Child Safety – Starting at the Beginning


A few days ago, I told you about how I have joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge and now it’s Day One at 10:00pm and I am just starting the first post. Procrastination probably should have been mine middle name, but I can’t say that this was necessarily due to procrastination, just lack of planning.

Today was a pretty good day in that Hubby started his 9 day vacation, The Boy and I are home, and we didn’t really have anything planned for the day. Our house is still fairly clean from the Chef Boyardee Party on Thursday (I promise I will blog about it soon!!) so we didn’t feel like we had to spend the day cleaning. We just lounged around, watching football and baseball and Phineas and Ferb of course…

The big theme of the day ended up being…get that boy to poop in the potty!! He just will not do it!! He has been tee-tee potty trained for several months now and he flat out refuses to poop in the potty. He will make himself sick holding it in, then poop out a big rock, but NOT in the potty!! I had to give him a Fleet today and since this is the second time, he knew what was coming. He told me he would poop so I wouldn’t do it, but after an hour on the potty…nothing… Even after the Fleet, he wouldn’t let anything except the medicine come out…ugh!!

Anyway, that is not what this post is meant to be this time.

I am going to use this Ultimate Blog Challenge to return to my original goal for this blog and talk about Child Safety and Child Health. It’s what I have done for the past 8 years and it’s time to spread my knowledge…and learn more from my readers…about children!!

I remember when I first became pregnant and I couldn’t imagine how in the world I was supposed to protect that tiny little egg (that even the nurse couldn’t see on the ultrasound) in my giant body!! I was in love with that tiny cell growing inside me and I knew I had to do everything in my power to protect it. Hubby and I started reading about prenatal care and we listened to what the doctor told us so we could follow the directions to a tee.

I was a Child Protective Services foster care worker at that time and I had seen some of the horrible things people can do to their children, not only as children, but even starting during pregnancy. There are so many things that women can do wrong during pregnancy and so many different opinions around that it is quite overwhelming, especially as a first time mom.

We did the best we could. I quit smoking, Hubby tried, but he just quit smoking around me. I didn’t eat much peanut butter, which was my favorite thing before becoming pregnant. Hubby cooked fresh foods and we stayed away from processed foods as best we could. I had the most wonderful pregnancy that I can imagine and baby and I remained healthy throughout!!

In fact, The Boy is quite healthy in general!! We are very blessed that he was born at a healthy weight, I had lost some during pregnancy, then gained slightly toward the end, so that I was about the same before and after pregnancy (I was overweight, which is why I lost initially). I breast fed for the first two months before going back to work and I tried my best to continue pumping, but that only last about another month before I just couldn’t produce enough and it wasn’t really working out.

Good prenatal care and at least attempting to breast feed are such excellent and basic ways to start out a way of life of thinking of protecting your child and keeping him healthy. Having a competent sonogram technician is also important!!

As part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I have accepted the challenge to post at least once daily for one full month. I normally do that regardless, but I am challenging myself to post about Child Safety or Child Health every day during the challenge. When I first started this blog, I asked for suggestions for what you want to read about and I will use those suggestions first and throw in a few of my own.

Here’s what you asked for before:

  • Gun safety and safety re: stranger danger when walking home from school.
  • safety when going to events like the fair
  • washing your hands post! it’s a dirty/germ filled world!
  • Summer safety tips for the beach, park and water parks!
  • Would like to have a post on being safe at the grandparents or friends houses.
  • I have found that sometimes our kids need to be reminded of safety when visiting other peoples homes (that may not be baby/kid safe!) as far as staying away from wires, outlets(w/o covers), kitchen safety, pools that are not secured, etc.
  • I would like to see you do an article about bike safety.
  • Since school is starting…how about a post on School bus safety?
  • With the internet being so prevelent at home and in school, how about safety rules with kids on the computer?
  • I like the theme park idea also, or how about just traveling in general. Strangers are a concern for me as a mom. I want my children to learn how to be friendly but be safe. It seems like you have more interactions with strangers when your traveling.
  • How about safety around family pets?
  • How about talking about te different toxins in children’s toys
  • Since my niece is going to Disney for the first time and is 2 (turning three), how about some safety tips for theme parks? To help keep them away from health risk and , of course, harm

So…help me out and continue to leave suggestions!!

Comments

  1. Kristin W says:

    Safety around pets and strangers pets is a really good one to write about. I know a lot about that, haha.

    Something to think about when it comes to Disney is a plan if you and your child get separated. It really depends on age. If they are older you can meet up and a location you pick. But it is a really good idea to teach them to ask the park employees for help if they get lost. Make sure they know what they look like and so on so that the employee can get them back to you as fast and safely as possible.
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    • janet says:

      So true!! For the longest time, our boy would not wander off but he is getting braver every day and scares the bejesus out of us often now!!

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