Teaching Toddlers to be Safe

Today is National Missing Children's day. I'm by no means a safety expert but I know there are a lot of resources and articles available on child safety. Some of them are listed at the end of this post. Instead of rehashing all the advice, I'll like to share with you a few things I'm doing to keep my twins safe - there's still 18 months but it's never too early to start
  1. Order a free safety kit from the Polly Klaas foundation. I ordered mine same time I was ordering my diaper and formula freebies. The foundation sent informational publications which I found to be very practical and helpful. Here's a link to their order page. One big plus is that orders can also be made from outside the US
  2. Download the FBI child ID app which is available for both iPhone and Android users (didn't do this but wish there was a Canadian equivalent)
  3. Allow the "No". One of the developments of this stage is that both girls have learnt to say no. It irks me but it's a trait that should be developed beneficially. Studies show that confident children who are able to say "No" to an adult figure stay safer. As parents are the premier adults in kids' lives, it's important not to smother their demonstrations of confidence and independence.
  4. Manage the stranger-danger stage. Right now Spice clings up to me and does the koala bear thing if a stranger so much as looks at her. My inclination has been to reassure her and encourage her to be friendlier with the strangers until I realized I don't want to go to the other extreme of letting her think every stranger is a friend. The balance I'm working towards (not close to being there yet) is instilling a sense of "it's ok if mommy and daddy say it's ok"
  5. Never ever skip the referee or background check stage of hiring a caregiver or someone who will spend any amount of time alone with the kids. Once the kids know the faces, they're no longer strangers. In the same vein, I'm very leery of daycare centers when the inspection details show that they skipped on background and criminal checks for their employees
Online Resources on Missing Children and Child Safety
Have a great weekend and stay safe. Linking up to Multiples Monday


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6 comments :

  1. Great information, as always!

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  2. AWESOME!! Just ordered my kit and posted a link to your blog post on my facebook account and page....thanks so much!

    Hope your weekend has been FAB! :) (Call me soon!)

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  3. Thank you for the helpful information. Safety is always a major priority. I look forward to seeing a link to one of your posts tomorrow on Multiples Monday on Capri + 3.

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    Theresa

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  4. All excellent points! Good idea with managing the stranger danger phase...making it clear that it's okay if mom and dad say its okay is a great strategy. I'm on it! Thanks for the pointers!!

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  5. I just went to the site...so sad seeing the missing children, but good to be aware of these things. Im going to order a kit. Thanks for the info.

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  6. Thank you so much for the free kit info! I have four kids and I was starting to think about getting an emergency plan in place. I definitely going to be ordering the kits. Many thanks!

    Oh, and I found you through the Multiples Monday link-up! :)

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