Saturday, May 1, 2010

SAFETY TIP FOR GOING OUT WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN

If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to take your grandchildren places from an early age. There’s a whole world of attractions your own children loved that you want to introduce the grandkids to -- the zoo, the aquarium, museums, shopping, ball games, whatever. Now as a grandmother you won’t let the little one(s) out of your sight. But there are times – especially if you’re taking more than one young child – out to a public place, when even the most vigilant parent or grandparent can lose sight of a child for a few seconds, or minutes, that seem like hours.

As I was taking the Long Island Rail Road into New York City the other day, a mother and her three small children on their way to the Museum of Natural History were sitting near me. I looked up to see the mom writing on the arm, near the wrist, of her little boy. “Now, we’re going to stay very close to each other all day,” she said, “but just in case we get separated, you just go up to a policeman or a mom with kids and you ask them to call this number.” It was her cell phone number. She then pulled his sleeve down over the number so it wouldn’t be visible unless he chose to show it – to that police officer or other mom. I thought this was a terrific idea for using modern technology. I’m wondering what other grannies think.

3 comments:

Susan Adcox said...

I think this is a great idea! I may use it, but I hope I never get that phone call! Recently we were at a special event at a municipal park that was crawling with kids. They were all over the playscape and having a ball. I kept losing track of my granddaughter. Finally I put her dad's red baseball cap on her head. That helped! So there is another hint: Dress your grandchildren in a bright color and add a hat if it's appropriate.

donnedavis said...

Yes, I think that's a very clever mom who figured out a creative way to give her some peace of mind.
Here's another resource I read about: Zazzle sells custom 1-1/2 inch square Kids ID stickers that have the child's photo and contact details printed on them. A sheet of 20 is $7.45
Donne

Edna said...

That is a marvelous idea! We are going to spend the next two months on a beach in Washington where our daughter and her four children will be visiting. I am going to pass that piece of advice on to her, especially for our rambunctious thee year old Kai.