5 Essential Back To School Safety Tips For Milwaukee Families

We’re proud to bring you a back-to-school safety article which, this time is a guest post by Donna Fitzgerald who is a mother of two and enjoys journaling in her free time. She also enjoys traveling and sharing her experiences with readers. You can visit her blog at goodhomehealth.net

With the end of summer coming to a close, you’re likely packing away summer gear and hitting the back to school sales. Every new school year is a bittersweet experience whether your kids are starting kindergarten or entering the halls of a middle school.

Here are some safety tips to consider while you and your kids are preparing for a brand new school year.

Kids with School bus

School Bus Safety For You and Your Kids

Even if you drive your kids to school, there’s a good chance that your child will ride a school bus at least a few times during the school year for trips or extra curricular activities. While you can expect that your child’s educators may teach some bus safety tips and appropriate behavior, it’s a good idea to remind your child how to enter and exit a bus safely, stay a safe distance away, and to always cross the street when it’s safe.

As a parent and driver, it’s essential that you get back into the “back to school” mindset and drive with care around school buses. In the state of Wisconsin, the failure to stop when a school bus has flashing red lights can range from $30 to $300 fine.

Adopt a Healthy Routine

There’s nothing quite like sitting back, enjoying the summer sun, eating ice cream, and giving your kids as much screen as they want some days. With school just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get back into a healthy routine. This means implementing a regular bedtime that will ensure a solid eight hours and cap how much screen time your kids get at the end of the day.

Everyone deserves to unwind after a long day, but blue screens interrupt healthy sleep patterns and it can make your morning routine a struggle. Getting a good night’s sleep is also essential for all drivers in your household from you to your new teen driver. You have to keep your brain sharp and alert while behind the wheel!

Get Involved When You Can

Once a school year begins, everyone gets busy. One of the best ways to spend time with your kids and help make sure that they are staying safe is to get involved. Whether you coach an extracurricular activity like Knowledge Bowl or head to soccer matches after school, your kids appreciate your presence (when you can make it), even if they never admit to it.

Talk About Safety

Kids are prone to personal injuries from scraps and bruises to more serious injuries like fractures or concussions. You can’t always prevent your kids from getting hurt, but you can arm them when information and ways to stay safer.

Whether you’re child is hanging out with friends on the playground or having their first sleepover at someone else’s home, talk to your child about safety precautions like wearing protective gear during sports or what to do if they encounter firearms or other potentially dangerous products or tools.

Have Open and Honest Discussions With Your Children

Raising children is exciting and challenging, but most parents will agree it’s one of the most rewarding experiences. Whether your child is in grade school or starting high school, try to have open, honest, and age-appropriate discussions with them.

Whether you’re handing over the keys to your teen driver for the first time or you’re helping your middle schooler talk through some issues with peer pressure, your advice goes a long way and is important when keeping your child safe.

You can’t be with them every minute of the day, but you can offer words of wisdom and tips to help them make better decisions that can also keep them safer.


Dirt-cheap cabin glamping in beautiful SW Wisconsin

Are you wanting an inexpensive rustic weekend cabin with a covered front porch?

Tucked away in the woods of Southwestern Wisconsin is a nook of four cabins, at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area. Highland and Cobb, WI are the towns closest to the Black Hawk Lake and the park office has ice, bait, firewood (including kindling) and more. Look for the store at the turn for the park road which has a great selection of camping, fishing, hunting and adult party supplies!

The great find at Black Hawk Lake Rec Area are the four rustic cabins. The favorite (photos below) is Cabin #4 however Cabin #3 has an amazing view. The privacy and forest cover cannot be beat at Cabin #4 but the kicker is these cabins are all inexpensive at $70 (plus fees) per night. Check the Black Hawk Lake website for seasonal cabin pricing discounts and for more photos.

We setup a small table on the covered porch at the cabin which is perfect for hiding from the rain and sun.

The view from the porch overlooks the hill down to the campfire, woods past the campsite and beautiful water past the trees.

The beach at Black Hawk Lake State Rec Area is small but nice! There’s 3 charcoal bbq grills, a number of picnic tables, the concession stand has pool float rentals and it’s a beautiful view. Check out the park map for some great weekend glamping inspiration.

There’s plenty of spots to go fishing and the park office store sells bait and fishing licenses too. The photo above shows one of the many private boat moring locations and on the far left is one of the park’s fishing piers.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area is located 10 minutes from Highland, WI and 25 minutes from Dodgeville, WI. In addition to the four cabins which sleep six guests, there’s also a 12 person cabin. All cabins feature heat, air conditioning a covered porch, bbq grill and more. The cabins do not have bathrooms, look for pit toilets for common use and the park features three shower houses with nice, hot water, a group campground ($45 per night) and two single family campgrounds.

The park also features power boat, canoe, kayak and pontoon rentals. For an affordable rustic weekend getaway, visit the cabins at Back Hawk Lake Recreation Area for a dirt-cheap option on your next glamping adventure.

House On The Rock in Dodgeville, WI

Once a year, House In The Rock in Dodgeville, WI, a fantastic, unusual family attraction, opens its doors for a locals free day where admission is completely at no charge for entrants with a WI drivers license and immediate family. These area residents days are once per year and usually in May.

Check Out Our 6 Minute House of the Rock Video

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