5 Tips To Childhood Immunization & Vaccine Myths

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5 Tips To Childhood Immunizations & Vaccine Myths

5 Tips on Childhood Immunization & Vaccine Myths

I can remember a time when my Grandmother was taking us to the doctor. Grandmother, “Why do I need shots,” I asked? My Grandmother smiled and replied, “Great question, it is to protect you against a bug that might harm your body.”   My Grandmother was from the south, very direct, and transparent. She believed in the importance of education, values, and safety. When I think about Childhood Vaccinations, I think of my Grandmother’s words, attitudes, and values.

5 Tips on Childhood Immunization & Vaccine Myths

Childhood vaccination is a “Hot Topic” in my community.  Most recently there was an outbreak of measles in our community here in pierce county, WA.  Three children in our town were very sick, high-fevers, hospitalization.  An alert went out that we should wear masks, wash our hands, and make sure all vaccinations were up to date.  This deadly disease was considered an epidemic.

The hard part wasn’t so much the spots or the hospitalization.  It was this diseases determination to win by taking over the body. I asked my doctor, “What does that mean?  He explained, “It means the job of these diseases is to kill its victim”.

My records and the records of my children showed that we were current on our vaccinations. My family was safe.  But it got me thinking; just how many people in my community were not!

5 Tips on Childhood Immunizations & Vaccine Myths

I am currently, a preschool teacher, family therapist, and in Grad school for my MFT.  Families surround me.  In our education system, there are requirements for immunizations to attend school.  However, some of the families in our school system have siblings’ that are not candidates for vaccination due to allergies and autoimmune disorders. How will this outbreak affect them?  How can my community be more informed, educated, and safe?

Currently, there are 1,215 cases of measles in the USA. The increase is alarming. Children are suffering from the painful effects of the disease, hospitalization, lifelong illnesses, brain damage and death (CDC, 2019; Gates, 2019; Haelle, 2016; McKeever et al., 2016; Thorpe et al., 2016; WSDOH, 2019).  Given that a virus infects approximately 90% of unvaccinated children who encounter it, concerns are raised when an infection epidemic occurs (CDC, 2019; Gates, 2019; McKeever et al., 2016; Thompson et al., 2016; WSDOH, 2019).

5 Tips on Childhood Immunization & Vaccine Myths


  • • Vaccination: Vaccination is the most effective prevention of diseases worldwide.

    • Herd immunity: Research shows that if the majority of the population is immunized, the disease is less likely to spread and possibly be eliminated

    • Protection of diseases: Protection from these types of diseases are only possible through immunization. There is not a way to build up immunity without immunizing your child.

    • Prevention: Vaccines are the antidotes. Once the disease is contracted, there is not an antidote. You are helpless to the effects of the disease.



    • Autism Fears: Vaccines do not cause autism; there is no correlation of any ingredients in vaccine and autism.
    • Vaccine ingredients: The ingredient Thimerosal has been removed from vaccines & Vaccines are not live viruses
    • Building up immunity: Vaccines are the antidote and only way for building resistance and protection of the disease.
    Pain or allergic reaction: The pain involved in the shot and light symptoms are mild and less than the disease. The disease is painful, causes lifelong illnesses, brain damage, and death.



    • Checking with your pediatrician: local state healthcare, and the CDC: Getting the critical time frames for your child’s immunizations is very important. Go to reliable sources for all lead times for vaccinations.
    • No delaying vaccinations: Unfortunately, delaying or hesitancy is the same as not vaccinating your child. It means your child, and the community you live in is not safe.
    • No partial vaccination: unfortunately, partial vaccination is incomplete immunization, and your child is not protected. Doses are given to each child based on weight, age, and determinate of the disease.
    • Vaccines must be entirely up to date: It is an all-in and fully immunized situation or your child or an adult can be susceptible to the full extent of the disease. It will do the opposite of building immunity.



    • Uniformed or informed by social media: Be careful when searching on the Internet for your family’s health and safety decisions. Being emotionally swayed by friends or fear can have a deadly effect on your family’s health and wellness. Make sure that the blogs and site you go to have significant resources. Many people search the Internet by motivated by fear. And social media, without resources, provide false misconceptions that go viral.
    • Risk-benefit fallacy: Not understanding the risk of vaccines and weighing the decision on fears and emotions rather than education and being able to make an informed decision.
    • Phobia to shots: There are many people who do not realize that the pain from the shot or light effects of the vaccine is less than the reality of the disease.
    • Religious beliefs: There are some religions that are against the use of vaccines. They do not like the ingredients in the vaccines. Vaccines are made of none live viruses. There can be allergies in some children. This is a very low ratio. Every year ingredients are being designed to meet the needs of these populations. This area is a challenge and has respect. Death is a natural case of diseases.



    • Become more informed: Checking with your healthcare provider, your states health awareness, and the CDC for vaccines and the timeliness of all boosters are key.
    • Internet resources: When evaluating sites and information about vaccines, make sure that the website has resources on current data. My blog post has resources for the information I have provided.
    • Be part of your community. Go to events in your community that provide education. Get your education from your healthcare provider. Create relationships that you trust within your healthcare systems. Trust is an important part.
    • Comfort your child: Provide your child with comfort, love, and transparency. My grandmother was a great resource and support. She gave me an answer she thought I would understand as a child of age 4. She spoke to me in my language and age development.

5 Tips To Childhood Immunization & Myths
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Preschool Early Reading Summer Fun Activities !

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Top 4 Preschool Early Reading Summer Blog suggestions

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 Creative Preschool Early Reading Summer Fun Activities From Our 9 Top Mom Bloggers!

By Tanja D'lyn 

Summer break is a great time to gear up for Preschool Early Reading Summer Fun Activities  Preschool early reading skills are strongly developed through emergent reading, writing and fine motor skill activities.  And having a plan to fill in those treasured days with summer fun activities is a great idea!  There are so many things you can do with your preschooler at home!  Here are a few of our family favorites, that kept our three boys busy!  As a preschool teacher, educator and child psychologist, I know that keeping your little's busy with lots of creative things to do, will be fun for you and them, especially, all summer long!



1- One of my favorite things to do with my little ones, on a summer night is to curl up all cozy in their robes with one of our family favorite summertime books.  We love these suggestions, above from, notimeforflashcards.com.  Additionally, here are a few new arrivals in our all cotton Eco- friendly cotton terry robes, Unicorn Embroidery-Girls Robes, Pink Flamingos and Adventure Bear,  great for bedtime routines beach, bath time fun and being cozy with a wonderful book. by Tanjadlyn.etsy.com

Tanjadlyn.esty.com summer Bath & Beach Robes for Kids

Tanjadlyn.esty.com Summer Bath & Beach Robes for Kids

2-Sensory Bin Fun with ice, cups, ocean and animal play toys are like "Magic " for our boys!  They play for hours until their hands are so cold that they can not move them!  This one is from our home and we had a blast!  Here are a few others that you can get great ideas, to create your own " Ice & Ocean Time Animal Habitat"!  A great idea for emergent reader stem units is to read a few books, about ocean time animals and arctic habitats.

Our Favorite Sites for Sensory Ideas...

The Pinay Homeschooler  - {Creating Animal Habitats }

Momas Happy Hive - { Fun With Animal Habitats }

Fun A Day - { Water Beads Ocean Animal Habitats }

Sensory Bin Fun With Ice & Snow Animal Toys-Great Fine-Motor Skill Activities!

Sensory Bin Fun With Ice & Snow Animal Toys-Great Fine-Motor Skill Activities!

3- Making play-dough with my children or with my class has always been a fun time.  Reading the recipe,  measuring the ingredients and letting them work the dough in through their hands is a wonderful fine-motor skill for children to accomplish.

  I can remember a time in my own childhood growing up with the smell of flour and salt in the air.  And oh how I loved to squish the soft wet dough, squeezing it between my fingers!  My mother was into organic foods, dyes, and Eco-friendly crafts!  So, we always added fun natural colors from pomegranates, beets, carrots, lemon, and cinnamon extracts!  Today, there is even more fun in the kitchen, especially, when making these fun dough, slime and clay recipes!  Here are a few of our favorite blogs to find great recipes for play-dough and slime.

Our Favorite Sites for Slime Dough Ideas...

Powerful Mothering Blog- {Creating Quick No-Cook Cloud-dough }

Little Bins For Little Hands Blog- { Homemade Slime Recipes }

Mom Dot Blog - { Slime & Creative Play-dough }

Marble witting letters with play dough!https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/playdough-letter-mazes/

Marble witting letters with play dough! https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/playdough-letter-mazes/

4- Finally, building things, working with our hands, and most of all,  helping kids with fine motor skills in the preschool years is a great way to help early writing skills!  This summer spend some time working with your little ones with fun games that encouraging building strong finger muscle development!  There are some really cool games that also, help develop early reading and recognizing letters.  These games are so much fun to play that my children and my class have no idea that they are really developing their cognitive skills as well as fine motor skills.

Our Favorite Sites for Fine Motor Skill Games...

Rabbit Ideas Blog - {Early Writing & Fine Motor Skill Games }

Little Bins For Little Hands Blog- { Popsicle Stick Catapults }

Teach Me Mommy Blog - { Letter Maze with Marbles & Play-dough }

Thank you for joining me and celebrating with your preschool children the joy of learning!  Take some time to enjoy a few of these preschool early reading summer fun activities!  Most of all read as much as you can with your children this summer!

Enjoy your family this summer,

         Tanja D'lyn


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5 Tips For Fun Fall Family Kitchen Play Time by Tanja D’lyn

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5 Fall Family Kitchen Play Time Tips by Tanja D'lyn

5 Fall Family Kitchen Play Time Tips by Tanja D'lyn

Here are 5 Tips To Fun Fall Family Kitchen Play Time, by Tanja D'lyn

They say the best way to a heart is through,"  yummy foodie recipes! ".  Here are some fun ways you can create fun family kitchen play time with your child.

1- First step in having fun in the kitchen is dressing up in  fun aprons:

 " Mommy & Me" Aprons, so cute and available in many different prints for any Holiday, by Tanjadlyn.etsy.com

What a great way to teach a child the importance of keeping a clean kitchen and having fun at the same time!

2-Second step is to create the space:

Here is our favorite fun DIY designer and a great place to get ideas, by Dinah Wulf-DIY Inspired.com

Enjoy looking through her re-purposed and up-cycled ideas to create the perfect fun play kitchen room.

3- Third step is to make a few things together to play with while you wait for baking time:

Here is our favorite recipe for fun slime play-dough, by Little Bins for Little Hands

Keep your kids busy while waiting for the baking time!

4- Fourth step is to make a recipe that is warm and delicious:

Here is one of our favorite recipes for Gluten-Free pumpkin bread, by Dashofsanity.com

A quick bread that is deliciously spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, & cloves.  The Key is simple and fast!

5- Fifth step is to eat it up! Sharing this yummy food with the whole family!

Recipes with family and kids are the most memorable kitchen fun times, ever.

Enjoy  Your Fun Fall Family Kitchen Play Time!

What's your family favorite recipe?


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Eco Friendly Kids Robes, Towels And Gifts


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Dive Into Summer With These Kids-Summer-Crafts!

When I think of summer it always brings, me back to a place in my childhood where there was a pool! Where swimming, Popsicle's, and lots of Kids-Summer-Crafts filled our days!  Here are a few of our inspired, treasures from our favorite finds and our mom blogs that we love to follow!  We hope you Dive Into these Kids-Summer-Crafts with as much zeal, as we had to create them!

by Tanja D'lyn

Kids summer Crafts

Dive Into Summer Crafts!

Series #4  in Our Kids-Summer-Crafts, Play, & Foodie Finds for Family!

This summer we hope you have a chance to go on an adventure, maybe a beach, park, or poolside vacation!  Memories of summer seem to last a lifetime! Our family loves going to different beaches each year!  Our favorite is Canon Beach,Oregon!  We fly kites, ride sand-bikes, build sand castles, collect shells, play games and enjoy our family time!

In this weeks, series, Kids-Summer-Crafts, Play & Foodie Finds for Family,  we added some fun things to try with your family, that reminded us of the beach.  And our catchy title of our photo image "Swim Fishy Swim", is a game we play as a group with all of our friends!

The Cute Shark Robe is from our Handmade Kids Robes, and is one of our biggest hits for little ones, who love the beach!

Our terry cover-ups are perfect for any beach, swim, bath or vacation situation!

Take a peek at our Favorite Mom Blog's Trending Now!

Each of these has a special place in my heart, and brings me down memory lane! There is nothing like beach robes, homemade Popsicles and "starry nights a glow"!

Have fun, with some of these Kids-Summer-Crafts, Foodie Finds, and Activities!

Happy Summer!

1-Kids Beach Robes, by Tanjadlyn.etsy.com

2-Patriotic Ice Pops, by hipmamasplace.com

3-Aquarium DIY: Mason Jar Nite Lights, by thetiptoefairy.com

4-Kids Fabric Batik Art, by thimbleandtwig.com 

Where is your favorite beach, or summer memory?


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Happy 4th of July: Celebrate the 4th with some of our Favorite things!  by Tanja D'lyn

Series #3  in Our Play, Craft and Foodie Finds for Family!

We love the 4th of July, and our family loves to play in the back yard!  Green Crafts, to make with your kids, healthy muffins, and fun swimwear and beach wear for kids to play in !

Enjoy your 4th, and your family!

1-Fun 4th of July Crafts, by celebratewomantoday.com
2-Kids USA Beach Robes, by Tanjadlyn.etsy.com
3-Kids USA Swimwear, by LilBooApparel.etsy.com

4.-4th of July Healthy Vegan cupcakes, by ChocolateCoveredKatie.com

What's Your Favorite Trends for the 4th of July?


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