Smell Smoke? Don’t Panic, Have a Plan – 3 Parenting Tips

Senses warn of danger. However, smelling smoke in the middle of the night  should activate a plan, not panic.  A laugh first:

Savage Chicken CartoonWhy this post? Because the WordPress Daily Prompt suggested this: Smell You Later – Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.

If you remember my recent post on Four Rules to the Good Life? Respect for self, others, and property headed the list. The First Commandment related to respect? Safety.

The smell of smoke in the middle of the night should transport you and yours to safety. The best chances of that happening? Thinking ahead and doing the following.

Parenting tip one:  Actively teach your kids to respect fire.  Know of at least one first in a house started by a five year old playing with matches in a closet.  His parents had just said “Danger” when lighting a fire. Not enough.  Our kids started helping light candles at the age of three, helping build and light camp fires at the same age. Learning to cook on a gas stove helped a bit.

Parenting tip two: Have fire drills.  Here is a Kids Health article all about fire safety.  The down and dirty – teach kids not to open a closed door when the fire alarm goes off or they smell smoke.  The fire  might rush in after them. The younger the child the more likely s/he will want to run to you.   Establish where the child is to wait for you to come to his or her room. By the age of six or seven, children can  be taught to use an alternative exit if smoke starts to come into their room and you have not come to them. Then drill all of the above into their little heads.

Parenting tips: You and your child need strong self-soothing skills to stay calm in any emergency. So yes, here’s a call to buy my eBook Self Soothing to Create Calm in Your Life. 

As I always note, my eBooks cost less than a latte and last longer and are healthier.

Emotional intelligence aka emotional fitness is about staying calm so you can think wisely.  Her’s  a quick introduction to the 12 Daily Easy exercises. 

Here is a video  by Daniel Goleman about teaching children to self-sooth.


Remember sharing is caring and the easiest way to practice kindness is to share this post if you found it helpful.  Share it even if it doesn’t speak to you, it will speak to some. Didn’t like it?  Comment and tell me why and how to improve.



These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.


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