Friday, June 6, 2014

Safety Supermom - Protecting the Noggin

Every mom is a supermom, whether we have one kid or many kids.  Being a supermom means we have superpowers.  Especially safety superpowers.  Some of us go a little more overboard than others with our hidden powers of safety  I'd wrap my kids in bubble wrap if I could, but then I'd be worried that they'd suffocate from the plastic.  

Some of my safety superpowers include security cameras (cause our house got broken into and I can watch my kids with it when they're teenagers), Internet filters, the computer in the main room of our house, no TV (we have a TV to watch DVDs), aggressive animal spray for our family runs, hikes, and bike rides (in case an evil dog or bear is loose), window latches (no one will get through that small opening in my kids' windows if they're open), radon evacuation system, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, a barking dog (I always know when the UPS guy is here), and on and on.  I'm sure you've got a few of those superpowers too and some additional ones. Power toothbrushes for clean teeth?  Check.  Never using the front burner on the stove with kids around?  Check.  All cleaning supplies out of my reach?  Check.

But do you have the supermom super power of Protective Equipment?  Cause all superheroes need a uniform or something they wear to protect them.  In my family we wear helmets.  Helmets for biking, helmets for scootering, helmets for snowboarding, helmets for lots of things.  I'd almost make my kids wear helmets while walking. Protecting heads is a big safety thing with me.  I speak from experience.

You need to properly wear your super equipment or it's going to fail you.  Nothing like putting your jetpack on backwards and only realizing it after you activate it.

Let my little minions give you some tips on how to wear the gear that protects your noggin while riding around on your wheeled getaway contraption.  Watch the big minion...he's doing it all wrong.

Wear Your Helmet.  You won't protect that noggin if it's not on.

Get a Properly Sized Helmet.  A too big head protector isn't going to save your brain cells.

Buckle that Helmet.  Just like you need to strap on a jet pack, the helmet won't do any good if it's not properly buckled.  Don't buckle it too loose.  It shouldn't come over your chin.  Ideally you can just slip a finger through.

Keep the Helmet Low.  Don't leave your forehead exposed.  The enemy's laser rays will get you there faster than you think.  The pavement will also get you there.  Protect that forehead.  A helmet doesn't do any good if you don't wear it properly.

Protect Your Eyes.  Eyes are part of your head.  Shield them from sun with some shades.  If it's dark or cloudy put on some clear lenses to protect from bugs.  No one likes getting a bug in their eye.  Or a stick.

Just Wear a Helmet.  But perhaps you should put in on properly.  Don't be like my minions.  Believe it or not, I have seen someone wearing a helmet backwards before.  At least they had a helmet on.

If you have no reason to wear a helmet, maybe you should just put your bear in it?  It's a good way to protect your favorite stuffed animal.

A good supermom always sets a good example for her kids.  If you make your kids wear a helmet to keep their head safe, why not wear one yourself?  Your super head needs super protection too.  A good supermom wears super protective equipment.  You buckle your kids in the car and buckle yourself in.  Why not do the same on a bike or skis?  A helmet is like a seatbelt for your head.  Repeat after me, "Helmets are cool."  Helmet were not cool when I was growing up in the 80's, but they're cool now.

What's your Safety Superpower?

*I'm happy to be participating in Dropcam's Safety Supermom Campaign by writing a post on how I keep my family safe.*

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