Just In Case Kit

It’s something no one wants to think about, but we must. What if something horrible happened to you? The moment children are involved, this question becomes far more important, doubly so when one or more of those kids has any kind of disability or needs special care. We might not like to think about what would happen if our ends came sooner than later, but the kids have to take priority.

First: you need to have a will. Specify clearly who is to take care of your children in the event of your untimely death. This post is specifically what you need to make sure you have put together for the guardian you’ve chosen.

You should keep a digital and a hard copy of this on hand and make an appointment with yourself every few months to update it. Subdivide it by categories: Medical, School, Home.

Medical Section:

Make sure you have the names, phone numbers, and addresses (with directions where it is possible) for your child’s pediatrician, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and any other specialists your child goes to. Make a list of all known allergies, sensativities, and the schedule of appointments. Make a note of your last visit at the pediatrician’s office and the schedule for your child’s therapies. Make sure you note any special procedures – for instance, if your child throws a fit when s/he is weighed if you take off their shoes, make a note to that effect. Something like: Weigh last or Weigh with shoes on.

School Section:

Again, the name, phone number, and address of the school your child attends. The names of your child’s teachers, principal, room number, bus number, bus driver’s name, the times the bus comes for the child and drops them off. Make a list of what goes in their backpack, the lunch proceedures, homework procedures, any kind of home to school communication system you have set up with the school.

Home Section:

This is the biggest section. Make a list of your child’s preferred foods and hated foods, and any special cooking requirements that go along with them. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of a few of your child’s favorite recipes in this section. If your child has sensative skin, make a list of soaps, lotions, detergents, and softeners that they can use. Write out bed time routines, getting ready for school routines, bed times, and get up times. If you do any kind of home therapy, it is a good idea to write those procedures out too, if you cannot teach the guardian directly (which would be ideal). Make a list of behavioral issues, discipline and reward systems. Note where the important documents (like birth certificates etc) are. Make a list of places your child likes to go and places they do not like to go. Their favorite and least favorite activities. Coping methods or distraction methods for meltdowns. A list of the signs of an impending melt down. Basically – write the instruction manual for your child. It’s a long process but, in the end, it can mean all the difference in the world.

As much as we hate to think of that ‘what if’ question, when kids are involved, it’s your duty to do so. To make sure that they are cared for as best as possible even if you aren’t there to do it yourself.

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