How To Keep Your Kids Safe in a Crowd
When you head out as a family to a carnival or theme park, there is always that fear lingering in the back of your head.
What if my little one gets lost?
Parents never TRY to lose their children. It happens. You aren’t holding their hand for a split second, you blink, and they’ve wondered off toward something shiny.
Before you head out to that carnival or theme park, make sure you and your kids are prepared for the off chance that you may get separated.
Here are my 9 tips to keep your little ones safe in a big crowd!
Phone number bracelet
Grab a pack of color and number beads from a craft store and have some arts and crafts time with your kids. Make a bracelet for your children with your cell phone number on it.
If they get lost, an employee has a way of getting into contact with you immediately.
Even if your child has your number memorized, don’t expect them to remember when they’re panicked about not being able to find you.
Phone number temporary tattoo
If your kid is known for losing bracelets or tags, write your cell phone number on their wrist and layer some second skin on top of it. It won’t wash away when they wash their hands.
You can also write in permanent marker, sprinkle with baby powder, rub that in, then mist with hairspray.
Glow Necklace/article of clothing
Especially if you’re going to be in a crowd late at night, grab some glowing accessories, a crazy t-shirt, or light up shoes that will help them stand out to you.
Make a home base
When you get to your destination, pick a big landmark that can be seen from all over and tell your little one if they can’t find you to head to the home base.
This works well with older kids. They can navigate their way to a big landmark without panicking.
No personal information on clothes or backpack
I am one of those people who come up with irrational fears. Ever since the Jean Benet Ramsey incident and similar cases that happened in the 90s, I am constantly horrified about child abduction.
Seeing the decals on the back of cars with family information is terrifying to me.
You’re giving predators material on your children. What their name is, how many brothers and sisters they have, what their pet’s names are, what sports they play, and what mom and dad’s names are.
There have been too many stories on the news about kids being convinced by a stranger that their parents sent him/her to pick them up.
The same goes for personal information on their clothes.
When you take a family trip to Disneyland, don’t plaster your child’s name on their chest. Protect your little ones from their information being used against them.
Memorize me game
Before you head into the crowds, play a little memory game. Have the kids cover their eyes and try to remember what you’re wearing. Ask them to describe your clothes and what you look like.
If an employee or helpful stranger is trying to help them find you, it will be fresh in their minds.
If you’re all about the leash backpacks or the linking bracelets, go for it. If not, holding hands is such an easy way to keep your little ones close by.
Wear a backpack instead of bringing a purse so you have both hands free and put away your phone and other distractions. Keep your eyes on your kiddos.
Take a picture
When you get to your destination, snap a picture. Not only will you be getting a snapshot for your memory books, you’ll have a photo of what your child currently looks like and what they’re wearing on that day.
If you are working with security or employees to find your little one, you have that picture to help them know exactly what they’re looking for.
Find a Mom
One of my biggest suggestions is to have your little one look for a mom instead of an employee.
In a scary situation, a kid won’t usually be able to pick out who works there and who doesn’t. Even if they do, it can be intimidating for a kid to approach someone.
Finding a mom to help you is brilliant. They can look for strollers and other kids. Moms have their instincts, they know how scared both your child and you are, and know how to calm a child down.
A teenager who has just begun working at the venue you’re visiting may not have even been trained on how to handle this type of situation.
As a former Disney Cast Member, I can tell you that cast members ARE specifically trained on how to handle these situations, but other theme parks and venues don’t usually think to prepare their employees for this.
How do you keep your kids safe when you go somewhere that will be crowded?
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