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Tuesday, July 1

All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)

Summer Travel PSA 
Summer travel season is fast approaching - the time when kids go nuts and parents hope for a little bit of rest and relaxation.  It's easy to get lulled into the comfort of thinking that your hotel is as safe as home, but that would be very very wrong.  Today's post is your memory jog to think twice...

There are many articles about keeping your children safe in the hotel room, and the "hidden dangers" of the room, but very few about the structure itself. 
Let's break down these three hotel rules :
  1. Lock your car AND take your stuff inside, especially if it's valuable.
  2. Management is also not responsible for missing children.  If your children must explore the hotel without parental supervision, make sure that they use the buddy system.  It would be so easy for someone to snag your child, hop in their car, and be off to who-knows-where before you knew s/he was missing. 
  3. Not only do you have a hotel key, but there are probably some undesirables that have one as well.  See rule number 2.  Do you really want your kids running around alone?  Another safety precaution that we have is a password.  Should we need to leave the kids in the room alone, they must not open the door unless the password is provided.
I know that, as a parent, you want to trust your children to go to the lobby / pool / front desk / whatever by themselves, but it's just not a good idea.  Even if it gives you five minutes of peace.

Another issue that we have discussed is how to handle an emergency when staying in a hotel.  Most children know to dial 911 at home, but that may not work at a hotel, where you usually have to dial another number to get an outside line.  Your best bet is to tell children to call the hotel operator in case of an emergency.

Finally, we are currently dealing with the false sense of security one child has while on the road.  He is prone to talking to anyone and everyone, and providing personal details that they do not need.  It's a good idea to discuss what is appropriate to share.  (And with any luck, he will get the gist soon...)
Safety Resources :
This video is an overall reminder for all children.  Your older child is going to roll his/her eyes, but it's still a good reminder.
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