I recently came across another item that falls along the lines of “why didn't I think of that?”. The mom who came up with the Parking Pal, in my opinion, is a genius. The Parking Pal is a circular magnet with a child size hand print in the center. When you put it on your car/van/vehicle, you child puts they hand on their, and it keeps them safe while you load or unload your vehicle. Being that I don't have a driveway and we park on the street a lot with the minivan, I love that this keeps Madison safe. I'll be honest, when we first used it, I was completely surprised by something. Madison knew what I wanted her to do without telling her. She knew that I wanted her to stand there with her hand on the magnet while I was loading the car. I love that this is intuitive enough that she just knew what was expected. This has also been a hit with other moms. They all wanted to know where I got this from, and all thought it was a great idea. Now, the Parking Pal does come in several designs to pick from — everything from soccer balls, to fish, to flowers. There is definitely something for your kids that you can get on there. The Parking Pal will run you about $7.99. However, $8 is well worth insuring my daughter's safety.
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