We never want to think that tragedy will strike our families. Sadly, that’s what a lot of victims think too. Now more than ever, parents need to constantly be on their guard. From performing a criminal record check on your neighbors to personally meeting your kid’s friends, you have to do it all. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry too much. Here are 4 easy tips you can do everyday to keep you and your family safe.
Emphasize That It’s Okay To Say “No”
Sometimes we forget that kids can make their own choices. We’re so used to deciding things for them, like their daily outfits and meals. But your child needs to know that if they’re not comfortable with giving someone a hug, they don’t have to. Their feelings matter too. Gaining this understanding will make it easier for them to resist peer pressure. They’ll also know it’s okay to get away from someone or a situation that makes them they feel unsafe.
Learn About Your Babysitter
Back in the day, we would follow recommendations from our friends and families without a second thought. You really can’t do that nowadays. Even if you’re hiring a family friend to be your babysitter, you don’t know everything about them. A criminal record check is the best way to find out more information about your babysitter. After all, you don’t want someone with a criminal past to babysit your child.
Give Your Child A Contact List
For a lot of kids, memorizing their full name, phone number, and address is a big accomplishment. The next step is giving them a list of contact information for you, your spouse, and any other important family members. If there’s an emergency and you can’t get to your phone, your child can call another trusted adult to help them.
Use The Proper Car Seat
A lot of parents don’t give their child’s car seat a second thought. They strap them in every morning without really thinking about the proper safety procedures. For example, infants need to have their car seats facing toward the rear of the car. In addition, if your child weighs over 40 pounds, they should be using a booster seat. Following these simple tips can save your child’s life if you’re ever in a car accident.
The world isn’t a safe place. But these 4 tips can make it just a little bit safer for your child. It’s up to you to run the occasional criminal record check and make sure your child knows how to protect themselves. I understand that many parents may find it difficult to talk about what could possibly go wrong. If you have any concerns, you can call or email me.