We all want our children to be safe, but we as caring parents also do not want to stunt our children's growth. Children should be able to live in a safe environment, while also being able to openly express themselves and have fun as children do. As the adult in the house, it is up to us to ensure that they can have the best of both worlds. Here is a list of some useful tips to provide your children with a fun and safe living environment.
1. Sleeping Conditions
Securing the sleeping conditions for children will prevent the possibility of suffocation or other injuries, depending on the age of the child. If a child is under the age of one, they should sleep in a non-cluttered and flat space. If a baby is placed in an area that is not properly cleared of excess pillows and is not secured in a tightly fitted sheet, then they risk rolling over and potentially blocking their airways as they sleep. Babies under this age should also sleep alone, without adults who may roll over in their sleep if they happen to be deep sleepers.
A parent may be convinced that they or their significant other sleeping in a bed with them are not such deep sleepers, but it is better to not risk this situation in the first place. On the same note, if your child is over the age of one and moves around a lot in their sleep, be sure to secure the sides of the bed with railings until they grow old enough to sleep without potentially rolling off the bed.
2. Remove the Potential for Hazards
Hazards in the home include leaving open the possibility for children to get into dangerous chemicals, devices, or to cause accidents that could have been avoided with some forethought. Try locking up your harmful cleaning or maintenance chemicals and dangerous devices, such as a hand torch or lighters. If things are kept down low, have a child safety lock put on the cupboards. Otherwise, try to find a place high up where younger children cannot reach.
Another hazard that can be avoided in the home would be securing large devices like televisions and kitchen appliances so that they do not have the potential to fall over and harm young ones. You can bolt down large television sets to furniture or the walls to prevent this from happening.
3. Secure Personal Medications
Most parents know to keep their medicines up and away from the reach of children. Despite this fact, children are still getting into the parent's medicine. Just like you would with the harmful chemicals mentioned before, try putting all medicine away in a locked cabinet. Either one with a lock and key, combination lock, or at the very least a child safety lock for younger children in the home.
4. Educate Your Children
Educating children on protecting themselves in the case of an emergency is an invaluable tool. As a parent, you can only do so much to provide safety and security for your children on your own end. Sure, you can invest in a home security system for when your child is at the house, but what about when they are traveling away from home? It is likely to only be older children who will be running around without an adult, to and from school or a friend's house, but let them know what red flags to be wary of.
There comes a time when parents must teach their children how to interact with certain dangers in the world on their own. It allows them to learn how to better handle situations as they grow and fosters a more educational environment for your child to exist in. Generally, this learning happens organically or your child learns on their own through trial and error, but as a parent, you can let them know about certain dangers beforehand and knowledge about what to avoid as they're running around on their own.
5. Be There to Hear Them Out
Being willing to talk to your children is one thing. Being able to listen to what your child has to say is another thing. Let them know that you're there to listen to them, no matter what they need to talk to you about. Being open to any type of discussion will make your child more comfortable with coming to you for anything, rather than feeling as if they need to hide things for whatever reason. This fosters a relationship of trust and definitely makes for a more fun and safe environment for any child to live in.