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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lessons from a locksmith: How to avoid locking your kids in the car, s post

If you are like most people, you probably have been locked out of your car at one point or another. Imagine just how frightening it would be if your child was locked inside.

As much as I pride myself on being a good parent, I have to admit that this happened to me. I had just finished shopping at Costco and was loading the groceries into the back of my vehicle. My son climbed into the back while I was dealing with the groceries. As I was closing the back hatch of the vehicle, I suddenly realized that my purse was sitting in the back of my car and that my keys were inside. It was too late, however, and I wound up locking my child inside. Fortunately, I was able to get help right away from a local locksmith.

Mornings are incredibly hectic in most households. There are countless tasks to take care of before you can get out the door and get on with your day. With so much going on, you may find that you are incredibly distracted. How many times have you shown up at your job only to realize that you left something important at home or that you forgot to do something before you left your house?

Distractions are a normal part of parenting. There are so many different situations that need to be dealt with at any given moment that it is hard to keep up with everything.

With so much going on, it is extremely easy to forget important things. Do you ever find yourself questioning whether you unplugged your curling iron after you left your house in the morning? Have you ever headed out the door only to realize that you forgot your diaper bag? Worst of all, have you ever accidentally locked your child in your car?

Although it may sound impossible, it is actually far easier than you might think. If and when you do mistakenly lock your child in your car, you need to contact a locksmith right away. The following tips will help you avoid making this common mistake.

Never leave your kids in the car alone. It is tempting to just run into a grocery store to grab what you need without making your kids get out and come in with you. In many states, however, you are required by law to take your children with you. If you never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, you don't have to worry about accidentally locking them inside.

Never let your child play with your keys or leave them in a place where they can access them. Most modern key fobs have a button that allows you to automatically lock or unlock the doors on your vehicle. If your child happens to hit this button, they can lock themselves inside. If nothing else, make sure that you have a spare set of keys handy all the time so that you can unlock your car doors if needed.

As a backup safety check, make sure that the person who cares for your child will contact you if your child happens to be absent. Although it may seem like you would never forget your child in the car, it is easier than you might think. Every year, parents throughout the country wind up devastated after forgetting that they have their child with them and leaving them in a hot car all day.

Get in the habit of looking at the car seat in your car every time you get out of your vehicle. You may want to put reminders in your car such as a note on your dashboard. That way, it will be easier for you to remember to check each time you get out of your car.

Finally, be sure to keep the phone number of a qualified locksmith with you at all times so that you can get help right away if you need it. If you’re in need of a locksmith local to Tampa, Florida check out America’s Lock and Key.





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DITL (day in the life) 2017

I've been doing one DITL a year since nearly the start of my blog. It started on February 14th because that was just the day I picked, and Valentine's Day wasn't that much different from a normal day when the girls were younger. As they've gotten older, Valentine's Day started to look a little different, so I moved the date to February 13.

So, this is yesterday, in pictures, from beginning to end. Everything about my typical day is basically right here. At the end, I'll link the other DITLs just to compare my life now to then.




The day starts at 6:30 because someone somewhere thought it was a great idea to have little kids go to school before 8 a.m.


I am not the person who thinks this.


Neither are my kids. But I wake them up and start them getting dressed. Then I wander into the kitchen...


 Where last night's dishes await me. Because I don't cook and then do dishes. I just can't. So 6:45 a.m. dishes it is.




Then I make their lunches because I also can't bring myself to do that the night before.


On a good day, they're out and eating breakfast by this point because we have to leave the house at 7:30.




The walk to school takes us 13 minutes exactly, provided there are no stops on the way.



I walk home and take the dog out. He's thrilled, as you can tell.


Then it's time to throw in a load of laundry.




As that starts spinning, I make my husband breakfast and lunch, and he leaves for work.



This morning I have a medical consult. They think palm trees make that better, but they surprisingly have no effect.


The news wasn't great, actually. Yay.


After that, I came home and just needed a minute. Took the dog out again, and caught my breath.




Then, I had to get to work. I started recording a lecture on my desktop so I could update it and edit it for this semester. Then I popped on Shameless and folded some laundry after eating breakfast in bed. It's nearly noon at this point, but whatever, right?


After that, I had to stop for a bit. I have anxiety and sometimes I just have to hide under the covers and it washes over me like ocean waves that are really tree roots. Anyway, I usually give myself about 15 minutes, then I have to get back to it.


In this case, my lecture had recorded and I needed to edit it together correctly.




Suddenly it's 1:45 p.m. and I have to pick up the girls. At least one of them is happy to see me.



We make a stop at the grocery store, but before we go in, they have to dump out the recess sand from their boots.


"How much do we weigh if we were just one person?"


Shopping is done. About $170. Not bad for the week.


Fletch is super stoked to see us when we get home.


First order of business is making the girls a snack because they are starving (third grade lunch is at 9:45 a.m.).



This whole time, of course, I'm doing important Facebook things like: Interviewing someone for a feature, signing up for phone banking for a local Democrat, and trying to figure out if ICE is really hanging out in my city.


Efff, I forgot to put the groceries away and it's an hour later. Better get on that.





I pop the girls in front of the TV for a bit to upload my edited lecture. #okayest

Then it's more laundry! Yay.



This time I do it while eating lunch.







Have you ever poisoned fire ants? Pro-tip, rile them up with a stick first. Poke the hill good.




Meanwhile, my lecture uploaded, so now I make the lesson plan.


My kids do their homework while I fold even more laundry.


Every Monday, I've been setting up an activist support thread on FB, just to keep everyone going as we try to stop the country from falling apart.


Somehow during the day this happened again. I just start doing them when...


Daddy gets home!


Another few minutes and I'm done.


Time for dinner. I start the steaks.


Meanwhile, the girls make out their Valentines for the next day.


Then we all eat. It's about 8 p.m. now.


After that, the girls get ready for bed, and I squeak in some edits on a story I'm writing for Marie Claire. (name drop bc proud af).


Then it's finally bedtime!


Even for the dog.


Even for me! (I'm laughing because I'm reminding myself of James Franco here. looool)

The END.


Previous years:








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