Summer Party Safety Tips for ParentsBy Child Safety Specialist June 26, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Family, Child Safety
I’ll admit it, sometimes I make stupid decisions because of
the guilty mother syndrome. Like when I
told both my daughters that they could have an end-of-the-school year party
because I’m going to be busy working this summer and won’t be able to do a lot
of things with them. And, of course, I
couldn’t let one have a party and not the other.
So, this week I’ll be having twenty girls over to my house
who range in age from six to ten. Also,
throw into that mix my two step kids and my son. Yes, I know.
For any parents out there who might be contemplating the same
insanity, here are some safety tips I’ve
put in place to control the chaos (I hope).
• Get some rope and tie off the driveway and
section off the area where the kids can play to create boundaries both for the
kids and any parents that might want to drive up the driveway
• Have your First Aid supplies ready to go – BandAids, antibacterial gel and an ice pack
• If you have a pool, hire a Life Guard. You can’t watch the kids and the pool
• Chances are some child will forget to bring a towel or bag for their wet suits.
• Have some big Ziplock bags on hand that can be labeled and store all wet items.
• Get cell phone numbers for all the parents and be firm about pick-up time. Unfortunately too many parents see this as a free pass for a day/evening
out themselves and will “forget” what time to come back to get their child.
• Have all your snacks and drinks set up and ready
to go – have color coded bowls or post-its for beach item so your kids can help
set it up. Stay away from dips and
sugary items that can attract bugs or go bad in the heat.
• Have a big garbage bag set up right near the
food area so the kids know where to throw plates, napkins, cups, etc.
• Have some markers on hand so each child can
label their own cup
• Consider some “Plan B” activities for rain if
they need to come inside.
Make sure your kids realize that they are the hosts and that
means they are in charge of making sure everyone is included and everyone
follows the rules.
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