Children, at their learning stage, need extra protection and care from their parents to grow healthy and safe. It is a responsibility to teach them how to deal with situations, things, and people when you are not around, how to become independent and how to keep themselves aware and alerted to what happens indoors as well as outdoors.
Even at home, your children aren’t completely safe; they are exposed to countless risks and dangers if they lack your supervision. Here are some safety rules that should be prioritized and considered. Teach your kids to:
- Avoid any contact with sharp objects (scissors, knives, even pencils…) to prevent cuts and injuries.
- Not to touch any electrical supplies or products with wet hands as it will result in electric shocks.
- Sit while eating and chew the food well to prevent choking risks. Don’t forget to make sure they stay away from small items (coins, accessories, hard foods such as nuts…).
- Close the doors and the windows when they are home alone and never interact with strangers/guests until you get home.
- Not to share any personal information with strangers and never tell anyone they are home alone.
- Avoid cleaning products/chemicals.
- Trust their gut, open up and reach out to you every time they get suspicious or uneasy.
- Take baths with your permission and assistance. It’s dangerous to let your child alone in the water.
- Not to jump or run around the house especially when objects are scattered on the floor which is also an opportunity to teach them organization.
- Be extra careful with the stairs.
It is more worrying when it comes to safety outside your house, for that, you have to follow these tips to guarantee your children’s protection:
- Teach them your real names, home address, and phone numbers to use whenever lost or felt the need to.
- Don’t allow them to accept gifts or food from strangers nor follow them somewhere.
- Teach them road safety rules, profit from traffic-calmed zones for practice.
- Let them know the difference between receiving good touch/bad touch from people and speak themselves up when they feel uncomfortable (mention to them that it includes family members too).
- Insist they play with their peers near the house and avoid getting into fights so they won’t hurt or get hurt.
- Make sure they pay attention and follow safety rules anywhere they go (school, roads, playgrounds, pools…).
You definitely want your kids to understand the importance of being and feeling safe. It will make them gain confidence and resilience along with saving them from being victims to traumatic/dangerous experiences that can affect their overall mental or physical health in the long term.