Summer is my favorite season of the year because you get to enjoy the great outdoors and plan family travel to exciting places. However, before all the fun can begin, and you head out to the beach, state fair, amusement park or any place where there will be a lot of people, it is key that you carefully plan for safety ahead to prevent your child from getting lost.
One of the scariest things a parent can go through is to have a child missing. It gets even worse if it happens at a crowded place because of how difficult is to cover ground, and in the midst of desperation is hard to think clearly and take effective action. Preparing by taking safety steps ahead of time with your kids will help you prevent unwanted situations.
Having a plan to prevent your child from getting lost is very important; however, teaching them what to do if they get lost is a crucial part of your plan. Of course, the first thing is to have an adult supervising the kids at all times, but accidents and confusion can happen at any given moment and that’s when having prepared for that will come in handy.
Even though having a plan is important for any family, parents of multicultural and/or multiethnic children have to be extra prepared for different scenarios. In our family, for example, my nephew doesn’t look like anyone on his mom’s side, which can often make people confused and even think they have not seen your child because they cannot connect the dots.
Create a safety plan for your family depending on your specific needs, based on the age of your children and their level of maturity. Go over the plan with them every time you go to the mall or a place close to home – that way they’ll be ready when it comes to go to further and larger places.
These are the seven things we’ve done to teach our kids to be safe in crowded places: