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8 Generally Harmless Things That Can Become Dangerous When You Have Kids

Giltter and 7 Other Generally Harmless Things That Become Dangerous When You Have KidsThere are some times where I wonder what life would be life if I didn’t have children. My life would not be as fun, fulfilling or stress-filled and I wouldn’t want to change it for anything.

When you have kids, obviously your life changes. Sleep becomes less frequent and there are added things to your to-do list.

One thing that is added is being responsible for the safety of someone else — or they bring with them some generally harmless things that are actually harmful when you think about it. they can be harmful to your health, your child’s life, your sanity or even your house.

Click through to read the 8 generally harmless things that could become dangerous when you have kids:


  • Banana Peels 1 of 8
    Banana Peels
    So, this one time my kids wondered if people really do slip on banana peels -- so they tested it out. Let me just say it ended with a few bruises. Before kids, I would never have though that a banana peel could be harmful.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • The Kitchen 2 of 8
    The Kitchen
    I love being in the kitchen and creating and trying out new recipes. I know there are some safety things to learn, but when you have kids the kitchen just seems so much more dangerous. According to the Department of Health and Environment in Kansas, "In 2004, approximately 2,300 children ages 14 and under died from unintentional injuries that occurred in the home and nearly 80 percent of these deaths were among children ages four and under. Most fatal injuries at home are caused by fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning or firearms discharged unintentionally." They suggest teaching kids the proper safety guidelines for the kitchen early and often.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Glitter 3 of 8
    Glitter
    Before having kids, glitter never seemed harmless at all. Now, while it's probably not too physically harmful, glitter and kids means a knock to my sanity as it gets all over everything and is near impossible to clean up.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Coffee Tables 4 of 8
    Coffee Tables
    We love them for our livingrooms to place our coffee cups on, fun books or even our feet after a long day. When you have kids though, you have to really wonder if they're worth the risk. In 2009, 143,070 children age 5 and younger visited emergency rooms after table accidents, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission with more than a quarter being from coffee tables.There are products available to help cut down on the injuries (like the corner covers), but for us -- we just got a padded ottoman instead.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Window Blind Cords 5 of 8
    Window Blind Cords
    I've taken nearly all the blinds out of our house and am sure to hide the cords way out of reach since I've had kids. Entanglement and strangulation can occur if your child is play around the cords and putting in strict safety steps or removing all together is necessary when you have kids.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Markers 6 of 8
    Markers
    Who would think any harm could come from markers, but when you have kids -- the harm comes to the walls in the house. I myself have never been interested in coloring marker on the walls, but for some reason that attracts my kids.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Building Blocks 7 of 8
    Building Blocks
    If you have a child who likes to play with the small plastic building blocks, I bet you know the danger of walking in their play area in the dark -- in bare feet. It HURTS and before kids I didn't have to worry about walking in the dark.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Water 8 of 8
    Water
    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,"Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger." They also note that while water could be dangerous for everyone not following proper safety guidelines, children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. So, while water may seem totally harmless before you have kids, it is a real danger potential when you have kids.
    Photo credit: photostock.

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