Single Parent College Students: How to Keep Your Child Safe

This is a new day and age; one where the typical college student isn’t necessarily the 18-22 year old that goes straight to college the semester after they finish high school. In reality, there are more non-traditional students than ever, meaning many students are also juggling the responsibilities daycare and diaper changes.

But above all, single parents are also stressing about keeping their children safe while they’re out trying to get an education. And for those overachievers of the university world, here are a few tips that could help ease your mind enough to let you write that 10 page economics paper in peace.

1.) Research the school. Daycare is insanely expensive, and many schools now offer childcare programs for their students. Sometimes it’s added into the cost of tuition and sometimes it’s an optional program you have to pay extra for. Either way, you need to research who in going to be in charge of your child’s care. You’ll want to make sure your child’s supervisor(s) have the appropriate certifications (CPR, First Aid, etc.) and the appropriate experience to handle a screaming child.

2.) Check your back seat before you get out of the car. It’s easy to assume that you’ll never leave your baby locked in the car during a hot day, but it’s better to get in the habit of checking anyway. After all, between your varying class schedule and the stresses of class obligations, it’s only expected to be a little scatterbrained.

3.) Screen everyone you meet. It doesn’t matter if your study partner “seems nice” and if that guy you just started dating offered to buy you diner tomorrow night, it doesn’t mean they are safe to meet your kids. Before you bring someone new into your home, make sure to check your references. Do you have any mutual friends that can speak to their character? Have you ever seen how they react to stressful situations? You’ll need to ensure you really know a person before you trust them with your child’s safety.

4.) Listen to your kids. Your children are going to be your best sources for information. If they are uncomfortable with a specific person in your building, ask them why. If they have been acting out since switching to a specific babysitter, ask them how they like their babysitter. You’ll want to ask your kids about their day and really listen to their answers.

5.) Keep your stuff locked up. Regardless of whether or not you have kids, it’s still important to keep your belongings in a safe area. This goes for computer and television locks as well. The internet is a crazy and dangerous place for a child, and HBO definitely has a few shows that children shouldn’t be watching. So in addition to locking your doors at night and keeping your belonging in a dorm safe, make sure the settings on anything else are set to child-friendly.

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