Keeping Kids Safe from Day-to-Day Dangers, Risks
I recently stepped into the temporary role of "mommy". I kept my two nieces, ages 15 and 10, and my nephew, age 12, for three days while my brother and sister-in-law traveled to Spain.
In all, I had a great time. They're awesome kids who are very bright, very funny, and very full of energy.
Sometimes, though, I felt incredibly outnumbered, overwhelmed, and frustrated. For three little people, they certainly are loud! And messy! And listening to Aunt Sarah was not always at the top of their list of priorities.
Keeping the kids safe, however, was my top priority. Not being a mom myself, and being in a house and town outside of my normal community, made things a little uneasy for me at times. Is Rose usually allowed to ride her scooter with no helmet? Is Zach seriously allowed to climb out on the roof from his bedroom window? Can Emily walk home from band practice when it's dark out?
Yeah, I was seriously outnumbered.
But we survived -“ with no injuries, no ER visits, and no tears. A success!
But being with them for those three days made me much more aware of everyday dangers and risks that I don't normally consider. Thankfully, there are folks in our Harrisonburg community who DO consider these risks - and have organized an event to help parents and kids alike learn about the dangers of both home and farm - and how to avoid them.
I encourage you to check out the RMH-Bowman-Progressive Farmer Home and Farm Safety Day. Long name = great event. The event costs only $5 and is held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 10. There's a long list of different safety topics that will be covered (bike safety, tractor safety, preventing fires, etc!) - all taught in a fun, exciting atmosphere.
A link to the complete info can be found here.
Check it out!
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