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Helping Your Child Cope with Pet Loss It is a sad time in any family when a beloved pet dies. It can be especially hard on your children, who often have known their pet all their lives. The loss of a pet may also mark the first time a child has had to deal with any type of death, which can lead to varied and confusing emotions. To help your child deal with this grief, consider some of these approaches: • Keep a small memento of your pet. A collar, favorite toy, or tag can be comforting. • Gather up some photos of your pet with your child and frame them. You can also put together a photo album of pictures of your pet. • Be sure to talk about your pet and share memories. Sometimes laughing about good memories can help in the grieving process. Good Clean Funnies Riddles for Kids: Halloween Q: Why are mummies so selfcentered? A: Because they tend to get wrapped up in themselves! Q: Why are books about cemeteries so boring? A: They have weak plots! Q: Why do ghosts make good cheerleaders? A: Because they have a lot of spirit! Q: Why did the witch’s broom have such a bad first day at work? A: It couldn’t get a handle on things! The Good Life • Encourage your child to continue regular activities, even if those used to include your pet. • If possible, hold a memorial service for your pet. You can invite friends to share in this. Planting a tree in your pet’s honor is a tangible way to remember him or her. Getting Enough ZZZs Good rest is a cornerstone of good health. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of adequate sleep. A chronic state of fatigue can result in more accidents, impairment in attention and reasoning, an increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, and increased healing time from injury or illness. As far as knowing how much sleep you need, there is no magic number. Different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but even within age groups, each person’s needs are individual. Research has shown that adults who get around seven hours of sleep have the best longterm health outcomes. To increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep, try to keep a regular schedule. Going to bed at the same time each night and rising in the morning at the same time helps your body know when to sleep and when to be awake. If you are feeling sleep-deprived, it is better to take a short afternoon nap than to sleep in late the next morning. Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone that helps regulate sleep. Its production can be altered if your day is spent out of sync with the natural changes in daily light. If you spend much of the day in an office away from natural light and then spend your evenings in front of a TV or computer screen, your body may not be producing melatonin correctly. To help correct this, try to get periods of natural sunlight during the day. At night, turn off artificial light from televisions and computers earlier in the evening. If you’ve tried to get better sleep, but often feel tired during the day, it may be time for some help. A doctor that specializes in sleep disorders can offer natural and medication-based strategies to help you get some needed rest. Quick Tips Home Tip When painting a surface in your home that needs to be primed, tint the primer to match the finish coat. This is great when you are painting newly textured drywall or are trying to cover up a strong color that was already on your wall. This way you can save another coat of paint, and you’ll end up with color that is more vibrant and clear. Green Living Tip You may think that your dishwasher is using a lot of energy, but in fact it is more energy-efficient to run your dishwasher than to hand wash your dishes. Dishwashers use considerably less water than hand washing does. You’ll conserve even more by not rinsing your dishes before loading your dishwasher. Simply scrape the plates and place in the racks. H E A LT H Y, W E A LT H Y & W I S E