Monday, July 28, 2014

CoxHealth class teaches kids about making safe choices when home alone

Your child is home alone and there’s a knock at the door, the phone rings, there’s a storm outside. Do they know how to handle these situations? CoxHealth’s In Charge at Home class is a great way for children ages 9-14 to learn how to make safe choices when home alone.

“You child will learn what to do in an emergency and how to handle other safety issues when you’re not home,” says Denise Vaughan, nurse educator, CoxHealth. “We’ll help parents determine when their children are ready to stay home and how to establish hose rules to keep your family safe.”

One mom, who had both of her children attend the class, said the class raised questions in her kids’ minds that led to deeper discussion at home regarding home-alone safety. “They’ve been taught the basics of safety, but my husband and I thought it would be good to have those lessons reinforced,” she says. “The information is presented clearly, in a way that kids can easily comprehend; the class walks them through some different scenarios to really help the kids understand not only what they should do, but why.”

The next class is August 12, 6-8 p.m. in Foster Auditorium at Cox Medical Center South. The cost is $5 per family and limited scholarships are available. Call 417/269-LADY to register.