Hold-On Handles are easy to use. Most children immediately understand the concept of holding on, while others, especially younger ones, may need a little practice.
Safety Starts At Home
Experience tells us that it is well worth the effort to teach your children at home how to use Hold-On Handles, before the trip to the theme park or mall. This is especially helpful with younger children between 18 months and 2 ½ years old.
Have your children discover the handles or introduce them in an upbeat manner, so that they become quick and familiar friends. Be enthusiastic as they get a good grip. Some children may choose to wear their handles as bracelets. This works too, but eventually they will want to hold it. Either way, your child is being guided safely on your excursions.
The “Let Go” Moment
If your child lets go of the handle, let her know it is important to hold on and be safe, and explain to her that she will have to sit back in the stroller for a few minutes. For older children, a time-out may be in order to emphasize how important it is to hold on. If you have another child still holding on, openly congratulate him. When the child that let go is ready to try again, give her the handle and remind her of the importance of holding on.
Boundaries And Consistency
As children get a little older, they begin to assert their independence, making it imperative for us to clearly set rules and guidelines to keep them safe. Be consistent about how and when you use your Hold-On Handles. For example, remind them that mom always uses her Hold-On Handles in busy parking lots when she is without help.
Share The Glory
Whether it is a demonstrative hug and congrats for a successful excursion or a special sticker, token, or treat, always praise your child for a job well done.
A Recipe For Success
With a little practice, consistency, and positive reinforcement, Hold-On Handles will quickly become your favorite “never leave home without it” accessory. If you find you could use a little more guidance in using Hold-On Handles with your children, send us an email at email@example.com.