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Friday, March 17, 2006

Child Safety and Care

Child safety is at the top of everyone's mind. As babies, parents put up gates to keep their child from falling down steps or getting into the wrong areas of the home. As they get older, they can easily climb over these. So, we begin teaching them what the word 'no' is. They learn good and bad. As they grow, though, the challenges to parents are even larger and more difficult than ever. Many parents struggle with safety when their child enters school. Here are some tips to help you with this very trying time.
* Teach them right from wrong. Many children will do what everyone else is doing, just because it is the thing to do. Yet, if they are taught from the beginning that it is okay to be different and they know just what they should and should not be doing, this will help them to make the right choices. It is also important for you to take the time to teach them why something is good or bad. Understanding why can help them make the right choices too.
* Make sure that they know that they can come to you with their problems. Most parents find that if they allow their child to be open with them about their problems, they are more likely to know when their child need their help.
* Teach your child what they need to know about things like drugs, alcohol, predators as well as other issues that elementary as well as teenagers are likely to encounter. In today's schools, all of them, they will encounter everything. You will want them to know what to do when it comes across their path.
Child safety is something that is very challenging as there just are not many ways to completely insure that nothing happens to your child. Yet, you can provide for them the knowledge and the escape route for when they do need help. Educating your children is the best way to protect them.

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