7 Simple Steps to Make a Child-Safe Home

English: these are 3 leaf clovers, and a flowe...

English: these are 3 leaf clovers, and a flower, that grows with them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge…today’s theme is BAY.

The definition of bay is a cove or broad inlet of sea where the land curves inward. Many settlements were originally built on the land surrounding a bay because the safe harbor attracted ships that could bring needed goods.

Stuart Van Gogh 006

My husband loves to paint pictures with bays.

Bay pictures give us a sense of peace and calm.

As a bay provides shelter for boats, a home should provide safe haven for a child.

What makes a safe home? There are many factors.

Here are seven simple steps you can take to make your home safer for your child.

  • Keep medicines, cleaning supplies and other poisons in locked cabinets
  • Never leave children alone in the bathroom or tub…even for a minute
  • Check toys carefully for sharp edges and small pieces
  • Use toddler gates at the top and bottom of stairs
  • Use window guards and open windows from the top
  • If you have guns in the house, keep them UNLOADED and LOCKED UP
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove and use back burners for cooking

For more safety information:

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/kids/home-safety/child-safety-keeping-your-home-safe-for-your-baby.html

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/making_your_home_safe_for_your_child.html

Many local community organizations can assist parents in making their home safer.  Please don’t be afraid or ashamed to reach out and ask for help…your child is worth it!

Keeping your child safe is the number one priority of parenting. Parents also want to provide educational fun-filled activities for their kids.

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Join in the fun with Jake’s Sunday Post.

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…Catherine Johnson is having a limerick contest. Check out her link to see the rules and prize: http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/st-patricks-day-limericks/

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day by writing a limerick of your own…I did…here’s my entry:

When Greenie McTurnips would sing,

Her listeners ear plugs would bring.

They told her to STOP!

Her career to swap.

Now picture book writing’s her thing.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on March 17, 2013, in child safety, St. Patrick's Day, Sunday Post and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. What a beautiful painting.

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    • Thanks so much, Colline! If my husband knew I had posted it, he would probably be annoyed…he doesn’t think much of his work…and this was one he did several years ago when he first started. But I love his art…and tell him all the time that he should start a blog or FB page and post his stuff. I feel like I am living in a gallery…his painting/sketches are hanging up all over the house.:)

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  2. Such a talented family! Your husband’s picture is wonderful, and the 8 ways to make your home safer for children should be posted everywhere. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Vivian. Go Green!

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  3. Well worked post, Vivian. Your home must be full of beautiful paintings!

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  4. Catherine Johnson

    I love the bright colours in that painting. Thanks for letting people know abput a Limerick, Vivian!

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  5. Great interpretation Vivian , Good luck to your husband paintings too ! Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

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  6. Hi Vivian,
    I love your limerick! And boy, your husband sure is talented. Perhaps you should hire him to illustrate your next PB. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Tracy…on both counts. I’m glad you liked the limerick. I’ve told my husband he could illustrate my picture books…I think he is afraid that his work is not ‘good enough’ and that it might be too stressful for him…he is not a fan of structure or deadlines. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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