They say that a man’s home is his castle – and this is something that can definitely be applied to any modern family home, too. As a busy parent, you probably spend quite a lot of time in your home with your children, and it’s where you raise them – so it has quite a lot of importance to you. It is with that in mind that most of us strive to make our homes a safe and welcoming environment for both ourselves and our children. After all, if you can’t feel safe in your own home, then where can you? Here are just some of the ways you can create a safe and secure property for your children to grow up in.
Baby gates or guards
Many people dislike the idea of baby gates or baby guards, claiming that it stifles a child’s independence. Having guards in place when your child is old enough to simply be told where not to go (if you feel that way) is a bit of a dated parenting trick. But while they are young, baby guards can be a lifesaver for all members of the household. Babies and toddlers may be small, but they can move surprisingly quickly, and once out of your sight who knows where they might have gotten to. As moms, we all know how useful it would be to have eyes in the backs of our heads (don’t tell the kids we don’t). Used for a short period of time, guards on your stairs and any other rooms you might want them in can take some of the pressure off you while also enabling your child to wander freely, without any risk of them hurting themselves.
Houses with young children in them can get messy – we all know that. But, there is a distinct difference between a little bit of harmless dirt and something that could potentially be harmful to the whole family. The scary thing is that sometimes we don’t even realize when our homes are unsanitary. Take pests, for example. Many have gotten so used to being covert in human properties that homeowners don’t notice them until it is too late. That is why the second you notice a sign, such as rat droppings, it is best to call a rodent removal service immediately.
Some newer modern homes now come equipped with an internal security system, that allows you to set an alarm to alert you to any intruders. When you have small children, this is even more of a priority, so always check that yours is working and if need be, upgrade to a more advanced model. Some systems can now even differentiate between regular, everyday movements (such as your pet cat passing by a sensor) and the movements of an intruder. Also teach your children from a young age not to open the door without first checking who is outside. Young children can often be curious, but make sure they are aware of the rules when it comes to letting people into the home.