Do you drive your kids to school every morning? Do you struggle with the traffic involved with dropping them off and try to juggle too many things at once? Multitasking is a wonderful way of getting our busy lives in order, but please do not do it in the car, especially around school zones.
Our schools, here in Sunnyvale, are supplied with excellent crossing guards. Our children are reminded to watch where they walk and to keep an eye out for cars. In our school meetings, the principal reminds us parents to drive safely and to not speed, especially in school zones where children can get hurt. I see many parents zooming through school parking lots talking on their cell phones, sometimes screeching to stop as a child walks by. I get in a rush, too, dropping my son off at school and have caught myself going a tad fast. We all do it. We just need to be reminded once in a while.
We, as parents of these wonderful children, need to keep them safe and secure. To do this, we teach them to walk and talk and, most importantly, not to talk to strangers. We also teach them to look both ways when they cross the street and to use the marked crosswalks. If we all put our cell phones down while in school zones, the kids would be a lot safer.
If we all obey these simple safety rules, it will give our children a better understanding of responsibility and staying safe. Keep in mind that children learn by example and that they will become drivers in a few years, too. If they see you do it, they will do it, too. Let’s keep our streets safe.