The one thing I am most paranoid about when we are out and about as a family is loosing the kids. They are curious and adventurous and while I am fairly confident they wouldn’t wander off with someone else, they would stop in their tracks to talk to an interesting dog while I carried on walking.
I can’t remember where I first heard about this trick, but it isn’t mine. It is so simple but could help police or marshalls find your wayward offspring much quicker. You take a picture of your kids as you enter the event. Then if they go astray you can show a marshall the photo and they will know EXACTLY what they are wearing and their eye colour etc. My Father in law once lost my husband and couldn’t tell the policeman what he was wearing or his eye colour, he has never lived it down.
Another lovely idea, from the steampunk community, is to make a label to pin to your child with photos of the parents and their contact details. The suggestion I saw was to make little medals for the children to wear with information on the back.
However you keep yourself sane this summer, whether you are tying your toddler to your left leg or texting your teens every 5 minutes, I hope that you all enjoy your days out.