By Nanny Agency
- Their own feet: It’s amazing the number of times I’ve seen my kids trip over their own feet. Especially when kids are little and they aren’t as sure on their feet as they will become. Making sure that all sharp corners are padded is essential when you have a toddler tripping around your house.
- Toys: Adults and kids alike will trip over toys left around. This is even truer in the dark. I speak from experience when I say that it’s important to put away balls and things with wheels before the house gets too dark. It is not fun to lose your footing in the dark and go sliding into the wall.
- Threshold: Kids find it increasingly difficult to pick up their feet the more tired that they get. When the flooring goes from carpet to tile to hardwood it’s a hazard for kids. For some reason the difference in flooring height or texture causes a problem for them. There are thresholds that make a big bump in the floor when you transition from carpet to tile. They have alternatives now that make the transition almost seamless.
- Sleeping fathers: Some fathers fall asleep on the floor and when the kids come running through the house they trip right over them. Sometimes they just run into them. It depends on the size of the child and the size of the dad.
- Pets: Kids don’t look down and they don’t watch where they are walking. Most of the time you’d think pets would be quick enough to get out of the kid’s way, but sometimes that doesn’t exactly work out. Especially when the pet moves right where the kid is going and they continue to trip over the pet until they finally stop and wait for the pet to run off in fear of being trampled to death.
- Shoes: Why is it that when kids come into the house the first thing they do is take off their shoes wherever they are. What’s wrong with lining them up by the door? What’s the matter with taking them to their room so when they are looking for them tomorrow morning that they will know where they both are? No, that would be too easy. It is way better to take them off wherever they think about it and then ask for help finding them when they are almost late for school.
- Cords: In this electronic day in age it seems like we have cords everywhere. Cords for the Wii controllers, cords for the DS charger, and cords to charge the cell phones. Sometimes those cords are up, but most of the time they are laying all around the house just waiting to jump out and trip some unsuspecting child and then laugh about it. Because you know, cords are just nasty like that.
- Newspapers: In theory these would be safe and sound in the recycling bin, but sometimes mom and dad haven’t had a chance to read them yet so they let them sit around in a pile until they get a chance to go through them and clip the coupons. You don’t want them taking up valuable table or counter space so stacking them on the floor is as good a place as any until the kids come through and trip over the whole stack and the papers go flying. It’s amazing how far they can slide.
- Exercise equipment: I know that everyone out there is really good about putting away their exercise equipment, but this is for those that have the occasional lapse. The dumb bells, the yoga mat, the jump rope all seem to find themselves in a pile in our bedrooms or living rooms. We figure why put it away when we will just have to get it out the next day when we think about exercising again.
- Dirty clothes: For some reason it is impossible for my children to take off their dirty clothes and put them into the hamper that I have so generously provided for them. Why is that? Walking into their room is an obstacle course of dirty clothes. When they get tired of tripping over them, what do they do? Throw them in the closet or push them under the bed. Kids, what can I say?
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