Chapter 18: Safety and Behavior

A bedrock principle: parents are responsible for their children’s safety. This means that they must do whatever it takes to make sure their children keep safe. Why put this chapter in when such a thing is self evident? Is it? Have you ever seen a young child riding around in the back of a car unbuckled? Why would his parents risk him so? Have you ever had a child who seems determined to play with the electricity outlet, no matter how many times you tell him not to? How easy is it for him to get your attention by pulling on a plug? What are you going to do about it? These questions and the interaction and responsibilities for child safety are looked at in a stark and practical way. As a Nurse I have worked in the emergency room of a hospital and let me tell you, all excuses sound pretty lame when the ambulance brings your child in.