Keeping Your Kids Safe While Playing Outside

 

There are some parents today who refuse to let their kids play outside without adult supervision because they worry about someone attacking or even kidnapping them. Even if you are a little more relaxed, you probably still worry about your kids becoming injured or hurt while playing outside. They can fall down when chasing each other and fall in a hole, hit their arms or legs on a piece of equipment or stumble across a beehive. As a parent, you can inspect your lawn regularly and make your yard safer for your kids.

Inspect the Yard and All Equipment
Before you let your kids run wild through the yard, you should do a simple inspection of your own. Check any of the toys or equipment that you have in your yard for broken pieces like bent metal or busted springs. Examine the sides of your home for any nests or hives that are home to wild animals and insects. You’ll also want to look over the yard for any holes that kids can fall in and for any hazards that they can trip over.

Install a Fence
Installing a fence is one of the best ways to protect your kids and keep them safe when playing outside. With a chain link fence Tampa residents can keep both their kids and their animals from escaping outside the yard and running down the street. If you want more privacy, you can choose a privacy fence that features wood panels that are at least five-feet tall. No matter what type of fence you pick, make sure that it has a latch kids cannot easily unlock and that it lacks any holes they can slip their heads into or bodies through.

Implement a System
As a parent, it’s important that you teach your kids some basic safety tips. They should know what to do if confronted by a stranger and where to go if someone tries to touch them. You can also implement a system that your kids can use both in your yard and when visiting friends. This system might work like a buddy system, which ensures that kids stay together and do not become lost. Your system can include a safe word that only you and your child know, which keeps your child from following a stranger who claims he or she is your friend. Using any of these tips will keep your kids safer when playing outside.
 

Persimmons as early as September

 

For the second year now, we are enjoying some Persimmon bounty from our organic backyard. It actually is a little early this year to be harvesting and enjoying the fruits of the husband’s labor but hey, why not? This tree is one of the 20 Persimmon trees we have and this is the most abundant.

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When I looked back to four years ago, that is, before we moved to Texas, I never could imagine that we would be growing Persimmons and other fruit trees here in Texas. Of course, we didn’t know that God would bring us to this place. All we did was prayed and asked and He provided. I think wherever we are, the farmer in us will always come out. Our dream before was just to be able to plant Moringa and lemon grass but after living here in Texas, we were able to plant more.

God is good! All the time!