As uncomfortable as it is, parents should think in advance about the unthinkable. We won’t dwell on this, but do want to give parents some tips on how to protect their children in advance so that important information will be stored in the event of a kidnapping.
- Fingerprinting – Local police departments offer an official profile questionnaire for parents to fill out with identification information on each child (hair and eye color, height and weight, birthmarks or physical traits).
- DNA collection. Free kits now are available to parents and are easy to do at home.
*Note – There are tons of companies that sell both fingerprinting and DNA kits – Protect Your Child is one.
- Video updates. Photographs alone are not enough to give the authorities a good picture of your child. Record a video update of your child each year using our Video Interview Template (PDF). This is also a great way to create a movie “baby book” through the years, tracking the kids’ favorite toys and friends, as well as their speech patterns and mannerisms.
- Keep fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors loaded with fresh batteries. A good rule of thumb is to always change batteries even if they’re not due when you change the clocks twice of year. Carbon monoxide poisoning is getting a lot of play in the news as the “silent killer.” More information available at the EPA’s website. Detectors are available at your local home improvement or household store. A Business of Motherhood Tip: If your detector shows elevated levels, protocol, believe it or not, is to call 911. Yes, they’ll bring sirens & fire trucks (the kids love this), but most importantly, they bring special meters that can find the source.