A friend recently shared with me her Family Safety Book. Flipping through it, I saw that she had created a personalized safety book that dealt with everything from names and contact information to fire and water safety.
The safety book had a kid-friendly format that included photos of her children, home, etc. She insisted that her children loved the safety book and enjoyed reviewing the important safety information it contained.
Given my anxiety for my children in this chaotic world, I saw this as an opportunity to take back a little control. I was sold.
Here are my tips for creating your own Family Safety Book.
- Choose an online platform to create your book. This will ensure that you can save, edit, and update your safety book, print multiple copies, etc. I chose Shutterfly, but other options include Snapfish, Mixbook, and Canva.
- Get the kids involved. When I told my children I wanted to make a book for them, staring them, they were more than willing to help. We talked about the safety subjects we wanted to cover, pictures we should include, and the information that we needed to gather.
- Pick Your Topics. Consider your child’s age. For older children, you may want to cover things like online safety and alcohol. My children are still very young, so we chose to include some of these safety topics:
- Personal Info: names and birthdays, parent’s/guardian’s name and phone number, and home address.
- Strangers: using code words, trusted adults, etc.
- What to do in an emergency: dial 911; speak slowly, loudly, and clearly; state your name, address, and the emergency; and wait for instructions.
- Road Safety: check both directions before crossing the street, hold an adult’s hand, use crosswalks, etc.
- Home Safety: never open the door to someone you don’t know, put anything in an electrical outlet, put a plastic bag over your head, etc.
- Fire Safety/Plan: never play with lighters/matches, stop/drop/roll, what to do if there’s a fire in the house, etc.
- Water Safety: never go into a pool, lake, etc. without an adult, no running around a pool, no diving in shallow water, etc.
- Take Pictures! My kids acted out stop/drop/roll, looking left/right, calling 911, etc. Then we took pictures of our electrical outlets, fire extinguishers, and many other things relevant to topics discussed in our safety book.
- Make Your Book. It doesn’t have to be done immediately or all at once. Take your time, make it family time, asks kids to help (if they’re capable), and wait for those coupons/deals to purchase the completed project.
My kids love our Family Safety Book. When we first received it, we read it multiple times a day. While some of the novelty has worn off, I leave it out, which helps them pick it up more often than most books.