Small children, even some 1-year-olds, are able to pull the trigger on a
gun. Also, older children or adults can mishandle guns or firearms and
injure others. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to
avoid keeping guns and firearms in the home or car. If this is not possible, guns and firearms
should be kept away from children and stored:1, 2
Locked in a secure
location, with the keys hidden.
With the safety device on.
ammunition. It's also important to lock up the ammunition.
Talk with your children about gun safety. Be sure that they know to stay away from guns in a friend's home or elsewhere and to tell you if they see or find a gun.
Things that go bump in the night. The bane of Miss Muffet's existence. A
teacher's harsh rebuke. What do they all have in common? Plenty: They're all
typical childhood anxieties and fears.
Nothing to worry (too much) about. But try telling that to your child! As a
parent, you can make a big difference in how well your child handles common
worries like these. Here are a few ideas that may help.
The Many Sides of a Child's Fears
Not all fear is bad. In fact, a little fear serves as an...