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Making Home Safe For Your Child: How Vigilant Are You?

Making home safe for your child by Milos Pesic...

Making Home Safe For Your Child

...How would you feel when you find out that your toddler found his way up the stairs?

Would you find it amusing to see your child managing to open the oven door?

Let's face it.

No matter how vigilant we might be, our children are bound to get into some kind of trouble every now and then.

However, the "level" of danger that they get themselves into is our main concern.

Making your home safe for your child takes some planning. Child proofing your home may start from the time your newborn baby comes home from the hospital, until the time your child complains that you’re treating him like a baby.

By then, he would have been wise enough to flee from the kitchen and avoid cleaning the dishes. Well, making home safe for your child does not really mean that you put on safety gates or fences till your child reaches puberty. Actually, you would know when it is safe to let him wander off anywhere in the house.

Experts say that the most common mistake that we make is to underestimate the development of our children. Some of us never expected our children to have already learned how to go up the stairs until they fell down the steps.

Had we anticipated the development of our children, we would have installed gates to keep them off the "risky" areas of the house.

Making home safe for your child should not mean that you confine them in spaces that would not allow them to explore and play. No matter how thorough your childproofing is, there will eventually be instances of tumbles and falls.

The important thing to remember is that no amount of childproofing can take the place of parental supervision. A child-safe environment cannot be measured by the presence of child gates, fences, and other child-safety equipment.

Childproofing is not a one-time deal. It is a continuous process. It is constantly monitoring your child’s development so you can implement the proper measures according to what he is capable of doing.

Kids are naturally playful and curious. Thus, it is downright harsh to lock them up in places that will not allow them to express themselves. Making your home safe for your child means educating him regarding what is safe and what is not.

You should make sure that you build a good relationship with your children so that there will be an open line of communication. This way, your child will believe you more and the things that they have to say.

If you have a deep understanding of your child you will find it less difficult to figure out what he's thinking, making it easier to keep him safe.

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