Summer Safety Tips for Pool and Beach Days

Summer Safety Tips for Pool and Beach Days

With the approach of warmer weather comes the desire to go to the pool or hit the beach. Winter and spring sweaters and pants quickly get traded out for tank tops and shorts.

While enjoying time by or in the water is no doubt a popular pastime for those looking to beat the summer heat, water is not without its dangers.

At Fennell, Briasco, & Associates, we want you and your family to stay safe this season while enjoying your time at the beach or in the pool.

Follow these summer safety tips in mind for an enjoyable, memorable summer that you and your family won’t soon forget.

1) Plan According to the Weather

No one wants to get to the pool or the beach just to find out the weather is about to take a turn for the worse. Even if skies appear to be clear, check your forecast. In some areas, storms can show up in minutes without much warning. Lightning can also be hidden by clouds during the day, leaving you and your family vulnerable out in the open.

Weather Tips:

  • A light sprinkle won’t likely ruin the day, but be prepared to seek shelter if rain becomes heavy or if that rain is accompanied by thunder or strong winds.
  • Pack a picnic or some games that you can play under a park shelter while waiting out any nasty weather that pops up.
  • If heavy storms are expected, simply pick another day. Storms that involve lightning will likely result in an evacuation of the area due to safety concerns.
  • Be sure to bring along a change of clothing in case temperatures cool down or the wind picks up.

2) Bring Lots of Liquid

It is easy to get dehydrated without realizing it, especially if you’re in the water where its cooler. Make sure you and your family take regular breaks to drink water and other hydrating beverages.

3) Always Supervise Children

This cannot be overstated: it only takes a moment for a child to be swept away by a riptide or to go under the water in the pool. Do not take your eyes off of your children.

Some families even opt to have a designated “watcher” for 20 minutes at a time, a good practice that can save lives.

Water Supervision Tips:

  • Drowning is not the big, splashy event as portrayed in movies. It is often much more silent and not as noticeable.
  • Riptides are hard to notice, as well. If you are at the beach, it is best to educate yourself on what a riptide looks like and always have adults in the water with the children.
  • Do not allow children to watch other children.
  • When using life jackets, do not assume that this makes drowning impossible.
  • Have a way to call 9-1-1 always available.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Teach your children how to swim properly but do not assume this means that accidents will not happen.

4) Make Sure to Safeguard Bodies of Water

Whether you plan to be around the water or not, sometimes children make their own plans. Unfortunately, there are stories of kids who escape the house and end up in the pool despite their parent’s best efforts to protect them.

Precautions you can Take:

  • If you are swimming, find a place with a lifeguard and always use a buddy.
  • Make sure that pools have proper barriers around them that cannot be easily accessed by children.
  • If someone is missing, check the water first. Time matters in this situation, and it is important to rule out water.
  • If caught in a riptide, swim parallel to the shore or tread water until help arrives.

5) Watch Out for the Wildlife

While wildlife encounters are bound to happen every now and again, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your family’s safety when face to face with Mother Nature’s creatures.

Wildlife Saftey Tips:

  • Check with locals or lifeguards to see if there are known issues with jellyfish or other animals.
  • If someone is stung by a jellyfish or stingray, avoid “old wives’ tales”. Instead, immerse the sting in water that is as hot as you can bear, or use a cold pack, to bring pain relief. You can prepare for this by keeping cold packs in a cooler.
  • Shuffle your feet when walking the beach, instead of walking normally, as stingrays only sting when stepped on.
  • If you encounter a wild animal (such as a boar at the beach), do not approach them. Calmly try to leave the area to avoid spooking the animal.

6) Always Wear Your Sunscreen

While most people are great at remembering the first initial application of sunscreen, it is remembering to reapply in a timely manner that can be an issue.

Tips for Time Under the Sun:

  • Even if you want to get a tan, be sure to put on some sunscreen. Excessive tanning has been linked to high rates of cancer.
  • Look for SPF 30 and ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium.
  • Lotions are better for application than sprays, which can miss areas.
  • Be sure to reapply every couple of hours.
  • Always wear light-colored clothing and hats to prevent overheating and to provide an extra protection for your skin.

Make Your Summer Unforgettable in a Good Way

Following these safety tips will help you and your family avoid potential accidents over the summer, especially when around water.

Summertime is for making memories with family and injuries can get in the way of having a fulfilling summer. Spending time by the water is one of the most fun activities summer has to offer, and observing these safety tips will help your family maximize the fun.

How to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Summer Break

How to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Summer Break

The summer season is full of fun, great weather, and the opportunity to develop your relationship with your kids. Even if you are a working parent, you can take advantage of some wonderful summer opportunities. This guide will help you determine how to make the most of your kid’s summer break before the new school year begins.

But summer plans don’t have to be fancy, extravagant or expensive. There are many things you can do on a budget that will help you bond with your kids or alleviate their summer boredom.

At Fennell, Briasco, & Associates, we are a family oriented team excited to share with you simple yet fun family-friendly activities you can participate in this summer with the whole family.

What we know can put a damper on summer fun are family and custody-related legal issues such as visitation, permission to travel on vacation with your child, and more. If you find yourself in need of legal assistance or help with family-related issues, reach out to us today. Our compassionate family-friendly team can help.

Family-friendly Summertime Activities During Break

  1. Build a Lemonade Stand

The classic lemonade stand does not get the attention it used to, but this is a great way to have fun and teach the kids valuable life skills.

Kids can learn:

  • Home improvement skills by building the stand with wood, hammer, and nails
  • Financial skills by learning to count money, set prices for profit, and hand out change
  • How to reach goals by working hard to earn money for something they have been wanting
  • How to give back by donating their proceeds to a charity
  • Kitchen skills by learning how to make lemonade that tastes good for repeat business

Even if it is a small-scale project that is just for fun, the kids will remember their days selling lemonade to their friends, neighbors, and family.

  1. Camp Out in the Backyard

Depending on the ages of your children, camping may seem like a daunting task. Many have taken to camping in their own backyards.

This offers many advantages!

  1. You are close to an indoor restroom. No one likes those camp bathrooms!
  2. If younger children get scared about sleeping outside, their beds are nearby.
  3. The tent can stay up for days if children want to camp out more than once.
  4. For families who can’t afford to travel, this feels like a miniature vacation.

There are many activities you can enjoy while camping in your backyard, such as:

  • Building a campfire
  • Roasting s’mores
  • Telling stories (scary or not)
  • Listening to nature as you relax
  • Outdoor games, such as frisbee or catch
  • Gaze at the stars and find constellations

Some even decorate their backyard with strings of lights or hanging decorations.

  1. Get Some Exercise

Everyone gets cabin fever at some point during the summer break. Whether work life keeps you busy, bad weather hits for a few days, or someone comes down with a summer cold, you will all eventually need to get outside.

  • Hiking allows for an opportunity to enjoy nature while warming up your legs.
  • Going for a swim is a popular summer activity, as well as making a trip to the lake.
  • Take a family bike ride on a nature trail.
  • Organize a giant game of Capture the Flag, Flag Football, Soccer, or Tag to get your blood pumping.

Our society is not always the best at physical health but getting outside on a regular basis will help these activities happen more naturally.

  1. Check Out Some Fireworks

The Fourth of July is a great time to remember where our country has come from and all that has happened in the fight for freedom. When celebrating living in our great nation, there are many ways to enjoy the time with family.

  • Find a local fireworks display and take a blanket to a nearby field to enjoy the show
  • Take the kids to the fair for some rides and classic fair food
  • Have fun making creative outfits in red, white, and blue
  • Let the kids help you create a fruit pizza with strawberries, blueberries, and cream cheese to represent our flag

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July, it is a great time to enhance your family bonds.

  1. Go Pick Some Fruit

From berries to apples, there are many opportunities to pick your own produce during the summer. Not only does this fruit taste better, but it gives you a day with the family to take pictures, pick some yummy food, and learn more about how food grows. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and apples are popular fruit to go pick.

You could also visit a farm and show the kids how different animals are raised or how crops are cultivated. Agriculture and food science are interesting areas to examine, and your kids may decide they want to work with animals in the future or help grow food for their community!

Most of All: Enjoy and Relax

While it is good to have a plan for some of the summer, you will also want to be okay with sitting around and just relaxing. Our lives are very busy with activities, family functions, and work obligations. Taking some time to just relax with the family at home will also be appreciated and help renew everyone’s spirit.

At Fennell, Briasco, & Associates, we know just how precious time with family can be, especially on summer break when the stress of the school year is well in the rearview. If you need help with regards to a family-related legal issue, custody, parenting plan or visitation rights, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.

Product Recalls to Keep Your Family Safe this Summer

Product Recalls to Keep Your Family Safe this Summer

Children’s Sleep Sacks Recalled by Gildan Activewear

Due to violation of Federal Flammability Standard, an American Apparel brand Baby Rib Collection children’s 100% cotton and 90% cotton and 10% polyester-blended knit sleep sacks have been recalled. They were sold in size 6-12 months and in the following colors: Black, green, gray, light blue, navy, pink, red and white. Consumers should immediately take the recalled sleep sacks away from children, stop using them and contact American Apparel for a full refund or a replacement product of similar value.

Starbucks Recalls Bodum Recycled Coffee Presses Due to Laceration Hazard

Bodum + Starbucks co-branded coffee presses have been recalled. The 8-cup French coffee press’ cylindrical glass beaker, screen and plunger are held in place by a plastic dark gray frame with locking lid and a light gray handle and knob. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffee presses and contact Starbucks for instructions on how to return the coffee press to receive a full refund in the form of a store credit. Returns will not be accepted in stores.

Beaba Recalls Baby Food Steam Cooker/Blenders Due to Laceration Hazard

Beaba Babycook Neo Midnight and Cloud baby food makers have been recalled due to laceration hazard. The Babycook Neo is A/C powered and steams and blends food. Beaba has received about 300 reports of the glass bowl shattering, including three incidents of minor injuries. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Babycook Neo and contact Beaba for a free replacement bowl

Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice Products

Conagra Brands, Inc., a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,094,186 pounds of frozen entrees due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. The P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice are frozen, heat treated, not fully cooked and not shelf stable. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

Target Recalls USB Charging Cables Due to Shock and Fire Hazards

This recall includes the heyday 3 Foot Lightning USB charging cables. The cables are used to charge cellphones and other electronics that use lightning connector charging cables. The metal charging cable is purple, green and blue iridescent. Target has received 14 reports of the cables smoking, sparking or igniting, including two reports of consumer finger burns. Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return the recalled cable to any Target store for a full refund.

FBA Law Firm proudly offers family law services for Dallas, GA, Alpharetta, Marietta, Woodstock, and surrounding areas. If you are interested in a free consultation, we are ready to help.

Honesty During Divorce Proceedings

Honesty During Divorce Proceedings

The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty: Why You Should Be Up Front With Your Divorce Attorney

When speaking to your divorce attorney, you should understand that full disclosure is one of the best decisions you can make. You should be able to tell your divorce attorney the truth and nothing but the truth to ensure that they are adequately equipped with all the needed information to protect your rights.

Taking into consideration that the issues concerning your divorce are personal, you may feel the need to protect your privacy by holding back on some important information, this however, could make the process a lot more difficult. Keeping information from your attorney may in fact hurt your case more that you ever expected.

Before deciding on opening up in full or withholding information from your attorney, it is important that you understand the implications of withholding information and how it can harm you case, and your future, in the long run.

Why should I tell my attorney everything?

Telling your attorney everything about your divorce case is a great way to prepare their minds to support and represent your interest at all times both in and out of the court. Telling the attorney all there is allows you to better trust them while also giving them the power to establish a firm, effective, and fool-proof strategy which will not be damaged along the line with new information which you should have volunteered. It is important that you understand that the strength of the case is dependent on the amount of information which you have volunteered to your divorce attorney.

When opening up to your attorney feels awkward

Opening up on personal information can sometimes be embarrassing, and more so, sharing details about your marriage life and intimate life with your partner can also be unsettling. However, the job of the attorney isn’t to make you feel uncomfortable; instead, their job is to carefully evaluate all information which you have provided to ensure that your rights remain protected both within and outside the courtroom. Be informed that everything shared with your attorney will not be revealed to another party based on the attorney-client confidentiality oath.

What type of information should be shared with an attorney?

Before meeting with your divorce attorney, it is recommended that you keep yourself organized both in mind and body to enable you carefully articulate your points and touch on the most important information which are legally useful. It is also recommended that you think about the information which can come back to haunt you in the event you fail to open up.

When speaking with the attorney, the important information to volunteer include whether or not you or your spouse have been financially dishonest, have had an affair, verbal or domestic abuse?, have you or your partner issued public statement on the divorce on social media?, any instances of threats or violence towards partner or children? And more.

This information is important to build your case and also to help your attorney better prepare defenses in the event you have committed any of the above listed offenses or more.

If you are unsure as regards the extent of information to provide your divorce attorney, you can have the attorney pose questions for you to answer.

To learn more about dealing with divorce related cases, visit



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Does Wealth Affect Divorce

How Does Your Accumulation Of Wealth Get Handled In A Divorce

Marriage dissolution is in more ways similar to a business dissolution, especially when it comes to property and assets. In a case of divorce, a divorce lawyer will consider the financial holding of the divorcing couples, identify and evaluate it, value the assets and properties while also distributing the assets among affected parties.

In the event of a hefty financial settlement between the divorcing couple, each of the steps involved in the overall process of dissolution may be more complicated, resource-intensive, time-consuming, and may often take about a year to resolve.

Wealth affects divorce in a number of ways and below are some of them;

Marital agreements are often a factor

Wealthy couples are more likely to have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place. These agreements are often times put in place to protect individual assets, protect businesses, pre-determine alimony, or also safeguard large inheritances and other assets in the event of divorce. When negotiating during the divorce, an attorney will be guided by the terms of the agreement using it as a guideline in asset distribution. A prenuptial agreement can however be challenged in part or whole, this depends on the validity, fairness, and whether or not the agreement is legally enforceable.

Dividing business interests, property, and other assets

Wealthy people often hold their wealth in the form of business ownership, business interests, investments, intellectual property, tax shelter, real estate holding, international holdings, limited partnerships, high-value collections, and more. However, all of these assets must be properly traced and valued by the services of a legal professional to best determine the full picture of the couple’s wealth. Only when the full picture of the couple’s wealth is understood can the asset and property division process begin.

A Team Of Experts

Couples, depending on the level of wealth may need the services of accounting and tax professionals, forensic accountants, financial advisors, appraisers and real estate experts. In high-asset divorce cases, the listed experts will be required to work in conjunction with divorce attorneys and their legal teams, legal experts in business, real estate, intellectual property, trusts and estates and more.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance (this is also known as alimony or spousal support) is one of the major issues in divorce and is known to be a major bone of contention especially for high profile divorce cases. Demand for spousal support can also affect how properties are shared and distributed. In the event one of the partners seeks to maintain complete control of a business, the other partner may be entitled to additional payment.

Divorce Cases And The Public Eye

Most high profile divorce cases are settled outside the court. In the event of such cases as this, out-of-court settlement are made to prevent public scrutiny. In addition, there are also some legal ways to prevent public access into such cases thus making the process a private process. However, in the case of litigated divorce cases, details of such cases are likely to be publicized.  

To learn more about divorce related cases and also to hire a competent divorce attorney, visit



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How to Foster a Healthy Co-Parenting Relationship

How to Foster a Healthy Co-Parenting Relationship

Sadly, divorce not only breaks couples apart, but it also has a way of bringing out the worst in even the most caring and thoughtful of individuals.

It’s emotions like anger, jealousy, and resentment that create seemingly insurmountable obstacles to a successful co-parenting relationship. And it’s these fiery emotions that make co-parenting a significant challenge for many former couples.

The fact is, children need both their mother and their father in their lives, regardless of whether or not both of you are still married. However, if the relationship between you and your ex is toxic, this negativity can spill over into the life of your children and have a substantial detrimental effect on their well-being.

At the Fennell, Briasco, & Associates, we’ve helped countless clients with co-parenting and visitation arrangements that foster a positive environment for the children and with co-parenting strategies that encourage a healthy relationship.

Read on to learn more about our tips for having a healthy co-parenting relationship…

Remember, it’s all about the kids, not you

Challenges are significantly decreased when adults remember that it’s about the kids and not about themselves. Make a commitment with your ex to always put your child(ren)’s needs and well-being above your own.

Set your issues aside. Initially, it will be difficult to set aside the wounds and bitterness of the past, but in doing so, a tough situation will be made a whole lot easier. As difficult as it may be, encourage your children to have a healthy relationship with their new stepparent. In order to do this, it’s important that you recognize that the new stepparent is not there to replace you, rather they are there to help raise your children. A healthy attitude and a positive effort will go a long way.

Always treat your ex with respect (even if you feel they don’t deserve it)

Regardless of how your ex treats you, you must always treat him/her with the utmost respect. Staying respectful is not only in your children’s best interests, but it’s also necessary for maintaining a civil relationship between you and your ex.

Bad mouthing your ex, or being disrespectful towards them, hurts your children in the long-run. Keep in mind that your children are always watching and learning from your actions. Being disrespectful imparts a negative lesson on your children about how people should be treated and what relationships will look like. One big outcome of this is that children turn against one or both of their parents. Likewise, do not allow your children to speak ill of your ex or act disrespectful towards them —even when they are in your home.

Keep open communication with each other

All healthy and successful relationships thrive on open lines of communication. Sadly, some people are better at communicating than others. Communication, however, does not just have to be verbal. The lines of communication can be kept open through email, texting, voicemail, and face-to-face conversations.

Along with communication, keep in mind that vocal inflection and body language are also a means of conveying messages. For example, if your tone is sarcastic and your body language is closed-off or angry, then those messages will be picked up on by your children and your ex regardless of what comes out of your mouth. When the lines of communication are closed, it is the children who will suffer the most.

Do not withhold visitation from your kids

When you deny your children the opportunity to see your ex, you are hurting them more than they already were hurt through the divorce process. Also, attempting to punish your ex by withholding their children from them is also hurtful to your children in the long-run.

Refrain from using your children as pawns in your quest to seek revenge on your ex. In withholding visitation from your ex and not allowing your children to see their other parent, the pain you are inflicting on your ex is nothing compared to the pain you are putting your children through.

Keep things friendly and professional

A healthy co-parenting relationship looks very much like any professional relationship. In any solid business relationship, emotions are put to the side. This is exactly as it should be in any successful co-parenting relationship. Always do what is best for your kids.

Come to an agreement with your ex on behavioral guidelines, boundaries, and house rules. If this cannot be done, then you need to expressly tell your children what the rules in your house are and what your value system looks like. While doing this, you must also respect your ex’s house rules even though they may be different than your own.

Having co-parenting or visitation issues? We can help…

If you are having issues with co-parenting plans or visitation, then Fennell, Briasco, & Associates (CFL) can help. Our experienced family law attorneys and criminal defense lawyers will help you to solve your legal situation while providing you with the answers you need.