Child Safety and Travel: Careful vs. Paranoid

Welcome to the first official post of the “Travel and Child Safety” series!! I am so excited to write this series as we think through safe travel with our little ones. I know I am definitely going to do a lot of serious thinking and learning as this series progresses.

The first thing I want to discuss is why we need to keep safety in mind while traveling. The point of thinking about strangers, unplanned events, and unpredictable circumstances is not to create fear. Fear is our enemy here. We don’t want to let fear in because fear can easily take over and ruin our vacations and lives. The reason we discuss topics like safety is to become aware. If we are aware of things that need to be addressed, we can prepare as much as possible. Being careful and being paranoid are two totally different things.

When you see a sign like this on the road, do you slow down and proceed carefully, or stop driving all together?
When you see a sign like this on the road, do you slow down and proceed carefully, or stop driving all together?

Let’s take a look at these two distinctive ideas through the lens of a traveling situation. Read more