First day of daycare and the dude was too busy chasing tail (eye gouging being his preferred technique) to say bye to me!! No tears for either of us. I love that little dude.

First day of daycare and the dude was too busy chasing tail (eye gouging being his preferred technique) to say bye to me!! No tears for either of us. I love that little dude.

Kali has been building computers!! She is also mastering user interface design. She made one for a friend and at school scott overheard her friend tell her to check her computer when she got home because she sent Kali a text message:)

Kali has been building computers!! She is also mastering user interface design. She made one for a friend and at school scott overheard her friend tell her to check her computer when she got home because she sent Kali a text message:)

A friendly reminder from my neighborhood police

It’s a scenario that happens hundreds of times a day at amusement parks all across the world. You’re walking along with your family or group, young child in hand, but when you look down a minute later, alas, he or she is gone! You suspect they’ve run off into the large crowd and begin to panic.

How to avoid the panic.

Before you go, explain to your children what they should do if they get separated at any time from you or their guardians.

Tell them to find a uniformed park employee and explain to them that they have been parted from their group. Make it clear that it is NOT okay to ask or follow strangers for help, even if they do look friendly. Have them explain to the employee (or security officer) their name, your names and where they got lost.

Write your mobile phone number on a sticker and fix it to the inside of their shirt. If you don’t have a sticker, write it on paper and put it in their pocket. Tell them to give it to a uniformed staff member if they get lost.

Use your camera or cell phone and take a picture of your children when you arrive at the park. This way you will have a current picture with you.

Make sure everyone in your group, including parents and older siblings, are wearing the same bright, recognizable clothing. Bold orange or yellow shirts will work fine for this purpose. Avoid wearing dark colors as these will make you and your children blend in easily with the crowd, and avoid putting your child’s name on it. This will make it easy for strangers to call them out and take your child with them.

Bring along a way to communicate with your kids. You can give older siblings a cell phone (just make sure they know your number). Younger kids can benefit from the use of a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with you should they get lost. Show them how to use it and explain that it is not a toy, but a way to reunite if you do get separated.

Find a place to designate as your ‘meeting spot’ if someone from the group is separated, once you arrive at the amusement park. Crowded, commonly designated areas like the front gates of the park or at a bench next to a popular attraction are not good meeting spaces as they will be very crowded at all times of the day and relatively unsafe for a young child to be sitting at alone. Instead, choose a less popular area to meet up, like at the security booth or next to the restaurant where you plan to eat. This will make it easier to find a lost child.

Remember to stay together at all times. You probably won’t mind letting older kids go off on their own for a while (as long as they keep in touch via cell phone), but younger children should hold your hand and stay with you as you walk through the park. Keep a firm grip to prevent your child from slipping away. In especially large, crowded events, it might be better to safely fasten your child in a stroller or carrier instead of allowing them to walk, lessening the chances of being separated.

SFPD Richmond Station

Kali sent this with me to work in my purse.

Kali sent this with me to work in my purse.

Happy birthday rex

Scott is undertaking his crowning achievement for being mr mom of the year! Colleen made us one when rex was born and it’s definitely the best cake ever. Ummyummyum

Rey Rey selfie

Rey Rey selfie