As a parent, looking after your children isn't just your job – it is all there is to your existence and role as a parent. It's your new place in life, and the world stops revolving around you, especially during those early years. As a parent, you have a lot to do, you've got a lot on your plate! Being a parent is hard work, it's stressful, it can take an emotional and physical toll – but nothing is more rewarding than watching your kids grow up, healthy and happy. That can only happen if you fulfill your role and keep them safe!
Keeping the kids safe? It's easier said than done, unfortunately. Kids can vary in personalities (just like us!) that range from hyperactive and boisterous to quiet and reserved. However, if one thing is true – it's that kids are curious. They will touch things in the house and in the outside world they shouldn't. In some extreme cases, they will eat and drink things they shouldn't. Curiosity is something that never truly leaves us, but kids are just after knowledge. If you think of it the right way, young ones don't know ANYTHING until it is told to them or they find out. Knowledge isn't applied to the brain upon birth, is it? That means the first thing you need to do to ensure that your kids are educated. This means general talks about the dangers of strangers and the outside world, but it also means talking about other dangers – things you might forget about. Talking about the sharp edges on those wax vinyl LPs, talking about bathroom products, how to wash hands efficiently. All those types of subjects. If kid's don't know, they don't know. Education is how you make sure you do your best to ensure that your children and family are safe.
How else can you keep the kids safe in the home? Well, with your own actions. You can teach your kids how to be safe, but you've also got to do a lot. Firstly, teach yourself some basic first aid and get something like an Emerg-A-Center cabinet to ensure you can perform first aid if the worst happens and someone is hurt! It isn't just your medical abilities that will be called upon though. You'll need to do your part to keep the home safe for the kids. That means cleaning the home, making sure food is cooked through and keeping weapons, sharps, and medication out of the reach and the sight of kids. If dangerous items are left lying around your household in reach, you certainly are playing with fire in regards to the safety of your children.
It’s your responsibility to keep your children and family safe and that all starts with your actions and the safety of the family home. Ask yourself, can you keep your kids safe? Of course you can! It might mean a major change, or a few small changes, but every single parent on the planet can do it.