Wacky Wednesday: Being a Safety Nut: Germs, Germs, Germs and New Baby
June 23, 2010 in Books with Health Content, Elementary Educators, High School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Wacky Wednesday Tags: Child Safety, Evenflo, Germs, JuiceBox Jungle, Safety Nut, Washing hands
Before I get to the topic of today’s post, “Being a Safety Nut,” I wanted to announce the winner of Gogo’s Dream: Swaziland Discovered. And the winner is. . .LuAnn Morgan. Congratulations to LuAnn. Thank you to everyone who left a comment. You can still go to Monday’s or yesterday’s post and order a copy of the book. All profits go to help people in Swaziland, which is unfortunately number one in the world for people affected with HIV/AIDS, leaving thousands of orphans. I am deciding right now who on my Christmas list to give a copy of this beautiful book!
Now on to today’s post. . .:)
Evenflo has just released the Momentum 65 DLX Convertible Car Seat, with features that help make safety, installation and use as easy as possible for parents. Evenflo and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and talk about what child safety means to me and my family.
The great thing is I can talk about this from the perspective of having a 9-year-old stepson, and then from the perspective of getting ready to have a baby in December! First, my stepson–Logan. I think the thing I am the most “safety nuts” about is germs. Yes, I am constantly telling him to look both ways before he crosses in the parking lot of the mall or McDonald’s; yes, we still use a booster seat on long trips and don’t let him in the front seat–even though he is tall, tall, tall; and yes, I check on him at night to make sure the covers aren’t over his face–however, as kids get older, safety seems to be more in their control than ours except for germs. I’m not sure if it was because of the H1N1 scare this past year or just not wanting to be sick or what, but I’m now carrying hand sanitizer with me everywhere. I even embarrass my husband at church when after we pass the peace and shake hands, I get out my hand sanitizer (I try to do it sneakily) and squirt some into my hands and Logan’s. Any time Logan picks up something off the ground (which 9-year-old boys love to do)–I am telling him, “Go wash your hands.” Every time he comes out of the bathroom, “Did you wash your hands?” It’s to the point where he sometimes says to me: “I know, wash my hands.” I don’t want him to get sick. I want him to be safe and healthy and able to do the fun things we have planned. If that’s nutty, well, that’s me.
Now with the baby: I can already tell that I’m going to be one of those parents that I used to secretly laugh at when I worked at a preschool. My baby is not using a blanket in his/her crib (we find out the sex in July)–she/he will use a sleep sack. My baby is going to use safe plastic or glass bottles. My baby will most likely eat organic baby food. Okay, and the list can go on and on. My husband says I shouldn’t read so much–ha–it puts all these ideas in my head. And my mom says, “Well, when you were a child, we didn’t even know about blah, blah, blah, and you turned out okay.” But now I know, and now I’m a “safety nut,” so. . .
How about you? Any safety stories or advice to share? (P.S. Here’s my favorite book for kids about germs–and how to get rid of them. It’s so cute–even the germs are adorable in it.)