Five years old! A pivotal age. The start of kindergarten and the end of toddlerhood/preschool and being a “little kid.” With this transition comes much mental and emotional development and also an opportunity for more independence and responsibility. The learning curve is steep at this age, so it’s a perfect time to teach kids a few basic elements of information to ensure their safety.
Children younger than five can follow instructions when they know something is dangerous, but by age five kids start to grasp the reasons why simple safety rules are in place. This means they can also understand the consequences of defying these rules. It’s an important balance to strike – being direct about the seriousness and gravity around safety without instilling too much fear, as some kids may be prone to anxiety. Just like an adult, kids need to keep their cool so they’re able to think clearly and recall what they are supposed to do in an emergency situation. That’s why it’s critical to go over basic safety rules and information before emergencies arise, delivering the information in a calm manner and using small tricks to help kids understand, remember and apply.
Here are five key points every five-year-old should know: