GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012 - (Page 5)

Kid-safe shopping BY BRENDA zOfREA safety buzz The holidays are here, and that means many of us will be hitting malls and megastores with children and grandchildren in tow. To help keep your family safe, follow these 10 rules of shopping with children: 1. Make a plan ahead of time to meet at a certain spot if you become separated. Teach children to look for “safe strangers” if they need help—a clerk at a checkout counter or a mother with a child. 2. Remind children to never leave the store or mall without you and to never wait for you in the parking lot. 3. Never leave young children unattended in a store, video arcade, movie theater, play area, food court, or vehicle. And always accompany young children to restrooms. 4. If you allow older grandchildren to shop without you, make sure they are with a sibling or friend, tell you where they’re going, and check in with you regularly. 5. Carry current photos of your grandchildren and make a mental note of Share this article with your friends. photo: © Shironosov what each is wearing. 6. Park in a well-lit area as the entrance as possible. 7. When returning to your vehicle, have your keys ready and hold the hands of younger children. 8. Leave your handbag close to your body, and don’t flash your cash. 9. Leave at least one hand free of packages and ready to grab a child, if needed. 10. Walk tall, stay alert, and keep your eyes and ears open. Have a safe and happy holiday season! close to Brenda Zofrea, MA Ed., is the author of Let’s B Safe, for children age 3+. Visit for information and resources to help make the world safer for kids. NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2012 GRAND 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012
Kid-Safe Shopping
A Swiss Family Tradition
Holidays + Grandchildren = Merry Mayhem
Grand Wit & Wisdom
The Rocky Balboa of Grandparenting
Kellie Pickler: Grand-Raised and Proud of It
Bill Cosby: America’s Favorite TV Dad
Holiday Stress-Busters
Holiday Gift Guide
Shut Out for the Holidays?
Holiday Fun for All Ages!
Grandma & Grandpa & Karen
Be Thankful! It’s Good for You
Grand Giggles
Kinship Care Resources

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2012