Written by Jeanette Anzon. Jeanette is a DIY-er, a Home Stylist and a writer. She runs the blog AdventureDweller.com.
Because most of us lead fast-paced lifestyles on a daily basis, we often overlook caring for the safety of our kids. I, for one, am guilty of constantly leaving my kids around at home, unattended. As a result, it’s not uncommon for me to find my kids getting into accidents.
I have learned through time, though, to put extra effort in doing my best to be mindful of my kids’ safety at home, even during occasions that I am struggling to juggle multiple tasks at the same time. To ensure kids and family safety, we need to prioritize the needs of our loved ones, despite being caught up with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
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Sharp objects attack
I make sure that knives, scissors and other sharp objects around the house are kept properly in safe storage areas. Carelessness can bring about the unexpected. I can just never be sure when and how my kids’ curiosity will perk up. Kids are naturally playful, without being aware of the danger that their actions may bring.
Value of age-appropriateness
My preschool-aged kids love to play with the stuff they explore. I have a backyard playground at home, and often, my little ones go out of our house to explore the wonders of our residential playground. In fact, they constantly wander to our backyard without me being aware of it!
I make sure that I only keep preschool age-appropriate playground equipments, such as tiny swings, in my backyard. By having such equipments in my backyard, I get the peace of mind that my kids won’t accidentally hurt themselves, even when I’m not closely watching over them every minute. Most of kids’ physical injuries occur in the playground. Therefore, maintaining playground safety for your kids plays an important role in parenting and child-rearing.
My kids love playing with water every weekend when school is out. Things got difficult for me when I couldn’t take time to watch over my kids while they’re splashing around the water. Worries about their safety nag me, while at the same time; I couldn’t leave my pending household chores undone.
To maximize my kids’ safety, I decided to put up a kiddie pool in our backyard for them to play in. Additionally, I made my kids wear a life-preserver to support their safety when there is no adult watching over them every moment they’re out swimming.
Watch out for heat stroke
I used to be guilty in overlooking the dangers bad weather conditions bring to my kids; one of the most common mistakes that other parents also commit. Now, I’ve learned the hard way that heat stroke can cost my child’s life without me being aware of it. I almost lost my 2-year old daughter from heat stroke a few months ago. I didn’t think that having no air-conditioner can possibly cause such fatality. Thank goodness immediate liquid intake saved my kid’s life.
I immediately bought an air-conditioner and installed it in all rooms in our house, after being traumatized by that incident. Thank God I still have my daughter, as my family will not be complete without her in it.
Some plants can poison you
I know for a fact that my kids love to satisfy their curiosity by exploring some new stuff around the house. To be on the safer side, I decided to install security devices in the form of CCTV cameras in several areas of my house.
One unexpectedly dangerous thing at home that can almost always bring about fatality is a poisonous plant. Thanks to the CCTV camera I have in my front porch, I can constantly supervise if my kids get near or touch these plants. I’m immediately alerted to take the appropriate action when I see my kids in the camera getting near these plants, subsequently avoiding fatalities even before they occur.
I’ve heard my neighbors getting home break-ins. A break-in is the last thing I would ever want for my home. Because of their innocence, my kids are vulnerable to strangers. Sometimes, they open the door to anyone who knocks, despite not knowing who the visitor is. A sensor alarm system in my house alerts me when my kids are about to open the door upon hearing someone knocking. After being alerted, I check out the visitor through the door’s peeping hole before I decide to open the door myself.
I was able to purchase the alarm system, despite my tight budget, as an alarm system store in our neighborhood sold it at a discounted price. I don’t know what I would have done without this alarm system, if it wasn’t sold at a discounted price, since money was hard for me at some point in time.
As a parent, it is my top priority to manage my home’s suitability for raising kids. Huge responsibility comes along with my desire to raise a family. My kids give me inspiration to be the best mom that I can be. I need to make sure I can be the mom my kids can rely on, not only through the good times, but also when times get tough.
Thank you to Jeanette for sharing with us today! Please do visit her blog AdventureDweller.com.