With the warmer weather upon us, I begin to think about vacation. The idea of relaxing near a beach with the sun in my face and the sand in my toes. Just the gentle sound of the ocean crashing against the shore. Then I am shot to reality. Funds are extremely tight and that “dream” vacation is just that…a dream. Still, Matchdad and Matchmom will find a way to fit in some low cost but high smile activities that will make our lil ones happy. These little outings can become a nightmare if your lil one decides to explore away from the parents. The best plan of action is to be prepared.
1 – When going on a big adventure like a zoo or amusement park, take a picture with your smartphone of what your child is wearing as well as a close-up picture of you kids face the day of the event. That way, you can provide it to security officials in the event your little one comes missing.
2 – Carry a Sharpie in your purse. If you are at a place that makes you wear those bright colored Tyvex bands, write your name and mobile number on it. If you kid is lost, the security officer will be able to call you immediately. You can also buy these bright colored bands at any party store in packs of 50 and 100. I have personally found that plastic bracelets (like the yellow Livestrong bracelets) work great too.
3 – Instruct your child to only speak to employees or mommies. When we enter an amusement park, we take time to show our kids the “employee shirt” in the event they get lost, they know who to ask for help. If an employee is not around, seek out a “mommy” with small children. If your child has to speak to a stranger, a mommy will most likely sympathize with your child and direct them to the nearest “lost and found”.
4 – Download the FBI CHILD ID app for your smartphone. This little app will allow you to provide important information to authorities and even easily submit that information to them. Be sure to import your newly taken picture into your app and update it with current information.
Finally, speak with your children. Explain to them the importance of “keeping close” to mommy and daddy. I hope you never have to deal with the pain of a missing child but I hope these tips will help you be prepared.