Crazy Morning // 5 Home Safety Tips

Our now 4-year-old, unknown to her, had me panicked & on a wild goose chase this morning. At home, we’ve discussed {with both girls} the importance of following rules to stay safe. I’m a constant rule enforcer and tend to be a bit over-protective. Probably because I grew up with a swimming pool and had one for much of their early years. They’re well trained, right? They have NEVER decided to wander outdoors. Nothing to worry about. Until today.

My husband and 5-year-old left the house early to take my in-laws to the airport. This was a change to our routine; daddy normally drops both kids off at school. I got up about twenty minutes after they left and started to get ready. Walked into DEA’s room to awaken her and found that she was GONE. I ran to her sister’s room, no luck & continued searching upstairs. Yelling her name. Panicked!

Running down the hallway I heard a faint crying {downstairs maybe?} No luck! Tears…

I ran to the door leading into the garage and, to my dismay, found the door & security screen open. The door leading out & it’s security screen was open too! I ran out, forgetting that I was only partly clothed, to find her sobbing, then whaling… snot draining out with the tears. Hugging her tightly, I reassured her that I was there. Reminded her that we love her. Mid sob, she explained, “I fought my daddy weft me.” I held her tighter. Kissed her. 20131104-225159.jpg

Quickly realizing that we, neither my husband nor me, had mentioned — Mommy was going to take her to school. — had me thinking. We should have alerted her about the upcoming change in her routine. Our morning fiasco led to my recording these tips.

5 Home Safety Tips:
– Make locking all deadbolts a habit.
– Install a home security system.
– Have a security chime turned on even when you’re home.
– Constantly remind small children to only go outside with an adult.
– ALWAYS share upcoming changes in routine with your young children.

Thankful for a healthy set of lungs & a fully-gated yard.

Cheers to Home Safety!
❤Jen

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