The Chicago Auto Show is an event that I look forward to every year. I have been taking my kids to it since they were in the womb, literally. I attended my first first look for Charity Chicago Auto Show event when I was pregnant with my first child. Now that’s a lot of firsts. One first associated with the Auto Show for me is the first, (and only) time my eldest daughter ever got lost was at the Chicago Auto Show. She was just 4 years old. Luckily, before we entered the show floor I had established for my kids a safety meeting place if they ever got separated, I had also put my business card in each of their back pockets. Both things proved invaluable. She went to our safe place, found a security guard and had them call my cell. I was very proud, (after I got over being terrified). With the Chicago Auto Show opening to the public tomorrow I am reminded of that story. And so I want to take this moment to remind you of some safety tips when traveling with kids to large events such as the Chicago Auto Show.
- Dress your children in bright colors
- Take note of what each of your children are wearing
- Establish a family safety meeting place in case you get separated, (just like you should have for your home in the event of a fire)
- Teach your children your cell phone number and your full name
- If your children are too young to memorize numbers put a card with your info in their pocket
- Point out security people, or event workers that your children should go to in the event of trouble
- Keep a current picture of your kids on your phone/in your wallet in case you should need to ask help of strangers in locating them
- Last but not least talk to your kids about stranger danger and the importance of practicing good safety habits like staying with your family/friends and following directions.
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