Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Take the Parents Pledge

I have made it back to the land of blogging! I can't believe it has taken me this long! Christmas is now over and it is time to start a new year.
As I was sitting in my doctor's office for nearly two hours.......that dreadful glucose test always takes so long, I read something interesting in the December issue of Parents magazine. I thought I would share it with you.

The Parents Pledge:

To keep my kids healthy, I am going to make these ten important promises a priority.

1- I won't let anyone smoke around my children and I'll support my loved ones who want to quit by sending them to parentsquitforgood.com.

2- We'll stock up on sunscreen and wear it all year long.

3- I won't drive anywhere (even around the corner) unless my kids are buckled into their car or booster seat (and I'll check to make sure I have it properly installed.)

4- I'll calmly keep serving my kids different kinds of vegetables and won't give up even if they refuse the first ten times.

5- When evenings are hectic, we'll still make bedtime a priority. Sleep-deprived kids are more likely to get sick, space out in school, and melt down. Who needs that?

6- Helmets must be on those little heads anytime my kids are going to be on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, skates, sleds, or skis.

7- Hand washing will be a house rule, before eating, after using the bathroom, or sneezing without a tissue.

8- We will practice a family fire drill, test our smoke alarms monthly, and make sure we know how to use a fire extinguisher.

9- We'll get outside and play every day, even if it means stomping in puddles.

10- No matter how much they beg, I won't let my children have a TV in their bedroom.

I am never good at making and keeping resolutions for a new year. I thought these ideas sounded easy and a good thing to work on for the year. Many of these things we already do, but I am going to pledge to make them all a priority to help keep my kids safe!

Take the Parents Pledge (here is a link to the actual article.)


Kelley Rae said...

That's a great list. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Thanks Megan! I'm pretty good at some of those but some others could definitely use some work. There needs to be one more though.

#11 Make sure your kids brush their teeth every day. If not after every meal, at least before bedtime.

That had to be said. :)

The Harding Hive said...

Oh, I LOVE this Megan! Thanks for posting it!

Jen said...

I love that! I realize I am not a parent but I still think it is a great pledge for all adults to make to children - thanks meg

Watson Family said...

I am seriously glad I stumbled upon your blog today to read this! You, your children, and blog are simply darling!