I think it’s probably happened to most parents. You’re out and about with your kids. One minute they’re right beside you and the next they’re gone.
There’s that initial panic that sets in as you frantically look for them. Most times you’ll find them a short distance from you unaware of how freaked out you were. They probably didn’t even realize you weren’t there.
Today’s tip is one I hope you’ll never use but it could prove to be invaluable if your child is ever missing and you can’t find them right away.
The tip is this: whenever going out with your kids take their picture with your phone when you get to your destination.
This way if you and your child get separated you’ll have a current photo of them. In a panic you might not remember what they were wearing. You might not remember how their hair was or if they were carrying a favorite toy.
All this information would be in the picture you took. It would be useful in the event you needed to get others involved in looking for them.
You don’t need to tell your kids why you’re taking their picture every time you go out. No point in potentially scaring them. Just let them know that Mom or Dad want a new picture.
Another good thing to do now, while you’re thinking of it, is write down all your child’s info. Their height, weight, birth marks, blood type, any information that would be helpful in an emergency.
Sure, you probably have all this info committed to memory but under duress you might not be able to recall it quickly and correctly. Having it written down will help. You could put it on an index card in your purse or wallet.
You could even use an app like Evernote or Google Keep to store the information in your phone.
A little planning now could make an extremely stressful situation a little easier.
What are some other ways you help keep your kids safe when you go out?