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Laundry pods are a reminder to talk to our kids

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

 This week, I would like to focus on how often we talk to our children and maybe provide some ideas of what we need to talk about.

I confess, I was unaware of the laundry detergent pod challenge. I thought about putting the word challenge in quotes, but the selection of words should probably have the word stupidity in front of challenge.

I knew of the fact that toddlers and perhaps small children may see these pods as colorful pieces of candy. Due to that, parents might need an extra reminder to store them safely and away from tiny hands. 

I also heard and understood that patients experiencing dementia symptoms may also be confused by their colorful nature. There is an illness connection to that confusion, so again clearly a logical conclusion.

What I did not know was that teenagers were putting them in their mouths for fun. Yes, they place them in their mouth to see how long they can take it. That amount of time is determined by one of two things, either not being able to stand it or vomiting.


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