Last week, my daughter returned to school to begin her student life as a first grader. She was excited, I was excited and the teachers were also excited to see her again. We got a head start on meeting and introducing ourselves to her teacher before the first day of school crowd. I wanted her to know where her class was rather than waiting on the first day, roaming the halls along with other lost parents and Kindergarten to 6th grade students. We walked down the halls with confidence and pride, bee-lining through everyone else trying to find out where their kids’ classes were. *Pats self on the back.*
We arrived at her school, with Little Big Brother in tow, and we all ate breakfast together and then headed to her classroom. I helped her unpack, but she seemed to have it altogether so I just stood back and took pictures while she “prepared” herself for her first day in the classroom. I felt.. relieved. Her teacher left a good impression on me. I felt like my daughter was content. Happy. Safe.
These days, how many parents can actually say that they feel their child is safe at school? With so many cases of bullying, teasing, and other forms of violence by students against students, it’s evident that safety within the school is crucial. I’m a working mother and also a student so having that reassurance that she’ll be okay while I’m on the opposite end of town calms me. I’m still. I’m happy.
I’m aware that you can never prepare for everything. It’s just not possible. While I’m hoping that I never have to deal with a situation in regards to my child’s safety, I try to make sure my daughter is filled with awareness. I believe she’s a smart little cookie and she generally retains information the first time around. We’ve talked about who she can call if she can’t get in touch with me. She knows their numbers, addresses, names, workplaces, etc. She knows who’s going to pick her up from school if I am unable to for one reason or another. On top of that, all of this information is available and updated when needed at the school.
We live in a world where stranger things are happening every day. And while this scares me.. while this constantly makes me worry and feel anxious, the only thing I can do is take all of the necessary precautions to keep my children as safe as possible.
What are some of the necessary precautions that you take when it comes to your children?