August 2017

Having a Safe Home for Your Children

Children are explorers and adventurers, and while that’s a great way to learn about the world, it can put them in danger if the parent is not diligent about making the home a safe environment.

Many parents install hi-tech video/audio systems and alarms (don’t forget to update your contents insurance to cover these expensive items) to monitor their child, but for small children the greatest dangers in the home are from being scalded by hot water, falling and striking their heads on a sharp object, eating something poisonous and choking—all hazards that are potentially present in most average homes.

Here are some ways to make sure your home is safe for your young child:

  • Check your water heater and set the maximum temperature to no more than 120 degrees—and never leave a young child unattended in the bathroom.
  • Consider having only rounded tables and soft furniture until the child is older and more stable-footed.
  • Make sure all poisonous materials are in a lockable cabinet if at floor level—better yet, store these items in a locked upper cabinet.
  • Keep all small items that might become a choking hazard out of the reach of young children. If you have older children and they have small toys like building sets or marbles, make it a house rule that those items remain in their rooms with the door closed at all times.
  • Cover all electrical outlets with child proof caps.

You can also visit the Policy Expert website and read an article in their insurance resource library called “Keeping Kids Safe at Home” for some good child safety pointers.

While it’s not possible to predict and avoid any and all dangers that a small child might stumble into, taking care of the above items will go a long way toward making your home safe.

The Importance of Family Time

Family time is a vital part of building solid relationships between you, your spouse and your children. It is often something that is overlooked when families are overwhelmed with busy schedules and events.

Setting aside time each week for your family to spend together is one of the most important things that you can do, apart from choosing adt home security to watch over your loved ones. Pick one night when everyone can be at home and do something together. This is a fun, relaxed period of time to interact, play games, eat out together and just enjoy one another company.

This is a great way for a step parent to start to bond with step children, which can often be an awkward experience for both. Blended families need this kind of time to start building positive relationships that are important when dealing with problems, behavior issues and obstacles that children face while growing up. Children learn about the new parent and respect is established that is necessary for trust and communication to occur.

This is not a time that should be spent in front of the television. The activities planned for this family get together needs to involve face to face interaction and doing things actively together. Television turns a focus away from this type of healthy interaction. Get out of the house and go shopping together, play miniature golf or go for a hike in a local park. You can even volunteer together for a cause. This can be a cheap, fun time to spend together without any expectations. Make use of this invaluable way to bring your family closer together.