A child asked his father, “How were people born?” So his father said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.” The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.” The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me!” His father replied, “No, your mom was talking about her side of the family.”
Parental awareness can fall into three simple categories. These follow, with descriptions:
Lack of or Insufficient Level of Awareness
In this attitude, parents are preoccupied with themselves or their work, sports, television, or other more self-defeating distractions such as drugs and alcohol. These parents are likely to be too dismissive of child safety issues and have few or no safety devices in their homes.
In this attitude, the parent is rational about threats to child safety. As part of their protection against these threats, they are likely to purchase a number of relevant child safety products to supplement their own regular attention to their children.
In this attitude, parents are overly motivated by fear or insecurity. They purchase every new product on the market and instill fear into their children. The children are likely to mimic their parents’ fear and insecurity.
Ideally, you want to find yourself in the second category. As you consider child safety products, consider the reasonable chances of your child falling victim to the accident protected against. Ask both yourself and your children questions like:
Does my child need this or is my child too old for this product?
Do we live in area where this product is necessary?
Is the security created by this product out of line with the nuisance of it?
As a rule, it may be better to be over-protective of your children, but you need to be aware that this attitude can also have long-term negative effects.
A selection of this week’s best photos of Africans and Africa.
In a dress made from seed pods, Miss Tanzania Lilian Ericaah Maraule prepares backstage to represent the best of her nation’s culture at The National Costume Show in Las Vegas on Saturday.
On the same day in Kenya, women from the Maasai ethnic group wear their costumes for a performance to promote peace and community cohesion in the Rift Valley region.
The focus of these young girls is on education, as they attend school with their chalkboards in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan on Friday…
Elsewhere in the city, a weaver works on a loom…
While visitors look at a display of cotton at an agriculture and animal resources exhibition. Ivory Coast is a leading cotton producer…
Rams from neighbouring Mali were also on show at the annual exhibition, which aims to improve farming methods and promote trade.
On Wednesday, a bicycle rider carries a wood rack full of bread on his head as he does deliveries in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.
Workers sew clothes at a textile factory in south Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park on Friday. The clothes are for some of the world’s leading fashion companies.
In Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Monday, a man holds a placard of President Uhuru Kenyatta after a court upheld his victory in last month’s highly divisive presidential election re-run, paving the way for him to be sworn in next week for a second term.
In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on Saturday, women take selfies with soldiers to celebrate the military’s decision to put President Robert Mugabe, 93, under house arrest, and to demand his resignation…
On Tuesday, crowds gathered outside parliament to show support for MPs who had initiated impeachments proceedings against the 93-year-old ruler…
When he resigned a short while later, celebrations broke out among Zimbabweans around the world, including in neighbouring South Africa where they burnt banners bearing his image…
The next day in Harare, this man carried a cuddly crocodile to welcome the next President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is nicknamed “the crocodile” because of his reputation for being politically cunning.
In Tunisia, the mood is very different on Tuesday, as mourners attend the funeral of fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, who died aged 77…
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi was among the high-profile mourners who prayed for him as he was buried at cemetery in the capital, Tunis.
In South Africa’s Cape Town on Saturday, a bee flies next to a lavender bush. Bee colonies are under stress following the American foulbrood disease outbreak in 2015, which killed about 40% of bees in the Western Cape region.