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7 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe When Traveling


In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to worry about scary “what ifs” that could happen when we’re out in public with our children or traveling with them.  But since it’s not a perfect world, it’s better to be prepared.

1. Name and number.  Teach your children to recite their first and last name and your phone number as soon as they are old enough.  They’ll need this information in case you become separated. You can also use our Safety printable.

2. Take a picture.  Before you head out, take a photo of your child with your phone.  This way, if you did get separated, you would be able to tell authorities what your child was wearing, and they would be able to get a visual on what your child looks like.

3. Whistle.  This may seem a little odd, but have small children wear a whistle around their neck.  If they can’t see you, or lose you in a crowd, they can blow their whistle.  You can even teach older children a whistle signal.  You can also wear a whistle to blow to help your children find you.  Kind of like the locater on your car’s key. Or like in the Sound of Music have a family whistle.  Teach your kids to whistle and choose a trill.

4. Write it.  Use a permanent marker to write your phone number on your child’s arm, under his sleeve.

5. Meeting place.  If your children are old enough, agree on a meeting place in case you get separated.

6. Safe helpers.  Tell your children that if they do get separated from you, they should ask for help from a mom with children, an employee, or a security guard or police officer.

7. Stick together. Go with your children to the restroom, the toy department, or the concession stand.  To give them a bit more freedom, let them go alone, only if you can see them.

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  • Mommy23

    Sooooo needed this! Thank you Michelle Dugger for being so willing to put herself out there as a human (not perfect) example. She doesn’t try to act like she has it all figured out perfectly. She is so gracious and non-judgemental. Thank you Susan Merrill so much from a mom who also tends to have a bit of a temper and gets weary and frustrated at times. We are fighting the good fight though.

  • Tosin A.

    When angry whisper. That needs to be my daily mantra as a mother. *takes deep breathe*

  • Jenna Sears

    Great suggestions– I especially enjoy the idea of whispering– not sure how they are ever going to hear me, but I’m going to give it a try! “Soft Spoken Parenting” by Dr. Wally Goddard promotes similar ideals for parenting. Thanks for the reminder to show more love!

  • cdl5555

    This is ridiculous. I realize that times are changing, but let go of the umbilical cord mom’s! Yes, get to know the parents, Yes, have a way to communicate with your child when they’d like to come home. That’s all great, but seriously, “g-rated movies” and “computer filters” and then you lump that in with “don’t micromanage”. A little contradicting? Let them go, see how they do, and assess if you should do that again.. Go with the flow. Children connect best with someone approachable, not the mom handing out rules like M&M’s