Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cars are Big & I am Small // Parking Pal Combo Pack

Miss Cupcake has absolutely no fear of running through a busy parking lot.
There was an occasion when she darted away while I was loading the car with groceries.
She thought it was a fun little game, while I nearly had a heart attack.

Recently, we have began using a Parking Pal.
This adorable magnet sticks to the side of the car and indicates where a child should place their hand while waiting for their parent.  Our Parking Pal has been a huge success!  Miss Cupcake loves the cute butterfly design and is excited that she knows exactly what she should do when we reach the car.

To further promote children's safety, a beautifully illustrated book comes with the Parking Pal Combo Pack.  This book explains what a child should and should not do around cars in a simple way that even a toddler can easily understand.  As Miss Cupcake listened to me read this book and carefully examined the pictures, it was obvious that she was understanding that being careful around cars was an important issue.

Help reduce injuries to children in parking lots
Heighten awareness of dangers in parking lots

Parents, grandparents, day-care providers, aunts, uncles, friends, or whoever is caring for a child can be easily distracted in parking lots. Loading or unloading packages, rifling for keys, tending to the baby, or helping elderly parents can take precious attention away from our children, leaving them vulnerable to a number of dangerous situations. Other drivers can't see when they back up because the car next to them is too large or they're distracted by their cell phones, or blind spots make it easy for them to overlook small children who may be behind them. And children, well, they don't always do what they're told or stay where they should. It only takes one second for tragedy to strike.

Place the Parking Pal on the side of your vehicle, where it will remain safely attached at all times. It was specifically designed with bright colors, playful illustrations, and a small palm children love to place their hands on. After a couple learning sessions, your child will discover that the Parking Pal is their safe spot, and they will know where to go the second they are outside the car. It also helps teach them that parking lots are no place to play.

One mother residing in Virginia began to think of ways to keep her kids focused so the chance of them bolting or wondering in parking lots would be eliminated. She created the Parking Pal and IT WORKED! Austin, her 5-year old, and Aiden, her 3-year old, love the Parking Pal. When getting out of or coming back to the vehicle they go directly to it, put their hand on it, fiddle around with it and chat with each other while she gets her youngest into his stroller or back into his car seat. Until all vehicles are equipped with back-up cameras and all until all drivers remember to pay careful attention in parking lots, this is a great aid in keeping your child safer.

Check out the other great items, such as Penalty Pals, available on the website!

1 comment

  1. I love this! Here where I live I hear about too many little ones hit and killed in parking lots. Something like this could prevent that. I think my daughter would be excited to use it. right now she likes to run wild and it really scares me. Thanks for sharing!


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