March 27, 2012

Teaching Children How to Memorize Phone Numbers

In case of an emergency, your child MUST know your home phone number and emergency numbers. It’s easy to put stuff like this off, but it could really end up saving you or your child's life one day. How to teach your child memorize phone numbers?

1.  The Importance of 911
The first number you should teach your child is 911 or the equivalent emergency contact number in your area. You must emphasize that he should never dial this number unless it is an emergency. Ask your child questions to help him learn what constitutes an emergency and what doesn’t. For instance, ask him what he would do if he came home and found that nobody was home. Give the child guided questions, such as, "Would you call the police, or would you call Mom?" You can come up with other questions as well, such as "What would you do if there is a fire?" Hopefully, the child will say that he will go outside of the house and use a trusted neighbor’s phone to call the police. Make sure that the child understands what a crime is and if he calls 911 and it isn't an emergency, the whole family can get in trouble.
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