here’s no guide for how to keep your kids safe. Okay, there are probably a ton of books that claimto be guides but nothing works as well as experience.
Because “learn from your mistakes” isn’t an approach most parents are patient enough to try, helpful souls on social media are sharing simple parenting hacks that they’ve adopted to keep their kids safe.
Even if you’re not a parent, you’ll enjoy how clever and useful these tricks are.
Check Your Car Seat’s Straps Like This
It looks a little sketchy to hoist your child up like this, but this hack is paramedic-approved (at least by these two paramedic parents).
Besides, you’d rather find out the straps are loose this way than when you’re in a wreck, wouldn’t you?
Just Message an “X” in an Unsafe Situation
It’s called the “X Plan,” and it’s as simple as can be.
Teach your kid that if they have any issue they’re facing, they can just text you an “X.” As a parent, you’ll call them, get a read, and pick them up right away.
It saves your kid from an awkward situation around friends but still gets the point across that they need your help. Find out more details here.
A Tip for Your Child if They Think They’re Followed
This is very unpleasant to think about, but the most important safety issues normally are. It’s not rocket science, but it’s still worth sharing.
Use Sidewalk Chalk to Create Physical Boundaries
There’s a big difference between telling and SHOWING, especially to a little kid. By drawing out the chalk boundaries of where they can play, you’re putting it into their head directly.
Take the time to go through this (fun!) exercise with them.
Make Them a Bracelet with an Emergency Phone Number
When it comes to getting in contact during a dangerous situation, you don’t want to have to rely on a young child’s memory. So put a contact number on a piece of homemade jewelry like this.
Not only are you building something with your child, but you’re explaining to them why they need to stay in contact.
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