Thursday, December 6, 2007

Personalized Items for Children

Not too long ago I realized the dangers in having things personalized with your child's name. It hit me like a ton of bricks and made me sick to my stomach to think that I may make it easier for someone to kidnap my child. I am talking about our little one's, who are still learning about strangers and what to do if you're approached by someone you don't know.

Many children today have their names on the back of their jackets, their backpacks and even their lunch boxes. Anything that is out in the public eye and has a name that your child responds to, whether it be his/her nickname or first name, is a danger. Predators are using this as a way to communicate with your child. They're already ahead because your child is understandably stumped when the predator calls to him/her by name. "How does he/she know my name? He/She must know my Mom and Dad."

I know personalizing an item for your child is absolutely adorable and I have been tempted many times to do it myself. But if you do, personalize something that will stay in your home. Our kids rooms both have their names displayed across one of their walls and a friend of mine had an apron for her daughter personalized. Their are many other cute things that you can personalize for your child and keep it in the home. I just entered a contest at Bloggy Giveaways for a personalized tag that I would used around the house for the kids.

Do you have some neat ideas of things that can be personalized and used around the home?

Any tips on how to keep our children safe? Share with us.


Lisa, Lisa Lou, Lisa Pizza- said...

This is very sound advice. Toby's sister gave Austin a monogrammed backpack for his birthday but she put his initials on it instead of his name for this very reason!

MonsterBug Blankets said...

What kills me are the cars with a soccer ball or ballet slippers on the back or side windows, and have the kids' names on them. UGH! It scares me terribly.

The Pitter Patter Boutique said...

Great point monsterbug.

Krista said...

The initial idea is the best idea ! As for other items to monogram--well we have our towels, pillowcases, and blankets monogrammed!