Canada Day is upon us, and every celebration is expecting a turn-out larger than ever before. And why shouldn’t we all want to be out there celebrating our country and watching some fireworks? But Canada Day means some huge crowds, which can be concerning for parents of young children. It’s way too easy to lose a little one when 90 percent of the crowd is taller than them.
Yes, it’s possible you’ll get separated from your kid in those big Canada Day crowds, but there are precautions you can take that will make finding them a whole lot easier. That way, you can focus on celebrating rather than worrying.
Snap a picture
Take a picture of your kid before you head out that day. That way, if they get lost, the police can see exactly what your child looks like, what they were wearing and what size they are. Plus, if everything goes according to plan, you still have a photo of your kid in their Canada Day outfit.
Write your phone number on them
This is probably the most important thing you can do to make finding your child easier. Write your cell phone number(s) somewhere on your kid’s arm and seal it in with Skin Shield, clear nail polish or put a Band-Aid over it. If your kid is old enough, have them memorize your phone number too.
Show them who to look for if they lose you
Before you head out, show your kid a picture of who they can look for and approach if they happen to get lost. That is, the police. Once you arrive at your Canada Day event, point out the police officers, employees or volunteers your child can ask for help if they need it.
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Establish a meeting place
Make sure you have a plan for if you get separated, and a clearly established meeting place for if your kids can’t find you. If you do end up losing track of your kids, remember to check this place once the panic sets in. After a preliminary search of the immediate area, head directly there.
Hand-holding is a must
This seems self-explanatory, but it’s so crucial, it deserves a mention. Keep a hand on your kid at all times if you’re in a big crowd. If you have a kid who’s a little older and refuses to hold your hand, try having them hold onto your pocket or bag or keep an arm around them instead. If you’re not holding hands, make sure you can feel that they’re still latched onto the pocket or bag.
There’s an app for that
If your child is prone to wandering off, you might want to consider a child-tracker. Seriously. My Buddy Tag is a bracelet you can strap onto your kid that connects to an app. The bracelet has ID info, an out-of-range alert and a panic button for the child to press if they’re in danger.
This Canada Day is set to be the biggest yet. Take these precautions, be careful and go out and enjoy it!