Parenting can bring you joy. You might feel proud when your child takes their first step or when they say their first word. Of course, your kids can also drive you a little crazy sometimes. Parenting comes with pressure, and you must show good judgment daily during the child-rearing phase.
As your kids get a little older, maybe they like playing outside and getting some fresh air and sunshine. You should encourage that. You don’t want them sitting inside all day, watching TV or playing video games.
You can take certain steps to keep your kids happy and healthy in your neighborhood. We will talk about those steps right now.
Erect a Fence Around Your Yard
You might erect a fence around your front yard and backyard if you don’t have one yet. You can price different fences and choose the one that makes the most sense, budget-wise. You can get a relatively inexpensive chain link fence, or you might get a more elaborate or expensive one.
If you do this, your kids and pets can play in the front or backyard, and you’ll know they’re not running out into the street. You can warn them they should avoid the street, though, especially if you live in a high-traffic area.
If your child runs out into the street, a speeding car might hit them. Parents can file a personal injury claim on behalf of their children, but obviously, you’d rather avoid the whole situation. Erecting that fence can give you peace of mind during moments when you’re not watching the kids.
Warn Them About Aggressive Dogs
If you walk through the neighborhood with your kids, you might point out houses with aggressive dogs. Usually, the owners keep these dogs tied up in the yard, or they might have the animal safely behind a fence.
You should tell your child they should keep a safe distance, though, especially if a house has a large dog like a Pitbull or a Rottweiler. If your child gets close and taunts the animal, that might enrage it.
The fence should restrain the animal, but if it gets loose, it can hurt your child. You might tell them they should avoid that house entirely and leave the dog alone.
Have Them Wear Sunscreen
During the warmer months, you might tell your child they should wear sunscreen when they go outside. You know they should get some exercise, and some sun won’t harm them. In fact, it’s good in moderation.
Your kids should have sun protection, though, especially if you know they’re out there multiple hours every day. You can slather on some sunblock before you let them go out. They might complain a bit, but it won’t take long, and once it’s on there, you’ll know they have that protective layer, especially on the summer’s hottest days.
Have Them Stay Hydrated
You should also tell your kids that they should stay hydrated during the day. That means they should come inside and take frequent water breaks.
You can always have some ice-cold water in a pitcher in the fridge. If you have a Brita filtration system, then you can filter the water so it doesn’t have any harmful chemicals or sediment.
You can also make some lemonade or have some sports drinks in the fridge. The sports drinks that you buy often contain electrolytes, which should help your kids replenish if they’re outside burning through many calories every hour.
If they stay hydrated, they won’t risk heat stroke. If you live somewhere very hot, or it’s July or August, you should make sure your kids get the fluids they need.
Have Them Watch Their Step
You might tell your kids that they should watch their step while they’re playing outside. If you have bees around the house, and your kids like running around barefoot, they might step on one, and it can sting them.
Bee stings hurt, but you might also have an allergic child. Usually, you won’t know until a bee stings them, and they have an adverse reaction.
If you live somewhere like Arizona, you might also have scorpions around. They can sting your child if they’re barefoot. Those stings don’t usually prove fatal, but they hurt quite a bit nonetheless.
You never know whether you have any rusty nails or sharp metal shards anywhere around the house. Your child might step on those as well.
You can tell them that they should watch their step, and you can also tell them they should wear sturdy shoes. They might not like that, but it can keep them safe.
They Can Stay in Sight
You might also tell your kids where they can go around the neighborhood and where they can’t. If they’re still very young, you may say they should stay in your yard or perhaps go next door into a neighbor’s yard. Once they get a little older, maybe you can say they might go across the street if they have some friends over there, provided that they stay in sight.
If you can see them from the kitchen window or living room, you’ll know they’re still under your watchful eye. You can fold laundry, read a book, or do something else while still watching them. You might also go out on the porch and watch them if you feel they’re still pretty young and need your supervision.
As they get older, you might expand the streets and yards where they can play. If you know the other neighborhood parents, you’ll know they’re keeping an eye out as well.
If you follow all of our tips, your kids should stay safe while playing around your neighborhood. They can make friends and perhaps find a sport they’ll love.
They might play softball or football in the backyard and then play it at school if they learn they enjoy it. They can get their exercise outside every day and burn some calories.