Your children are your pride and joy and you want to continually be doing everything you can in order to protect them. Accidents happen all the time, but there are things you can do to try to avoid them. With kids, accidents can even happen more often as they learn and grow.
Even the most accident prone child can benefit from a few safety precautions. Here are some of the things you can do to help raise a safe and happy child.
Teach Them To Use The Buddy System
Teach your child to never do anything alone. It’s much safer that way and this ensures that someone else knows where they are at all times, or what happened if something bad does happen. The buddy system works for walking to the park, going swimming, and anything else that takes your child out of the home and away from you.
Sometimes that buddy will be you, one of the parents. But you won’t always be there with your child. Teaching them to use the buddy system will also teach them to be more social and they might even make new friends.
Have Them Wear Protective Gear
If your child is playing a sport, ride a bike, going skating, or doing anything else that has potential risks of falling and breaking bones you want to make sure they are wearing protective gear. Never let your child ride a bike without their helmet. If they’re just learning, it might be smart to have them wear knee and elbow pads as well.
If your child is playing a sport for fun, and not on a school team, take some time to research what protective gear they need before they hit the field (or the backyard) with their friends.
Make Sure There’s Always An Adult Present
While you might let your child walk to the store with a friend, or even the beach, depending on how far the walk is when your child is going someplace that there are no other adults present you should be there. If your community beach doesn’t have a lifeguard, go with your child and their friends (the same with community pools, whether it’s at your apartment complex or in your backyard).
Teach Them Self-Awareness
Make sure your child is aware of where they are and what they are doing at all times, as well as because you weren’t paying attention. By teaching them to pay better attention you could help them prevent all sorts of accidents.
Teach them to not use their phones and other gadgets when they’re walking. Teach them to pay attention to the time. These are all things that will help them now and in their futures as adults too.