There is no way to create a perfectly safe, child-proof world. As she grows, your child will become more independent and will need to learn to keep herself safe. Teach her risk-assessment skills to help her avoid dangerous situations. Keep safety rules and expectations clear and consistent.
- Insist that your child always wear a helmet when biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding. Do the same yourself.
- Protect your child's teeth during sports with a mouth guard.
- Talk to your child about risks and how he can make choices to steer clear of danger.
- Many serious home accidents can be prevented. Find out how to make your house a safe place for school-aged children.
- Introduce strategies to help your children deal with bullies and protect themselves from abuse.
- Remember to keep danger and safety in perspective. Your child needs opportunities to practice independence, assess risks, and make safe decisions.