If you are a parent, you know how worrying it is to turn around in a grocery store and find your child missing, still in the cereal aisle looking at the Frozen cereal. You’ve heard the many horror stories of children getting lost in a grocery store, and we know it’s one of the easiest places to get lost. With mom so preoccupied with shopping, and kids trying to reach the chocolate at the end of the aisle, it’s a hard place to make a child safe. If you are concerned about keeping your children safe at your local grocery store, here are a few tips.
Ask Your Store
One of the first things you should do, especially if you have a grocery store that you frequent, is to ask an employee of the store if they have some sort of program if there is a child lost in the store. There are some stores that participate in “Code Adam,” named after a child that went missing, which means they will alert the employees through a loud speaker to start looking for the child and to man the doors so that no adults leave with the child. If they do participate in Code Adam, be sure to tell your child that if he hears the loud speaker, people may be looking for them. But, be sure to tell him that if a stranger comes up to him and asks him to come with them, stay where they are, or find an employee to help him.
Teach Your Child
Next, you should teach your child about what to do if he or she gets separated from you. This is another extremely important part in keeping your child safe while grocery shopping. Teach your child to always hold onto the shopping cart, or even keep them in the shopping cart if that’s more comfortable to you. You should also teach your child about “stranger danger” to make them aware of their surroundings and to make sure they understand that not all people are good people. Give them an understanding of who they should go to if they are lost, like employees, or other mothers with children, and have them memorize your phone number in case they are lost and need to call you. Though you don’t want to scare them, you should make sure that they are aware and informed, even when they are young.
Lastly, one of the best things in keeping children safe in a grocery store is making sure that you are aware of your surroundings. You should keep an eye on anything or anyone out of the ordinary. Be sure and keep an eye on your children at all times, even if you are focused on picking out apples, as anyone looking to possibly harm your child will wait until you are distracted.
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