Parking Pal, Tag*a*long, & The Safe Side ~ Reviews & Giveaway ENDED

Jan 12, 2012

If you have a preschool age child, you know how impulsive and unpredictable they can be at times. While you (mostly) have control over making your home environment as safe as possible, going out in public can present countless dangers for little ones.
While there isn't anything safer than holding your child's hand, here are two Mom-invented products to help train your preschool-age child to stay close by while out and about. 

The first one is the Tag*a*long. In just seconds, it easily attaches to the side of your stroller or shopping cart to give your little one his own special place to hold on. I use one with Levi {blue is his favorite} and it really does help to keep him focused on where he is to be when we are in a store. Any time he wanders too far from me, I direct him back to his handle. 

The Tag*a*long comes in an array of bright, fruity colors and the handle part looks like a cute smiley face with a single tooth. The regular retail price is $9.99, but is on sale for $7.99

Another attention-grabbing helper is the Parking Pal. This nifty magnet attaches to the side of your vehicle, giving your child a place to "park" himself while he waits for you to load or unload siblings or groceries. All it takes is a trip to the mall to see that parking lots are dangerous places for small children.
However, the Parking Pal is not magic! It's simply a training aid, so use common sense. Keep your eye on your child as best you can and talk to him while you are unloading the baby or whatever. 
You could leave it attached to the side of your van {What? Not every mom drives a van?}, but I worry about someone taking it or it falling off while I'm driving, so I store it in the pocket behind the passenger seat. Parking Pals come in a variety of popular patterns to suit boys and girls. The regular retail price is $8.99, but they are on sale for $7.50.

Of course, child safety training isn't complete without tackling stranger safety. The concept of strangers can be confusing to little kids. They may believe that all strangers are bad or that if a person doesn't look like what they think a "bad guy" looks like, then they must be okay.

One way to help them understand who is safe and who isn't is to watch The Safe Side DVDs with them. All of my kids, including my 17yo, got a kick out of watching Stranger Safety. The zany main character, Safe Side Super Chick, teaches kids about "Don't Knows", "Kinda Knows", and "Safe Side Adults". While some adults and exceptionally mature children may not appreciate the wacky-ness, most children will enjoy watching Safe Side Super Chick as she teaches them what to do in certain situations in a non-threatening manner. {For those who need to know, there is a chihuahua, a man in a gorilla suit, and a clown. You've been warned.}

There are two Safe Side DVDs available: Stranger Safety and Internet Safety. Stranger Safety is also popular with child care providers and teachers. The DVDs are regularly priced at $12.99 each, but on sale for $10.99 for a limited time.
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    1. I have taught our kids that Big Cars Cause Owies. They usually stay close and hold my hands. I also have them put their hands on the car or on the gas cover thing, since it's usually a circle or a square, and this really works!

      mysticbutterfly37 at

    2. I have taught my daughter about stranger danger by using books and songs.

    3. I don't have any tricks, just always go over the safety rules b4 going places & again when we get there.

    4. Teach basic safety and if we see a problem with unsafe behavior we correct it right away. It is important to talk to kids about safety without scaring them.

    5. i have taught my son that he has to stay right beside me at all times

    6. Stacey L
      staceylowe at comcast dot net
      We have a meeting place of at the mailbox in case of a fire.

      The older boys have a code word of saying they are sick and need to be picked up if they are somewhere that things are happening that they are un comfortable with.

    7. My GFC name is esluka amd tips: I pre-talk to my child and NEVER assume that my husband or? knows my son is with them. I communicate who is responsible at a given moment


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