It’s an absolute nightmare: you’re with your child in a crowd, maybe just in the park or the playground around the corner… and suddenly you’ve lost sight of them. Quick action is important now! These 6 tips will help you find your child again.
We don’t all want to think about losing sight of our children along the way. But even the most attentive parents can quickly lose their children outside, because the little ones are sometimes just too fast for us! Let’s just think about shopping in the supermarket or the pharmacy: when you turn around, the offspring is already gone in the next aisle.
Although we will unfortunately never protect our children 100% from everything, there is one thing we can do: prepare well for emergencies. These 6 tips can then be real saviors.
#1 Describe your child as loudly as possible!
It sounds silly, but it’s brilliant: don’t stay quiet if you can’t see your child! Mama Jess Martini shared her trick on TikTok on how to find your children very quickly: Instead of just calling the child by name, call their description!
By instinct, most of us keep calling our child’s name. But when we repeatedly call out a description of our child, we immediately alert all other people around us. This could be something like, “Looking for my four-year-old, long brown hair, red jacket, green Nikes!” In this way, all surrounding adults can actively help with the search and you save important time. Most of the time you’ve really just lost sight of each other and your offspring are very close. But IF someone tried to kidnap your child, your description will attract so much attention that the attempt may be stopped immediately.
#2 Pay attention to the shoes your child is wearing
Another good tip we can learn from the video: the description of your child’s shoes can be very useful. After all, many kids will wear blue shirts, but how many wear purple Crocs? So the next time it’s time to “quickly put on your shoes and go!”, take a moment to record exactly what your child is wearing today.
#3 Explain to your child what they can do if they don’t see you
When we lose our children in public, we are not the only ones who panic: there is a good chance that our children will quickly become frightened when they cannot see us. And don’t know what to do to find us again. Talking to close adults CAN help, but it can also be a bad idea. After all, unfortunately, you never know how trustworthy the stranger on the park bench really is.
A good tip: In such situations, they should keep an eye out for other families or prams and ask them for help. Here, there is less risk of you encountering an ambivalent person. And other parents usually know how to take care of their offspring sensitively. Plus: It can also help you with your search, because you know right away that the first thing you look for is families for your child.
#4 Practice your address information
When your child can speak reasonably, you can practice their full name, your name and your address. You’ll be surprised how well it works! Most minis are incredibly proud when they can present themselves with all the accessories. It also gives you a better feeling when the hustle and bustle of daycare trips or indoor playgrounds or the zoo makes you uneasy. But more importantly, if staff there find your child, you can quickly be found and reunited with your child. So practice, practice, practice! You can also keep notes with your contact information in your daycare backpack or jacket pocket.
#5 Get an emergency bracelet for kids
Fortunately, most of the time you can hold your child safely in your arms again after a few seconds of shock. But if your search takes longer or someone has found your child but can’t find you, emergency bracelets are a great thing. They contain your child’s name, address and mobile phone number. The bracelets are especially important if your child has certain illnesses or needs to take medication (e.g. diabetes). If your children are a little older, you can also think about a GPS bracelet or a fitness tracker with GPS.
#6 Call SOS!
If your child just won’t show up, don’t be afraid to call 911 or ask someone to do it for you. The longer you look for your child, the more likely it is that they have moved further away or have harmed themselves. So all help is important, after all there are a lot of dangers lurking on busy roads, on riverbanks, on train platforms or on the beach.
When you are out and about with your children, it is important that you agree on some rules that must be observed. This is how it works particularly well:
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