Moving trucks are big, some of them are very big. They are great tools for transporting your personal belongings from one place to another, but they can also be very dangerous. Children, especially little boys love big trucks. More than half of their toys are big trucks, and when they get to see one in real life it can be hard for them to contain themselves, and with all of the stress from moving, little kids can quickly get into places that they are not supposed to.
Use common sense
As much as it may seem like a toy to a little child, the moving truck that you rented is not a toy. It is your responsibility as a parent to keep your children away from the moving truck at all times. You will not be able to see them in the mirrors, and that is how accidents happen. You have to keep your child with you at all times. If you don’t know where they are, then do not move the truck.
Just the other day a small boy was killed by a truck because no one saw him playing behind the truck. The father thought that the child was being watched by the mom, and the mom thought that the child was being watched by the dad. It is a tragedy that could have been prevented.
There are plenty of other places on the moving truck where a child could easily get injured. The large doors that allow you in the cab can quickly damage little fingers, and the even larger doors in the back could come crashing down without notice.
There is a right way and a wrong way
The wrong way has been listed already. If your child shows an interest in the moving truck, then take some time out from the move to show them everything you can about it. This is your chance to pass on some knowledge about the truck, and your kids will eat it up. Show them the big cab, and everything inside. Show them the big motor, and point out some of the important parts. Then take them around back and show them the big open space where all of your stuff is going to be. Open the door, slide down the ramp and let them inside the back of the truck. Supervise the whole experience, and your children will get more than their fill of the moving truck. Show them how different their voice will be in the big empty truck. Tell them to yell and scream, and watch as the smiles appear on their faces.
Once the tour is over, it is time to make sure that they are out of the way. The best way to do this is to take them to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the day. This way there is no possibility for tragic mistakes. Make sure that your whole family gets moved safely by following these simple yet effective tips for handling your children during the move.