Summer’s just a few months away and I’m certain that most of you are looking forward to travelling together as a family and discovering as many new places as you can during the vacation. Those travelling with children, however, must prepare much more than their travel gear and essentials. Keep your children safe by teaching them to be more vigilant of their surroundings and training them how to react in emergency situations.
Among those that your children must know before you embark on your vacation are the following:
1. Don’t lose Mom or Dad. What we often tell children when we are in crowded places is to stay within our sight. The problem with this is children often assume that your eyes are ALWAYS on them and so they tend to wander off. What you can tell them instead is to always keep YOU within their sight and they should never go where they can’t see you anymore. Of course, you really do always have to keep them within sight.
2. Ask help from proper authorities only. Before venturing out, make sure that your children know how to recognize people in authority. Orient them on how official police and security guard uniforms look like so they will know who to approach in case they get lost. In case of emergencies, instruct them to look for the personnel wearing the bright-colored safety vest who usually directs the crowd to safety.
3. Know your phone number by heart. It is essential for children to memorize your phone number once they are of school age, most especially when you are travelling far from home. It would also be wise to always keep an identity card on your children when you are away from home. This card should contain the child’s name, your name, and your contact number. It is not advisable to place your home address on this card though as unscrupulous individuals may use this information to your disadvantage.
Vacation should be enjoyed and cherished but it always does pay to be safe and to be prepared for whatever circumstances that may happen. Knowing that your children can respond properly to any event, you will be able to worry less and have more fun.
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