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Summer Parenting Tip #3: Monitor Your Kids

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

We all look forward to summer. Free time. Loose rules. Kicking back.

But it’s also a time when parents need to focus on monitoring. 

Let’s take the most dramatic example – every summer we hear about drownings. An unattended toddler wanders into a pool and drowns.

Most times these are preventable tragedies. Toddlers and kids should never be left unattended near a pool. It does not take very long for a tragedy to occur.

Accidents also happen in the backyard or the playground. Make sure you know where your kids are and what they are doing.

We talk a lot about helicopter parents and how kids don’t have the freedoms they used to have. Some suggest that we need to let them be kids and have some freedom.

I don’t disagree. But they always need to be SAFE. A kid wandering alone by a pool is not safe.

You don’t have to hover. You don’t have to be on top of your kids. But you need to monitor them to make sure they don’t put themselves in a dangerous situation where a tragedy can occur.

Think of it this way – you can be “Hands off – but eyes on”. Keeping it safe is one of the ways to keep summer fun.

Kids In The Swimming Pool via Shutterstock.com

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