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Topic: Life Skills

Aug 14

Mentoring Programs

Posted By iamincontrol | August 14, 2018

A mentor can be a big help while you’re in school.

Mentors can be a variety of ages and can meet as often as you want. They are usually selected for you based on similar interests. A mentor is someone who is there to guide you with many things. There are different programs located all throughout Iowa that focus on different things. A mentor can help drive you to activities, they can help with your homework, or they can be there just to talk. They may visit you at school or help you get involved in the community. This depends on what you want to do together. Many programs reach out to children in schools, but not all schools participate in the programs. If your school doesn’t, a good place to start would be asking a teacher or your parents if they can help check which mentoring programs are near you.

The website below is good to browse because they link to many of the Iowa programs. They also share stories of mentors and you can see some of the activities and relationships that take place.

Aug 9

Ticks in Iowa

Posted By iamincontrol | August 9, 2018

There are over a dozen types of ticks that live in Iowa.. Ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

  • If a tick that carries Lyme disease bites you, the area may begin to look like a bull’s eye, with a red center and a red ring around a clear area.
  • If the tick carries RMSF, you may have a fever followed by flat, pink, itchy spots on your arms and legs.

If you have these symptoms, tell an adult and visit a doctor so you can get treatment.

You can protect yourself from ticks by:

  • Avoiding wooded areas or places with tall grass
  • Walking in the center of trails
  • Using insect repellent, that contains DEET
  • Wearing tall, light colored socks, pants, and long-sleeved shirts
  • Checking yourself and other after being outdoors

For more about ticks and Lyme disease, visit:

Aug 7

Iowa State Fair

Posted By iamincontrol | August 7, 2018

The Iowa State Fair dates are Thursday, August 9th to Sunday, August 19th.

This year one of the new foods includes Bauder mud. This is brownie chunks drenched in a chocolate shake topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. There’s plenty of other new sweet and savory food being offered and you can see a full list on their website. It tells you exactly where to find the foods and what is in them. You can take a look at their healthier options offered or use the food finder to find your favorites!

Besides the food, there’s many other activities from the petting zoo to the live music. Some of this year’s grandstand artists include Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion. There’s many other performers each day at the free stages too. Let’s not forget, you can’t go to the state fair without visiting the butter cow! Weighing in at 600 pounds, this cow is a staple at the fair each year.

For a full schedule of events check out the state fair website!

Aug 2

Preparing for Flooding and Tornadoes

Posted By iamincontrol | August 2, 2018

Summer in Iowa can mean lots of storms and tornado warnings. Here’s what you need to know to be ready for extreme weather.

One easy thing you can do is go to the Iowa Flood Information System website and set up text alerts for flood warnings. Of course, it’s still important to have a plan in place for when you get the alert.

When it comes to tornados, it’s important to know the right terminology. A tornado watch means that the weather is right for a tornado to happen. A tornado warning means that one has been spotted. Make sure you know what county you are in and what counties are around you so you can check weather alerts on the news. If there is a warning- go to your basement or the lowest floor bathroom, closet, or stairwell to stay safe. After a tornado, be careful to stay away from damaged buildings and power lines.

For both floods and tornados, it’s important to have a safety plan and an emergency supply kit. To learn more about building an emergency supply kit, check out this link:

Jul 12

Manage Your Thoughts and Emotions for Less Stress

Posted By iamincontrol | July 12, 2018

It is easy for us to let our emotions get the best of us, but we can learn how to manage our reactions and thoughts to certain events. This can help us manage stress in our lives. For most people, it will take practice, but how can we practice emotional wellness? Here are some actions you can take to develop better skills to manage stress:

  • Don’t stress about what you can’t change. Don’t waste time and energy worrying about things you can’t change or events that may never happen.
  • See life as changeable. Accept that change is a natural part of living and growing. This will make new changes become less stressful.
  • Think about alternatives. Thinking about options beforehand will help you plan for change and adjust more quickly.
  • Be realistic about your expectations. You should aim high in situations but be realistic about your goals and your motivation.
  • Don’t rush into action – think before you act. Accept your mistakes and mistakes by others. Don’t let them stress you out. Think through what happened, learn from it, and plan to avoid it in the future.
  • Take things less seriously. Ask yourself: How much will this matter in two weeks? Six months?
  • Take time for yourself. Take time to relax and care for your own mental health. This will help you be less stressed and improve your well-being.

For more tips on how to better manage your thoughts, check out:

Jul 10

Bicycle Safety

Posted By iamincontrol | July 10, 2018

Biking can be a great summer activity. It’s a great way to get some exercise in and it can also be a fun way to see some new scenery. Check out these tips on bike safety:

  • Helmets help prevent brain injury in the case of a fall. Your helmet should be worn level so it covers your forehead, not tipped. Your helmet straps should be snug to keep it in place. There are measurements on the helmets to help you find the right one. If you’re not sure if your helmet fits, you can ask someone at a bike store.
  • Make sure your bike is in good shape. You can ask a parent or other trusted adult to help you do this. Check your wheels, seat, and handlebars
  • Bikes come in different sizes so check to see if your bike is the right size for you. If you stand with your feet flat, there should be 1 to 3 inches of space between you and the top bar.
  • Check your chain and add oil if it needs it. Give your tires a squeeze and make sure they have enough pressure. If not, use an air pump to fill them to the proper capacity.

When you ride:

  • Wear bright clothes so cars see you.
  • Make sure you check where and how far you can ride by asking your parents.
  • Ride with a buddy, especially on longer trips.
  • Know the road rules and hand signals.
  • If you’re riding at dusk or near dark, make sure your bike has reflectors or a head light.

Check out this website for more tips, road rules, and a guide of the hand signals!

Jul 3

Don’t Blow It: Responsible Firework Practices to Avoid Injury

Posted By iamincontrol | July 3, 2018

The 4th of July is all about parades, BBQ’s, and friends, but nothing ends the night quite like an awesome round of fireworks. Did you know, each year over 10,000 people are injured playing with fireworks. Injuries range from minor burns to lost fingers, limbs, or even blindness. This includes injuries from sparklers – they burn at very high temperatures so use caution and never wave them near someone’s face! Getting injured is not a great way to have a memorable 4th of July celebration.

So, what can you do to have a safe and fun 4th of July celebration? Check out a professional show instead! These events have the biggest fireworks and are well organized for the coolest effects. Plus, many areas feature concerts, games, or contests before the big fireworks show for maximum fun so it’s a great way to build safe memories with your family, friends or crush!

But if you and your family decide to create your own fireworks display here are a few important safety reminders:

  • Never light fireworks without an adult.
  • Keep a bucket of water and garden hose handy.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings, vehicles, and trees.
  • Never point fireworks at someone.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Keep them inside, away from the sparks and noise.

To find out more safety tips check out:

Jun 28

Surviving Stressful Family Interactions

Posted By iamincontrol | June 28, 2018

Summer often gives people more time to spend with their families. Whether it’s a family vacation or just hanging out at home. Spending a lot of time with loved ones isn’t always easy. Being in close quarters with relatives who get on your nerves can be stressful. Here are some tips for how to handle stressful interactions in the moment and what to do to de-stress afterwards:

  • Keep a positive attitude and set an intention to have a good time no matter what happens. This can help you stay positive and not let little comments get to you.
  • Try not to take things personally. Negative remarks say more about the person who says them than the person they’re said to.
  • When you feel your stress rising, taking a breath before speaking can help you respond in a relaxed way instead of a way that adds to the tension.
  • When you do respond to comments, be direct and use statements like “I feel” or “I think”.

After dealing with stressful family, make sure to take time to recover and do something to de-stress.

  • Prioritize self-care by spending more time doing the things you like to do to relax.
  • Some things you can do either before or after dealing with stressful family members are exercising, going for a walk, skin care, reading books, or doing puzzles.
  • Getting good sleep and eating healthy meals will help you be in your best mood too.

For more information on dealing with family members who stress you out, check out this link:

Jun 19

How to Stay Cool by the Pool All Summer Long

Posted By iamincontrol | June 19, 2018

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, but without proper safety it can be scary. Whether you are heading to a community pool, lake, or water park, here are a few tips to keep you safe all summer long.

  • Always swim with a buddy. If something goes wrong they can get help. Plus, it’s more fun with a friend!
  • Know your limits and your comfort level. Don’t get pressured into a dangerous situation.
  • Take a CPR and first aid class, nothing is cooler than being prepared in case of an emergency.
  • Only swim in designated areas. Follow directions posted on signs or caution ropes to keep everyone safe.
  • Be careful about diving. Diving injuries can be serious so if it says, “No Diving” pay attention!
  • Always wear sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply.
  • While you are splashing around in the water all day, don’t forget to take time to drink some water.

For more tips on water safety check out

Jun 5

Summer Skin Care

Posted By iamincontrol | June 5, 2018

As you start spending more time outside, it’s important to make sure that your skin is protected. Use the following tips to make sure that your skin stays healthy throughout the summer:

  • Use a lighter, thinner moisturizer. This can help prevent breakouts.
  • Apply sunscreen every day – and use actual sunscreen. Many makeup products now have some SPF. But the sunscreen in these products are very weak and less protective.
  • Don’t forget your lips! Look for a lip balm with SPF to protect them from the sun as well.
  • Stay hydrated. Besides drinking water, you can eat certain foods to help get your daily water intake. Cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, celery, and grapes are all very hydrating.
  • Sunburned? Look for products with aloe, chamomile, and green tea. All of these are ingredients that should help with inflammation.

For more tips on how to take care of your skin over the summer, check out this link: