As a child, most of us knew our parents' names, our home phone numbers, and our addresses.  We knew emergency contacts and all.  Do kids today?

This weekend, my family took a trip to celebrate birthdays. While all of the children (ages 6-10) were in one hotel room for the elders to babysit while the parents went out, I asked a few questions:

  • What's your mom's real name?
  • What's your mom's phone number (since we don't usually have home phones anymore)?
  • What's your home address?

Some of the children didn't know the answer to all of these.

All of this came to mind again today because we're on the air, urging people to know their safe places in their homes.  While most children aren't left home alone anymore, they should still know the safe place in their homes as well as how to contact a parent or other adult should they become separated during a natural disaster or other emergency situation.

It's also a good idea to have a plan in place in case of fire.  Many families already do, but a refresher won't hurt. In fact, it could save your child's life while causing you to remember some of the things you've let yourself forget over the years.