busy family on autopilot

Parenthood can get so busy. We're always running around between work and family, dishes and projects and so much stuff. It can be easy to forget to just look up and take stock of what's around you.

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Certain moments stand out. The world seems to pause and rotate for a moment, illuminating those little faces.

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Day-to-day, though, we get bogged down. We don't notice the sweetness and the special things around us. And we don't take enough care to preserve them. Parents are aware of the dangers at home, but it's one more thing that gets added to the list. I've heard many stories from parents who were just about to bolt down that cabinet or put those pills up higher. Little hands get into everything and every parent experiences one of those terrifying, sweat-inducing, daggers-in-the-heart moments. The moment when you think it's lost is all too common in our lives, sucking us into the here and now when that's truly where we'd like to be all the time.

I've teamed up with the American Cleaning Institute to help raise awareness around one of the many issues that parents go into autopilot mode about. In 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported receiving over 6,000 unintended exposures to highly concentrated liquid laundry packets in children five and younger. That's 6,000 kids like yours. 6,000 startled parents looking up to. Thousands of people on autopilot. These incidents can be prevented!!

The truth of the matter is, serious harm & injury, including accidental ingestion and eye exposure, can occur if single-load liquid laundry packets are not safely stored. And it’s so easy to avoid these terrible accidents from happening! All you have to do is make sure your laundry packets are stored up high out of reach and sight of your little ones.

Child Safety Expert Kimberlee Mitchell is working with ACI to make sure parents and caregivers keep single-load liquid laundry packets out of reach and sight of children and also to educate friends and family about the important role they play in laundry safety. Check out her tips and videos (Kimberlee's laundry safety videos are a must watch for all parents and caregivers) to ensure you and your family stay healthy and safe. When you take the pledge to be the KEY to a safe laundry room and routine at keypledge.com , you’ll be automatically entered to win a $2,500 gift card to makeover your laundry room.* The sweepstakes ends on 12/31, so don't miss your chance to enter!

One of my professional and personal goals right now is to get out of autopilot. How do you stay present and mindful?

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