For the most part, I have pretty much only covered specific topics that we focused on back in my days of working for the village. Now that I have mentioned one that was not focused on as much as it should have been but still very important, I am going to move on to certain topics that my husband and I talk to our kids with and use some of the same principles and strategies.
So for any of you out there who are all caught up on this thing, you know that my husband is the proud owner of a tree service company with three separate locations, our newest spot being at tulsatrees.com. You might not believe me, but this is among the most dangerous jobs in America today. Luckily for me and my sanity, most of the dangerous aspects of the job are not done by my husband because he owns the company, but you better believe he has done every single other job in the field when he was growing up.
Some of the more dangerous jobs in the tree service business are so dangerous because of the very heavy machinery and tools that they require. Thankfully my husband has never seen anyone fall in a wood chipper or anything like that, but the possibility is always there. He would say that large stump removal jobs have the most potential to cause harm, because you have to chop the entire tree up into individual sections and send each one through the chipper.
Now that our kids are getting to the age where they are starting to ask questions about their mother and father, we have approached a lot of what we talk about in the same ways that we used back when I worked for the safety village. We have always felt that honesty really is always the best route to take (being reasonable, of course) and we don’t want to sugar coat the world too much for our kids.
We have talked to our oldest one in some regards about the dangers that are involved in my husband’s career but we definitely are very sensitive about the subject. We tell them in ways that they can have fun with like maybe playing with them outside in a garden or in our yard, but still make sure we emphasis the importance of what we are talking about to them. We don’t scare them into never wanting daddy to go to work, but we are honest and up front with them so that they have an understanding of the real world.
This is something that can be done in any family and remember, you don’t need to be enrolled in a village or program to teach your kids how to be safe!