Safety: Guidelines

by cv harquail on May 15, 2008

First and foremost, your job is to make sure that you, Child1 and Child2 are safe.

  1. Never hit or shake the children. If long bouts of bad behavior ever frustrate you, it’s okay to tell the child to take a time out, have them sit in a safe place and take time to regain your energy and composure.
  2. Know how to react if Child1 or Child2 chokes, stops breathing, or becomes ill.
  3. Keep the children away from dangerous objects, dangerous areas (e.g., water, pools, oven, fires) and dangerous situations. Make sure they do not touch or try to use cleaning solutions or other liquids and powders that could be poisonous or that could sting their eyes.
  4. The girls are learning how to use simple tools in the kitchen but often they need adult supervision. They can use the microwave themselves, but they need supervision with the stove, oven, tea kettle, and mixer. They can use the semi-sharp knives with the plastic handles, but may not sue sharp knives without very close supervision.
  5. Always use seat belts.
  6. Never leave Child1 or Child2 alone in an unsafe area (bathtub, front yard, near a street, store).
  7. Never leave Child1 or Child2 by themselves in a public area or let them go off by themselves in a store, no matter how safe it may seem, not even for one second; always keep them very close to you in public .
  8. Never give Child1 or Child2 to a stranger, no matter what they tell you. Never accept a ride from a stranger yourself. Always protect the children and yourself above everything else, including money or other possessions—everything else can be replaced.
  9. Never open the front door to strangers or let anyone in the house you don’t know. We will alert you to any repairman appointments. Keep the doors locked at all times when you are home. Be careful with house keys and let us know right away if you lose them; do not leave the house keys on the porch when you go out—this is the first place a burglar will look.
  10. Learn how to use the alarm system and use it regularly at night.
  11. Tell us about anything strange or out of the ordinary that you notice.
  12. Do not give out our address or home phone number, unless absolutely necessary.
  13. Do not use the fireplace (living room).
  14. When bathing the children, always keep your eye on them—do not leave the room.
  15. Keep the kids away from sick people and children (colds, flu, cold sores), as best as possible; postpone play dates if either Child1/Child2 or her playmates are ill. Children passed on their viruses very easily to each other. Encourage the girls and their friends to wash their hands often, especially when they come home from school or playing, before they handle food, after they play with the dog, and before they eat. Imagine that the girls will wash their hands between 10 and 15 times a day.
  16. If you get a cold or minor illness yourself, please wash your hands often and try as best you can to avoid touching the kids’ face or hands. Should you ever become too ill to take care of the children, please let us know so that we can make alternate arrangements; this will not “count against you.”
  17. Learn the children’s medicines and dosing; never give them aspirin products and be careful not to “double dose” with acetaminophen or ibuprofen in cold medicines.
  18. Contact our neighbors Friend and Friend in an emergency; be prepared to call 911 or Poison Control Center when necessary.
  19. Try to avoid walking alone anywhere after dark. Ask us for a ride or call a cab.
  20. Should Child1 or Child2 ever need to ride in the car of other parents, ask if they need us to provide a booster seat. We keep a ‘spare’ booster seat in the garage. Although Child1 is almost old enough and big enough not to require a car seat, by law she should be using one.

Comments on this entry are closed.