options and how to make wise choices.  There are several ways you can teach this.  First and foremost, teach them through role modeling.  Weigh options aloud as you make choices for yourself. 

Another way is to give them several options so that they can make choices.  Example:  "Would you like this book or that one?"

It's important to not jump in and solve all problems for children before they get a chance to do it.  It may take them a little while to decide what to do, but when they have made the decision, they will learn the joy of making a choice themselves.

Have a great day.  You are a difference maker. 


Important Snow Removal Infomation

02/27/2013 12:00:00


The City’s goal is to provide safe travel along our streets for residents. With the large amounts of snow fall we have gotten over the last week, the City’s snow removal crews would like to remind residents that it is unavoidable to plow snow near and across the entrance of driveways.

Residents are asked to stock up on needed supplies before the snow storms in preparation for staying indoors, unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.  In addition, residents are asked to:
·        Remove vehicles from streets before the start of the winter event to prevent a delay and to improve the snow removal process. Snow plow operators cannot pick up the blade in front of driveways or comeback to plow a street once vehicles are moved from streets.
·        Remove trash cans from the street after pick-up has occurred. DO NOT place trash bags and cans beyond the curb line.
·        Do not allow children to play in snow piles along the street. Snow plow operators cannot see children on, or inside of a tunneled snow pile.  
·        Ensure snow is not blocking furnace exhaust vents on the roof or the side of the house.
·        Remove snow from around fire hydrants near your property.

During the storm, priority is given to keeping a passable lane on all primary routes. Once the snow has stopped, crews will work toward having two cleared lanes on all streets within 48 hours.  

You may call the City of Lee's Summit Snow Desk at (816) 969-1870. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During winter storm events, the Snow Desk operates 24 hours a day.  

Snow Safety Tips

02/20/2013 12:00:00

With the huge winter storm about to hit, we here at Child Prodigy are hoping that you all stay safe and warm during these times. Here are some tips from on driving in snow and ice:


Driving in Snow and Ice

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions.

It's helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you're familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

Driving safely on icy roads

  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.  
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid...

  1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
  3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid...

  1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
  2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck...

  1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
  2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
  4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
  5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
  6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
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