Keeping Kids Safe Around Parked Cars

Keeping Kids Safe Around Parked Cars

We had a very frightful and traumatic happening here over the weekend. You can probably guess what it was from the title of this post, and I am so glad I can write this as an ALMOST tragic warning.

Soon after taking the photo above, all the kids brushed the sand of the beach from their clothes and feet and we stopped on the way home to get frozen yogurt. Everyone was happy and exhausted when we got home, and we all scattered to rest, read books, or just generally chill out.

3yo Peyton asked if she could stay outside and play with the bubbles I had bought for the beach, and I said “sure.”

A little while later, I realized I hadn’t seen or heard from her in what seemed like too long, so I asked if anyone knew where she was. No one did.

I called for her and checked her bed to see if she had fallen asleep after our busy day. She wasn’t there.

I went all around the house calling her name and started to get a little panicky. I rushed outside hollering for her.

No answer.

I ran around to the back yard and yelled toward the woods.

I checked the swing set.

The trampoline.

The zip line.


I started to run frantically down to the hen house. That’s when I noticed the headlights were on in the old farm truck we rarely drive.

I rushed over there and found Peyton lying down inside the truck bawling her little eyes out. I opened the door and scooped her sweaty body up. She fell limp into my arms, sobbing between ragged breaths, “I… needed… you… I… needed… you…”

She had just that week been so proud that she figured out how to open the door to the van and get in all by herself. She just hadn’t figured out how to open the doors from the inside yet. I never thought to warn her that she should never get into a vehicle without us.

I am so very thankful the weather was mild that day. Even though the temperature outside only reached about 72 degrees, she was still hot and sweaty by the time I found her. Where we live, in Texas, it isn’t unusual for summer temperatures to reach over 100 degrees. This site shows that even on an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 123 degrees. That is enough to kill.

Every year, somewhere around 38 children die in hot cars from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside.

If she hadn’t turned on the headlights, I would have never thought to look in that old truck. I am so thankful God has plans for Peyton to be with us a while longer.

We will be locking our empty vehicles from now on, and we have also had numerous and lengthy discussions with Peyton about getting into cars without us.

Please do the same at your house.

Together we can keep kids safe around parked cars.

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No Shoes? No Problem!

Remember when I told you that when you give your kids plenty of time to daydream during quiet time it increases their creativity?

Well, lucky for me, that handy dandy creativity came right into play just this week!

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This little cutie pie was told to get her shoes on and get in the van so we could all head to soccer practice. It wasn’t until we were well on our way there that I realized she didn’t do as I told her to, and she was barefooted.

She started to complain that she wouldn’t be able to run and play when we got there because her feet would be cold. Being that mom who thinks kids ought to suffer the consequences of their disobedience, I told her it was too bad she didn’t do what I had told her to, and I guessed she would have to sit in the van for the duration of practice.

About that time, her 9yo sister noticed that the armrest covers on her car seat looked a lot like little slip-on shoes that might just fit a 3 year old.

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Because, you know, nobody wants to be that tacky family who has kids running around barefooted at soccer practice.

It takes years of practice to pull off this level of classy, friends.

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What Creativity Requires

Since I wrote this post about reestablishing our habit of having a daily quiet time (or nap time, or quiet contemplation, time, or whatever you want to call it) I realized that there are folks reading here and at my Facebook page who feel very strongly about not allowing their children to nap for fear they will be up until midnight with a toddler who doesn’t require as much sleep as Mama does.

Believe me, that is a very real fear I have myself because I have one particular child who will indeed be awake until the wee hours if she happens to get an afternoon nap.

But, because I so strongly believe that every one of us needs some time in each day to think quiet thoughts, to daydream, to imagine without any noise or screens or requirements of our thoughts and our time, I go ahead and risk the unneeded nap to give her that down time.

And now, there is new evidence that quiet time is what is required for creativity to flourish.

I already knew that, but it is nice to see the study confirming my thoughts!

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Just look what can happen when kids are given time for quiet contemplation and daydreaming!

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Custom iPhone Cases

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My clever (and broke) artsy college daughter has taken to designing and selling these custom made iPhone cases. Be sure to check them out and snag one so you can have the coolest iPhone in town, like me.

Custom iPhone Case

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Bounce House Trampoline Giveaway

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Here is a fun bounce house trampoline giveaway!

It’s time for some big, bouncing fun with the Little Tikes Bounce House Trampoline. This inflatable fun center is soft, safe, and provides hours of trampoline bounce-ability. Perfect for both outdoor and indoor play, this bounce house trampoline helps develop coordination and motor skills in children. You don’t have to worry about the safety of your child as it features netted walls to keep him/her from bouncing out. This trampoline will keep children active throughout the day, so don t forget to carry this kids jumping house with you on picnics and other outings.

One lucky winner will receive a Little Tikes Bounce House Trampoline.

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