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Monday, July 1, 2013

The great (and dangerous) outdoors!

Have fun and keep a close watch on her!
With summer well upon us, the urge to be outdoors is great.  After all, who wants to be stuck indoors when it's so beautiful and sunny outside?  There are so many things for kids to do and explore and of course there are chores to attend to, like mowing lawns, weeding and tending to gardens.

With all this activity going on, one thing cannot be neglected.  And that's, "Who's going to keep a close eye on the little ones?"  It's so easy to get caught up in a project or activity and kids can get into trouble so quickly.  Preschoolers have no ability to reason or judge whether what they are doing is dangerous or not.  They can wander away.  They can get too near ponds and pools.  They can get too close to a hot BBQ grill.  They can find a way to get gates open and head towards the street.  They can come across a neighbor dog and get too "friendly".  You know what I'm talking about.  These are only a few of the ways little ones put themselves in danger outdoors.

There are too many stories every year about tragedies that happen to young children whose parents thought they were safe.  No one thinks the unthinkable can happen to their family.  Of course you don't want to be paranoid and think that something bad is going to happen every time you take your family outside, but you need to be smart.

One simple step will prevent almost all accidents or lost kids.  And that is to make sure that one adult is watching the younger children whenever you take them outdoors.  If you can't watch your children (because you're busy tending to another task), ask a responsible adult to watch them for you.  Don't assume that because you're in a group of people that someone will be keeping an eye on your children.  That's your responsibility.  There is nothing more important than the safety of your children.  Other things can wait.  It only takes a moment to wish you hadn't gotten distracted by something less important.  Take care of your kids and make it an enjoyable summer.


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