Being a parent is tough – the only people who say otherwise are those who haven’t had children. Part of the challenge with babies and young children is overcoming the tiredness to make sure they stay safe, and don’t suffer slips, trips and falls. Accidents at home can and do happen, so don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that your home is safe. As tough as staying alert can be, there are some ways to help yourself:
- Nap. If you’ve never done it before, now’s the time to learn. Your baby will sleep during the day, so try to get some rest at the same time. That way, you won’t be risking your child injuring itself while you get your sleep.
- Movement. This doesn’t necessarily mean exercising per se, but it does mean moving. Fresh air is a great energiser, and partaking in an activity that keeps you and your child alert during the day will keep your own energy levels up – and help you both sleep better at night, too.
- Eat well. Few things have as much of an impact on energy levels as what you put into your body. Breakfast really sets you up for the day; and try to avoid sugary foods, as they will lead to a sugar crash later, which will only make you feel more fatigued.
- Preparation. There are a million things to wonder at with a child, so it really helps to get everything prepared in advance. This includes getting their bag ready for school, their clothes for the next day, or anything else that needs to be taken care of. Do it as soon as you can and make a note of it so you don’t forget.
Staying alert as a parent is important, as it keeps all of the family safe. Tiredness causes mistakes, and you could slip on a toy and put your back out if you’re not alert.
File a no-win no-fee injury claim
Suppose you injure yourself at the nursery as you drop your child off – maybe an uninsured driver crashes into your car or you slip on spilt juice in the play area. Both of these constitute accidents that are not your fault, which means you can file a personal injury claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been around for over a decade securing compensation for injured parties, and they can help you too.