My three children are all under six years of age. I’m not quite sure at what point children stop working hard to put themselves in imminent danger, but none of mine seem to have reached it, yet. While I travel frequently with our kids, this is the first time I’ve had to worry about a balcony. We’re nine stories in the air and the view is gorgeous, but my stomach flips when I think of the kids wandering out of the hotel room. Even with a sturdy railing, my imagination is on overdrive. Of course, I keep the doors locked, but I’ve taken the extra step of placing the furniture in the bathroom, just in case.
The second is a danger not limited to highrise hotels. With three very mobile kids, we’re not always headed in the same direction. I would love to say with a flip my hair and assure the world that my children are angels who always listen and obey my every word. Reality is we try, but sometimes, especially in busy situations my older boys are capable of zipping out of sight in the blink of an eye. Each morning I tuck a card with my name, cell phone number, and our room number into their pocket. They both know to ask an adult, preferably a mom for help if they get lost. As we are out of town, this helps ensure we could be reunited quickly in case of separation.
How do you cope with child safety in the unusual circumstances that often accompany travel?