Summer Trouble

Summer Trouble
Summer Trouble

Summer is a time of many temptations for a child. How to keep him safe from danger?

Summer Trouble

Your child is like a kitten named Woof. Togo, too, was in trouble everywhere, and he bravely walked towards them. Most likely, your baby is already two, but it is unlikely to be 11.

He won't cling tenaciously to his mother's hand when he sees something unusual, but he still doesn't master integrals at school. It is during this long period, from 2 to 10 years, that the peak of children's curiosity and disobedience falls. Such patients come to psychologists more often than others only because their parents cannot find a common language with them. After all, how many times can you say: don't go, don't try, don't touch! Only science has proven long ago: an important particle of "not" children's hearing misses. So mom's warning "don't do it!" turns into the opposite and leads to the most diverse consequences. And when vacation comes, and the child is not constrained by either the kindergarten or homework at school, it’s time for parents to grab their heads. Take advantage of our advice.

Child on board: potential travel hazards

Station building, airport

, through which turnstiles and where the crew in a beautiful flight uniform has just passed, the third one will easily go to get acquainted with a boy with an interesting toy, with an aunt with a funny hairstyle, with an uncle with a thick suitcase (“Mom, I just thought - what is he hiding there? Suddenly did you find the treasure?”)

What to do?

If you need to leave and you are traveling without other adults to rely on, contact the airport or train station staff. Arrange with the girls from the help desk and ask the child to sit with them while you complete your urgent business. By the way, it will be interesting for a little inquisitive to see where the aunt works, who just announced flights “on the radio”.

Hard-to-reach parts of the aircraft, wagon, ship and equipment

It's one thing to play train made up of stools and pillows. It is quite another thing to run and climb on a real composition or study how the aircraft cabin or deck is arranged. And how interesting it is to figure out what lies inside the stewardess' cart! What is a stop valve? What happens if you pull on one of the ropes on deck or pull on that handle on the cabin door? Why do we need seat belts, life jackets, fire extinguishers? Feel free to continue the list of questions your young conqueror of the universe will have before you take your seats.

What to do?

Whether it is the first trip for a child or not, a few days before the trip, tell us in detail what awaits you. Try to find an illustrated book about airplanes, trains, ships (in a pinch, even a technical guide will do!), or watch a themed movie. Tell us why you need a stopcock and why you need to buckle up during takeoff and landing. Once on board, be sure to show the details you discussed. Pay attention to the inquisitive in advance, anticipate his questions, then, perhaps, during the trip you will even be able to sleep.


Oddly enough, this object is of great interest! The child compares how this thing differs from the usual one that he sees at home. The imagination is excited by banalities - a button that opens a “hatch” into “outer space”, the “hatch” itself, an unusually shaped toilet bowl, a faucet with an intricate water supply mechanism. Among children's travel injuries, one of the first places is occupied by stories about how hands or feet get stuck in the toilet hatch, toys, shoes, and hairpins usually fly there. Another potentially dangerous object is a door with a complex lock, which many children simply cannot open from the inside.

What to do?

Visit "retreat rooms" with your child. If for some reason the child ended up there alone, in no case should the door be locked from the inside (and you will stand outside and guard). And even before the start of the trip, explain to the child that the toilet, albeit an interesting place, still serves certain purposes, and it is strictly forbidden to forget about hygiene. Tell a cautionary tale about the germs that live under the rim of the toilet, on the lid, handles and other structures. Do not scare, but teach to be careful.

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When the tables are reminiscent of fairy tales about "a feast for the whole world", even adults' eyes run wide. And even the calmest children look in fascination at the skewers where food is fried, and at huge cauldrons with local dishes, and, of course, at three-story cakes and desserts covered with clouds of cream and chocolate. Let it not surprise you that the child now and then runs “for some water” or “for a piece of bread” and disappears for 10-15 minutes.

What to do?

It's one thing if a kid only carefully watches how chefs prepare food - maybe an excellent chef of an expensive restaurant will grow out of him? And it’s completely different if the buffet completely destroys your principles of baby food, and every evening passes under the sign of pills for indigestion and other “mezim” … You have three options. Imperative: go to the distribution tables only together, watch what the child eats, or serve him food yourself. Declarative: from an early age, teach him to eat right, feed only natural products without any McDonalds, then there is a chance that the child will no longer take unusual food, even after trying it on the buffet. And the last way out, cardinal - do not travel with children to hotels where there is a buffet…

Animation, kids club

Entertainment intended only for children is fraught with one little trick. They cannot be universal for all ages, and animators invite everyone to a mini-club group or a competition. The child may become bored if the entertainment is designed for younger children. Conversely, he may be frightened or overexcited if it is designed for an older age. It turns out that after sending a child to socialize with other children, there is no certainty that he will not come up with some kind of prank out of boredom or will not return in tears…

What to do?

Think about the entertainment program in advance. Consult with the staff, find out what activities will take place in the next few days, and what is suitable for the baby by age. If the forecasts are unfavorable, it's better to play together that day or go on an excursion.

Disco, competitions for adults

Inquisitive parents know how much their kids love grown-up company and conversation. The more developed the child's intellect, the more he is drawn to communicate with his elders. In the turmoil of hotel life, the ideal time for this is discos, shows and competitions for adult guests, and other evening entertainment. The little inquisitive will not be ashamed to go on stage if they call those who wish. Many animators in these cases do not drive the children away, but take them into the competition. But, alas, it is in such entertainment that themes of sex, intersexual relations, bi- and homosexuality are most often raised. A child can be put up in an unpleasant or funny way, and then you definitely can’t avoid asking questions at night: “why did uncle change into aunt? why did he say that? what does it mean?" However, not even participation, but simply watching such shows will raise many non-childish questions.

What to do?

There is only one way out: after nine - lights out. An alternative option is an evening walk and admiring the stars. Any distractions, just to avoid getting on adult shows with a small and very smart child. Even if you've discussed with him where babies come from, nasty animation jokes are not his best bedtime story.

Local flora and fauna

Let them say that the greatest danger to a person is the person himself, but a collision with our smaller brothers does not always bode well. No matter how many stars a hotel has, no matter how much you pay for a ticket, this is not an obstacle for tarantulas, scorpions, snakes. Birds with bright plumage, outlandish animals, unfamiliar and very beautiful plants pose a threat to the baby.

What to do?

Teach your child to communicate with the world of wildlife at a distance. Explain that touching plants, picking flowers, no matter how beautiful they are, is not allowed: tell them that it hurts and hurts flowers when they do this to them. Come up with similar stories about animals, insects, birds to show the child: you need to address nature with “you”, then it will be kind. Explore local flora and fauna together with school-age children and show by example how to treat them.

House in the village: emergency situations in the country

Vitamins from the garden

Let your mother or mother-in-law talk all you like about organic apples and cucumbers, but you should not encourage your child to eat straight from the garden. Dirty hands, coupled with acid rain, have already put an end to this topic.

What to do?

Teach your child to wash fruits, berries and vegetables before eating them. You need to start at home, then the baby himself will explain to his grandmother why he carries the cucumber to the sink, and not immediately into his mouth. If possible, install a washbasin right in the garden so that the child does not have to run into the house every time he wants to take a vitamin. And strictly forbid grandmothers to set a different example for their child.

Garden pests

Not a single household farm can do without them. But the bright colors of the Colorado potato beetle attract children no less than the lights of Disneyland - they just want to catch, touch, hide in a matchbox and feed them weed.

What to do?

Recommendations are the same as for unfamiliar flora and fauna in a foreign hotel - be respectful to wildlife. Do not frighten the child with the word "poisonous", "harmful" - this will only stir up interest in the forbidden. Better tell us what is good about these "pests" and why they should not be offended and destroyed.

Grandpa's tools

Tools are hidden in Grandpa's barn, and this is much more interesting than children's toys! A little inquisitive will want to try how a lawn mower works, what a pruner is for and how to work with an “adult” shovel.

What to do?

Locks save, but only if the child is under 5-6 years old. Older children cope with this obstacle, pins, twigs, mother's hairpins are used. It is better if the grandfather himself shows the child the curious contents of the shed, explains how to use it, gives him the tools to hold and - be sure! - Explain safety precautions. You can start explaining from the age of 4-5.

Someone else's property

Whether it's someone else's fence, a neighbor's cow or someone's abandoned hoe or rake - someone else's private property attracts like a magnet. Who didn't climb for their neighbor's apples as a child and get scolded for it?

What to do?

Water world: things to remember on the beach

Walking and bathing naked

No matter how much doctors talk about hygiene, many parents still let their children go naked on the beach. And even if you do not encourage this in your child, seeing other naked children, your child may also want to get naked.

Educate modesty in girls start from 1.5-2 years old, with boys they start from 2-2.5 years old. At this age, they still do not care about appearance and are happy to run around at home without clothes. Children 2-3 years old can be explained how it is customary to behave in public, play social events, talk about etiquette and touch on the topic of clothing. At 1.5-2 years old, they talk about hygiene, inventing fairy tales about microbes that can settle on the skin and make it itch and peel.

Water, sand, algae

It is so interesting not only to build castles from sand and even from coastal mud, but also to “bake pies”, “cook porridge” and then try your “cooking”. Children 2-4 years old enjoy tasting water, earth, algae, and even marine life.

How to be

Watch the baby in both eyes. By the age of 5-6, these experiences will come to naught, but for now you can calmly sunbathe only if you came to the beach with other adults.

Water activities

It's not about cool toboggans, "bananas", jet skis, but about an ordinary air mattress, ball, swim ring … For the inquisitive, this is a storehouse for research. What if you jump on a mattress? If from this cap on an inflatable toy to make a hat for a beetle? And if you swim and tumble on the ball? What will happen then?

What to do?

Play it safe and get one circle for swimming and the second is the same - for cutting and other bullying. And vigilantly ensure that the second is used only on land under your watchful eye.

Picnic at the edge of the forest: precautions for a forest walk

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is still popular among children aged 5-8, especially since there is a place to disguise yourself in the forest. Adults know what this fun threatens - children can get lost.

What to do?

Strictly delineate the boundaries for the game: hiding from that edge to those bushes. At the same time, it is better for you, as an adult, not to take part in the game as a leader, but to observe from the side where the children hid and make sure that they respect the boundaries of the playing field. And it’s better to offer them not traditional hide-and-seek, but hide-and-seek - a competition for the best mask outfit: let them sprinkle themselves with leaves, branches, roll on the grass, smear themselves with mud to become invisible against the background of the forest. It is better to sacrifice clean clothes than to worry about the safety of the baby.

Flora and fauna

The proverb “every mote in the forest is a vitamin” is better to forget as soon as possible. Kids like to collect cones, twigs, run after butterflies and catch insects, look into nests and watch squirrels. But children under 3-4 years old are still exploring the world with their lips and tongue and pulling “vitamin motes” into their mouths. And older children still do not distinguish harmful plants and insects from harmless ones.

What to do?

For 5-year-olds, it is urgent to start an educational program on the flora and fauna of native forests, thereby preparing for the lessons of zoology and botany. With younger children, be careful and don't forget to take a pack of wet wipes for a walk to wipe your hands.

"Goblin" and other forest dwellers

Adults pretend to attract the attention of a child. But kikimors, sorcerers and wood elves, alas, turn out to be mere mortals with an unhe althy psyche. Children under 5 still trust adults indiscriminately and risk getting into a dangerous situation.

What to do?

To develop a sense of self-defense in a child is advised from the age of 2. At this age, the baby is already able to understand that there are good and evil people, and it is better not to enter into any conversations with the latter, and even more so not to go anywhere together. Do not intimidate the baby with scary stories about Baba Yaga, who eats children, or Karabas, who kidnaps them, as you will only injure his psyche. Calmly and without flashy examples, set the safety rules that the baby must follow.

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