7 Simple Steps to Make a Child-Safe Home

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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.

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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:



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.


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.

Child Alert: Hot Car Deaths!

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On Thursdays, I usually try to write about something health-related.

Summer is just around the corner…and temperatures will be heating up soon.

Please remember that your car can be an instrument of death even when it is not moving!

Leaving children in a parked car is ALWAYS dangerous…however, in the summer, when the interior of your car can reach 100 degrees plus in a very short period of time, it is even more important to NEVER leave a child in a parked car.

Even with the windows cracked open, the heat inside can severely damage or kill a child (or a pet).

Read this article from Parenting.com for more information on this subject: Tragedy in the backseat: Hot car deaths.

Let’s resolve to have a safe healthy summer with our children!

If you are hoping to cut down on car trips because of the rising cost of gasoline and the need to watch your budget, there is so much to do right at home.  Children don’t need fancy amusement parks or expensive toys.  Your time and attention is really what they want and enjoy most!

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