Our children are the most important things in our lives. Every day, they are exposed to germs, bullies, car accidents, viruses, and honestly the list is endless. Keeping them safe and out of harm’s way is one very important job that we have when it comes to raising our children. We obviously can’t keep them safe from every tiny thing, but we can try our hardest to keep them away from what can hurt them the most.
Vaccinations are a hot topic these days. There are a certain amount of parents around the world that are against vaccinating their child because they don’t think it’s necessary and that it just causes more harm than good. Personally, I’m pro vaccination and here’s why.
All vaccines are carefully reviewed by doctors and the federal government to ensure they are safe. They are meant to protect children from illnesses and complications of diseases that could have easily been prevented by a vaccine. These diseases can result in:
- Amputation of an arm or leg
- Limb paralysis
- Loss of hearing
- Damage to the brain
Everyone has their own beliefs, which is fine, but vaccines can protect your child better than no vaccines from measles, mumps, whooping cough, and other diseases that may be brought over from foreign countries.
This is another hot topic. Guns are becoming an increasing problem here in the United States. At the end of 2015, 265 children had gotten ahold of a gun and shot themselves or someone else by accident. This is an alarming statistic, but a preventable one.
If you have guns in the home that are unprotected, now is the time to find the top gun safes you could possibly have. These are storage units for all of your firearms that can either be mechanically or electronically locked, leaving the guns out of reach of little hands.
It’s hard to stop it, but violence on the television is a growing concern. No matter what your child is watching, there’s some kind of violence going on at some point in the show. When children watch it, they have a tough time processing what’s real and fake, especially if they’re under the age of 8. It has become such a problem in Canada that the American Academy of Pediatrics want primary-care providers to be in a position to counsel children on media violence.
If you think that your child is being exposed to too much television violence, there are some precautions that you can take to ensure that they aren’t becoming anxious, stressed, or worried:
- Choose age-appropriate content.
- Restrict screen times
- If violence is viewed or discussed in school, talk with your child about it after school hours and reassure them about systems and laws put into place to protect against that violence.
- Have open communication with caregivers and teachers of your child. Make sure they let you know if they notice a change in behaviour with your child.
- Check for emotional reactions during violent media coverage if they are watching it.
- Encourage positive TV viewing such as inspiring, encouraging, and teaching shows.
- Address any changes in behaviour with your child’s primary care physician.
This past year has been one of the worst in many years for news coverage. It’s not surprising that children who watch the news with their families are having negative reactions afterwards. If this is happening, limit their viewing time or don’t let them watch it at all.
As said earlier, we can’t protect our children from everything, but we can try our best to keep them safe from what’s in our control. Guns, violence, and germs are all things that we can control in our homes. We all parent in different ways, but we all strive to protect our kids whether we agree with laws and systems or not.