Kids are curious and excited by nature. They’re impulsive, and unlike most adults, they don’t consider surroundings or consequences before acting. Being so cavalier makes moms and dads nervous at best. Keep your kids safe on your next jaunt through the city.
Keep Distance from Tall Displays
Strolling through the city inevitably involves window shopping and perusing stores. Bringing young children into the store necessitates unwavering vigilance since little ones are curious about everything. Most displays are safe yet beware of high towers or leaving kids around stacked merchandise.
Tell Kids to Wait to Board Escalators
The notion of moving stairs may seem fun to kids but adults know the dangers of the rotating escalator. Ensure kids’ shoes are tied and they are holding your hand when you board and exit the stairs. Also, remind them the stairs is not a place for playing.
Stand in the Back of the Elevator
Like escalators, elevators pique the curiosity of the young. They also pose threat to little ones who enter the elevator when it’s uneven with the floor or if they put their fingers, hands, and feet between closing doors. Additionally, don’t accidentally put your child in harm’s way by using the stroller to stop the elevator from closing before you board. Lastly, stand in the back of the elevator so kids are not tempted to push buttons or stand between opening and closing doors.
Keep Tabs on Them
It’s instinct for moms and dads to keep an eye on the kiddies, but even the most vigilant parent can lose sight for a few seconds. Unfortunately, that’s all it takes for kids to wander off and get lost in a crowd. A range of products helps parents track the whereabouts of kids via tracking technology. For example, a child may wear a bracelet that sounds an alarm to help parents quickly locate.
Update Safety Zones
Agree upon a safety zone where you can reunite with your child when separated. It could be the checkout counter at a shopping store or the help desk within the mall. Kids get just as scared as parents when they wander off. Safety zones enable moms, dads, and kids to stay calm. Be sure to continuously update the safety zone depending on your proximity throughout the day. As to help kids feel safer in the hotel, introduce them to the front desk workers at your Marriott Baltimore.
Find Another Family
It’s difficult to relay how to act toward strangers to a kid. Even adults get confused as to who can help or is a possible threat. Some insights, such as looking for a person in uniform (such as a police officer) can be confusing. However, one mother suggests instructing kids to look for moms and dads with other kids if they are in need of the help of a stranger.
Hold hands when walking in heavy pedestrian traffic, crossing the street, and whenever it’s practical. Kids can’t understand all of the potential dangers of a city but they can understand that it’s important to stay close and to hold your hand.
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