Category Archives: Safety Series

Body Safety – A Critical Topic

Body safety is a critically important topic, especially for young children.  It has been on my mind for a while and I know I need to do more to address this issue with my kids.  (All links in this post will open in new tabs.)

I came across this blog post recently and really appreciated its perspective:  Why We Don’t Keep Secrets In Our House {Child Abuse Prevention} by Melissa M via the Denver Metro Moms Blog.  I liked the suggestion to create a list of “Body Safety Rules,” discuss them regularly with your children, and post them in a visible place in your home.

Then, I saw a post from A Mighty Girl recommending the book: No Means No!: Teaching Children about Personal Boundaries, Respect and Consent by Jayneen Sanders.

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I decided to order the book, as well as a couple of others recommended by Amazon…

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We are going to be reading and discussing these books once they arrive this week.  Then we will create our family’s own “Body Safety Rules.”  Children who are educated about their bodies and understand they have the right to refuse physical contact with other people, whether a hug from a relative or an approach by a predator, will be much less likely to even be targeted by abusers.   Mic and I will be continuing to educate ourselves and our children on body safety for some time.

If you would like to learn more, here are some other resources I have found to be helpful:

Is Your Child Off Limits? {Child Sexual Abuse Prevention} by Feather Berkower, LCSW via Denver Metro Moms Blog

Parenting 101: How to Teach your Kids about Body Safety by Jill Starishevsky via Momeo Magazine

Body Safety Skills For Kids by Jayneen Sanders via The Good Men Project

Do Your Children Have Body-Safety Rules? by Feather Berkower via Dr.Greene.com

We are just getting started on this learning arc.  Stay tuned for more information.

Swimming Into Summertime Fun!

The kids and I got the chance to ‘tag along’ with Mic to a work conference recently.  It was a long drive, but the kids did great!  We had an awesome room at a nice hotel and rather than running around visiting ‘kid’ attractions, we decided to hang around the hotel and hit the pool every day.  I don’t think I have ever had the opportunity to do that before…  We had so much fun!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures because I was quite certain that kids, water, and a cell phone WOULD NOT mix!

Though we often head up to the lake, the water is fairly cold so we rarely do more than a little wading.  We have only taken the kids to swim in a pool a couple of times.  It is definitely time for them to learn more swimming and water safety skills!  I am reluctant to start with swimming lessons until after they are used to the water.  As someone who is ‘afraid of the water’ due to some experiences as a young child, I want their initial experiences to be positive.  So, we are going to plan for some visits to our local aquatic facility and spend some time hanging out in the tot pool.  Then we will look into more formal instruction.  I have notice though that private swim instruction is really expensive…  I’d really love to find someone to teach me and the kids together.  I’m not a great swimmer and would really love to improve!

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I recently came across some interesting information about water safety for kids.  This post from the Reno Mom’s Blog on Why Water Wings are the Devil was very enlightening!  I also came across some information on  Infant Swimming Resource Self-Rescue® instruction.  This looks really fascinating to me!  Unfortunately, there are no instructors in our area.  Has anyone enrolled their child in one of these programs?  I would really like to hear your feedback about it.

A little poking around on Amazon led me to several books.  (The links below are Amazon Affiliate links.  If you use these links to make any purchases, we will receive a small commission.  For more information, please see our Legal Stuff page.  Links will open in a new tab.)

If you have an Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions, these ones can be read for free in their Kindle versions:

Teach Your Kids to Swim by Karen Murphy

Teach Your Child How to Swim: A Parent’s Guide by Nick Stocking

Teach your Child to Swim: The Easy Way (Swimming Book 2) by Michele McGrath

A couple of other fairly low cost options are:

Learn to Swim: Teaching You to Teach Your Child to Swim by Benjamin Roberts

Come Swim With Me: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Their Children to Swim by Lee Rosenmiller and Carol Stone

I’m going to take a look at a couple of these and will let you know what I think about them…

The other thing I want to do is get the kids some life jackets for the lake.  I looked at a few options online, but have decided to go look at them at a sporting goods store.  I’m not sure what will work best and want to get my hands on some before making up my mind.

We are looking forward to a fun summer in the water!  Stay safe and enjoy!

Safety Series – Life-Saving Fire Safety Learning

Our visit to the fire station last week will set the tone for our safety discussions for the next couple of weeks.  Lala drew this picture as a “thank you” to the fire fighters, er… fire tamers…, for showing us their station and equipment.

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She was a little mad when her brother scribbled on part of it…  😉  I am continually blown away by the drawings she is creating.  The plan is to finish putting together a couple of cards and have Mic drop them off at the station tomorrow, with a little treat, as a thank you…  (And Yoda’s quote comes to mind…  “There is no try, there is only do or do not… 😉 )

In looking for resources on fire safety, I came upon the U.S. Fire Administration – Keeping Kids Safe From Fire website.  It is filled with great information for teaching kids about fire safety.  I found a “Let’s Have Fun With Fire Safety” Book, with word searches, mazes, and all sorts of fun activities.  You can even print a fold-up fire truck!  On the Ready-to-Use Educational Fire Safety Programs and Presentations Page, scroll down to access the “Sesame Street Fire Safety Station” program for preschoolers.  It includes a printable coloring book with a fire escape plan sheet and other important information, including fire alarms and escaping a fire.  You can also listen to several songs and stories told by the Sesame Street Characters.  The resources on this site are nearly endless!

According to the USFA website above, “Fifty-seven percent of all child fire deaths occur to those four or younger.”   Wow…  What a scary statistic!  I have always worried about house fires.  Time to turn that anxious energy into action that will help keep my kids safe!

I printed out a lot of the materials and we will be working on them over the next several days.  A smoke detector test and a fire escape plan are high on the priority list.  Look for posts over the next couple of weeks about these and other activities.

According to Wikipedia, “National Fire Prevention Week is observed in the United States and Canada, during the week (from Sunday to Saturday) in which October 9 falls. In the United States, the first Presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Week was made in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) continues to be the international sponsor of the week.”

I am penciling in the week of October 5, 2015 for a fire prevention theme.  Based on this, I think we need to make the first Sunday of every month – Fire Safety Sunday.  More to follow…

Please educate yourself and your children about fire prevention and safety!  The life you save may be your own!

 

 

Safety Series

One of our neighbors had a small kitchen accident yesterday evening and needed a little help and a few stitches.  That, coupled with a planned field trip to a firehouse next week, got me thinking about safety and being prepared for the “unexpected.”  I’ve always tried to be prepared, but in the last few years have gotten lax as my to-do list has grown…  I am proud to say that Mic and I took CPR and first aid classes last year.  It’s time to get on point and be better prepared.  I have decided to have a monthly series on safety.  I think the possible topics are virtually endless…

My brain is swirling with these ideas to start:

  • Role play calling 911
    • How and when to call
    • The role of paramedics, other first responders, medical professionals, etc.
  • Learning important information
    • Phone number(s)
    • Parents & caregivers full names
  • Re-stocking first aid kits
    • House
    • Cars
  • Fire safety
    • Stop, drop, and roll
    • Evacuation plan
  • Bike and pedestrian safety
  • Disaster preparedness
    • 3 days of supplies
  • Gun safety
  • Car safety
    • Watching for cars in streets, driveways, and parking lots
    • Look into an idea I read about of putting stickers with important info on kids’ car seats
  • Staying safe when out and about
    • Crowds
    • What to do if you get separated from your caregiver

I’m sure the list will grow…  If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!  Leave a comment or send me a message.