A simple but important article I found that I wanted to share:
There are a lot of confusing and stressful parts of being a parent. The older they get, the more things you have to worry about. When they’re babies, all you have to worry about is making sure they are fed and their bums are clean. As they grow, that’s when things start to get confusing. There are all sorts of necessary things that they’ll need to learn, and unfortunately, you’re the one that will have to be teaching them.
What is home safety?
Home safety and security is a very broad topic, but it’s also a very important topic. A lot of parents don’t know when the best time to teach their children is. The answer is, now. It’s never too early to try and explaining how to be safe at home and why you want to be cautious. Home safety covers everything from stranger danger, picking up your belongings so no one gets hurt, as well as things like turning off the faucet after you’re done washing your hands.
What is age appropriate to teach my toddlers and young children?
You know your child, and what they’re capable of understanding, better than anyone else. As a general rule, though, the following list is a great starting point when trying to educate your young children on home safety and how important it is.
- How to pick up their toys, and where to store them, so no one is in danger of tripping over them and getting hurt.
- Learning how to lock deadbolt locks.
- How to secure/put away their bikes and other outdoor toys.
- Knowing to only answer the phone and door if you are present.
- Why they need to leave knives, scissors, and other kitchen utensils alone and never use them without permission.
- The quickest way to get out of the house in an emergency.
- Not to run when the floor is wet.
Every event in your young child’s life is a learning experience. Your child will respond best to repetition. Take your time, and answer all of the questions that your child has to the best of your ability. It isn’t enough to simply tell them “don’t play with knives”, you’ll need to explain what could happen if they were playing with knives. This is true in all situations; your child needs to know why they can’t do a dangerous activity. Doing drills, such as fire drills, is a great idea to familiarize your child with the procedures you’re teaching them.
What to teach your older children?
As your child gets older, there will be even more opportunities to teach them about optimal home safety. Home safety for a teenager is less about making sure they don’t run with knives, and more about making sure they are aware of their social surroundings and more aware of how things work.
- How to arm and disarm the home security system.
- Knowing how to turn off the water main and the main power to the house.
- Not to take leftover prescription medication for an ailment/sickness that the medication isn’t prescribed for. Learn more about drug safety with kids here.
- What things are appropriate to post about on social media sites.
You want to avoid being a micromanaging parent, obviously, so make sure that you give your child a little bit of room to learn from their mistakes, but prepare them the best that you can to deal with their mistakes when they do happen. Because they will happen. Mistakes always happen, and when you give your children the necessary tools to deal with these mistakes before a mistake even happens, they will be better prepared to deal with the repercussions and will understand the cause and effect that led up to their now uncomfortable situation.
One of the most important things to emphasize on when it comes to teaching your children the importance of home safety, is to be honest with them! If they don’t know why they are supposed to do something, it doesn’t hold a lot of importance to them.