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Child Safety tips for Working Mothers


Dangers lurk everywhere and you may not know. As a parent you can make your child safe by ensuring his safety with proper safety measures. You can help him by being there and guiding him when the need arises. Teaching basic safety tips will be of great help to the child. Ensure your child's safety inside and outside the house with these handy tips.


Working mothers always worry about the safety of their child whilst they are at work.  There are some ways to make the home more accident proof so that the child is safer and the mothers are less distracted. Read on to know more about it.

Mothers will worry about even the safest children.  This worrying feeling seems to be built into her DNA.  You can never protect your children from EVERYTHING, but you would do well to take measures to protect them from certain foreseeable risks.


Safety Tips for Working Mothers of Younger Children

Have a quick look at some helpful tips for the safety of your children when you are not around.


Make you Home Baby Safe

For younger children you may be worried about injury.  Please ensure that your home is baby safe.  It is a good idea to put away breakable items left lying around the house.  Certain cupboards and all drawers should be locked.  There have been innumerable cases of wounded limbs and broken bones because of drawers being opened so violently that the entire drawer comes crashing down on baby's foot.  Do not leave purses and boxes lying around that contain small items that can be swallowed or are sharp or dangerous in any way.


Store the Harmful Products the Right Way

Check that your plants are harmless, non poisonous ones.  You may want to put rubber guards on the bath taps.  Keep household products like detergents, disinfectants and medicines locked up.  Even if your child is older, do pay special attention to window sills and have them barred if necessary.  Children should not be allowed to play with matches or near the gas stove.


Keep the Emergency Numbers Handy

The person looking after your child should, in addition to your numbers and your husband's numbers, also have the telephone numbers of your doctor, the nearest hospital, a neighbour and your closest relative or family friend.The above precautions will help your children, and the person whose charge they are in, to prevent some accident or unlucky calamity.  In the very least they may put your mind at ease and hopefully give you some measure of peace.


Safety Tips in Case if Child is Left with Maid

When child is alone at home with the maid working mothers may get worried when they come across horror stories about child abuse all the time.  Here are some of the tips which can help working mothers to protect their children from such issues


Teaching Basic Safety Measure to the Child

Children are trusting souls who are always being exhorted to be polite and respectful to strangers.  You must somehow teach your children to refrain from needlessly talking to strangers.  At such times they should not worry that they are being impolite or hurting a stranger's feelings.  Please let them know that bad people do not really look as obviously bad as the bad people in movies.  They must never accept candy or money from strangers.   Try to make them understand this without spooking them completely.

Similarly, they should never answer the door themselves whether or not they are alone at home.  They should never allow a stranger into the house nor accept an invitation from a stranger.  They should never go up to a stranger's car nor take rides from unknown people.  Do let them know the importance of screaming loudly when they sense danger.  Although it may be tempting to do so, they should not take short cuts to places unless you have expressly allowed them to do so.  You should teach them what not to say on the telephone, never divulging the fact that they are alone or the details of their address.  You should always carry up-to-date photographs of your children on you.


Teaching Child What You Mean by "Strangers"

You also have to make your child understand who you mean by "stranger".  He may be very familiar with a building watchman, neighbour or driver.  But that does not mean you would like these people entering your home in your absence.  Your child's caregiver must have strict instructions about opening doors and never leaving your child alone.


Helping Child to Speak Openly

For safety in the house, talk to you child about abuse, without putting thoughts into their heads.  Statistics show that the majority of abuse is perpetrated by care givers, not strangers.  You should encourage your children to confide in you.  Therefore, do not scold them if they admit to wrong doing or else they will not admit anything to you.

They must understand that there should be no secrets from mother, even those told by people left in charge once you have gone to work.  You may wish to consider installing security cameras in your home, if you can afford them. You may also be worried about safety on the internet.  Do monitor the sites visited by your child.  Discourage chatting with strangers on the net.  Keep your computer in a common room used by everyone and not in your child's bedroom.

Make it a point to know where your child is at all times.  Even small children should memorise their mother's name and cell number.  Your children should know that they cannot leave the home or the school without your permission.

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