As parents, we all worry about our children, pretty much all of the time. Not only do we wonder if they’re happy and healthy, but the main concern is that they’re safe. There are many potential dangers out there, but there are also ways to get around them, so following these simple tips will help you to ensure that your children are as safe as they possibly can be. Not that you’re ever going to stop worrying, but it could put your mind at rest (just a little). We’ll try our best.
In the home
Whilst this may not be your primary worry, there are still many risks present to your child in the home. As anybody with children will know, there is nothing that they won’t pick up, or try to put in their mouths, or alternatively, try to drop all over the floor. The best thing that you can do as a parent is to childproof your home, with stair gates and child locks on kitchen cupboards, and other useful devices. Make sure that you’ve minimized the external threat, too, by checking that all of your doors and windows are locked and that you’ve looked into getting your garage doors repaired if any of your other entrances aren’t secure.
Outside of the home
When it comes to risks outside of the home, there are more things that are potentially out of your control, and it can be more difficult to keep your children safe. The best thing that you can do if any risks arise is to know the numbers of any emergency services (should you need them), the nearest hospital, and perhaps take out some essentials in case of any issues that arise. Whilst you may be there to help your child in these circumstances, there is a possibility that you won’t be, so teaching them potential dangers and solutions to these dangers from a young age will help them to stay safe if anything occurs.
Some parents worries are not limited to home dangers and other issues outside of the home, and you could worry about your kids being safe at school. Though this is a common concern, it is mostly fruitless, as all of the teachers have been taught about safeguarding, and it is their duty to look after your child whilst they are at school. Again, teaching your child about safety is key, but you can also maintain communication with teachers so that you can share any worries with them, and they can keep an eye on your child based upon what you have spoken to them about. Don’t be silent, and get involved if you’re worried!
So, there are many ways to keep your child safe from harm, whether they are at home, outside of the home, or even at school. Whilst a bit of worrying is normal, don’t let it control your life, as your child will have learned more than you can imagine from listening to you and the safety advice you have given over the years!