When you’re a parent, there’s an automatic added level of stress to your life. It seems there are endless ways that kids have conjured up to get hurt. It’s a wonderful time when children are young and cute, but here are a few things to keep in mind in order to have a few less scares as a parent.
Medical professionals have been warning us of the effects of bad air quality in our homes for decades, but for some reason it hasn’t always resonated. Remember, adults sometimes let info go in one ear and out the other too! The air in your home should be one of the top, ongoing priorities to protect all who live there. The most obvious way to manage it is by always changing your air filter when recommended. Now I understand that there are skeptics about these numbers (some believe that they are just trying to sell more air filters!), but let’s be honest - a few bucks a year is going to be the only difference, and to me it’s worth it for my own sanity and the health of the children.
I know very few people who aren’t a alarmed at the site of a big spider. I’ve personally heard a few shrieks from the kitchen when a particularly large arachnid has been spotted. Depending where you live, there might be Black Widows, Hobo Spiders, Brown Recluse, and other dangerous 8-leggers around, but it’s up to you to take preventive action. Get a few sticky traps for your home so you can monitor insect and spider activity by what you find. If it’s empty every week, there’s probably very little insect traffic in your home, but if there is, at least you know about it. Also consider using a professional company like pest control solutions to come to your home and treat inside and outside. Most companies also offer free services in between regular treatments as well, so you’re always safe and bug-free.
This is one that we don’t need to spend much time on, but by the time a child is crawling, their curiosity can be overwhelming. They will eat or drink almost anything, even things that make grown adults gag. You know your child best, but there are a multitude of options out there for “baby-proofing” your home. Consider using door knob twist grips, baby gates, wall anchors for shelves, and cord holders for wall chargers. You may feel a bit of stress once in a while from the kiddos, but if you implement these precautions, you’ll never regret it.